About Us

Meet our team of highly trained professionals

The Ferraro & Hicklin Family Dentistry team has over 100 years of combined experience in the field of dentistry. Our staff members have been a part of our team for an average of fifteen years. Whether it’s providing you with a helping hand in understanding your dental insurance benefits or helping to return your teeth to their natural beauty with a dental cleaning, you can rest assured that we will do everything possible to provide you with the finest care.

Kenneth N. Ferraro, D.D.S.

Dr. Kenneth N. Ferraro received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Washington University School of Dentistry in St. Louis, Missouri. His formative elementary and secondary education was provided by the Downey schools, culminating with his graduation from Downey High School. Prior to dental school, Dr. Ferraro pursued undergraduate studies at La Sierra College and the University of Southern California.

After receiving his dental school and California State Board certification, Dr. Ferraro established his family dental practice in Downey– his hometown– wishing to provide its residents the highest level of comprehensive, professional, and ethical dental care.

During his many years as a resident and dentist in Downey, Dr. Ferraro has enjoyed “giving back” to his community as a volunteer for the Downey Kiwanis Service Club, and by serving on the Board of Managers for the Downey Family YMCA. On an annual basis, Dr. Ferraro has participated with the Downey Dental Academy in performing free dental exams to Downey school children.

In 2005, Dr. Ferraro received the Kiwanis International HIXSON Service Award and was inducted into the Downey High School Hall of Fame.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Downey Dental Academy.

Kelly Hicklin, D.D.S.

Dr. Kelly Hicklin graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2009. During her time at UOP, Dr. Hicklin was very active with community and international outreach groups, and received awards for dedication to community service and excellence in the care of patients with special needs. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Hicklin earned her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA.

After completion of her doctoral work, Dr. Hicklin completed a two-year general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. During residency, Dr. Hicklin was able to build on her previous training with dental implants and gain experience in both the placement and restoration of implants. In addition to working with Dr. Ferraro in Downey, Dr. Hicklin continues to work for the VA Dental Service, working with Veterans currently in rehabilitation programs. Dr. Hicklin is also an Adjunct Instructor of Dental Practice, working with UOP to develop and implement the Virtual Dental Home concept, which provides care to underserved patients.

Dr. Hicklin is an active member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the West Los Angeles Dental Society, and the Downey Dental Academy. She is active in the Downey community, recently joining the Rotary Club of Downey, and is looking forward to serving the citizens of Downey and surrounding areas for years to come.