Dr. Stiver believes in the importance of furthering his education so that patients are always getting the best care possible in our office. He has advanced education hours in IV sedation and dental implant dentistry. By offering advanced sedation and tooth replacement solutions, Dr. Stiver is able to help many patients who would otherwise have to suffer decades with dentures.
When he is away from the office, Dr. Stiver enjoys going out on two wheels. He is an avid bicyclist and enjoys the exercise. Dr. Stiver is married to Ginger, whom you might also see around the office. He is a father to three children: Lauren, Clayton, and Mallory.
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Dr. Sky Kurlbaum
Dr. Sky Kurlbaum grew up in Kansas City, KS, graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School before attending the University of Kansas. Dr. Kurlbaum attended UMKC School of Dentistry, graduating in 2017 as one of the most productive student doctors, highly regarded by faculty and patients alike. In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Kurlbaum has also given back to the community by serving children from low-income families at a wonderful non-profit clinic in Harrisonville, Missouri.
Dr. Kurlbaum works hard to ensure he can provide for all the needs of his patients. Dr. Kurlbaum completed a Fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association and is dedicated to helping patients restore lost teeth with implants. Dr. Kurlbaum himself lost a front tooth playing basketball and has had an implant placed to replace that tooth, so helping patients receive comfortable, easy and pain free implant treatment is a major focus. He was also a member of the Prosthetic Honors program in dental school which helped him complete double the required training for dentures and do many advanced cosmetic dentistry cases. Dr. Kurlbaum fine-tuned his pediatric training in order to provide quality dental care to entire families through his work with underserved children. Dr. Kurlbaum is beyond excited to continue his journey in dentistry and hopes you join our Dental Care Center family!
Dr. Kurlbaum married his best friend, Nicole, and they live in Brookside, Missouri, with their two dachshunds, Pepper and Bandit. Sky is an Eagle Scout and loves being outdoors. His family has a 3,000-plant tomato farm in KCK that delivers tomatoes to restaurants around Kansas City, including Jack Stacks, Michael Smith’s, Bristol, Jasper’s and more. On the weekends, Dr. Kurlbaum enjoys traveling, playing sports, boating at Table Rock Lake, tailgating at sporting events and spending time on his family farm.
Meet Our Team
Our friendly and compassionate team at The Dental Care Center love helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. We make it our mission to provide top-quality dental care and help each patient we meet have a positive experience in our office. We go above and beyond to make dentistry fun and comfortable! Call us today at 816-941-7788 to learn more and schedule your appointment with our dentist in Kansas City, Missouri. We look forward to meeting you soon!
Ginger — Chief Operating Officer
Ginger has been married to the owner for over 35 years. Together, they are the pair of docs, as Ginger used to own and practice out of a veterinarian clinic in Martin City. After having 3 children, she decided to retire from veterinary medicine and become a stay-at-home mom. Now that her kids are all grown up, she stays busy managing the daily operations at the Dental Care Center and keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine. Ginger is the office conflict resolutioner and can find a solution to just about any problem, whether it be life or business. She is also responsible for the at-home feel you get when you walk into the office. As a retired vet, she is an avid animal lover and has many dogs, horses and cats at home.
Mallory — Marketing Director
Mallory has been at our office since 2015, helping with our marketing both internally and externally. She is the face behind any Facebook post, mailer, office giveaway or free dental days, and hers is the voice you will hear when you get your confirmation call. Occasionally, you may see her running around Martin City in a T-Rex or Tooth costume. When not in the office, Mallory is usually busy riding and competing horses, making artwork, falling down YouTube rabbit holes, exploring abandoned places or working towards her marketing management degree. Mallory is among one of the many animal lovers in our office and has two dogs, two cats and two horses.
Amy — Receptionist, Financial Coordinator
Amy is our trusty financial coordinator and a huge asset to our team. She has been working in the dental industry since 2005 and has been working at the Dental Care Center since 2013. Amy is known for her quiet, calm and relaxing demeanor around the office. At home, Amy is married with two boys, and she loves spending her weekends and evenings going to basketball tournaments.
Deb — Receptionist, Insurance Coordinator
Deb is another one of our amazing insurance coordinators. Deb moved from Colorado to the KC area in 2014 and we are so happy to have someone with her experience working on our team. She has been in the dental field since 1984. She attended and graduated from Salt Lake City College of Medical & Dental Careers and brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the board. When Deb is not at the Dental Care Center, she is usually at home with her 3 cats, traveling, or hanging out with friends and making people laugh.
Lauren — Receptionist, Client Coordinator, Dental Assistant
Lauren is the office’s “jack of all trades,” as she has been working in the dental field, specifically at the Dental Care Center, since 2006. She simultaneously works the front office and helps with assisting in the back. Having Lauren’s expertise and experience in our office is crucial to keep the front and back offices working together seamlessly. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, working out, riding horses, reading, shopping and managing her Airbnb. Lauren is passionate in home decorating and has a goal of owning more rental properties in the future.
