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Our Staff

Meet Dr. 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 cat and dog. She also loves riding bikes, hiking, cooking, gardening, and traveling.

JoAnn, Office Receptionist

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.

Natalie, Dental Hygienist

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.

Ashley, Dental Assistant

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.

Mary Beth, Dental Hygienist

Mary Beth graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Mary Beth developed a passion for oral hygiene at a young age due to her mother being a former dental hygienist. She enjoys building connections with each patient and educating patients preventive dentistry. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends in Kansas City, going home to St. Louis to visit her family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams: St. Louis Blues, Cardinals, and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jane, Office Receptionist

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.