Class Notes

Classes of the 1970s

Dale Davis (D.D.S. ’73) is retired.
Nicholas Hunter (D.D.S. ’73) recently retired.
Steven Tipp (D.D.S. ’73) is retired and enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time with grandchildren.
Paul A. Jones (D.D.S. ’74) retired in October 2013 and lived on a sailboat for six months. He received his USCG captain’s license and started a sailboat charter business called Stuart Sailing Charters in Stuart, Florida.

Classes of the 1980s

Mitchell Esquibel (D.D.S. ’83) is retired, but working part-time.
Lynne Schopper (D.D.S. ’83) got married in May 2020.
Kevin McNamara (D.D.S. ’88) is practicing two days a week with two associates at his practice, Smiles Unlimited. Hisdaughters, aged 10  and 12, keep him busy. Kevin travels as much as possible and enjoys time off.

Classes of the 1990s

Beth Gehring (D.D.S. ’93) had a private practice in Blue Springs, Missouri, for 20 years until 2012, when she joined the staff at University Health Lakewood Dental Clinic. For nine years, she ran the IndependenceSchool Project Mobile Dental Program and is now a staff dentist serving mostly pediatric patients in the clinic.
Jason Hiramoto (D.D.S. ’93) is the dental director at Kokua Kalihi Valley, a community health center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He’s also a part of the clinical faculty in the NYU Langone AEGD Residency Program, University of Hawaii Dental Hygiene Program and Kapiolani Community College Dental Assisting Program.
Don Wilson (D.D.S. ’93) is practicing orthodontics in Topeka, Kansas, andenjoying family.
Craig Lashley (D.D.S. ’98) is balancing family and work. He has a daughter who is a 4th year at UMKC School of Dentistry. Another daughter is a hygienist at his office.
Kathi Matthes (D.D.S. ’98) is still in her general dentistry family practice in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Her oldest son started his freshman year in college, and her youngest son started the 8th grade. Kathi and her husband, Mark, enjoy traveling as much as their busy schedule allows them.

Classes of the 2000s

A. Joshua Montgomery (D.D.S. ’03)owns a general dentist practice and is married with two children.
Christa Walker (D.D.S. ’03) has five children with her husband, Allen. Their oldest is a high school senior. The youngest starts kindergarten next year. This summer,the family went on a three-week road trip from Texas to Maine. Christa continues to work part-time for a nonprofit dental clinic for the uninsured.
Laurel Prichard (D.D.S. ’08) is in private practice in Carthage, Missouri.

Classes of the 2010s

Benjamin Hechler (D.D.S. ’13) started his career at Duke University Hospitals in August 2020 with academic appointments in the Department of Surgery (Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery), Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences after completing a fellowship in oral/head and neck oncologic surgery at the University of Tennessee. He currently lives in Durham, North Carolina, and he and his wife had their first child, Lewis, in July 2020. A second child, Madelyn, is due in February 2023.
Neena Patel (D.D.S. ’13) returned to complete a pediatric residency six years after graduating. Now she is a pediatric dentist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Bradley Rachow (D.D.S. ’13) has two children with his wife, Molly.
Kristen Sander (D.D.S. ’13) practiced ortho for four years in Kansas City, then moved home to Wichita to buy into Smiles Orthodontics with her partner in 2020. They are building a new office space this year. Outside the office, Kristen is busy with her husband, John, and their three kids: Michael, Henry and Rosalie.
Jackie Sloop (D.D.S. ’13) is in private practice in Kansas City.
Tiffany Teegarden (D.D.S. ’13) married Jake Anderson (D.D.S. ’14) in 2017. They have two boys, Chase (2) and Brooks (3.5 months). They purchased a dental practice in 2019 called Careswell + Anderson Dental in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Casey Zook (D.D.S. ’13) is working at an FQHC and is dental director for the western region.
Sarah Heeter (D.D.S. ’18) is working as an associate in a private practice in Northern Virginia and became a mom in 2020.
Anna McKee (D.D.S. ’18) finished her pediatric residency and is working in private practice in Liberty, Missouri. She got married in 2020 and is expecting her first child.
Panagiota Sandoval (D.D.S. ’18) returned to a pediatric residency.
Jessica Sliger’s (D.D.S. ’18) second child, Layla, was born during her residency. Jessica graduated in 2020 and became ABPD pediatric board certified in 2022. She has a practice called My Village Pediatric Dentistry.