Melissa — Receptionist, Insurance Coordinator
Melissa is our insurance guru and has been working at the Dental Care Center since 2015. Prior to working here, she worked in the animal field and knows just about all there is about any type of animal. She is our office “walking Wikipedia page” and can spout off obscure facts about animals, strange illnesses or random unsolved murder mysteries. Melissa has been married to her high school sweetheart since 2017, and together they own 2 dogs, 2 cats and a tortoise named Elmer. Melissa and her husband enjoy traveling together, fishing and generally being outdoors.
Veletta — Receptionist, Client Coordinator
Veletta is our bubbly client coordinator. She is most likely the first face you will see when you walk in our doors and the first “hello!” you will hear. She has a gift of making friends everywhere she goes, and it is one of the many reasons we have loved having her on board at the Dental Care Center since 2015. Veletta is married to her husband, and they just recently had a dapper little son in 2018. Additionally, she has two fur babies named Sassie and Bailey. Veletta has lots of experience in the dental and medical field, as she has worked in the industry since 2003, and we are very thankful to have her as part of our Dental Care Center family.
Kat — Registered Dental Hygienist
Kat is another one of our lovely hygienists that you will see at the Dental Care Center. She graduated dental hygiene school from Johnson County Community College and has been with us at the office since 2017. Kat has been married to her husband, Austin, since 2013 and they just recently had their first daughter, Zoe, in 2018 along with their pet pug. When Kat is not busy giving you a pearly white smile, she is traveling, enjoying the outdoors or being crafty!
Kim D. — Registered Dental Hygienist
Kim D. is one of our amazing hygienists here at the Dental Care Center. Though she has only been here since 2016, she has made a huge impact on our office and all of our patients. Kim has over 20 years in dental hygiene, as well as previous experience as a director of education for a dental assisting school and consulting for dental offices. All of this experience makes her not only an amazing hygienist, but a great leader and role-model for the rest of our team. When she is not busy giving you a clean smile, she is at home spending time with her husband and their four dogs and one cat. Kim is a frequent traveler and loves to go to places with a beach or water.
Sara — Registered Dental Hygienist
Sara is a bright, warm-hearted hygienist at our office … you always know she’s here when you can hear her contagious laugh in the office, and she will always be there to greet you with a comfortable smile. Sara has been a hygienist since 2012 and has been at the Dental Care Center since 2018. She is married to her husband, Matt, and together they have two fur children named Jack and Lucy.
Cyndi — Dental Assistant
Cyndi is one of the members of our amazing team of dental assistants that you will see in your room during any dental work. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team as she has been in the field since the year 2000. Cyndi is married with two beautiful daughters, and her and her family love to travel the world, ride horses and go on adventures together. Cyndi has a menagerie of animals and is one of the many crazy animal lovers that you will meet at the Dental Care Center.
Keisha — Dental Assistant
Keisha is another one of our fabulous assistants at the Dental Care Center. She has a lot of knowledge and a relaxing demeanor that makes her an excellent asset to our practice and an exceptional assistant for patients with dental anxiety. Keisha has been at the Dental Center since 2017 but has been an expanded function dental assistant since 2004. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family; which includes her two young sons, hang out with her friends and go shopping.
Kim P. — Dental Assistant, Receptionist
Kim P. is another one of our jacks of all trades at the office, as she is able to rotate from the front and back offices. She has been a dental assistant since 2012, but also doubles up as a receptionist. Unfortunately for us, Kim is part-time at our office, because she is also in school for respiratory therapy. Kim has two adorable young sons, Jaxon and Elian. When she is not working or at school, she is spending time with her family, going to her baby brother’s soccer games and being outdoors. Kim loves photography and all things art, as well as putting things together and then taking them apart.
Lindsey — Dental Assistant
Lindsey will probably be one of the more familiar faces that you will see when you come to the Dental Care Center, as she has been dental assisting here for almost a decade – 2010! Lindsey has a bright and infectious personality which is great when assisting with sedation cases. Lindsey is engaged to her long-term boyfriend, Jose, and together they have two beautiful kids; Sebastian and Catalina.
Tiffany — Dental Assistant
Tiffany is a dental assistant that has only been with the Dental Care Center since 2018, but in that time, she has made a huge impression on us and our patients. She has an outgoing and friendly personality that makes you want to smile the second you meet her. Though she has only been at the Dental Care Center for one year, she brings forward loads of experience, as she has been in the dental industry since 2001, and has over 10 years of experience in phlebotomy. Tiffany is married and expecting her first child, a daughter, in October 2019. At home, she loves to spend time with her two cats, hanging out with her family, traveling and shopping.