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.

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.

Ashley

Registered Dental Hygienist

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Columbia. We just recently moved to Ashland and are enjoying country living.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I like building relationships with my patients. I know dental offices can be intimidating places for some people but I want my patients to feel comforted when coming to see me. I also love seeing them improve their oral health and am excited when they see the improvements.

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

I have two young children who keep me very busy with after-school activities. Otherwise, we love to spend a lot of time outdoors and being with friends and family and going on family vacations.

Angela

Dental Hygienist

Where are you from?

I grew up in Chillicothe, IL, and relocated to Columbia in August, 2018, with my seventeen-year-old daughter.

What do you enjoy the most about what you do?

I have been a hygienist since 1997 and enjoy the flexibility of my career. I have worked in a prison, a developmental center, private practice, and have provided in-services for nursing homes. I love the relationships that I develop with my patients.

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

I love the outdoors and camping. My daughter and I were blessed to spend six weeks recently camping in Peninsula State Park in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. We met many new friends and had some great adventures

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!