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As with any service-oriented profession, our most valuable asset is our people! Below you'll find information on some key staff members, along with additional e-mail links should you have any questions.

With 33 years invested in the business of catering to cowards, it's safe to say Dr. Ker knows his profession. From his graduate work at St. Johns University, to a three-year stint with the Navy in Vietnam, this smile saver knew back then what he wanted ... his own practice.

Dr. Kers love for dentistry is widely apparent throughout his offices; however, this father of two doesn't spend ALL of his time telling patients to bite and spit. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Ker also loves skiing, boating and hunting.

While he's new to Springfield and Dr. Kers office, call Dr. Pfeifer anything but a rookie. With 34 years spent running his own practice in Overland Park, Kans., Dr. Pfeifer brings another source of invaluable experience to the team. He received his training at both Kansas State University and UMKC.

In addition to his dentistry skill, this father of three enjoys an interesting hobby, model aerodynamics. Dr. Pfeifer designs, builds and flies model airplanes at national-level competitions.

After 40 years of private practice in Iowa, Dr. Richard Drennen just recently "retired" to Southwest Missouri, fulfilling a lifelong dream, and joined Dr. Ker's office. Dr. Drennen attended UCLA and graduated from the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska

Drennen, the father of four sons and two step daughters, enjoys all outdoor sporting activities and has been active as an officer of the conservation groups Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. He is very proud to be associated with Drs. Ker and Pfiefer.

Dental Hygienists/Lab Technicians

Suzanne Clark: Hygienist
A Dr. Ker staffer since 1985, "Zan" got her start at the University of Iowa. This mother of two also enjoys spending time with animals. In fact, you just might meet her on a visit to the Dickerson Park Zoo, where she serves as a volunteer. As for her future, Zan has a healthy outlook, hoping to "... keep cleaning 'til I die!"

Sally Allen: Dental Hygienist

Robert Leavey: Lab Technician
At Dr. Ker's offices, the dentists aren't the only ones who measure experience in decades. Lab tech Robert Leavey adds another 28 years experience working "under the gun," with Dr. Ker's team. A self-proclaimed romantic, this father of five enjoys fishing reading and collecting all things collectible in his spare time. For patients, Robert also states, "Go ahead and try the rest ... we are the best!"

Kristy Calvin: Lab Technician
Sarah Colley: Lab Technician

Dental Assistants:

Linda Ann Roop: Dental Assistant
"Working with patients is the highlight of my day," says Linda. A graduate of OTC, this mother of four enjoys spending time with her grand children, traveling, sporting events and volunteering at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Michelle R. Myers: Dental Assistant
Another assistant, Michelle got her start at Omar Gibson Vo-Tech. This mother of two enjoys sports, riding horses, fishing, swimming and participating in activities with her children.

Jonette M. Smith: Dental Assistant
Jonette brings invaluable experience to Dr. Ker's staff and got her start in the tropics at the College of the Virgin Islands. This mother of three also enjoys sailing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Missy Morris: Dental Assistant
With seven years in the field, Missy backs up the doctors, takes care of instruments and orders supplies for the exam rooms. When she's not helping patients, you'll probably find her spending time with friends and family or out on the trails riding horses.

Kecia Maxwell: Dental Assistant/Office Receptionist
Graduate of Vatterott College RDA, also EFDA Assistant. Married to a loving husband and a mother of two loving childern. Enjoys working with patients and fullfilling their needs. Kecia loves spending time with family and enjoys riding horses,cooking, water sports and travling.

Margarett Ortiz: Dental Assistant/Front Desk Receptionist
A CDA Graduate from Vatterott College March-01 to Oct.-01. Mother of two great kids and she loves her job.

Jennifer Wilson: Dental Assistant/Front Desk Receptionist
Graduate of Vatterott College RDA, also EFDA Assistant.She enjoys working with Dr. Ker and his staff. She also likes working one on one with patients. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, camping, and motor sports.

Office Staff:

Diane D. Meester: Receptionist/Insurance Coordinator
In addition to taking care of patient scheduling and paperwork, Diane also files insurance claims for patients, saving time for patients by dealing with insurance companies directly. A mother of two and grandmother of four, Diane enjoys cross-stitching, camping and participating in the Christian Women's Club.

Deandra M. Cram: Office Coordinator
Hailing all the way from Long Beach Junior College, Deandra serves on the front line at the office. From appointment scheduling to check-in, patients are in good hands with Deandra. Put a pool cue in her hand, however, and its a different story. This mother of three enjoys pool tournaments and is a force to be reckoned with.

Melissa Gilmartin: Office Manager
A graduate of OTC, Melissa enjoys her work with Dr. Ker and is responsible for the many clerical tasks in the reception area. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys horseback riding, water skiing, quilting and drawing.

James River Dental Center

4205 S. Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65804

(417) 882-1711
(800) 513-9713

Northside Dental Clinic

2733 W. Kearney
Springfield, MO 65803

(417) 862-2468
(800) 596-6782

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