Serving Lawrence, KS,
Greater Topeka & Kansas City
Our Family Dentistry Team
A Team of Caring Dental Professionals
Serving Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City and Patients Worldwide!
In every aspect of our family dentistry practice, we never settle for average because we believe in the long-term value of exceptional quality provided in an atmosphere of trusting relationships. Foremost, in our dentist office, is the exceptional quality of the people that choose to work here. Every member of our team is dedicated to providing you with an outstanding, unparalleled dental care experience, but mostly, they all are clear about their most important role — to be your advocate in making decisions about your oral health. As a dentist, I couldn’t be more proud to work with all these quality people. When you read their words you’ll know why.
Client Care Coordinator and Financial Manager
Vickie has been an integral part of our practice for 31 years. As most of you know, Vickie is the wife of Dr. Otten and fills the role of client care coordinator and accounts payable manager.
Vickie met Dr. Otten while she was working at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City as a Packaging Buyer. She is originally from Kansas City, Missouri where she attended Southeast High School and Rockhurst College. After moving to Lawrence, she worked at Douglas County Bank and Landplan Engineering. In 1986 Dr. Otten asked her to join him as his partner in the dental practice, helping him in the business office. She has gained much knowledge about the world of dentistry and enjoys her ability to help clients find a path of health that is right for them. Her relationships with the clients over the years have been extremely rewarding and she always enjoys her visits with them and having them a part of our practice family.
Vickie and Dr. Otten have one son, Craig, who lives in San Diego with his wife Christine. Their pride and joy, granddaughter Lexi, makes San Diego their number one travel destination. Vickie’s other interests are her community involvement, dancing, sports and of course, their sweet dog Lola.
Chief Operations Officer
Nikki comes to the practice with a 20-year career in health promotion including substance abuse prevention, community coalition work, diabetes education, health care administration and business development. She is the proud mother of boys who keep her on new ventures both locally and afar. Traveling, kayaking, golfing and home remodeling projects is where you will find her with her partner outside of work and kid duties.
Nikki is proud to be a Kansas native, born in Hoxie, grew up in Salina, and graduated from the University of Kansas. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, DCCCA and is joining the 2017-18 class of Leadership Kansas.
Nikki is a Certified Health Education Specialists and has always loved bridging clinical knowledge to everyday application. “I am excited to add this complimentary experience and work with an outstanding team that shares the vision of enhancing how we build health in the future.”
Debbie grew up in Lawrence and attended the University of Kansas before entering Dental Hygiene School. She married her Husband Derek in 1987 and they have two children, Jake and Piper. As her children grew up Debbie was actively involved with their schools and activities. She has served in a variety of rolls from Boy Scout Leader to Board of Directors. Both her children are active in sports and music which keeps her schedule busy. When she has free time she enjoys being outside, gardening, snow skiing, scuba diving, hiking, biking or going to the dog park. “I have such a short time with my kids before they grow up I want to enjoy every moment with them”. Debbie believes in the importance of volunteering and the development of family.
Before starting her family, Debbie was proud to have served in the military with the 190th Kansas Air National Guard. She spent 12 years with the Guard and had many opportunities to travel with them. Debbie remains active with the unit through her husband, Col. Derek Rogers and Son Jake who joined in January 2013. She was honored to have been awarded “Military Spouse of the Year 2013” by the State of Kansas.
Debbie has been practicing Dental Hygiene since 1993. She has worked with long term restorative and esthetic dentistry helping people discover their options for optimal health. She has attended hundreds of hours in Continuation Education Courses in pursuit of being the best at Dental Hygiene.
“One of the things I enjoy is working with the patients who seek Dr. Otten’s care. Exceptional Quality Dentistry is an art and science. It requires tremendous dedication and an uncompromising commitment to excellence.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with a team of professionals that make it possible to offer the patient the results they desire and individual choice of how to achieve them. Each person’s journey to health is unique. I enjoy getting to know my patients, listening to their concerns, hearing what their expectations are and helping them to discover the possibilities to reach the goals they have for their dental and overall health.”
Patient Care Coordinator
Brenda grew up in a military family, which allowed her to live and travel to many interesting places. She currently lives in Lawrence, KS, having moved here by way of Columbia, MO. Yes, a Tiger fan!
Her family is the most important thing to her and she has been blessed with four children and one grandson. When she is not working, she enjoys weekend adventures checking out the local activities, rummaging through antique shops, or trying out a new creative project. Brenda feels very fortunate to be a member of the Team and brings with her over 30 years of experience in the dental profession.
Patient Care Facilitator
JoAnnah grew up in the small town of Onaga, Kansas. After high school graduation, she attended Highland Community College to pursue a career in healthcare. After taking several courses and working part-time as a CNA, JoAnnah found that the dental field was the best fit for her and became a dental assistant in 2012. She enjoys the relationships she has the privilege of building with clients and helping them to achieve their oral health goals has been the most rewarding part of her career.
Braylee, her daughter, is the light of her life. She enjoys the outdoors and likes to go fishing and swimming with her daughter. As a sports enthusiast, JoAnnah loves to cheer on the Jayhawks, Chiefs and Royals and attends games whenever she can.
JoAnnah is so glad to be part of a team that cares so much about their clients’ well-being. Her main focus is to be compassionate, understanding and supportive to ensure our clients have a calm and comfortable experience in our office.
Patient Care Coordinator
Nicole was born in Frankfurt, Germany and then moved to the states. She attended the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2011. Nicole focused on special education and developmental delays because that is where her heart is. She loves to travel and did study abroad at KU twice (Barcelona and Dublin). Nicole then went on from being a Jayhawk to living in Denver. It was here that she pursued her lifelong dream of working in dentistry. She went to assisting school and graduated top of her class in 2012 and then right into the working field.
In Denver, Nicole really became aware of her own fitness and how it pertains to dentistry. She enjoyed working in offices that focused on whole body health and the top of patient care. She enjoyed running 5k’s with her staff and patients. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting, and camping with friends. Nicole has also been a gymnast her whole life and enjoys coaching on the side. When not at work, you can find her spending time with her son, Rivers, and her dogs.
Patient Care Coordinator
I grew up in the small town of Farmington, New Mexico. For much of my younger years, I traveled the west side of the United States with my parents. I graduated from Pedria Vista High School, and attended San Juan College in Albuquerque. I have two beautiful girls and I completed a two year program in Dental Assisting and earned my certification. Away from the office, I enjoy spending time with my girls, making healthy meals, and exercising. As a Dental Assistant, I enjoy learning and being involved with the care of our patients’ dental needs.