About Us / Our Team

Dan Bednarczyk, DDS

Dan Bednarczyk, DDS

Dentist / Owner

Dr. Dan Bednarczyk received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Kansas. He remained in Lawrence for two more years doing post-graduate teaching and research in Molecular Biology. Dr. Bednarczyk graduated with his Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2001. Upon graduation from Dental School, Dr. Bednarczyk was awarded the AAOMS Implantology Award for his superior work with the placement and restoration of dental implants. He has since completed advanced training and coursework in the surgical placement of dental implants.

Following graduation, he became a General Practice Resident at the University of Iowa-Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. This program furthered his cosmetic and restorative skills in addition to providing advanced clinical training in oral surgery and intravenous sedation. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Bednarczyk relocated to Denver and was an associate in a large group practice for three years. Very soon after the birth of their first child, the Bednarczyks returned home to Johnson County. He opened Sunnybrook Dental in November of 2006.

Dr. Bednarczyk completed the requirements and became a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2009, recognizing his leadership in the field. He is currently working towards his requirements for the distinction of Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Dan is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and his surgical residency at Iowa and subsequent continuing education has earned him a special sedation certificate, in which he is one of only a few dentists in the state with this level of certification. He is also one of only a handful of dentists in the state that has staff privileges at three local hospitals. Dr. Dan’s brother is part of the JCDS program and was his main inspiration to obtaining this level of distinction in sedation dentistry - so he can provide him and many other patients with the dental care they need, but find it difficult to receive.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association and Fifth District Dental Society. Dr. Dan has volunteered his dentistry at free clinics in The Dominican Republic and Venezuela, along with the local organizations of Kansas Mission of Mercy, Missouri Mission of Mercy, and he was one of the founding members of and actively volunteers for TeamSmile in Kansas City.

Dr. Dan enjoys playing golf in his spare time, but he admits that skiing is the only sport he does well! Most of his spare time is spent with his wife and kids, and shuttling them to their various activities. He coaches for a variety of the teams that his son and daughter are a part of, although he doesn’t do much of the teaching for his daughter’s love for ballet and involvement in KC Ballet. As a family, they try to get to Colorado or Montana for camping, fishing and skiing each year.

Jeremy Johnston, DMD

Jeremy Johnston, DMD

Associate Dentist

Dr. Jeremy is originally from Denver, Colorado. He attended The University of Colorado at Boulder for his Undergraduate Degree in Integrative Physiology and then remained in Denver for a year performing Cancer research. From there, his professional aspirations took him to Kirksville, MO for his Doctorate at the A.T. Still – Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Upon graduation, Dr. Johnston was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honors Society in recognition of his Academic accomplishments. After completion of his D.M.D., Dr. Johnston began practicing in the Kansas City area. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association and Fifth District Dental Society. He also volunteers for Kansas Mission of Mercy and Missouri Mission of Mercy, local organizations that provide dentistry for those in need of dental care without the resources to access it.

Dr. Johnston is passionate about the clinical practice of General Dentistry and being able to provide his best oral health care to patients. With an excellent chairside manner and friendly demeanor, he has the ability to deliver that care in a low-stress and comfortable setting.

Outside of Dentistry, Dr. Jeremy is a fan of all things Colorado sports - especially the Broncos and the Rockies. In his free time, he likes to read, watch sports, and travel. He has a passion for golf, skiing in his native Colorado, and hiking with his Fiancée and their Golden Lab, Tucker.

Kayla Hanna, D.D.S.

Kayla Hanna, D.D.S.

Associate Dentist

Dr. Kayla Hanna grew up in rural Kansas before relocating to Missouri to attend college. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Central Missouri, during which time she spent a semester abroad studying business in Athens, Greece and Groningen, Netherlands. Dr. Hanna then pursued her aspirations of dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery. During her time at UMKC School of Dentistry, she received numerous awards for her achievements there, including graduating Magna Cum Laude and being inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.

Following graduation, Dr. Kayla completed an Advanced Education of General Dentistry Residency at Wichita State University, where she learned state of the art techniques in Implants, Endodontics, Periodontics and Oral Surgery. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Hanna relocated to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she joined a private practice in general dentistry as an Associate Doctor there. Very soon after the birth of their first daughter, the Hanna family moved back home to Kansas City to be closer to family and friends, and she joined our Sunnybrook Dental team at that time.

