Meet The Team

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Meet Our Dentists


Dr. Sky Kurlbaum

Dr. Sky Kurlbaum grew up in Kansas City, KS, graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School before attending the University of Kansas. Dr. Kurlbaum attended UMKC School of Dentistry, graduating in 2017 as one of the most productive student doctors, highly regarded by faculty and patients alike. In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Kurlbaum has also given back to the community by serving children from low-income families at a wonderful non-profit clinic in Harrisonville, Missouri, and serving seniors in nursing facilities partnering with Enable Dental.

Dr. Nicole Kurlbaum

Dr. Nicole Kurlbaum’s goal in every appointment is to help her patients feel heard, listening to their needs as we put together treatment plans that meet their goals. She is passionate about restoring people’s smiles so they can feel confident again! Even if life has made it hard to visit the dentist, her attitude of non-judgement will make you feel welcome and cared for.
Dr. Kurlbaum graduated from KU with degrees in art and science, and before becoming a dentist, Dr. Kurlbaum was medical illustrator. She taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and her work has been published internationally. She uses her background as an artist every day with her patients.
Dr. Kurlbaum lives nearby with her husband, daughter, and lab-mix dog Zoey. In her free time, she likes to cook, color with her daughter, and make up bedtime stories!

Our Staff


Gabriella Burt

Practice Manager

Gabriella has been in the dental field for 6 years, starting off as a Dental Assistant and working her way up to management. Her favorite part about dentistry is explaining complex dental plans in a way that patients can understand and building strong trusting relationships with her patients. Gabriella loves to read, dance, and spend time with her husband and two German Shepherds.

Sara Murray

Registered Dental Hygienist

Sara has been practicing in the dental field for over 11 years. Sara is laser certified and has worked hard to obtain her extended care permit. Sara’s favorite part about her job is the relationships she gets to build with her patients, and educating them on how to improve their oral health. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her cute daughter Molly, going to the park, and anything that has to do with the outdoors and traveling!

Michaela Barrett 

Registered Dental Hygienist

Michaela has been a registered dental hygienist for 4 years. Her favorite part of dentistry is the opportunity to connect with people from different walks of life she wouldn’t have otherwise met. Michaela loves chatting and building relationships with her patients. Outside of work, she enjoys photography and traveling.

Monica Castro

Dental Assistant

Monica has been in the dental field for 6 years. Her favorite part of dentistry is getting to build relationships with her patients during their appointments. Monica loves cooking meals for her family and friends, spending quality time with her daughter, and car rides listening to nostalgic music!

Dayton Hovenga

Lead Dental Assistant

Dayton has been in the dental field for 3 years. His favorite part about dentistry is getting to learn new things from our Doctors every day working as their right-hand man. Outside of work, Dayton loves spending time outdoors and playing different sports.

Jacob Torres

Dental Assistant

Jacob is new to dentistry, and is a natural! His favorite part about dentistry is being able to help his patients get their smiles back. Outside of work, Jacob loves to watch and participate in team sports like flag football.

Devon Danley

Dental Assistant

Devon is new to dentistry, and is loving it! His favorite part about dentistry is meeting new faces every day. In Devon’s free time, he enjoys playing flag football and working out.

Lori Jaster

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lori has been in the dental field for 6 years. Her favorite part of dentistry is getting to help people maintain a healthy smile, especially since that plays such a big part in first impressions! In Lori’s spare time, she enjoys going to the lake, concerts, going on adventures with her dog, and spending quality time with friends and family.