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 was born in Atchison and attended the Atchison 409 public schools. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Emporia State University, an MBA from 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 purchased the practice from Dr. Reavis in 2018. I have certifications and proficiencies in cosmetic dentistry, CEREC CAD-CAM dentistry, guided implant surgery, Oral Sleep Apnea appliance, Healthy Start (early orthodontic and airway development), Cone Beam CT, and more. I strive for everyone to feel 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 golf, camping, snow skiing, horses, cars, and helping/coaching our sons with their sports and activities.
Dr. Taylor Merklein
The first thing you will notice about me is my energetic personality. I try to make coming to the dentist as fun as possible! I am very passionate about what I do, and want everyone that walks through our doors to love us too!
I love serving patients like you at Atchison Dental Associates, and I am always striving to make patients at ease in my chair. 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 my patients. 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 want 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 especially 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 our daughter, Ada, was born in 2020. They have certainly added lots of excitement to our lives!
Dr. Abbey Allen
You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you'll win, no matter what the outcome. – Patch Adams (Robin Williams)
I was born and raised in North Central Kansas and graduated from Republic County High School in Belleville Kansas. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Kansas State University and then moved to Kansas City to pursue my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry. My husband, Tanner, and I have a son, Locke, who joined us in 2020. We enjoy spending time with our corgi Hank and going to our favorite restaurants. In my free time, I love to travel, attend Kansas State sporting events, ski, and spend time on the lake.
We wanted to reside in a smaller town and Atchison provided just the community we were looking for. I will go above and beyond to provide the best care possible to each patient I encounter. Patient satisfaction is my top priority and I want to offer a comfortable and fun experience with each visit. I look forward to serving my patients and providing for the community of Atchison.
Meet Our Team
You might say, I’ve been around a long time...and, boy, have I seen a few changes. I began my employment with Dr. Reavis in 1984, and over the years this job has turned into so much more. It has become a career giving me the ability to help people with their oral health needs, answer any questions that come up and get the most from insurance benefits. I look forward to meeting you as you enter the door.
My husband, Pat, and I live on a farm just outside of Atchison. We have two grown daughters, Hannah and Rachel. When I’m not here in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, cooking and baking.
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.
I started my dental career over 20 years ago and have always been in an administrative role. I joined Atchison Dental Associates in June of 2022. I enjoy helping patients have a better smile.
I am an Atchison native. I have two children Haely and Elijah and one granddaughter Olivia. I enjoy spending time with my little family more than anything. Outside of the office, I also enjoy cooking, baking and snuggling with our dogs Titus and Mocha.
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!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello, my name is Wendi Miller. 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 Megan compete on the Colby Community College Equestrian Team, boating, gardening, crafting, sewing, and traveling.
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. Quickly after graduating in 2008, I joined the Atchison Dental Associates team. It was the best decision I could have made. 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.
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. We have a son, Kaden and daughter, Blakely. 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.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello! I’ve been a member of the Atchison Dental team since 2017, beginning right after graduating from Dental Hygiene School. 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 went to Flint Hills Technical College and became certified as a Dental Assistant. I then 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 two daughters Olivia and Lizzie. In our free time we enjoy spending it with our families and boating at perry lake. I look forward to working with you!
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!
I've always wanted to work in the medical field and help others. I worked for home health for 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 three dogs Ares, Ross and Chanel. When I'm not spoiling them, I love traveling, exploring new places, and meeting new people.
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!
Hello! My name is Payton, and I grew up in Leavenworth County. My boyfriend, Justin, and I have been together for four years, and we spend most of our free time taking the boat out on the river and to the lake, riding rzrs, and spending time with friends and family. Although I have no kids of my own, yet, I am surrounded by sweet kiddos that I love like my own, and I have a Bernedoodle named Milo. With my uncle being a dentist and being surrounded by family and friends working in the dental field, my interest in a dental industry grew. I’ve known I wanted to pursue a career in dental for as long as I can remember. I completed my prerequisites at the University of Saint Mary, and I intend to continue my education to become a Dental Hygienist in the future. I started at Atchison Dental Associates in December of 2022, and although I haven’t been here very long, my amazing coworkers have already become family. I currently work as a Dental Assistant and absolutely love my job. I love being able to help patients—it’s so rewarding! I look forward to meeting you!