Meet the Team

Our Olathe, KS Family Dental Office

Lauren

Lauren Lee

Dental Hygienist

My passion for dental hygiene was ignited when I was only 7 years old! Years later, I feel truly blessed that I not only love my profession but that I have worked with a fantastic and caring team alongside Dr. Davidson and Dr. Waters since 2003!

Throughout my career, beginning in 2001, I have consistently pushed myself to provide every patient with the best dental hygiene care possible. I have two amazing children, Michael and Ava, and during the summer, we love to go to the beach in Destin, Florida!

I truly do enjoy building and maintaining long-term relationships with all my patients and am especially thankful to work in a genuine, family-owned dental office. 

Sarah

Sarah Young

Dental Hygienist

Hi there! I have been a hygienist since 2013. I love helping patients not only achieve a healthier smile but also helping make the connection between their sleep and overall oral health.

My husband, Jake, works for the Olathe Fire Department. We have two boys, Aiden, who was diagnosed with autism, and Connor. I enjoy spending time with our family doing anything outdoors and staying active as a former health and fitness coach. I love seeing patients of all ages and hope to see you at the office soon! 

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Tonya Vaughn

Dental Hygienist

Hello, my name is Tonya Vaughn! I started in dentistry when I was young. I was a dental assistant for 5 years before going to hygiene school. I have been a hygienist for close to 20 years. I have two sons and two dogs. I enjoy playing sports, riding horses, traveling, and watching movies! I also love spending time with friends and family.

Katelyn

Katelyn Reilly

Team Leader

Hello! I have been a part of the Waters Davidson family since 2017. I love learning everything about dentistry and thoroughly enjoy interacting with our wonderful patients.

I am passionate about music (especially 80s music) and enjoy reading and baking in my free time! I am married to my best friend, Quinn, and we have two beautiful daughters, Maggie and Charlie. I look forward to meeting you and helping you navigate your dental journey. 

Denise

Denise Thole

Hygiene Coordinator

Hello – I have been working in dentistry for about 40 years. I have worked as a dental assistant for 36 of those years and have been working with Dr. Waters and Dr. Davidson since 2010.

I love spending time with my 3 kids and have recently become a Mimi (grandma) for the first time! When I am not spoiling Harlan, I enjoy biking and playing disc golf. 

Jani

Jani Findley

Treatment Coordinator

I have been working in dentistry for over 30 years, 9 of which have been with the Waters Davidson team. My very first experience with Dr. Waters was long before that when I came to him as a new patient in pain and he treated me as if I were family. That is why I love here that we value the importance of treating our patients as if they are all family as well. We also help our patients with other dental needs and that is where Dr. Davidson shines in her desire for training and up to date technology. She loves to help our patients to be the very healthiest they can be.

My passion outside the office is my family. My husband, son daughter-in-law and 4 grandsons enrich my life every day. Along with them, our whole brood comes to a total of 28 which makes for a lot of chaotic fun at all our family gatherings! We all love to watch any sport but our Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks we try to never miss! Fun sports fact: My Dad played basketball for the legendary Phog Allen at KU in 1940!

Valerie

Valerie Kennedy

Insurance Coordinator

I love spending time with my family, including my amazing sons, their wives, and a new precious granddaughter, Hallie Kate. I am a fierce Chiefs fan and have not missed watching a game in so many years.

In my spare time, I love to garden and travel. I enjoy this practice so much, the employees and patients are awesome, and there is nothing I would not do for Bob, our therapy dog! 

Nicole

Nicole Newman

Lead Dental Assistant

I have been dental assisting at Waters Davidson Family Dentistry for 20+ years. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have two sons. I am a huge Chiefs, Royals, and Mizzou fan.

I enjoy working at Waters Davidson because we focus on the patients’ overall health and not just their oral health. As a complete health practice, we believe that a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. And I love seeing the difference we have made in our patients’ lives. 

Deena

Deena Rawie

Sleep/Myobrace Coordinator

Hi! My name is Deena, and I have been working in dentistry for 22 years. I started my career in dental assisting. In 2018, I became a certified myofunctional therapist with Myofunctional Research, Co. The Myobrace program I run at Waters Davidson is my passion. It is amazing to help kids get better sleep, correct tongue thrusts, and see the many other health benefits of Myobrace therapy.  

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Nick, and we have two daughters, Brooklyn and Madelyn. We love watching Brooklyn cheer at Varsity sporting events and watching Madelyn play volleyball. I love coaching her team! Almost all of our family lives in the Olathe area. 

Kaitlin

Kaitlin Rodriguez

Dental Assistant

Hello! Here are some things about myself: I am the youngest of four siblings. Family is a big part of my life. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat that I love so much (I am a hard-core animal lover).

I also love to sing and dance, even though I am bad at it. And I love to make people laugh! One of the biggest things I love about working at a dental office is to help make people smile again. 

Louise

Christina Louise Bigger

Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Christina Louise Bigger, but I go by Louise. I am a CDA and have been in dentistry for 26 years. I love the outdoors; I have 4 children and four grandbabies that I spend a lot of time with. I enjoy being in dentistry, meeting new patients and getting to know them. 

Dania

Dania Badar

Dental Assistant

Hi, I’m Dania! I have been dental assisting here at Waters Davidson since 2020 and I love every second of it! I love working with children and learning new things. Outside of work, you will find me at the gym or in the library studying to be a dentist one day. I love baking and seeing concerts here in KC. I cannot wait to meet you! 

Anthony

Anthony Duenas

Dental Assistant

I’m Anthony, and you will see me along with all the other friendly faces here at the office! I recently graduated in May 2022 and received my bachelor’s in biology at Emporia State University. I plan to continue my education within the next few years and apply to UMKC’s School of Dentistry.

I would love to have my own practice someday, but in the meantime, I am enjoying the wisdom the Doctor shares with me now. In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, practicing acoustic guitar, and collecting vinyl around the Kansas City area. 

Paige

Paige Pearsall

Dental Hygiene Assistant

Hello! My name is Paige, and I am happy to be a dental hygiene assistant at Waters Davidson Family Dentistry! I have been surrounded by the dental field my whole life through my mom and grandma, and I am pursuing a career in the field as well.

Here at Waters Davidson, I love how connected we get with our patients and that we strive to give them the utmost care. Outside of work, I love to go out into nature and hike, read a good book or paint, and especially travel around to different cities!