Dr. Hanna is a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She has volunteered in Cuzco, Peru providing dental treatment to the underserved, and she continues to be actively involved in the Missouri Mission of Mercy, Kansas Mission of Mercy, TeamSmile and other local community events.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Kayla enjoys rock climbing, hiking, running, spending time at the lake, traveling and, of course, spending with her husband, their daughter, and their two goldendoodles.

Meet the Hygienists

Audrey Franks, R.D.H.

Audrey Franks, R.D.H.

Director of Dental Hygiene

Audrey started her college experience by playing softball at Neosho County Community college for two years, while she worked on prerequisites for Dental Hygiene School.  She graduated from Johnson County Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene.  Audrey has been with Sunnybrook Dental since the doors were opened in November 2006.  As a Dental Hygienist, she enjoys helping people understand the importance of a healthy mouth and how that connects to our total health. She values the relationships she has built with our patients over the years. Additionally, Audrey’s natural leadership skills and years of experience at Sunnybrook have made her an excellent director of our Dental Hygiene team and philosophy.

Audrey has a little girl and little boy. They love spending time with family and friends and getting outdoors as much as possible. March Madness is one of her favorite times of the year, but she is also unapologetically a fan of the Bachelor Franchise. Audrey vows to get back to the volleyball courts once her kids get a little older!

Rachel Burghart, R.D.H.

Rachel Burghart, R.D.H.

Hygienist/Marketing Director

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from the University of Kansas in 2009 and joined our front administrative team upon graduation. Although she enjoyed her time on the "business" side of dentistry, she knew that she really wanted to be in direct patient care, where she could build relationships and directly impacts patients’ care. While still a part of our team, she cut back her hours and continued on to receive her second degree, a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UMKC’s School of Dentistry. With her initial roots at Sunnybrook Dental from the front office, Rachel remains involved in that aspect of our practice and directs our marketing efforts, among other things. She is fascinated by science and loves to read the most current research on anything and everything health related.

Rachel and her husband have two young children - a son and daughter. They spend as much time with their families as possible, with frequent get togethers. They love getting outdoors with their kids and are having fun watching them dive into sports and dance activities. You can also find them watching / supporting anything related to their alma mater (Rock Chalk!) and all Kansas City sports teams, for that matter!

Paula Herrman, R.D.H.

Paula Herrman, R.D.H.

Hygienist/Community Outreach Coordinator

Paula has been in the dental field since 2010, starting as a receptionist and becoming inspired to work more with patients directly. She began dental assisting, completed her Certified Dental Assisting studies, and then continued on to follow her goals to become a Dental Hygienist. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene through Johnson County Community College in 2016. Paula loves all aspects of the dental practice, but she has definitely found her niche in direct patient care, as a dental hygienist, where she has the most time to get to know her patients one-on-one.

Paula and her husband, her high school sweetheart, have been married since 2012. They have two sons, Mack and Gareth. She loves all things soccer - she and her boys are Sporting KC's biggest fans, and they go to as many games as they can. She also loves binge watching any great series on Netflix!

Erin Lewis, R.D.H.

Erin Lewis, R.D.H.

Hygienist

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Kansas in 2011. Shortly after, she joined our Sunnybrook team as a dental assistant. After a year with us, Erin furthered her education and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Johnson County Community College in 2014. She loves her role as one of our hygienists and getting to know all her patients!

Erin and her husband, Brandon, just had their first baby! They’re quickly learning how fast the days go by, as they watch their son, Riggs, grow before their eyes. They enjoy spending time with family, friends, and their two dogs, Koda and Django. They love watching all the professional Kansas City sports teams be successful!

Erin Lewis, R.D.H.

April Hutton, R.D.H.

Hygienist

April received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Public Health, from Kansas State University in 2014. Shortly after, she decided to further her education and attended Johnson County Community College, where she received an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. After helping us on an as-needed basis for a few months, we were thrilled to have her officially join our team in 2020 so we could have her genuine personality and positive attitude here with us every day. She loves working with patients of all ages, and she has sincerely enjoyed getting to know all our wonderful patients at Sunnybrook.

April and her husband have been married since 2019, they are expecting their first child soon. They live in their hometown of Stilwell, where they spend most weekends working on their fixer upper first home.

Erin Lewis, R.D.H.

Emily Haun, R.D.H

Hygienist

Emily received her first Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Missouri Valley College in 2010. She then decided to continue her education and attended UMKC’s School of Dentistry, where she received a second Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Emily has been working in the private practice setting since getting her dental hygiene degree in 2013. She joined our practice in January 2019 and loves spending her Fridays working with us, just as much as we love having her here! 

