About Us


Dr. Esther Pedersen

Dr. Pedersen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska. She then went on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, NE, where she graduated with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. She is Board Certified and a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association,the Fifth District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Orthodontic Society.
In her spare time, Dr. Pedersen enjoys spending time with her three children while biking, swimming, and discovering new adventures in the Kansas City metro area. She is also actively involved with her children’s school, sports and musical activities.


Dr. Sunny Patel

Dr. Patel graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He then went on to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, NE,  where he finished in the top of his class  and graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery with Highest Distinction. He continued his training at University of Missouri Kansas City, where he completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program. This allowed Dr. Patel to expand his knowledge on Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Full Mouth Restorations, and TMJ therapy. He is Board Certified and a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association, the Fifth District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
In his spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time discovering new adventures in the Kansas City metro area. He also loves to travel, snowboard, and trying new restaurants.


Debi P.

Debi was born in Mexico, MO and went to high school in Sedalia, MO where she graduated in 1985.  She has been a certified dental assistant since 1988. Debi has been living in the Kansas City area since 1992, where she began been working with UMKC School of Dentistry until joining the Love to Smile Team. She has 3 dogs named Chester, Cavity, and eMax. Debi  enjoys camping, swimming, working out, cooking with her church, and spending time with family and friends. Debi just recently finished her first triathlon and a couple of 5k walks.


Steffany M.

Steffany is a graduate of Pittsburg State University. She lives on a farm south of Kansas City, where her family trains race horses. Steffany enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. When her family is not  racing they enjoy going to the lake. Steffany and her husband share the dream of being the next Kentucky Derby winner.


Becky J.

Becky grew up in a small farm town in Hope, KS, but has lived in Olathe for the past 32 years. Becky and her husband Bill have two boys: Chris (22 years old)  and Scott  (14 years old). They also have a black lab named Bella. Becky has been in dentistry since 1978. She was a dental assistant for 9 years and then went back to hygiene school. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at Johnson County Community College in 1987. When Becky is not at work, she is usually in the bleachers at a football, basketball, or baseball game! She loves to read, do yard work, and is involved in a lot of church activities. She loves being a part of dentistry and has seen many changes over the years that have kept things very exciting!


Vickie T.

 Vickie is originally from Breckenridge, MN. She graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science  with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1979. Vickie and her husband, Gordon have recently built their retirement home at Sugar Valley Lake. They both love to golf in their free time. Her passion is quilting and gardening when she is not in the dental office. Vickie feels very fortunate to love her profession and the people that she has been serving for the past 33 years. 


Myra D.

Mayra was born in Durango, Mexico and is a graduate of Concorde Career College. She loves listening to a variety of music, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys playing sports, watching movies, and meeting new people. She is always looking for new activities to try.