Gabriel K. Harr, DDS
For Dr. Gabriel K. Harr, the decision to make dentistry a career started during time spent in Alaska shadowing his uncle who owned a dental practice. He fell in love with the art of dentistry and how it intersected with being able to help people. His experiences with his own dentist were also memorable: “We used to play early morning basketball together, and he always wore a mouthguard; I thought it was funny at the time but soon I learned the importance of protecting your teeth!”
Dr. Harr graduated from Missouri State University with a major in biology and minors in both Chemistry and Russian Language. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery qualification at University of Missouri – Kansas. He says he chose to work and live in Salina thanks to the family friendly community and the chance to work in a practice dedicated to advanced dentistry. He says he loves every part of his job, but cosmetic dentistry is a particular joy thanks to seeing what happiness a new smile can bring.
“I was able to work with one particular woman who had highly stained and broken-down teeth, and provided her with veneers. It was very rewarding to see the difference it made in her smile as well as her confidence!” Dr. Harr remembers, adding, “My ideal patient is one who wants to improve their oral health, no matter what state it is in when they start.”
When he’s not creating confident new smiles, Dr. Harr can be found spending time with his wife, Janessa, and the couple’s four children, Aubrey, Madeline, Britton, and Brody – preferably in a boat on any lake in the vicinity. He also enjoys fishing, hiking, basketball, and playing the guitar. An Eagle Scout himself, Dr. Harr strongly supports the local scouting program.
Milea Ryan, Office Manager
Office Manager Milea Ryan says the best thing about working at Parkwood Family Dental is interacting with patients: “I have a very outgoing personality, and I care about each patient’s needs,” she says “That makes me a great fit as someone who deals with people daily!”
Milea grew up in Topeka, and has lived in Salina for nearly 30 years (She spent a year in Lenexa, KS). She has 21 years of experience and has enjoyed having a career in dentistry, especially the chance she has to make positive impact on patient lives. “The number one thing people need to be educated about in regard to oral health is gum disease,” she comments.
When she’s not doing the administrative work that keeps the practice running smoothly, Milea is spending time with her family — three sons and four grandchildren. They enjoy watching sports, going to Kaufmann Stadium, and supporting the KC Royals, but Milea dreams of being able to travel the world.
Lisa Lynn, Administration
Practice Administrator Lisa is responsible for answering phones, scheduling appointments, greeting patients as they come in for appointments, checking out patients, researching insurance issues for patients, helping with billing questions, and “many other things!” She says her interest in dentistry stems from being born with a cleft palate and having later dental complications, which required regular visits to a specialty dentist throughout her childhood.
Lisa was born in Osborne, Kansas, but grew up in Salina. She has 25 years of experience, having achieved her Nurse Aide Certification and completed 2 years of college, as well as various Continuing Ed Classes. She says her favorite thing about her job is the patients whom she considers more like friends – she loves going to work each day, and desires nothing more than to do everything in her power to provide the best visit she can for each of them.
Lisa has been happily married to her husband Brian for 32 years, and they love going to Kansas City to visit their adult son Colby. “My biggest achievement is raising a wonderful son who is a really good person. We know we did the job right!” Lisa and her husband both dream selling off many possessions and build a tiny home to tow along while traveling across the country stopping at various locations to volunteer.
Beth Cain, Registered Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienist Beth provides patients with optimal oral health care, making sure dental concerns are addressed, x-rays are up to date, gum measurements are current and patients are educated on the status of their oral health. “I like to have fun doing it all!” she says, adding “I was lucky enough to have an uncle who was a dentist, and he always made his dental office a fun environment.”
Beth grew up in Overland Park, KS, and resides in Junction City, KS. She earned her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Johnson County Community College. “I wanted a career in which I would be able to provide care and build a relationship with patients. I also wanted a career in which I could use my skills to provide volunteer work to communities in need. I’m extremely passionate about oral health and I wouldn’t have picked any other career!” she says.
When she’s not at the practice, Beth is spending time reading, watching the Chiefs, trying new food, exploring outdoors, going to church and spending time with her daughter. She supports Mission of Mercy, Special Olympics, and Give Kids A Smile, says she enjoys being anywhere with live music and good food, and dreams of taking her daughter to Germany. “She was born there and I would love to show her where. I would also travel around Europe. It’s one of my favorite places to be!”
Lindsey Park, Dental Assistant
Dental Assistant Lindsey says seeing family members struggle with dental issues gave her an urge to help others who seek dental treatment. She stays busy setting up for dental procedures, assisting the dentist, and taking digital photos and radiographs for diagnostic purposes.
Lindsey was born and raised in Salina, KS and still resides in Salina. She has taken courses at Cloud County Community College, and was enrolled at SATC for the Dental Assisting program but was offered the job right before she started classes. “I was very fortunate to be able to be trained on the job and have hands on practice!” she says, adding “Working directly with patients to build trust and then seeing them leave with a smile, they can be proud of, is the best part of my job.”
When she’s not ensuring patients feel comfortable in the chair, Lindsey is hanging out with her fiancé, or working out at Crossfit Salina. She also enjoys running races, spending time outdoors, reading books, and spending time with family. Given a year off to do anything, Lindsey says she would travel and do volunteer work to keep busy.