Team

CEO

Ronni Gochee has 34 years experience in dental management and 16 years experience in mobile dentistry programs. After years in the private sector, she is now giving back to the community. Her love and passion to provide needed oral health care services to underserved children and adults in the Kansas City metro area drives the HOPE Dental program. Ronni envisions a day when every child will have access to quality dental care, regardless of the family's ability to pay. 

CEO Contact Information:
Ronni Gochee
Phone: 816-679-2198
Email: ronni@heartlandoutreach.org

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Gail-Lusk

Director of Operations

Gail Lusk  came to HOPE Dental with over 17 years of experience working with mobile dental providing care to long term care facilities. She enjoys working for a not for profit and providing access to dental care for both children and adults. Gail manages the day to day operations of the HOPE Dental Program.

Dentists

Dr. Stanley Hite obtained his DDS degree from UMKC School of Dentistry. He has been practicing dentistry for 50 years. Dr. Hite sold his practice in 2013 and works part-time for HOPE Dental.

Dr. Tiffany Teegarden, a Kansas City native, graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry in 2013. Following dental school, Dr. Teegarden worked in Sioux City, Iowa for one year focusing on pediatric dentistry. She and her husband, Dr. Jacob Anderson, then moved to Oklahoma for him to complete his military service with the US Army. During her five years in Oklahoma working for the Indian Health Service, Dr. Teegarden gained valuable experience in root canals, fixed and removable prosthodontics, oral surgery and public health dentistry. 

Dr. Jeffrey Ma received his bachelor’s degree in biology before attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City, from which he graduated in 2005 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Ma attends CE courses every year to further his knowledge of dentistry and keep up with current dental research and techniques. He has been in Blue Springs since 2018 and has been practicing dentistry for over 14 years. Dr. Ma works part-time for HOPE Dental.

Dr. Gregory Brownsberger has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry. Dr. Brownsberger has a full time practice in St. Joseph, MO, but enjoys working with HOPE Dental on his days off.  

Dental Assistants

Gina Davis has been a dental assistant with HOPE Dental since October 2018. Gina graduated from Penn Valley and is an expanded functions denture specialist.

Tyrone Rogers completed the dental assistant program at Concorde Career College four years ago and has been working at HOPE Dental since 2016.

Monica Curtis completed the dental assistant program at Concorde Career College eight years ago and worked for a pediatric dentist prior to coming to HOPE Dental in 2016. 

Felicia Welch has been a dental assistant with HOPE Dental since October 2018. Felicia graduated from Penn Valley and is an expanded functions oral surgery specialist.

Cheri Ferguson-Simpson has been a dental assistant since 2007. She received her dental assistant certificate through Advanced Dental Careers. Cheri joined HOPE Dental in September 2019.