Emily grew up in a small farm town in central Missouri, but she has called downtown Kansas City home since 2011. In her free time, you’ll find Emily visiting family and friends, watching the Kansas City Chiefs, MIZZOU Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals and traveling as much as she can!

Meet the Dental Assistants

Gina Smith, C.D.A.

Gina Smith, C.D.A.

Clinical Assistant

Gina has been in the dental profession since 1999, and she and Dr. Dan have been working together for most of her career. Gina has been with us since our doors opened in 2006!  She is a Certified Dental Assistant, OSHA trained, CPR Certified, Expanded Functions Certified, Prosthetics Expanded Functions Certified, and has completed additional courses in dental anatomy and morphology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.  Gina is one of the friendliest people you will meet, and she has a knack with kids!

Gina and her husband have a son in high school and a daughter in elementary school, and they love staying busy with all their sports and school activities. On the weekends, you can find them fishing and camping - activities they all look forward to doing together. 

Abby Elliot, C.D.A.

Abby Elliot, C.D.A.

Clinical Assistant/Dental Clinic Coordinator

Abby received her Dental Assisting and CPR Certifications in May of 2013, and she joined our team shortly after completing those. Her bright personality and passion for helping others have made her the perfect fit as one of our chairside dental assistants. On top of that, her natural organization abilities, years of experience, and wonderful ideas on how implement our systems and approach to clinical care have made her the perfect fit for our Dental Clinic Coordinator position.

During her free time, Abby enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two young daughters.

Jessica Freeman, C.D.A.

Jessica Freeman, C.D.A.

Clinical Assistant

Jessica graduated from Summit Dental Assisting Academy in 2013. She is a Certified Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant, Certified in Sedation, CPR Certified, and OSHA Certified. Jessica started her life journey in dentistry by specializing in Orthodontics. Following this, she expanded her knowledge into General Dentistry, where she gained experience in different specialties of dentistry. Jessica’s upbeat and outgoing personality are comforting to our patients, and she has quickly become a fantastic addition to our team!

Jessica was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, but don’t let her start in the city fool you. She is a country girl at heart. In her free time, she devotes her time to her beautiful 6-year-old daughter and her family. Jessica loves to travel, enjoys crafting, and spending time outdoors.

Cassie Hanes, C.D.A.

Cassie Hanes, C.D.A.

Clinical Assistant

Cassie began her career in the dental field in 2007, bringing 14 years of experience to Sunnybrook Dental.  After graduating from cosmetology school in 2006, she earned her Associate of Applied Science at Maple Woods Community College. Soon after that, Cassie became a Certified Dental Assistant. She is Expanded Function Certified in Orthodontics, and she spent 10 of her 14 years in dentistry specializing in Orthodontics. Cassie’s orthodontic expertise has made her the perfect addition to our team, taking the lead on our clear orthodontic aligner treatments at Sunnybrook Dental. She is also OSHA and CPR certified. Although Cassie has experience in all aspects of a dental office, she loves being a clinician the most, so she is able to get to know her patients and build relationships with them. Cassie is very outgoing and loves to talk – she wants to make sure our patients enjoy coming to see us

Cassie was raised in a small, country town in Northwest Missouri, but has called “The Northland” of Kansas City her home for the last few years. Cassie and her husband have two daughters, who keep them very busy with all of their sports and extracurricular activities. In her spare time, you will find her at Target, Starbucks, or back “up north” enjoying time with her family, hunting, fishing, camping, or spending time with friends.

Meet the Front Office

Stacey

Jean Moore, C.D.T.

Office Manager/Certified Dentrix Trainer

Jean has been with Sunnybrook Dental as a business consultant and practice management sage since 2010. As a Certified Dentrix Trainer and CPA, her experience has been an invaluable resource to us. Sunnybrook Dental grew tremendously from her counseling with us over the years, and so we were thrilled when she decided that she wanted a shift in her career that would mean significantly less travel for her – the stars aligned for us to hire her as our remote Office Manager. She keeps up with her responsibilities from her home in southwest Missouri and travels periodically each month to be on-site with our business team.

Jean’s background is in bookkeeping and accounting with Waddell and Reed, until she shifted her career path towards dentistry in 1998. She gained many years of experience as a dental office manager then continued on that path by furthering her education and becoming a Certified Dentrix Trainer. She started a dental office consulting business, which she has been doing for the past 22 years, joining Team Sunnybrook Dental in the summer of 2020.

