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Our board certified specialists and our amazing team continues to provided pediatric dental services with excellence and care.
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Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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 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 previously served on the Kansas Dental Board, after being appointed by the Governor, for 5 years and was President during her last year. Dr. Thomas completed the prestigious Leadership Kansas program and is currently serving as a Board of Trustees for the program. She was appointed to the Friends of Cedar Crest Association. Most recently, Dr. Thomas was appointed by the Governor to serve as on the Board of Directors to The KU Hospital Authority Board. She is married to Dr. Daniel Thomas, a Periodontist and they have 2 children, Alexandria and Preston, both currently in college. Dr. Thomas enjoys spending her free time with her family, traveling and exercising.

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Pediatric Dentist

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 children, Ethan, Henry and Kate.

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Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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.

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Board Certified Orthodontist

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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We are embracing the future of dental technology in order to keep your child's visit as seamless as possible.

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From the moment they step inside our practice your child's comfort is our number one priority.


We expect the best. We are setting new standards of what it means for your child to visit the dentist.


With 5 locations to conveniently choose from in Leawood, Olathe, North Kansas City, Country Club Plaza, and Lee's Summit to best serve your dental needs.


As a courtesy to our patients, we submit necessary claim forms, receipts, and other information to your insurance company.


Our welcoming and experienced staff will take care of any questions or concerns you may have during your visit to our practice.

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