Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Kyle Huntington

Dr. Kyle Huntington

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

I attended the Atchison public schools, earned a B.S. in chemistry form Emporia State University, a MBA form Wichita State University, and earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Missouri Kansas City. I joined Atchison Dental Associates in 2003. I have certifications and proficiencies in cosmetic dentistry, E4D cad-cam dentistry, oral sleep apnea appliances, Healthy Start (early orthodontic and airway development), and more. I strive for everyone to fell they are treated with respect, compassion, and integrity. My goal is to provide patients with a confident smile by providing the best possible care in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

I am married to Melissa Huntington. We have two sons, CJ and Parker. My hobbies include playing golf, camping, snow skiing, horses, and helping/coaching CJ and Parker with their sports/activities.

Professionally, I am a member of the following:
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Kansas Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Society
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Dr. Taylor Merklein

Dr. Taylor Merklein

The first thing you notice about me is my energetic personality I try to make coming to the dentist as fun as possible! I have always had a passion for helping others and becoming a dentist has given me that opportunity to give back to my community.

I love serving patients like you at Atchison Dental Associates, nonetheless I also work one day a week at Kickapoo Nation Health Clinic to help reach those who can not afford traditional dental services. My commitment to my patients is a huge priority for me. I want to help you reach your oral health goals by educating and encouraging all of my patients. It is very important to me that each of my patients feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. To me, there is no better feeling than seeing a patient smiling and happy!

My family is very important to me as well. I grew up in Atchison and graduated from Atchison High School in 2007. My husband, Kyle, and I met at Kansas State University and still enjoy getting back to Manhattan to watch the "Cats" play. We enjoy going on walks and cooking together. Our son, Henry, was born in 2016 and has added lots of excitement in our lives. The Atchison community is very important to me, and I have a passion for volunteering to help make our community an even better place to live!

Professionally, I am a member of the following:
  • Kansas Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Oral Conscious Sedation Certification
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Dr. Allen B. Reavis

Dr. Allen B. Reavis

When the opportunity came to practice and live in Atchison it was an easy decision. With family from Weston, Leavenworth and Platte City, I was glad to find a practice near home. It has been a great place to live and work, and after so many years here, I consider this my hometown! I feel getting to know my patients and being involved with them in our community has created relationships that I will always treasure.

I believe in being the best you can be and that goes for my patients and my dental team too. I have been a continuous student since graduation and have completed over 2,000+ hours of continuing education courses. For my continuing education I have studied all phases of Dentistry and focused on advanced restorative techniques, Cosmetic Dentistry, implants, complex cases, TMJ and sedation. My desire is to inspire our dental team to create a great experience, and for my patients to feel they are getting the best dental care, ever!

I have practiced Dentistry in Atchison since graduating from UMKC School of Dentistry in 1984. In 1979 I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO with a B.S. in Biology. While attending college I had the opportunity to shadow several health professionals and considered many health careers including Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Dentistry was a perfect match for me. After spending a year working in pharmacology research at KU Med Center I entered my career in Dentistry.

I believe in giving back to the community and to those I serve. In the spirit of caring and helping others I has been involved with numerous Boards and Commissions over the years including the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, City Commission and many others. On all of these I have served in leadership roles with the ultimate goal to help create a better person or a better place to live and work. To help the dental underserved I led the effort to add a Dental Clinic to the Atchison Community Health Clinic. It has been very successful and now provides dental care to the underserved citizens of our area four days a week.

My wife, Sara, and I reside in Atchison. We have two children, Ben who is a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, and Jenny who is a Registered Nurse in Leavenworth. As a family we enjoy many outdoor activities and traveling. We also enjoy being active in the community and participate in many community events..

Professionally, I am a member of the following:
  • Kansas Dental Association, Vice President
  • American Dental Association
  • Fellow in the International College of Dentists
  • Master in the Academy of General Dentistry
  • Fellowship in the American College of Dentists

Meet Our Team

Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Front Desk

Hello! This is the first word you will hear from me when I greet you. My goal is to make you feel welcome when you walk into our office. I truly believe being enthusiastic and positive is contagious.

I joined Atchison Dental Associates in 2003. I grew up on a farm outside of Lancaster. I am married to Tony and have two sons and two daughters. Spending time with my family, playing with our two dogs, gardening, and being outdoors is what I enjoy outside of work.

Lori Elias

Lori Elias

Front Desk

You might say, I've been around a long time.....and boy have I seen a few changes. We now have 3 doctors, several team members and a newly renovated office. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you might have at the front desk. I began my employment with Dr. Reavis in 1984,over the years this job has turned into so much more. This job has given me the ability to help people like you with your oral health needs. I can help you get the most out of your insurance and answer any questions you may have. My husband Pat and I live on a farm just outside of Atchison. We have two grown daughters. With my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, and cooking/baking.

