Our Family Dentistry Team

Our Family, Caring For Yours.

Family Dentistry owner Jeffery A Higgins DDS Olathe Dental Care Center

Jeffery A. Higgins, DDS Owning Dentist

Dr. Higgins transplanted to Springfield, MO when he was twelve years old from Duluth, MN. After graduating from high school there, he went on to receive his Associates Degree of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology. Jeff spent his late teens and early twenties working in the IT field for several companies in the Springfield area, creating and maintaining networks for dental labs and offices, law firms, manufacturers and other corporations to support himself during college. In 2004, Jeff graduated with his undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and began dental school at UMKC.

Dr. Higgins was the President of his dental class all four years of his doctoral studies. After completing his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2008, he bought a dental practice from a doctor in Lathrop, MO and began practicing family dentistry in the rural community. Although Jeff loved the country and appreciated spending time with his patients there, he decided that he wanted to be a bit further south, and when the opportunity to buy the Olathe Dental Care Center (ODCC) from Dr. Leins came up, he jumped at it. Joining the family dentistry practice in October of 2011, Dr. Higgins counts himself very fortunate to work with his phenomenal staff and patients!

Jeff and MaKenzi, an attorney who works right next door to ODCC, live in Olathe, where they plan to always call home. Dr. Higgins enjoys time traveling with his wife, especially to Jamaica where they were wed, and raising their growing family of two cats (Svenand Wee Peepers) and two very happy dogs (Magnus and Kia).

Family Dentistry Olathe Dental Care Center team member photo of Kristi Myers

Kristi Myers, RDH

Business Administrator

Kristi has worked at Olathe Dental Care family dentistry office for 7 years. As a dental hygienist, hygiene coordinator and business administrator, she is a highly motivated individual and has placed herself in many avenues of business. Kristi graduated from Wichita State University in 1992 and has been practicing dental hygiene since then.

Kristi is the mother of two amazing daughters that fill her life with awesome adventure every day! Her eldest daughter graduated from KU and now back in Olathe in the working world. Her younger daughter is attending Emporia State University studying to be a registered dietitian. She also enjoys working out and has her personal training certification that she puts to use on occasion. Kristi is very active in her church, Grace United Methodist, and enjoys participating in community service and mission projects throughout the community.

Family Dentistry team member Vila Sanoubane

Vila Sanoubane, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Vila has been at Olathe Dental Care for fourteen years.  She was born in Laos and immigrated to Canada in 1980, moving to the United States in 1987. Vila graduated from UMKC with a bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene, and has worked in the some of the best family dentistry offices in Johnson County.

She and her husband, Sid, live in Lenexa with their two children, a daughter and a son. Vila enjoys cooking, and entertaining family and friends.  She also enjoys walking and jogging outdoors.

Family Dentistry team member Terri Franklin Olathe Dental Care Center

Terri Franklin

Dental Assistant

Hailing from right here in Kansas City, Terry was raised in Johnson County. Although she moved to New Mexico and Colorado for a time, she has lived here most of her life. Terry has worked at Olathe Dental Care Center for over ten years, working as an assisting for six years and really loves it.

Terry enjoys her family and her pets; she is active in her church and participates every year in their Christmas Cantata. Terry has a wonderful daughter and son-in-law who have brought her so much joy by making her the excited grandma of three beautiful kids!

Sue Anderson

Sue Anderson, RDH

DENTAL HYGIENIST

Sue joined the ODCC team in 2018. She has lived and worked in the Kansas City metro area since graduating from Wichita State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

Sue is a mom of a divided house (KU and UMKC), a son, daughter, and 3 active grandsons! Her hobbies include movies, baking, and especially time with family. Sue enjoys the connection with her patients and says “that is the best part of my job!”

team member Diane Ellsworth Olathe Dental Care Center

Diane Ellsworth

Office Manager

Diane Ellsworth is on her forty-second year here at Olathe Dental Care. Diane says she works with the best doctors and co-workers in the family dentistry business, and absolutely loves working with the patients on a daily basis. No day is ever the same.

Diane has been married for forty years, and together they have two daughters, one son, and five wonderful grandchildren. She spends her days off babysitting her grandkids, hanging out with her family, gardening, cooking, walking, and watching all of our local teams – especially K-State.

Cassie Root

Cassie Root

Dental Assistant

Cassie has been at Olathe Dental Care for 1 year. She has worked in the dental field for 5 years now and loves it. Cassie enjoys spending time with family and friends every chance she gets. Next time you stop in listen for the strong southern accent and you will find Cassie!!

Cassie was born and raised in Groves, Texas and moved to Olathe in March 2019. She has been married for 20 years with 2 wonderful kids.

We are here to answer all your dental questions whether or not they pertain to general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, emergency dental care, dental insurance, payment plans, scheduling or any other subject. Please contact us today at 913-782-1420.