Theresa is our full time receptionist. She is the first smiling face you’ll see when you walk in the office. She is kind, funny, knowledgeable and always there to help. What you may not know is that although she mans the front desk, she is also a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been working in our office since 1991.
Sherry’s journey began when she was a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School participating in an afternoon work placement program. She was originally hired as the receptionist here for Prairie Village Dentists, and nearly 40 years later is still going strong as our Business Manager. Sherry’s personality, joy, and laughter can be felt by all those around her. Her caring and nurturing touch is something you can feel from miles away. Sherry works hard to keep everyone busy, on time, and always with quality production. Ensuring that each patient has not only the best experience, but leaves feeling like family.
Sherry enjoys karaoke, her yearly trips to Florida with her sister to visit her Mom, and spending time with her son, Brooks, and her granddog, Roc.
“Better late than never does not apply to your dental appointments.”
Melissa started out as a music major in voice and flute at Missouri Western State College in 1997, but then she met Dr. Grant and he convinced her that a degree in dental hygiene was the way to go! So, she took the well-rounded scenic route and went to Longview Community College to finish up her basics and then proceeded to go to UMKC School of Dentistry where she graduated at the top of her class in Dental Hygiene in 2003. Melissa has since been the President of the Greater Kansas City Dental Hygienists’ Association and enjoys taking an active role in learning how to advance the field of dentistry.
Recently, Melissa has transitioned into a position of working on the front lines in the dental office, being schooled from the masters that are Theresa and Sherry! She enjoys broadening her horizons and is learning a lot about what happens “behind-the-curtain” in quality patient care. What she loves more than anything in her career, whether it’s at the front desk or working as a hygienist, is being able to share a smile and laugh with anyone who walks in the door!
Melissa has had several hobbies over the years, but currently she enjoys spending time with her friends and family (Dr. Grant, Eva – 11 years old, Eric – 8 years old, and their 3 year old dog Bruna, a wheaten terrier), staying super active (Jazzercise, being outdoors, dance parties with her kids), recovering from ACL surgery (the third surgery’s the charm… she hopes!), volunteering doing hospice work, and encouraging/ supporting her kids in their interests of sewing, track, aerial silks, gymnastics, art, swimming, choir, boy scouts, girl scouts, gaming (not much encouragement needed there!) and digging in the dirt. She delights in trying new things and is always on the hunt for her next great adventure!
“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain
“Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.” – Clementine Paddleford
Registered Dental Hygienist
Diane knew she wanted to be part of a dental team from a very young age. She wore braces from 4th-8th grade and dreamed of being just like one of the dental assistants she saw once a month (they were all so nice and pretty). As time went on she was accepted into the dental hygiene program at JCCC. Diane strives to always go above and beyond for each patient she cares for. She cares for their oral as well as overall health, and enjoys taking the time to be able to sit and talk with them about each of their accomplishments. Diane has always felt very lucky to have had excellent dental care as a child, and strives to duplicate that feeling and experience for each and every one she sees.
“When there is a light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.”
Registered Dental Hygienist
Jennifer has known she wanted to be in the dental field ever since she was a child. Working as an assistant first then hygiene school at NYU later, she knew that this was the profession for her. Her clinical abilities were awarded with top honors which is something she worked towards from the first day of the hygiene program. She is described as being gentle yet thorough and does her absolute best at making even the fearful comfortable and at ease in the dental chair. Working in New York City so much didn’t leave her much time for hobbies, but now that she is living in the Kansas City area with her husband she is loving the more laid-back lifestyle and getting to try new things.
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – J.K. Rowling
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
Registered Dental Hygienist
Sue is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been a hygienist with Prairie Village Dentists for 30 years and loves getting to know each of her patients. She believes in helping them on their journey to better oral health and making it as stress-free as possible! An animal lover (currently with 3 dogs) she also enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and most of all spending time with her family.
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
Certified Expanded Function Dental Assistant
Maria grew up right here in Kansas City. She has been in the field for over 30 years. You can say she has a passion for her career. Maria attended UMKC with a Bachelors in Biochemistry and Dental Assisting School, then continued her education in the dental field. She has been a Dental Instructor for 13 years and is now the Program Director for Midwest Dental Assisting School. Maria’s dad was a builder and passed on the love for refinishing furniture. She is an avid trained baker and loves spending time with her daughter, Katelyn, and her 2 standard poodles, Cooper and Jackson.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Nadia grew up in Kansas City. Always anxious to help others and make a positive impact on their lives, she feels that she stumbled upon a place where she has the ability to do both every day. She has a passion for what she does and is always wanting to continue furthering her education in the dental field. Outside of work she loves spending time with her family and friends. Not only does Nadia like to use her artistic ability at work but also outside of work with makeup freelancing. She also enjoys staying active and cheering on her KC sports teams.
“Be a voice, not an echo.”
Growing up, Carol had never considered dentistry as a profession. She answered an ad in the local newspaper looking for someone artistic, crafty, and able to be trained for lab work. Carol has been with Prairie Village Dentists ever since. She enjoys helping people become orally healthy, but most of all she loves the relaxed and fun atmosphere our office prides itself on, as well as the amount of laughter we share with each of our patients. Carol has always felt that dentistry is a vital and incredible profession, which has the power to give patients not only a great smile, but also the knowledge to empower healthy habits.
Office Therapy Dog
I am the office therapy dog! I was the runt of my Wheaten Terrier litter and even full grown now at 3 years old, I only weigh 26 pounds (most Wheaten’s weigh around 35-40 pounds). I am the most sweet, gentle pup around! I have never growled at anyone or showed any signs of anything other than pure excitement and love for every face I see (unless it’s nap time and it’s quite hard to get me to show any interest in anything!). My hobbies include going for my daily jog with Dr. Grant (ok, just my four-times-a-week jog), playing tug of war, volunteering doing hospice work, doing tricks for goodies, perfecting my Salvador Doggie (you’ll just have to ask)…and lots of napping! My downfall is occasional jumping (I’m working on it…it’s in my breed’s nature). I’ve got plans to start my official training as a service dog soon. Please come visit me! I’m in the office every day till 3 pm. I don’t shed and am one of the more hypoallergenic breeds…and I’m super soft and cuddly!
“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor
“What do dogs do on their day off? Can’t lie around – that’s their job.” – George Carlin
Prevention-Oriented Dental Team
Your Prairie Village team is composed of some of the best dental professionals in the area. We have the training, experience and continuing education to keep you in the best dental health possible.
Our practice is also known for our people skills. We love what we do and we genuinely care about our patients. We get to know patients better, so their visits with us are always pleasant. Our office is warm, friendly, and it’s definitely a very fun place to be.
Prairie Village Dentist is value-oriented. You get the best value because we are thorough, gentle and good at what we do. Patients have a say in everything that has to do with their dental health. We’ll give you the information and present treatment options and then we’ll provide the services that YOU choose.
Can’t have anesthesia because you’re afraid of needles and drugs? We have solutions for you. Some patients are not thrilled about having plastics in their body, some are allergic to many dental products, and some are special needs patients, so we find ways to provide them the dental care they need.
We are very accommodating, very patient, and capable of treating anyone.