Meet Our Team – Miramar Beach Dental
Dr. Jason E. Baker DDS
Dr. Jason Baker made the choice to pursue dentistry because he viewed it as the perfect marriage between medicine and creative expression. He attended Louisiana State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and continued his education receiving his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center. In 2006 he moved with his family to the emerald coast. 2011 Dr. Baker opened Miramar Beach Dental & Orthodontics.
Dr. Baker has a passion for dentistry and a heart for his patients. “I believe our success derives not only from the passion I have for what I do but the environment in our office. We strive to maintain a warm, comforting, family-like atmosphere so that our patients know their health and comfort come first.” The staff moved into the new office location in the spring of 2015. This office was designed especially to enable us to provide the highest quality of care under one roof so that our patients do not need to go all over the emerald coast for their oral healthcare needs.
Dr. Baker’s areas of concentration include orthodontic treatment, sedation (sleep dentistry) and a broad range of surgical services. For 15 years Dr. Baker has been creating beautiful smiles with orthodontics and is experienced in Invisalign, traditional braces, dentofacial orthopedics and surgical intervention for accelerated orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Baker is also licensed to provide Conscious Sedation, which involves intravenous or oral administration of medications to alleviate anxiety, allowing our patients to have their dental treatment completed without fear or stress.
In addition, he is experienced in multiple oral surgical procedures that include removal of impacted wisdom teeth, placement of implants, and augmentation of jaws with inadequate bony support for implants or prosthetics.
Dr. Christina Higgins-Duplechain DDS
Due to her love of art and science, Dr. Christina Higgins-Duplechain gravitated towards dentistry. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at LSU, finishing Summa Cum Laude. She graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in 2005. Dr. Higgins has been practicing general dentistry on the Emerald Coast for over 13 years and joined Miramar Beach Dental team in 2014.
Dr. Higgins has taken a special interest in screening and treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea. This is an important field to her since it is highly under-diagnosed and if left untreated can shorten a patient’s life by up to 12 years. In addition, she thoroughly enjoys treating our pediatric patients. Dr. Higgins has taken numerous courses in pediatric dentistry to ensure a positive experience for both the child and parents and will make sure to alleviate any fears or concerns. Dr. Higgins also finds it rewarding to provide cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign and Botox. She lives by the rule of treating patients like they are family and making sure their health and comfort come first. Her ultimate goal is to have happy, healthy patients who leave smiling.
In her free time, Dr. Higgins enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends. She likes to ride her bike, go to the beach, and watch her sons play baseball. She also enjoys volunteering with the Children’s Volunteer Health Network Dental Bus.
Dr. W. Keith Holden, DDS
For Dr. Keith Holden dentistry seemed to be the perfect occupation because of modern dentistry’s patient centered focus on detail and innovation. He chose the path of dentistry due to the blend of medicine, design, and hands-on surgical skills required. Medicine has always been an integral part of Dr. Holden’s life as his father was a physician in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As an undergraduate Dr. Holden attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, then he attended dental school at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana where he earned his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Additionally, Dr. Holden has received post-doctoral training in Crown and Bridge, Implants and Orthodontics. With his extensive background, Dr. Holden’s clinical duties will emphasize problem solving, thoughtful case management, and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Holden and his family spent a great deal of time vacationing on the Emerald Coast which lead the Holden’s to move their family to the area in 2012. The happy, positive quality of life, great schools and friendly people made it the perfect place to live and raise a family. Then in 2019 Dr. Holden joined the Miramar Beach Dental and Orthodontics family after spending eighteen years in private practice and seven years in corporate dentistry.
Dr. Holden’s philosophy is to form a relationship with his patients and understand them in hopes of helping to solve their dental issues, and to help them to reach their cosmetic and dental goals. When addressing dental treatments, his philosophy is “Enriching lives and creating smiles is the key to healthy, satisfied dental patients.” To maintain and support his philosophy Dr. Holden is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Northwest Florida District Dental Association, the Okaloosa-Walton Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
When not practicing or studying dentistry Dr. Holden enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, beach activities, playing golf and following college sports teams.