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Our Team: All of our professionals at Dr. Steven Dunning maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Steve Dunning D.D.S.

Dr. Dunning in I can't stop smiling t-shirt

Dr. Steven Dunning is a native of Plainville, a small town in northwest Kansas. Dr. Dunning completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. While at the University of Kansas he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Dr. Dunning received his D.D.S. from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, in l983, graduating in the top ten percent of his class. While at Creighton he was selected for membership into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Honorary Dental Society for senior students "showing proficiency during the entire course of dentistry as well as for character and conduct." Dr. Dunning was the 1983 recipient of the American College of Dentists Award "in recognition of professional and ethical achievement as exemplified by the record of clinical and scholastic performance in undergraduate dental education" for the Nebraska Section. Dr. Dunning opened his practice in Belton, Missouri in l983.

Dr. Dunning is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Orthodontics Association, The Kansas Society of Orthodontics for the General Practitioner, the American College of Oral Implantology, the Belton Chamber of Commerce and the Adrian Chamber of Commerce. D

Jill - Human Resource Director

Jill joined our team in 2003. She is a graduate of Kansas State University. Outside of the office she is a Volunteer Coordinator, and is passionate about helping the homeless and breaking cycles of poverty. Jill loves to cook and play the piano. She enjoys traveling with her friends and spending time on the beach, swimming and snorkeling in the Carribean. She loves spending time with her family, including her dog, Lucy.

Carolina - Office Manager

Carolina joined our team in February of 2014.  She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and completed her Master’s degree at the University of St. Mary.  She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews.  Traveling the world with her husband is her number one passion and spending time on the beach is a close second.

Dental Hygiene Team


Michelle McCord

Michelle joined our team in 2008. She is a Graduate of Johnson County Community College, with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. She really enjoys the outdoors and spending time boating at the lake. She loves traveling with her family and is an avid reader. She reads about 70 books per year!


Jill Herring

Jill joined our team in 2009. She graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry, with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. In her free time, Jill enjoys scrapbooking and gardening. She loves all animals and taking long walks in the evening. Jill really enjoys cooking, especially breakfast, as well as playing softball with her nieces.


El joined our team in 2017.  She graduated from Concorde Career College of Memphis, TN in 2010 with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.  When El isn't working she is busy raising her two kids.



Jayme Smith

Jayme joined our team in 1999. She is passionate about being a mom and and really enjoys watching her children play sports. Jayme also enjoys watching her husband race in B-modified dirt racing. Summer is great for swimming and she likes 4-wheeling with her family all year round.


Monica joined our team in 2007. She loves reading a variety of books and horseback riding with her friends. Monica really enjoys being involved with her childrens activities including karate and soccer. Outdoor cookouts, bonfires and volleyball with her friends and family are favorite summer activities for Mon


Julie joined our team in 2016.  She loves to fish, hunt and spend time with family and friends, especially at the lake.  She is married to her best friend with 3 adult kids, all in college.

Front Office Team

Cari - Patient Coordinator

Jayme Smith

Cari joined the team in 2012. She has an amazing husband who is a full time student, a vivacious and beautiful 5 year old daughter, and an energetic new Beagle puppy. Cari is very passionate about weather, food, fitness, law, and shark conservation. She also has a serious nail polish addiction. When she isn't at the dentist office, Cari works out, and spends time with her family.

Alexis - Insurance Coordinator

Alexis joined our team in 2017.  She is a lover of animals and ceasar salad.  On the weekends you can find her binge watching Netflix with her boyfriend (future husband??)  She is always happy to answer any of your dental insurance questions.

Cheryl - Communications

Cheryl loves spending time with family and friends.  She graduated from Kansas State University with a Master's Degree in Speech and Language Pathology.  Cheryl worked with children in the public schools for over 20 years before joining the dental team. Cheryl’s hobbies include traveling, entertaining, photography, decorating, music, playing the piano, and attending sporting events.