Kandy, RDH Lead Hygienist
Kandy has been with the practice since 2006. She graduated in 1988 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.
Pam has been with our dental practice for 28 years. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist and graduated from Johnson County Community College in 1988 with an Associate in Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.
In Pam's spare time, one of her favorite things to do is spending time with her daughter at the pool in the sun and also just being outdoors. Pam is also married.
Becky, RDH Hygienist
Becky joined Excelsior Springs Family Dentistry over 5 years ago. She grew up in Lebanon, MO and started her Dental Hygiene education in St. Louis. After moving to Kansas City in 1977, Becky received her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling. Becky has over 40 years in the Dental Hygiene profession. She is devoted to making each patient feel comfortable and educating every patient on their individual oral hygiene needs.
Becky is married and she and her husband, Jim, have 5 grown children between them, and 7 grandkids. Becky has a great love of animals, and through the years, she and Jim have saved numerous feral cats and stray or homeless dogs. Becky's a vegetarian, mainly due to advocating for more humane treatment of animals, and also for health reasons.
When not working in dentistry, Becky and her husband have a "vacation rental" business with properties in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the ski resort of Angel Fire, New Mexico.
Rebecca, RDH Hygienist
Rebecca has been a hygienist since 2015 and in the dental field since 1996. She loves teeth, smiling, camping, hiking, and gardening.
She has a wonderful happy husband and 4 great kids.
Barb began her dental career at 15 years old working at a local dental office in a nearby small town after school. At a young age she considered herself as one of those "crazy kids that just knew what they wanted to do when they grew up." At the dental office she would work both front and back office with helping the team finish up their day. Then she would stay after closing to clean and get ready for the next day. Eventually, she worked her way up to become a dental assistant. During the day Barb worked full time as a assistant and in the evenings she took night classes to prepare her for Dental Hygiene school. After saving up, she was able to apply to the Dental Hygiene program at Johnson County Community College. Barb is now proud to say she has been practicing Dental Hygiene for over 20 years now and still enjoying it!
Barb joined our team the summer of 2018. Her favorite part of her career has been the people. Barb truly enjoys building relationships with her patients and being apart of our dental team. Everyone who sits in Barb's chair is a person first and a patient second. She likes to cater her treatment for each person as an individual, like they are a member of her own family.
In 2001 Barb was blessed to have married her supportive husband. Together they share 3 busy and fun filled kids. As a family they enjoy taking their camper on trips, local and out of state. Barb and her family also savor their down time just hanging out at home and spending time together.
Barbara, RDH Hygienist
Barbara joined our practice in June of 2019. She is a registered dental hygienist that graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1989. Barb has been in the dental field since 1981 as a receptionist and a certified dental assistant.
Barbara and her husband have two children and a rescue German Shepard, Sadie. Her family are true Chiefs fans, they have been going to Chiefs games since 1976.
When Barbara is not working she enjoys doing genealogy, scrapbooking, bowling, hiking with Sadie, reading and spending time with her family.
Jerrie, Lead Dental Assistant
Jerrie has been working with Dr. Houk for 28 years. She graduated from Lathrop High School in 1980 and Dental Assisting School in 1986.
Shannon, Dental Assistant
Shannon is a 2008 Excelsior Springs High School graduate. She attended the University of Central Missouri before enrolling in the Dental Assistant Program at Concorde Career College, where she graduated with honors. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society. Shannon has one child and two dogs; a goofy Lab and a grumpy Jack Russell. She is a die-hard Royals fan and loves cheering on the boys in blue at the K. Shannon started with our office in 2011 and she's been assisting Dr. Craven for 8 years.
When Shannon is not at work, she loves spending time with family and friends, going on adventures with her daughter, and marveling at motherhood.
Kari, Office Manager
Kari was born and raised in Lawrence Kansas, she has over 13 years of experience in the dental field spending the last 10 years with Excelsior Springs Family Dentistry. Kari recently accepted the role of Office Manager, and is excited to grow with the practice. Kari plans on furthering her education in office management and is currently a member of AADOM. Kari enjoys traveling and crappie fishing with her family.
Lesley, Insurance Coordinator
Lesley is originally from Excelsior Springs but has lived in Lawson since 2001. She has worked in the pharmacy/medical field for 15 years and has currently worked here since July 2016. Lesley enjoys working with the public and helping others.
Kelli, Treatment Coordinator/Accounts Receivable
Kelli worked in administration for many years before deciding to join the dental field. She loves working with the public and seeing all their smiles! Kelli graduated with honors in the Dental Assisting Program through Vatterott College.
Kelli joined our team in July 2018. She enjoys her position as the Treatment Coordinator and Accounts Receivable where she can utilize her knowledge in administration and dental, making her career the perfect combo :)
When Kelli is not at work, you will find her spending time with her amazing children and husband. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her kids at various sporting events or traveling to the gulf coast.
Kristen, Hygiene Coordinator
Kristen joined the practice in April of 2019. She has worked the dental field for eight years. Kristen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 19 years, they have two children and reside here in Excelsior Springs.
Morgan, Dental Assistant
Morgan started with our office in April for 2019. She spent five years in the medical field before she made the switch to dental. Morgan and her husband adopted their first dog Savage in 2016. Then in 2018 they added Nala to their family. Now they are expecting their first child; a baby girl, in early October of this year.
Morgan brings an extra dose of laughter to our office and we enjoy having her as a member of our team.
Madeline is currently attending Maple Woods College for her pre-recs. After she finishes at Maple Woods, she is planning on attending UMKC to become a Dental Hygienist. When Madeline receives her college degree, she plans to continue working at our office.