Lori Scholz - Registered Dental Assistant

Lori Scholz

Registered Dental Hygienist/Practice Administrator

I began my career in dentistry at the age of fourteen in an orthodontic office. During the next eight years I went from gathering trash to office manager, while enjoying the relationships I developed with patients. I also, graduated from Johnson County Community College Dental Hygiene Program where I earned the I Care Award, during this time period. It was a dream come true when Daniel Corrigan DDS asked me to be his hygienist. Sadly, I was only able to practice with Dr. Corrigan for five years. When one door closes another opens. Fortunately, Dr. Reavis was looking for a hygienist. Since February 1, 1993 this has been my home. I have been privileged to be involved in the evolution of Atchison Dental Associates. I have been honored to form relationships that have encompassed three generations. I will be eternally grateful for these everlasting bonds. Equally invaluable is the love and respect I have for everyone that I get to share my days with at the office. I am blessed to have a wonderful family: my husband, who is a foreman for JEDunn; a daughter, who is a recent graduate of K-State and is a Management Trainee for Boise Valley Feeders, a division of Agri-Beef, in Parma , Idaho; a daughter who has married to a Marine, resides in Oceanside, California where she has her own photography business; and a son who is an electrician for a local company while working towards an apprenticeship to become a High Voltage Lineman. We have a cow/calf and row crop farming operation outside of Lancaster. We enjoy being involved in church, boating, and traveling-especially to visit our daughters!! I would love the opportunity to share my dental knowledge and experiences with you!

Chelsie Todd - Registered Dental Assistant

Chelsie Todd

Registered Dental Hygienist/Front Desk

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

I was attracted to dentistry for the opportunity to help people achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. I became a part of the Atchison Dental Associates family in 2003 and graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Johnson County Community College in 2004. As a Registered Dental Hygienist, I enjoy forming relationships with patients, making dental care stress free, and educating patients on the benefits of complete oral care to their overall health. When I am not providing care as a dental hygienist, I can can often be found in the front office of our practice. I have knowledge and experience with both the administrative and clinical sides of dentistry. I look forward to scheduling your next appointment, answering any questions you may have and helping you achieve a smile to be joyful about! I live in Horton with my husband and our two Boston Terriers. I love golfing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Ashley Navinsky - Registered Dental Assistant

Ashley Navinsky

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hello!! My name is Ashley Navinsky and Atchison Dental Associates has been my home since 2005. Back then, I was fresh out of school and the “baby” of the office. Boy have things changed! It’s a little disheartening that I am getting “older” but none the less, I wouldn’t change a thing. I truly enjoy all the time spent with my coworkers and getting to know so many wonderful patients. After 5, 10, now 13 years of seeing a lot of the same patients, I really appreciate the friendships that have evolved over the years. I always look forward to hearing about the joys in their lives and what they have going on.

When I am not at work, my husband John, sons Cohen and Broxton and myself keep plenty busy. We live on a farm which we have row crops and raise cattle. The kids are getting involved in lots of activities such as 4-H, sports, cattle shows and church activities. Life is good in my little corner of northeast Kansas! I look forward to meeting you!

Wendi Miller - Registered Dental Assistant

Wendi Miller

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hello, my name is Wendi Miller, I'm so glad you decided to view my profile. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. My husband, Mike and I own/operate Millers Excavating, Inc. in Oskaloosa. I have two step sons, Justin and Colton, along with two daughters, Madison and Megan. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching competitive softball games, being involved in 4-H, gardening, crafting, sewing, traveling and showing/riding horses. I decided to pursue dental hygiene because of the ability to work individually with patients, the flexibility, and job opportunities. I graduated from Johnson County Community College Dental Hygiene Program, where I received the Spirit Award and Paradise Dental Technologies Award. I joined Atchison Dental Associates in 2008. I feel very at home here and want you to feel the same when you come to our office. It is a privilege to be a part of this great team and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Chelsey Hoffman - Registered Dental Assistant

Chelsey Hoffman

Registered Dental Hygienist

I always knew that I wanted to work in the healthcare field. After seven years of orthodontic treatment I discovered my love for dentistry. I attended Washburn University and later finished my prerequisites through Highland Community College. I worked as a dental assistant locally before entering into the dental hygiene program at UMKC. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and moved back home. I later married my husband, Blake and had a baby boy, Kaden. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and pets. Before practicing full time at Atchison Dental Associates, I worked full time in Parkville Missouri and part time at the Atchison Community Health Clinic as the Dental Coordinator. I look forward to getting to know my patients individually and helping them with their oral health needs.

Molly Tillery - Registered Dental Assistant

Molly Page

Registered Dental Hygienist

As the newest member of the team, I am excited to meet and get to know everyone. I grew up in the small town of Valley Falls. With both my Grandfather & Uncle as dentists, I too became interested in the field of dentistry. They always made going to the dental office a great experience and that is something I want to continue. After graduating high school, I took a year of prerequisites at Johnson County Community College. I then went to Flint Hills Technical College and became certified as a Dental Assistant. I finished out my education by graduating from the Dental Hygiene program at Flint Hills Technical College in May, 2017. I now live in Nortonville with my husband Luke and our two Australian Shepherds, Ruby and Tucker.

