Our Team

Dr Purinima Swearingen
I have an excellent team of kind and friendly staff whose primary concern is your child’s well being.
It is important to each of us that your children develop a positive attitude and good dental habits. With your help, we will strive to prepare your child for a lifetime of healthy teeth and a pleasant smile. My staff is gentle and friendly with children, providing a comforting and calming experience.
Even when you walk in the door you will be greeted by my pleasant, courteous, and knowledgeable reception staff. They will assist you with insurances inquiries and scheduling appointments. They are prompt and proficient to process pretreatment estimates and submission of post treatment charges for services rendered at our office.
All of us at Kids 1st Dental are committed to your satisfaction.

Dr. Purnima Swearingen

Dr. Swearingen specializes in Children’s Dentistry.
She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist.
She has practiced at this location since December 1987.
Prior to starting her private practice she had worked in New York and Milwaukee.

Academic Background:

Pediatric Dentist - University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Preventive Dentistry Masters - Indiana University
Dental School - Ahmedabad, India.


Gold Medalist - Dr. Mankodi’s Award for first standing
Dental School - Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India.


Board Certified - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Past President - Kenosha County Dental Society

Active memberships:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
Wisconsin Dental Association
Kenosha County Dental Society

Leslie Meland

Leslie Meland

Leslie has been an Ortho/Pedo Assistant with Dr. Swearingen since February of 1999.  She assists in chairside restorative procedures and orthodontics.  Leslie also performs hygiene and takes radiographs.  She enjoys working with children and wants all dental experiences to be positive ones.  She has two beautiful children, enjoys arts, crafts and spending time outdoors.

Toni McCormick

Toni McCormick

Toni is the newest member of our team. She is the front office receptionist since September, 2014. She is willing to help assist with scheduling your child(ren)'s appointments, billing, or any insurance questions you may have. She has one son with whom she is actively involved in the Boy Scouts and KASL Soccer. She enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, the Greenbay Packers, and spending time with those closest to her.