Meet our team

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Dr. Jennifer Kirwan General and Cosmetic Dentist Read Bio

Dr. Kirwan is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico and decided at the age of 8 that she wanted to become a dentist one day! She attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS on a tennis scholarship and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology in 1996. While attending she was awarded an Army ROTC scholarship and began her military career. Dr. Kirwan graduated with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2000. She completed an Advanced Education in Ge...Read More

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Dr. Eric Van Boening General Dentist Read Bio

Dr. Van Boening is originally from North Platte, Nebraska. He completed his undergraduate studies in human biology at Chadron State College where he graduated Suma Cum Laude. He then went on to receive his doctorate in dentistry from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska. After finishing his doctorate degree, Dr. Van Boening completed a one year post graduate Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency where he received extensive training in cosmetic dent...Read More

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Terri G Practice Administrator Read Bio

Terri joined the Smile Centre team in 2015 as a finance coordinator. She came to The Smile Centre with 21 years of experience in the dental field from chair side assisting to office management. As with most of The Smile Centre team she has lifelong ties to the military and was also an Army Brat. Terri has her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management. When Terri's not at the office she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and can often be found travelling to the...Read More

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Stephanie Verhaeg Scheduling Coordinator
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Merrie Vu Scheduling Coordinator/Digital Marketer Read Bio

Merrie joined the Smile Centre team in October 2019 as a scheduling coordinator. She currently lives in Atchison, KS and has been living there since March of 2018. She has a background in marketing and worked at a digital marketing agency as a digital marketer strategist and social media producer. She loves technology and figuring things out when it comes to anything digital. In her free time, she loves working on houses, laughing, hanging out with her Pomeranian, Bean, and watching tv or vlogs.

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Paul Lochow Dental Assistant Read Bio

Paul joined the Smile Centre team in 2013 as a clinical assistant with aspirations of one day becoming a dentist. A military brat, Paul has lived in Leavenworth since 1996, and graduated from Leavenworth High School. Paul attended Fresno Pacific University where he received his bachelor's degree in Pre-Med. When he's not in the office Paul can be found at the swimming pool as a swim coach for the Fort Leavenworth Lancers swim team. He enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, shooting, and...Read More

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Kyah Ferguson Dental Assistant Read Bio

Kyah Ferguson graduated from Labette Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Assisting in May of 2019. She is a dental assistant at The Smile Centre. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family, taking her dog for walks, and drag racing. Seeing how happy patients are after they leave The Smile Centre makes going to work something she looks forward to everyday.

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Fred Hildebrandt Dental Assistant
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Karley McLaughlin Dental Hygienist Read Bio

Karley McLaughlin, a northeast Kansas native, is one of The Smile Centré’s registered dental hygienist’s. Karley attended Cowley County Community College from 2012-2014 where she received her Associate’s Of Science Degree and was a part of the Tigerette Dance Team for both years. Karley then transferred to Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia, Kansas for the Dental Assisting program and went on to complete the Dental Hygiene program in 2017. After graduating and receiving her r...Read More

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Becky Mische Hygienist Read Bio

Becky Mische started her journey at The Smile Centre in 2006 as the after-school sterilization technician while a student at LHS. She then trained with Dr. Kittle as a Pediatric Dental Assistant. Becky graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 2012 and earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from Concorde Career College in 2015. Becky is happy to call The Smile Centre her dental home and always treats her patients like family! Becky and her husband, Levi, live locally ...Read More

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Jackie Schowengerdt Hygienist Read Bio

Jackie counts it a complete honor and privilege to be a part of The Smile Centre and the Leavenworth community. She grew up in a small farming community in central Iowa. She graduated from UNI with a degree in communications, married her college sweetheart, Cory, and began a life supporting her husband’s Army career. Jackie and Cory's daughter Loren was born in 2003. Then in 2009 they were blessed with their son Carson. After spending most of their time in Colorado Springs, the Army led them to ...Read More

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