Our Team

Dentaltown Dental Team

Dr. Dawn M. Gaffney

Downtown Dental Inc Dr. Gaffney
Dr. Gaffney is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and has been practicing for 12 years. She is experienced in preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, root canals and pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Gaffney is a native of Manchester, IA and has recently relocated to Mt. Vernon with her husband, Lane and daughters Claire and Erin. In her spare time, Dr. Gaffney enjoys sewing and attending several activities with her daughters.

Her emphasis on patient comfort as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry enable her to provide her patients with the best quality of care in the field. Dr. Gaffney has a wide range of experience in different areas of dentistry, from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to orthodontic treatments and root canal treatments.

Her approach to your treatment starts with patiently listening to you. Then, after a complete and thorough examination, she reviews and discusses the diagnosis and treatment options with you.

“I am proud to provide my patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options and patient comfort. It is my pleasure to address all your questions and concerns.”

Dr. Dawn M. Gaffney

Dr. Kirsten Karkow

Downtown Dental Inc Dr. Kristen Karkow
Dr. Karkow graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2016 with extensive training in all areas of dentistry and extra experience in the areas of pediatric and geriatric dentistry, as well as oral surgery.

Dr. Karkow is also a native of Manchester, IA, and currently lives in Iowa City with her husband, Nick, and retired racing greyhound, George. She has many hobbies, including art, staying active, and creating new recipes with her husband.

As a recent graduate, Dr. Karkow has been trained in the latest dental technologies. With experience in a wide range of services, including esthetic dentistry, root canal treatments, dentures, and extractions, Dr. Karkow will discuss your options and provide you with the care that you need in a comfortable and welcoming manner.


American Dental Association

Iowa Dental Association

American Academy of General Dentistry

American Orthodontic Society