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.
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.