Meet the Smile Team

Our devoted and skilled dental team at Smile Connections will go above and beyond to keep your family smiling for years to come.

Happy Smiles, Familiar Faces

Get to know a little more about our team - handpicked by your dentists in Wichita, KS.

Meet your Smile Connections team.

Front Office Team

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Jeri

Appointment Coordinator

What is your area of awesomeness at Smile Connections?
I raised five children, so I have experience in multi-tasking and managing finances, which makes me the best option to help patients manage their time and treatment financing.

How I recharge:
Spending time with my family and 15 grandchildren. Then taking a nap!

What is one thing that would be impossible for you to give up?
Dark chocolate!

Liz

Appointment Coordinator

What is your area of awesomeness in the office?
I know everything about our patients and can thus be an excellent consultant for them.

How does your work benefit patients?
I have been with Dr. Volker for over 16 years; I help patients feel at ease and to understand what to expect throughout their dental treatment.

What is one thing that would be impossible for you to give up?
Shopping.

Shelly

Appointment Coordinator

Favorite part of dentistry: Making long-lasting relationships with our patients to help them feel comfortable during their visits. They know I would do everything I could for them. How I recharge: When not babysitting my adorable grandchildren, my husband and I like going to the gym 2-4 nights a week. I love music (mostly the Beatles). My happy moments include an afternoon with friends, movie-worthy-weather with coffee, treasure hunting at Goodwill, and cooking (I love cooking)! What I would sing at Karaoke night: Blackbird by the Beatles.

Brenda

Office Manager

Favorite part of dentistry:
I like being the person you can always come to for help with anything.

How I recharge:
Cooking, reading, and going to the beach with family and friends.

What I would sing at Karaoke night:
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

Amy

Business Manager

What is your area of awesomeness at Smile Connections?
I am the “comic relief.” I am also Dr. Volker’s wife.

What do you do to recharge?
Something creative with photos and pretty paper.

How does your work benefit patients?
I am a mom, I was an Occupational Therapist, and I am OCD about numbers. Behind-the-scenes, I make sure that patient accounts are accurate and complete.

The Hygiene Team

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April

Registered Dental Hygienist

Favorite part of dentistry:
I love caring for people’s smiles, overall health, and self-confidence.

How I recharge:
I like to play games, watch movies, read books, travel to the beach, go 4-wheeling, fishing, and get together with family and friends.

What I would sing at Karaoke night:
No, thank you. I would cheer everybody on!

Cande

Registered Dental Hygienist

How does your work benefit your patients?
I help my patients understand their treatment options and feel at ease by being positive, friendly, funny, and willing to help whenever needed.

What is your favorite way to spend your weekends?
Going to the gun range with my husband, going to Church, and playing with my girls!

What I would sing at Karaoke night:
Happy by Pharrell Williams. If I can be goofy, I am good!

Kirsten

Registered Dental Hygienist

What is your area of awesomeness at Smile Connections?
I do thorough cleanings with a feather-light touch! Having two siblings with special needs has helped me be extra patient and understanding with our patients.

How do you think your teammates see you?
As the “Pen Thief,” I start the day with two pens and have six by lunch time.

Other than thorough cleanings, what do you love doing the most?
Reading a mystery novel by Stephen King. Oh, and spending time with my husband and two dogs.

Shelby

Registered Dental Hygienist

What is your area of awesomeness at Smile Connections?
I feel like I do an awesome job welcoming new patients to our dental family and making them feel great for future appointments.

Any other passions in life?
My fur-babies! I also LOVE fitness: CrossFit, volleyball, basketball – you name it.

How do you think your teammates view you?
As a team player who always lends a hand when she can.

Whitney

Registered Dental Hygienist

How does your work benefit your patients?
I help make their visits with us comfortable and worry-free by listening to their stories, learning about their hobbies, their ups-and-downs, etc.

How do you think your teammates view you?
I hope they see me as a very time-oriented, organized person who is helpful and available to answer questions.

How I recharge:
Going on a run to blow off steam and relax, and eating popcorn.

Dental Assisting Team

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Brandi

Dental Assistant

Favorite part of dentistry:
Being the bearer of positive energy for my team and helping our patients feel comfortable during big procedures.

How I recharge:
Lifting weights. Netflix-binging.

What I would sing at Karaoke night:
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. Everyone knows that song, so they would sing along and wouldn’t be able to hear me sing!

Emily

Dental Assistant

Favorite part of dentistry:
Keeping everybody relaxed, happy, and helping every aspect of patients’ appointments run smooth.

How I recharge:
Spending time with my husband and son at the lake and snuggling to read a good book.

What I would sing at Karaoke night:
I would sing Small Town Girl by Journey.

Hope

Dental Assistant

How do you think your teammates view you?
I’m the office “goober!” I do the work so we can all have fun!

What special training have you received and how does it benefit your patients?
I went to school for dental assisting and I believe that helps me to be more knowledgeable when helping a patient.

How do your patients benefit from your work?
My patients always leave less anxious and more excited for their next dental appointment.

Linda

Dental Assistant

Favorite part of dentistry:
I like creating relationships with our patients and doing everything I can to care for them and my coworkers.

How I recharge:
Watching TV with the hubby and eating chocolate.

What I would sing at Karaoke night:
No, thank you – not my cup of tea!

“My dental hygienist is absolutely terrific. The dental office as a whole is terrific. Everything was precise and kept moving throughout the day. I’ve had appointments in the mornings and afternoons and have never been kept waiting. Keep up the good work. I’ve recommended you to whoever has asked about a dentist.”

– Robert P. (actual patient of your Wichita family dentists)

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