Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our young patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your child to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

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

Ashton

Office Manager

Ashton graduated from Everest College as a dental assistant in 2010. She pursued additional training, becoming an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and certified in nitrous oxide. After working with patients on the clinical side, she became an instructor in dental assisting at a local college. Ashton loves helping parents get the best possible dental care for their children and seeing our patients with bright and healthy smiles!

Ashton lives on a small hobby farm with her husband Austin and their two girls and four boys. The family enjoys working outdoors with their animals and teaching the children the responsibility of caring for the farm.

Paige

Dental Assistant

Paige graduated from Midwest Technical Institute’s Dental Assisting Program in 2015 and started working for Dr. Gardner shortly after he opened his practice. She loves helping children feel more comfortable during their appointments. Her favorite part of her job is working with special needs children and watching their progress each time they come in for a dental visit.

Paige and her husband have two sons. As a family, they enjoy going to the lake in summer, spend time outdoors, play golf, and watch their favorite sports team, the Arkansas Razorbacks! Paige also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and the Kitchen Clinic in Springfield.

Bree

Dental Assistant

Bree is a graduate of Midwest Technical Institute in Dental Assisting and has received her certification in nitrous oxide. After working in general dentistry, she realized her passion and skills would be put to good use in pediatric dentistry. Bree loves children and is a mom herself. She loves being part of a children’s dental practice where she can help kiddos have a positive and happy experience coming to their appointments! Her goal for all children is to show them that coming to the dentist isn’t scary at all and can be really fun!

Bree loves hiking and going on adventures with her son Landon and their fun-loving dog JJ. She spends her free time playing games and trying new restaurants.

Nikki

Front Office Coordinator

Nikki graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in 2015 and went on to complete the DAANB Infection Control Exam, as well as her certification in nitrous oxide. She loves seeing children who were nervous about their first appointment leave feeling comfortable and excited to come back!

Nikki, her husband Justin, and their two daughters love trying new things. Music is a big part of their family, as well as valued time with family and friends.

Haley

Dental Assistant

Haley graduated from Vatterott College in 2015 and is certified in nitrous oxide. She has worked in pediatric dentistry from the beginning of her dental career—there’s no other area in the dental field that she’d rather be! Haley works with children of all ages, so her days are never boring and she’s always learning something new from the kids! She is a wonderful source of encouragement and motivation.

Haley spends most of her time having fun with her two nieces, nephew, and dog Acorn. She also enjoys baking and decorating desserts for special events.

Sarah

Dental Assistant

Sarah graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in 2019 and received her certification in nitrous oxide. After completing her externship with our practice, she immediately accepted a position here as a dental assistant. Sarah really enjoys working with younger kids and helping them to make healthy choices when it comes to their smiles. She is a great asset to the positive and friendly environment that our office works hard to create.

Sarah and her husband love being outdoors and doing things like kayaking or hiking. She also plays in a competitive volleyball league to stay active and fit. When they aren’t outdoors, they enjoy relaxing at home with their two dogs, Shelby and Hanzo.

Maria

Dental Assistant/Patient Care Coordinator

Maria graduated from Midwest Technical Institute at the beginning of 2019. After trying many avenues in the dental field, she realized that her passion is working with kids! Maria loves getting to know her patients and their families. Her goal is to provide every child with the most positive and fun experience possible. She appreciates working with a group of people who share the same passion for providing excellent care and having fun, too!

Maria lives with her fiancé and their two cats, Pumpkin and Spooks. She is a very artistic and creative person, especially when it comes to drawing and painting. In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family.

Kaleigh

Patient Care Coordinator

Kaleigh graduated from Ozark Technical Community College with an Associates of Art Degree in Business. She then decided to pursue her passion for dentistry by completing the Midwest Technical Institute Dental Assisting Program in 2019. She excelled in the infection control and radiology exams to become certified in those fields. She loves helping to facilitate our young patients’ visits in the front office to make caring for their teeth as easy as possible for kids and parents!

Kaleigh enjoys time with her husband of four years and she is a “catdog” mom to Ruby and Bashy. She is a whiz at playing chess, and took the opportunity during the pandemic to learn how to roller skate! In her spare time she also enjoys relaxing by watching TLC reality shows.

Kyra

Dental Assistant

Kyra graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in 2018 and fell in love with pediatric dentistry right away! She loves being part of a children’s dental practice where she strives to make all appointments happy and positive! Kyra wants to help all children feel at ease when they come in for their appointments and she is certified in nitrous oxide.

Kyra and her husband love exploring the outdoors by camping, hunting, and hiking with their two dogs Zoey and Zeus. When they are not enjoying the great outdoors they’re making memories having family game night!

Shaina

Dental Assistant

Shaina graduated from the dental assisting program at Midwest Technical Institute in 2020, and found that working with children is what she enjoys most! She became certified in Nitrous Oxide and excelled in DAANB infection control and radiation health and safety. Her calm and understanding demeanor helps children feel relaxed during their appointment, giving them confidence to try new things!

Outside of the office Shaina loves her time with friends and family. Her favorite things to do with them include hiking, exploring the river and lake, and especially riding ATVs!

Kinsley

Dental Assistant

Kinsley graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in 2019 with certification in nitrous oxide. She knew right from the start that the most rewarding part of dentistry was working with children! She loves their fun nature and she likes getting to know each child and their unique personality. She also enjoys helping the older kids feel happy and confident with their smile with her experience in orthodontics.

Kinsley loves having adventures in the outdoors with the sun on her face and the wind in her hair! She especially likes to ride motorcycles in the summer time. At home she enjoys baking all sorts of delicious creations, and playing with her dogs Ozzy and Zeke.

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