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Meet Dr. Thomas

Dr. Donna Thomas was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She attended St. Mary’s high school and Rockhurst College. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1992 from University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry. Following graduation, Dr. Thomas completed a 2-year Pediatric Dental Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha where she also obtained a Masters Degree. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association and the Kansas Dental Association. She is married to Dr. Daniel Thomas, a Periodontist and they have 2 children, Alexandria and Preston. Dr. Thomas enjoys spending her free time with her family, traveling and exercising.


Meet Dr. Hawkinson

Dr. Nicole Hawkinson was raised in central Iowa and attended Luther College where she received a degree in biology. She then attended the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, where she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Hawkinson went on to continue her education and received a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester, NY. She received extensive training in child psychology, dental trauma, sedation, hospital dentistry and development.

Following residency she and her husband returned to the Midwest and settled in the Kansas City area. They are members at Church of Nativity, and are avid fans of Sporting KC soccer and the Kansas City Ballet. Dr. Hawkinson enjoys spending most of her free time with her little boys, Ethan and Henry.


Meet Dr. Lopez

Dr. Claudia Lopez is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She graduated first in her class at the El Bosque University of Dentistry. In 1992, she moved to the United States and obtained a certification in Pediatric Dentistry from New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Lopez completed a DDS certificate and one year of dental research fellowship training at Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Lopez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is fluent in Spanish and has 17 years of teaching experience. She is active in the community and enjoys Tae-kwon-do, volleyball, yoga and swimming.


Meet Dr. Crist

Dr. Frank Crist attended Park Hill High School where he graduated in 1982. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kansas State University in 1986 and went on to attend the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1990. Dr. Crist completed a General Practice Residency at the Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.

In 1993 he earned his certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Oral Biology from UMKC School of Dentistry. Dr. Crist is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Crist and his family reside in Leawood, Kansas. He and his wife have three daughters, all of whom attend Blue Valley Schools.


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Pediatric Dentists Dr. Thomas, Dr. Hawkinson & Dr. Lopez provide Children's Dentistry
including orthodontic treatments, cavity prevention, gum disease prevention, thumb sucking
and tooth brushing tips to Leawood, Lee's Summit, Kansas City North & the Country Club Plaza.
Orthodontist Dr. Crist provides orthodontic treatment to Leawood.

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