Associates of Dental Arts
We have put together a team of talented and dedicated 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 and unique individual that you are and consistently exceed your needs and expectations.
At our office, we take pride in getting to know you, understanding your goals, and working with you to provide the tools and education to help you achieve your goals. Welcome to our Associates of Dental Arts!
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.
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: Office Coordinator
Angie joined the team in October of 2012. Graduating from MSSU in 2016, she earned her Bachelor of Science in environmental health and safety. Angie is married and has two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and a new grandson. She loves spending time with family and friends. Hiking, kayaking, reading, and participating in community theater are some of her passions. Another of her passions is traveling; always on-the-go, she cannot wait to plan where she is going next!
Leanne: Insurance and Financial Coordinator
Leanne has been in dentistry for almost 15 years and loves what she does. Leanne married her high school sweetheart, Nick, in August 2006. They reside in the Webb City area with their 2 kids, Kyleigh and Kameron. Her family also has 3 dogs; Brody, River, and Max. Leanne loves her Carterville Christian Church and Wednesday night Life Group family. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, traveling with her kids to their sporting events, going to the beach, and with friends and family.
Sonya: Dental Hygienist
Sonya graduated from Carl Junction and then attended Missouri Southern State College, now MSSU. She graduated in 1993 with an associate degree in dental hygiene and later went on to finish her bachelor’s degree in health science. Sonya has practiced dental hygiene since graduation in 1993 and says that it’s a very rewarding career. She has been married to her husband Rob since 1994 and has a daughter, Macee Kate, and a son, Fischer. They both keep her busy, but are by far her favorite two little people to spend time with! Sonya’s favorite leisure activity is spending time with family and friends, preferably somewhere tropical!
Bethany: Dental Hygienist
Bethany graduated from MSSU in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in health science and an associate degree in dental hygiene. She lives in the Webb City area with her husband Matthew, son Kyler, and daughter Audrey. They have two family animals, a black lab named Sparton and a cat named Tess. Bethany loves spending time with her family and friends, attending Kyler and Audrey’s sporting events, spending the day at Silver Dollar City, and going on date nights with her husband.
Jane: Dental Hygienist
Jane graduated from MSSU with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in dental hygiene. She has practiced hygiene for ten years and loves what she does. Jane has two daughters that keep her busy with school and sports. When she isn’t at work, Jane enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves to travel and has visited all over the Western and Southern US and several locations throughout the Caribbean.
Sara: Dental Assistant
Sara graduated from Joplin High School and then attended the Franklin Technology Center dental assisting program at MSSU before graduating as a registered dental assistant. Since graduating, she has continued her education and acquired expanded functions certifications in several areas of dentistry. Sara currently lives in Joplin with her husband, Steve, and little guy JoJo. She has two daughters, Savannah and Aliyah, and multiple step grandkids. Sara’s favorite hobbies are fishing, swimming, and sharing her infectious laugh with family and friends.
Chelsea: Dental Assistant
Chelsea lives in Joplin with her husband, Kyle and her sons, Kayden and Lenox. They also have a Dorkie, a mix between a Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier, named Diamond. Chelsea is a licensed cosmetologist and worked in a salon until she decided to change career paths. She went back to school, and in the spring of 2014, graduated as a registered dental assistant. She loves her career and seeks to further her education in the hopes of becoming an instructor. Chelsea is an organized person who enjoys racing 4 wheelers with her family and doing crafts. She also loves anything related to superheroes and zombies and dreams of attending a Comicon convention.
Megan: Dental Assistant
Megan graduated from OTC in Springfield, MO in 2013 as a certified dental assistant with expanded functions. She then obtained an associate degree in applied science and general studies. Megan is extremely passionate about her specialty of orthodontics and has participated in six dental mission trips to Nicaragua. She hopes to return there soon. Megan and her husband Aaron have been in Joplin for 3 years and enjoy living here. They have two long haired dachshunds named Axle and Mia who are quite spoiled! In Megan’s free time she enjoys baking, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Chelsey: Dental Assistant
Chelsey graduated as a registered dental assistant in 2017 from Franklin Tech in Joplin. She married her husband, Devon, in October 2017. That same year, Chelsey was diagnosed with and conquered thyroid cancer. Chelsea and Devon live on a farm in Sarcoxie with their black lab, Sammy. Chelsey’s favorite activities are hunting and fishing for crappie. She has been hunting deer and turkey since 2008, and took down her largest catch, a 17-point buck in 2016. She also enjoys playing third base in softball, gardening, and doing arts and crafts in her spare time.
Esmeralda: Dental Assistant
Esmeralda was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She moved to the Joplin area in 2011 after marrying her husband, Ricky. She began in dentistry in 2016 as a dental assistant and is excited to be a part of our team. Esmeralda is an avid dog lover and has five Maltese; mom, dad, and three pups. She is also a huge baseball fan, she enjoys the Houston Astros and going to KC to watch the Royals. Frequently, Esmeralda travels to Texas to visit her parents, brothers and their families. Having a close-knit family is important to her, so she enjoys the opportunities to visit when possible.
Sarah: Front Desk Receptionist
Sarah moved to Joplin in 2008 and began a job in sales. After almost ten years, she decided to pursue a different career path. She is extremely excited to be part of the team at Associates of Dental Arts. Sarah lives in Joplin with her husband Andrew and her son, Daxton. Her favorite activities are playing with Dax, watching movies, reading adventure books, and spending time with family and friends. She also loves to travel. Frequent destinations include Kansas City and Branson, but she has traveled across the US, parts of Western Europe, and cruised throughout the Caribbean.