Stacey

Stacey Fretz

Treatment Coordinator

Stacey joined the Sunnybrook Dental team in 2019 with nearly 25 years of background experience in administration/management, and she has been working in the dental field since 2018. We were happy to have her join us with background knowledge in patient accounts and maintaining an effective patient schedule. She is also CPR certified and has completed numerous continuing education courses since starting at Sunnybrook Dental. Stacey loves the atmosphere of working in a dental practice and has enjoyed getting to know the Sunnybrook Dental family.

Stacey and her husband have six children between them, three boys and three girls. They met and dated in 1990, then reconnected and got married 20 years later! Stacey loves spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and date nights with her husband and friends. She also enjoys a good home renovation project, when she can find the spare time for it.

Becky

Becky Saunders

Treatment Coordinator

Before beginning her career in the dental industry, Becky was a custom framing Manager at Michael’s for almost ten years. She was encouraged by a close friend to pursue a career in the dental field, and she is so glad that she did. Becky has been working on the professional side of dentistry since 2018, with her background as Benefits Coordinator. She had extensive knowledge of our dental software and the ins and outs of patient accounts, and we were thrilled to have her join our team in 2020.

Becky grew up in Topeka and went to Kansas State University, where she studied abroad in Italy for a semester. She graduated with her Art History degree in 2008, and then moved to Overland Park. She now lives in Olathe with her three young daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading and going to her book club every month. She also enjoys baking, which we all benefit from here at the office!

Riley

Riley Williamson

Dental Benefits Coordinator

Riley brought healthcare experience with her to Sunnybrook Dental, coming from a scheduling coordinator position at a pediatric office. She has quickly learned the ins and outs of dental benefits and keeping us informed. Riley stays busy on the phone - tracking down dental benefit information to ensure it stays current for you.

In her spare time, Riley enjoys running, listening to music, and crafting. It would be no surprise to find her with an iced coffee from Starbucks or eating sushi, as these are some of her favorite things. Riley and her husband are enjoying life as newlyweds in Kansas City, with their German Shepherd, Oakley.

It’s time to enjoy the dentist!

We build long-lasting relationships with our patients to create a personalized dental visit that stands out from others. It's a truly enjoyable experience!

Our clinical patient experience is superb
We don’t just pay attention to the comfort of your experience. We pay attention to the quality of your treatment as well. Dr. Bednarczyk and his team of talented associate doctors, hygienists, and dental assistants have the knowledge, experience and technical skills to deliver lasting results in a wide range of services. From routine cleanings and checkups to cosmetic restorations and dental implants, we deliver stunning results you’ll be proud to show off.

Your safety and comfort are paramount
Sit back and relax because treatment in our dental chairs is designed to put you at ease. We have top-of-the-line ergonomic patient chairs, and our treatment rooms boast of TVs that can move overhead, so you can enjoy your favorite Netflix or Hulu show during treatment. We also have great music played throughout the practice to drown out background noise. From our reception area to our clinical area, you’ll find an organized and clean office environment. We take your health and safety seriously and have heightened all disinfection protocols. You will surely feel relaxed and safe here.

We keep up to date with the latest in dentistry
Keeping up with the latest trainings and technologies allows us to provide better treatments and exemplifies our passion for and our dedication to our profession and our patients. For example, we use the safest digital radiographs to minimize radiation exposure and laser dentistry to provide higher quality results, increased comfort and reduced time in the treatment chair. We promise to always remain at the forefront of leading dentistry, and we will continue to invest in the latest technology with you in mind.

We get to know you personally
What else makes a visit to our practice so great? We genuinely care for you. It’s no secret how important our patients are to us. We take pride in the lasting relationships we’ve built with patients since we opened our doors in November 2006, and we look forward to building that same friendship with our newer patients too. It’s through these trusted relationships that we are able to provide customized care with your individual health needs in mind.

Our team is happy and cohesive
Our practice is upbeat and fast-paced, but it doesn't feel that way to our patients because of the time we enjoy spending with you. Our team members seamlessly tackle anything that comes their way. Our unity, positive attitudes and collaborative efforts ensure the highest quality of care for you and your family. Trust us, you’ll notice. Around here, teamwork really does make the dream work!

We make visiting the dentist fun
It’s no joke! Well, we do like to joke, but we’re not joking about this. We really do make coming to the dentist an enjoyable experience. You may not think having fun is possible during dental care but our cheerful team, friendly environment and patient-focused approach make it a reality.