We are a team of friends providing exceptional dentistry in a warm, caring environment in Lawrence, KS. All staff members are CPR certified and are well informed administrative personnel. They are all up to date with knowledge and understanding in both dental procedures and dental insurance. We are the premier Lawrence Dentists!
Samantha Hauber is our Office Manager. She has been with the practice since 2001 and has attended numerous continuing education venues. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing and she enjoys practicing Yoga. She lives in Lawrence and loves to spend time with her son Jordan and her daughter Savanna.
Ashley King is one of our Administrative Assistants. She has been with us since 2009 and has been in the healthcare field since 2003. She resides in McLouth, KS with her husband Steven and her two daughters. She enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling and sunshine!!!
Donna Gratts is one of our Dental Assistants. She has been here since 1994 but has been a Dental Assistant for 40 years. She attended Kings River Community College in Reedley, CA and received her Certification in Dental Assisting. She enjoys cooking and crafting. She lives in Baldwin with her husband Dexter.
Kim Herries is also one of our Dental Assistants. She started her career with dentistry in 1995 with our office and has attended several continuing education classes over the course of her career. She enjoys cooking, shopping and spending time with her family. She lives just outside of Lawrence with her husband Richard and their two sons.
Starr Tait is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She started her dental career in 1995 and she has been with our office since 2000. She graduated in 2000 from Johnson County Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She is actively involved with the Douglas County Dental Clinic. She enjoys playing, watching, and coaching sports (particularly volleyball). She loves to travel, especially to the beach.
Erin Gonzales is also a Registered Dental Hygienist. Prior to entering the Johnson County Community College Dental Hygiene program she attended Kansas State for one year. She has been in the dental profession since 1993 and with Dr.’s Van Blaricum and Newkirk since 2007. Erin lives in Lawrence with her husband Bryan and their two sons.
Melinda Felkins is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She began her career as an RDH with us in 2011 and has been in the dental field since 2005. She graduated from The University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She lives in Topeka with her husband Joey and her pets.
Sarah Duarte is also one of our Administrative Assistants. She has been with the practice since 2011. She is a student in the dental hygiene program at Johnson County Community College. In her free time she enjoys, running, yoga and spending time at the dog park with her pup, Marco
Natalie Stoss is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is a 2013 graduate of Johnson County Community College’s Dental Hygiene program, and a 2010 graduate from Kansas State University with a Bachelors degree in Life Sciences. She began her dental career in 2009 as a dental assistant. In her free time she enjoys running, shopping, and cheering on the K-State Wildcats.
Adrienne Boyd-Akers joined our practice in 2015 as one of our Administrative Assistants. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Anthropology. She lives in Lawrence with her husband Pete and their daughter and son. She is a return adopter at the Lawrence Humane Society, where she and her family periodically visit to find their next pet. Adrienne enjoys baking and cooking with her family and is an avid reader.