Megan Erpelding - Dental Assistant

Megan Erpelding

Certified Dental Assistant

My life in dentistry started years ago, when my long time hygienist asked if I had ever thought of a career change. Not knowing what the practice of dentistry entailed, I knew I had a lot to learn, but was excited to give it a go! I have strived to continually learn and have achieved certification through the Dental Assisting National Board, the State of Kansas, and am also a longtime member of the American Dental Assistants' Association. As a chairside dental assistant and hygiene provider, I am able to share my knowledge with others, which makes me happy! It is important for me to be able to give you a "wow" dental experience and know that you are leaving the office better than when you came in! My husband, Todd, and I enjoy spending time with many outdoor hobbies and making memories with family and friends. I feel I have truly been blessed in life, both personally and professionally and look forward to what the future holds!

Teresa Lanfermann - Dental Assistant

Teresa Lanfermann

Dental Assistant

I've always wanted to work in the medical field and help others. I worked for home health many years but wanted to help all ages. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in dentistry which did allow me to work with all ages of patients. I truly enjoy helping people like you with your smile and it's been the most rewarding experiences.

My husband and I have been married for many years. We have three grown children; Tyson, Gunnar, and Caylon. As a family we love dirt track racing. I spend most of my summers watching my husband Paul and sons race. Since 2003 I've been the cheerleading coach for Maur Hill-Mount Academy. I sincerely like coaching the young ladies and watching them grow into successful young women. As an avid dog lover, I spend most of my days playing with my four dogs Zeus, Ares, Ross and Chanel. When I'm not spoiling them, I love traveling, exploring new places, and meeting new people.

Kelly Peuker - Dental Assistant

Kelly Peuker

Dental Assistant

As a young girl I thought I would like to work in a dental office. Would I want to be a dental assistant or dental hygienist? In my mind helping others feel great about their health along with creating smiles is very rewarding. When the opportunity was there to work as a dental assistant I was thrilled! I have work in both medical and dental practices, however I have to say, dentistry is my favorite. I have a passion to help others. The joy I get when I am a part of the team that makes positive differences is priceless to me. Atchison Dental Associates is that place to make those differences. I have worked at Atchison Dental since 2015, nonetheless I have been a patient here since I was a child. My family is from Atchison where I graduated from Atchison County Community High School. After high school I attended Northeast Kansas Technical Center. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children. We live on our family farm where we enjoy being outside. I sincerely look forward to meeting you!

Angie Neill - Dental Assistant

Angie Neill

Certified Dental Assistant

I love my job! Hello, my name is Angie. I have been living my dream of being a Dental Assistant since 1999. I am passionate about helping others improve their dental health. I strive to make sure our patients feel comfortable and well cared for. I am also passionate about my family! We are a busy farm family living a blessed life. My husband and I are loving raising our two sweet boys. They are active in sports and we are having fun watching them learn and grow. When a quiet moment comes about, I enjoy reading and learning.

Our Dental Philosophy

Our Philosophy 1/6

Awesome Patient Experience

If you’re looking for an exceptional dental experience, you’ve come to the right place, We deliver high-quality dental care for our patients in a comfortable, empathetic and fun environment. We are sensitive to our patients’ needs while ensuring they get the best care they can afford. Above all, we are honest, fair and committed to serving our patients to the best of our abilities. We go to great lengths to deliver an awesome patient experience.

Our Philosophy 2/6

Exceptional Team

What do patients love about our practice? Our exceptional team! We believe we have the most cohesive, intelligent and dedicated team members of any dental office in our area! Plus, all our doctors live right here in this very community, so we know our patients better than most! Don’t believe us? Come see for yourself and experience the passion, commitment and great efforts we make every day to ensure that your dental experience with us truly extraordinary.

Our Philosophy 3/6

Numerous Patient Accommodations

We know getting your family to the dentist isn’t always the easiest task. For your convenience, we are open five days a week with multiple hygienists working so your family can been seen at the same time. Not only that, we also provide comforts like TVs and headphones to help you feel at ease. Need a second option or specialty care? We have multiple doctors within our practice that are happy to help!

Our Philosophy 4/6

Total Health Approach

Because we care about you, we are committed to your complete oral and overall health. We will begin your visit with a full comprehensive exam including digital x-rays and detailed patient education. Not only will we communicate all the details of your customized treatment plan, we’ll also explain what to expect before and after your procedure along with all associated costs. Beyond that, we will teach at-home prevention so you can know how to best care for your smile for years to come.

Our Philosophy 5/6

Comprehensive Services

Between three expert dentists at our practice, we have nearly every detail of your oral health covered. We are proud to offer a very wide range of services, including fillings, crowns, endodontics, extractions, sedation options, implants, TMJ treatment, sleep apnea, and more! We offer each service at the highest standard of quality. Enjoy having your family’s dental needs met at one location, where you can stick with the team you already know and trust for your care.

Our Philosophy 6/6

Continual Quality & Improvement

We hope to deliver the best and highest-quality dental experience you’ve ever had. At our office, we are passionate about continuing education and training so we can constantly improve our skills to better serve you. Additionally, we implement up-to-date techniques and technologies that are superior to many practices in the area. We set the bar high for the quality of your care and never compromise on giving you the best.

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