Meet the Team

​Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

the team




Specialized Orthodontic Assistant

I love working with people of all ages. It’s a joy to see shy people develop self-confidence because of their amazing smile. I spend my days working with our patients and assisting Dr. Kavanaugh during orthodontic treatments. I help patients understand what we’re going to do during their visit, answer their questions, and make sure they’re smiling and laughing at the end. I’ve been part of the team since 2002 and love every day at work!

I was raised in Quincy and now live in Kansas City with my husband Phil. I have two beautiful daughters, Paige and Brooke, and our pets: Maggie, Pete, and Mr. Whiskers.



Specialized Orthodontic Assistant

My love for orthodontics grows with the relationships that develop with each patient. Making people smile while creating their amazing new smile is the best part of my day. I assist Dr. Kavanaugh as he sees and cares for patients, and travel with him to our satellite offices. My goal is to make sure each patient has an informed, comfortable, and fun orthodontic experience. I joined our team in 2003 and enjoy friendships with each of our incredible patients.

I was raised in Quincy and now live in Gardner, Kansas. I love spending time with my amazing husband Mark, our two children, Kaeleigh and Jax, and our dog, Bubba.


Office Manager

As our office manager, I am here to ensure the office runs efficiently and patients are given the very best care possible. I joined Dr. Ed’s team in 2002 and have loved meeting all the patients who come to our practice as well as their families. It’s so exciting to watch the wonderful transformation of patients as they begin treatment until completion; what a wonderful way to build self-confidence: with a smile!

I have been married to an awesome farmer, Randy, for 40 years. We have three wonderful children and 11 grandchildren. My hobbies include gardening, riding my motorcycle, and camping, but most of all, spending time with my family and grandchildren on our farm.



Patient Coordinator / Front Desk

I love meeting new people and helping our patients and their families have a positive orthodontic experience. Each patient becomes a friend, and I look forward to seeing them during their visits. Watching someone I care about become more confident and outgoing as their smile changes is rewarding, and I see it every day. I became part of the team in 2007, and work at our front desk. I schedule visits, check patients in and out, answer phones, and coordinate the Kearney shuttle.

I have a lovely daughter, Courtney, and two remarkable grandchildren, Ronan and Kai. 




Marketing / Patient Coordinator

I love working with and helping our patients and their families have a positive orthodontic experience. I joined Dr. Kavanaugh’s team in 2013. I handle the marketing for our eight locations, as well as coordinating the financials and contracts for our patients. Occasionally, you will catch me in the operatory helping with sterilization.

I live in Smithville with my husband Tyler, who is a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Olathe. We have two beautiful daughters named Shay and Brooke and a sweet boxer named Sadie. 



Lab and Sterilization Technician

I joined Dr. Kavanaugh’s team in 2009, and am responsible for sterilizing instruments and the pouring and cutting of models in the lab. I also help out at the front desk when needed. Getting to know the patients and their families is the best part of my job. Everyone has a unique story to tell. I also love my coworkers; we are like a family here!

I have been married for 38 years; we have two daughters, four grandchildren, and two dachshunds. I love to work in my yard, landscaping it and working in my flowerbeds and garden. I enjoy canning as well.




Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant, Specialized Orthodontic Assistant

I love helping people of all ages and backgrounds achieve a smile that makes them confident and happy. It’s fun getting to know each person; they all feel like family to me. I work chairside assisting Dr. Kavanaugh. I also work in the office, verifying and filing insurance claims, as well as handling online payments. I love our practice, especially our smiling patients.

I live in Kearney. My husband Mike is a firefighter and paramedic with the Gladstone & Excelsior Springs fire departments. We have two little boys, Sawyer and Thatcher, and a Boxer named Granger.



Accounts Coordinator/Insurance Coordinator

I have been with Dr. Kavanaugh since April 2015 and loving getting to know our patients and their families. Seeing the joy on a patient’s face when they see their finished smile after we take off the braces, is the most incredible experience. I answer the phones, accept payments, coordinate insurance benefits and schedule appointments at times that work with patients’ busy schedules. Occasionally I will assist Dr. Kavanaugh with patients during our busy months. I love answering questions about orthodontic treatment and catching up on each patient’s news, too.

I live in Platte City with my fiance Matt. Together we have four children: Ayden, Hayden, Harper, and Hudson. We are always busy with their sports schedules. We also have two English mastiffs named King and Queen. When I am not busy with all of these other things I enjoy wakeboarding and playing volleyball and softball. 



Patient Coordinator / Front Desk

I have been working with Dr. Kavanaugh since December 2016. I am one of the faces you will see when you first enter the office. I enjoy interacting with our new and current patients on a daily basis. 

I live in Gardner, KS and I have the pleasure of working with two of my daughters everyday. I have three beautiful daughters, Karrie, Brea, and Shauna. In my free time I enjoy crafting and traveling.         




Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant/ Lab Technician 

Developing relationships with patients and seeing how happy they are when they get their braces off is my favorite part of the job. I have been working with Dr. Kavanaugh since August of 2013. I work chairside along with Dr. Kavanaugh as well as working full time in the lab pouring and cutting models. 

I currently live in Liberty, MO with my husband Travis. We enjoy anything outdoors, especially camping. I also enjoy scrapbooking and baking. 




Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant


My love for orthodontics comes in working with new patients and getting them excited about changing their smile. The thing I enjoy most about working with Dr. Kavanaugh is how much he genuinely cares for his patients and his staff. I started working chairside for Dr. Kavanaugh in May of 2016.

I am from Kearney, MO but currently live in Excelsior Springs, MO. I have an amazing son named Gavin and we like to frequent the zoo often! When I am not busy chasing my son, I enjoy crafting and trying new recipes. 




Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant  

My favorite part about my job is seeing our patients faces light up when they see their brand new smile. I joined Dr. Kavanaugh's team in March of 2017. I work chairside in the operatory assisting Dr. Kavanaugh. 

I am from St. Joseph, MO but I currently live in Trimble, MO with my fiance Dean and our sweet fur baby Bella. While I am not here at the office I enjoy riding my motorcycle, paddling my kayak and line dancing. I look forward to meeting and working with you in the near future. 




Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant

I have been working with Dr. Kavanaugh since March of 2017. I enjoy meeting new patients and being able to make a positive change in their life. I am a chairside assistant and travel to all our locations. 

I live in Platte City, MO with my husband Ryan and our 3 children, we have two girls and a new baby boy. We enjoy spending time outside, especially camping, horseback riding and going to the lake.