The Team

Improve smiles with Lisa Bennet

Lisa

Registered Dental Hygienist

Where are you from?

I grew up in Southeast Missouri in the small, rural town of East Prairie.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I enjoy being a partner with my patients in meeting their oral health care goals. I appreciate and enjoy working with a professional team which is dedicated to delivering excellent dental care.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending time with my family. I relax by gardening and entertaining friends.

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Kelly

Registered Dental Hygienist

Where are you from?

I’m originally from a small town in mid-Missouri called Otterville. I currently live in Sedalia, which is about 15 miles east of Otterville and about 70 miles west of Columbia.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I enjoy teaching my patients about their oral health, and explaining the importance of having a healthy mouth. I also enjoy getting to know my patients and building professional relationships.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and our family and friends. We have a large family so we are always busy with family activities.

Karen Wolfe, Mouth and Teeth expert

Karen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Where are you from?

I am from a small town in Southwest Missouri called Greenfield.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

As a dental hygienist, I enjoy treating each patient according to their oral health needs. I also enjoy getting to know the patients and building close professional relationships.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending time with my family, working in my yard, and walking.

Oral Health Expert Kristen Stambaugh

Kristen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Where are you from?

I was born in Massachusetts but have spent most of my life in Missouri. I grew up in Springfield, MO, moved to Columbia in 1990, and have lived here ever since!

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I enjoy several aspects of my job. After being in the dental field since 1995, I have learned how our oral health is linked to our overall systemic health, including conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. I feel that it is important to not only help patients maintain proper oral hygiene, but also educate them on how good home care can potentially help them with their overall health as well. I have also really enjoyed getting to know my patients over the years and building relationships with my coworkers. It’s nice to work in an office where everyone strives to do what is best for our patients and where we can establish the best quality of care for them.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. My oldest daughter plays soccer on her high school team and my youngest daughter has been playing on a competitive girls soccer team for three years. We travel quite a bit to support them and watch a lot of soccer games! You could say that I am a true “soccer mom!” I also enjoy being outdoors (walking/running our dogs, biking, playing soccer, etc.), baking, traveling and shopping.

Haley Schulte, expert with oral issues

Haley

Receptionist

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Moberly, MO, but have lived in Columbia since 2005.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

No two days are the same, which always keeps things exciting. The dental field is quite interesting and I find the rest of the staff to be so helpful and truly a pleasure to work with.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending time with loved ones, listening to music, reading and hiking around The Pinnacles and other locations.

Mellony Melson oral hygiene dental expert

Mellony

Office Manager

Where are you from?

I have always lived in Columbia.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I love interacting with and getting to know our patients. It’s also very rewarding when you have a patient who might initially be fearful of or not enjoy coming to the dentist express what a great experience that they’ve had and that we made them feel very welcome.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and son, camping, and attending football games.

Angie Dameron, top oral health expert

Angie

Certified Dental Assistant

Where are you from?

I am originally from Moberly, MO, but have been in Columbia since 2003.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I enjoy visiting with the patients, whether it’s meeting them for the first time or just catching up on their lives. I also enjoy seeing my coworkers every day. They are like a second family!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two young daughters. They keep me busy with their sports and other activities.

From Cracked tooth to bad breath Tracey Cunningham is an oral health expert

Tracey

Certified Dental Assistant

Where are you from?

I grew up in Hallsville and now live in Columbia with my husband and Labrador Retriever, Magic.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I joined Dr. Foote’s team in 2000 as a dental assistant. I enjoy getting to interact with my patients and making them as comfortable as possible during procedures. I also love my coworkers!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

We enjoy attending Tiger football and Kansas City Royals baseball games!