Associates of Dental Arts
We have put together a team of talented and dedicated dental professionals who are excited about providing state-of-the-art, high quality dental care. We love dentistry, and it shows in the work we do. Our goal is to always treat you as the wonderful, unique individual you are and not only meet your needs and expectations but consistently exceed them, as well.
At our office, we take pride in getting to know you, understanding your goals, and then working with you to provide the tools and education that will help you meet those goals. Welcome to our Joplin dental office!
Meet Our Team
Gregory Kivett, Jr., DDS
Joplin Dentist Dr. Gregory Kivett, Jr.
Dr. Gregory Kivett, Jr. initially discovered his love for dentistry while serving in the United States Air Force as a dental laboratory technician. Following his honorable discharge in 1995, he made the decision to become a dentist. He graduated with honors from Southwest Missouri State University, where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry, and was quickly accepted to the School of Dentistry at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He received his DDS in 2005, graduating with honors. That same year, Dr. Kivett also served as part of a mission trip to Nicaragua, where he provided dental services to underserved patients.
Dr. Kivett has made it his mission to provide the absolute best possible care to his patients. He believes strongly in the power of continuing education and is dedicated to increasing his knowledge in order to offer additional services to his patients. Dr. Kivett is skilled in the art of Advanced Laser Dentistry and the use of the PerioLase MVP-7, which allows for the treatment of periodontal disease through a procedure called LANAP. He also offers sedation dentistry to comfortably treat his patients. Dr. Kivett has attended the Rondeau Seminars Level I, II and III for orthodontics and he has trained at the McGarry Implant Institute, where he learned advanced procedures such as implant surgery and restoration as well as sinus grafting. Dr. Kivett is also proud to provide the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (a no suture, no cutting solution to gum recession) and is currently the only doctor within 60 miles of Joplin offering this procedure.
Dr. Kivett’s commitment to providing excellent dental care has earned him multiple awards and accolades, including being an Incisal Edge “Top 40 Under 40 in America” for Fall 2013, being featured on the cover of DOCS Digest and being a 417 Magazine “First Rate Dentist” several years running.
Dr. Kivett’s strong commitment to providing excellent dental care has earned him multiple awards and honors, including being selected as a First Rate Dentist for 417 Magazine for several years running. He is a member of the following professional organizations:
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Southwest Dental Society, in which he has also served as Chapter Secretary and Chapter President
- Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
- Pierre Fauchard Academy
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Academy of Laser Dentistry
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- The American Orthodontic Society
Dr. Kivett's excellent practice and skilled expertise has brought in multiple awards and accolades. These include:
Megan: Business Manager
Megan graduated from Yokota High School, Japan, in 1993. After graduation she worked for several years in Japan. She then decided to pursue an education in Commercial Interior Design and moved to Springfield, Missouri. Megan graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Missouri Southern State University, majoring in Interior Design. She has two children and enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family.
Angie: Insurance Coordinator
Angie joined Dr. Kivett’s team in October of 2012. She is a lifelong resident of the Four States area. Angie is married and has two daughters. When not working or attending college, she enjoys participating in community theater, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Sonya: Dental Hygienist
Sonya graduated from Carl Junction, MO high school and then attended Missouri Southern State College (now MSSU), graduating in 1993 with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She later went on to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. Sonya has practiced Dental Hygiene since 1994 and says it’s a very rewarding career. She enjoys volunteering at the Community Clinic in Joplin where she helps clean children’s teeth and place sealants. Sonya’s favorite pastime is spending time with family and friends, preferably somewhere tropical! She has been married since 1994 and has a daughter, Macee Kate, and a son, Fischer. They keep her busy but are by far her favorite two little people to spend time with!
Bethany: Dental Hygienist
Bethany lives in Webb City, MO with her husband Matthew, daughter Audrey, and step-son Kyler. She graduated from MSSU in 2012 with a Bachelors in Health Science and an Associates in Dental Hygiene.
Bethany loves spending time with her family, attending sporting events, swimming, and date nights with her husband.
Dental Assistant: Sara Shelton
Sara graduated from Joplin High School and currently lives in Joplin. She graduated as a Registered Dental Assistant from the Franklin Technology Center Dental Assisting Program at MSSU. Since graduating she has continued her education and acquired expanded functions certifications in several areas of dentistry. Sara is married to Steve and has two daughters, Savannah and Aliyah, and two step-sons, Steven and Trevon. She also has 3 step-grandchildren she enjoys spoiling rotten. In her down time Sara loves to fish and swim or just have some good laughs with family and friends.
Dental Assistant: Chelsea Gordon
Chelsea lives in Neosho with her husband Kyle and son Kayden. She is a licensed cosmetologist and worked in a salon for a few years until she decided to change her career path. Chelsea went back to school and graduated as a Registered Dental Assistant in the spring of 2014. She loves being a Dental Assistant and seeks to further her education with hopes of becoming an instructor someday.
Dental Assistant: Megan Tate
Megan graduated from OTC in Springfield, MO in 2013. She graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant with Expanded Functions and an Associates Degree in Applied Science and General Studies. Megan and her husband, Aaron, are new to the Joplin area but enjoy living here very much. They have a long haired dachshund named Axle, whom she talks about constantly! Megan enjoys baking, traveling, and hanging out with her friends and family as much as she can. Megan has been to Nicaragua 3 times (and counting!) on Dental Mission Trips. She first went during her assisting program and has been hooked ever since.