Meet Our Team

  • Kandy, RDH
    Lead Hygienist

    Kandy has been with the practice since 2006. She graduated in 1988 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.

  • Barb, RDH

    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 an 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 in 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 to 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 downtime just hanging out at home and spending time together.

  • Barbara, RDH

    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. Barbara has been in the dental field since 1981 as a receptionist and a certified dental assistant. With over 30 years of experience- she enjoys working with all ages. Especially the apprehensive patients-where she helps foster a comforted and reassured environment to treat patients that have been traumatized from past experiences.

    Barbara's whole family are big Chief's fans. Her parents have had tickets since 1976-when they decided to pass the tickets on, they passed them to Barbara's family. Now her and her husband and their two kids have enjoyed going to the games and tailgating with family and friends. Her son loved going to the games so much that he has bought his own tickets so that he and his wife can attend all the games. Since we only have two tickets now-the big decision now is who's going to the games. 

    When Barbara is not working she enjoys watching Chief's games,  working on her genealogy, scrapbooking and loves to hike/walk the trails, reading and spending time with her family. 

  • Amanda RDH

    Amanda is originally from a small town south of Wichita, KS, but has called Kansas City home for the last 10+ years. She graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry with her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Amanda loves getting to know all of her patients, and help alleviate their fear and anxieties of a dental office. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and a mother of two beautiful children.

  • Dawn RDH

    Dawn has been with the practice since the fall of 2017. She has earned her bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene at UMKC in 1984. Dawn loves meeting new patients' and helping every patient maintain their dental health. In her spare time she enjoys raising and showing her quarter horses, attending drag races, and sailing along the North Carolina coast with her Fiancé.

  • Jerrie H
    Dental Assistant

    Jerrie has been working with Dr. Houk for 30 years. She graduated from Lathrop High School in 1980 and Dental Assisting School in 1986.

  • Jordan G
    Dental Assistant

    Jordan is a 2016 graduate from Platte County High School . She attended Summit Dental Assisting Academy and has been working with Dr. Whitehead and our office since January 2020. In her down time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and her dog. During the summer Jordan loves spending the day on the lake. 

  • Taylor C
    Dental Assistant

    Taylor is a graduate of  Excelsior Springs High School. Taylor has been with our office since June of 2020. She loves to hang out with friends, watch Netflix, and spend time with family. In the future Taylor plans on becoming a hygienist. 

  • Kari S
    Office Manager

    Kari was born and raised in Lawrence Kansas, she has been in the dental field since 2005. Kari has been with Excelsior Springs Family Dentistry since 2009. She is excited to grow with the practice. Kari enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

  • Kristen J
    Hygiene Coordinator

    Kristen joined the practice in April of 2019. She has worked the dental field for twelve years. Kristen has been married to her high school sweetheart for 23 years, they have two children and reside here in Excelsior Springs.

  • Crimson T
    Dental Assistant

    Crimson graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 2019. She joined our practice in October of 2021. One of her favorite things about working here is connecting with each patient. In her free time she enjoys reading, going on walks, and baking.

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196 S. McCleary Road Excelsior Springs, MO, 64024

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