At Vaughn Family Dental, in Independence, MO, we are committed to providing the highest standard of oral care to our patients.  We utilize state of the art dental equipment and technology, allowing us to deliver optimum care to our patients. Our team offers a relaxed, modern, and comfortable environment to meet all of your family’s dental needs. We offer a wide range of dental services, ranging from simple preventative care to more complex cases such as oral surgery and tooth replacement techniques. We consider our patients family and we strive to develop long lasting relationships with all of our patients.



Rena Jones 

EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE! The professional care and safety in this new age in medical care regarding contamination control and germ, bacterial, fungal, airborne transmission and etc was impeccable! Job well done Vaughn Family Dental! notch.


Dr. Jessica Vaughn

Dr. Jessica Vaughn completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri- Columbia and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC).  Dr. Vaughn is passionate about advancing her knowledge in the dental field and strives to provide the best dental care possible for her patients.  She has worked as an associate in private practice for 2 years and also worked for a non-profit organization that provided dental care to underserved children in North Kansas City. She loves helping others and has found that dentistry is a wonderful way to give back to the community and help those in need. She maintains memberships in the Academy of General dentistry, Missouri dental association, and the American Dental Association. Outside of the office Dr. Vaughn enjoys spending time with her husband Nick and her son Declan and their dog Gertie. She also loves riding bikes, hiking, cooking, gardening, and traveling.





Natalie graduated from State Fair Community College in 2016 as the Dental Hygiene valedictorian with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Colombia College in 2010. She is classically trained as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant with over Five years of dental assisting experience. With her diverse background, Natalie uses both of her degrees and dental experience daily while treating every patient individually according to their unique oral health needs. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their two dogs.




Amber joined our Vaughn family dental team in 2019. She was trained for dental assisting at Everest College in Kansas City. She has been in the dental field for 5 years now. Aside from dental assisting Amber enjoys going to the lake, cheering on the chiefs and spending time with her husband and their dog Ellie.




Brittany graduated from UMKC in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and minor in Sociology. Born and raised in the Kansas City area, she’s been interested in the dental field since elementary school and knew she wanted to be a hygienist since she was a freshman in high school. She is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri.




JoAnn has over 30 years of background in the dental community. She began her career in orthodontics and is finding a new love for general dentistry. She enjoys assisting our patients with everything from scheduling appointments to questions with insurance. Her outgoing personality is a joy to have around the office. When not working, JoAnn enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren.




Ashley is the lead Dental Assistant at Vaughn Family Dental. She has been an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant for seven years.  She is expanded in Restorative I and Prosthodontics.  She received her certificates at Penn Valley Community College.  Ashley spent four of the seven years as a contract dental assistant for the United States Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Ashley joined Vaughn Family Dental in June of 2016 and is happy to tell friends and family that she has found her “forever” home. Aside from dental assisting, Ashley enjoys kayaking, photography, farming and spending time with her husband.




Jane has been a life long resident of Independence.  After several years in the field of cosmetology, she decided to change careers. She decided to switch to the dental field and has been the insurance/ patient coordinator for the last 11 years.  She enjoys working with people and has enjoyed her journey in the dental field.




Dear Patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice in accordance with American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to keep patients and staff safe. Before you enter the examination room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, cabinet handles & countertops have been cleaned & disinfected which hospital grade disinfectants. Some equipment will have protective covers on them which are replaced after each patient. Disposable instruments & needles are never reused. After each use, all non-disposable dental instruments receive the highest level of medical sterilization available. Before seeing each patient everyone in the treatment team washes their hands & puts on a new pair of gloves. These processes have always been of utmost importance in our office & will continue to be the standards we uphold for the community.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment as well. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

   •  Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

   •  When you arrive at the office, please call to inform us that you have arrived. We ask that patients wait in their car until we are ready to see them. This will decrease patient to patient contact.

   •  We will take your temperature after you arrive to ensure no patients are seen with a fever.

   •  We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.

   •  You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, coffee bar, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

   •  We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

   •  We are also asking patients to not bring additional people with them to their appointment such as significant others or children unless they are also being seen that day.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Dr. Vaughn and Team