Dr. Diana Tabakh

Hailing from Moscow, Russia, Dr. Diana Tabakh has served as a dental force to be reckoned with for more than three decades. She takes a global approach to dental health having D.D.S. degrees from Moscow Medical Stomatological Institute and University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry. Upon completing both dental programs at the top of her class, she served as a Dental Associate until starting her own dental practice here in south Kansas City in 1999.

Helping people is at the heart of everything Dr. Tabakh does, from providing the highest level of dental care for her family of patients, to being a renaissance mother of four children, devoted wife, thoughtful daughter, altruistic aunt, trustworthy sister, and compassionate friend to many.

Aside from indulging her passion for dentistry, Dr. Tabakh adores a plethora of hobbies such as nurturing a lush garden, playing guitar, and crafting the intricate jewelry you can find proudly displayed in our waiting room. She shares her home with a frenzy of adopted furry friends (four dogs, one feline, and a rabbit). Cultivating her admiration of culture, Dr. Tabakh and her husband of more than 34 years often invite world-renowned Russian musicians to perform in their South Leawood home. She frequently volunteers as a translator for newly adopted Russian youth and often raises money for various charities with her children.

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Dr. Mark Handley

As a teenager, Dr. Mark was fascinated with dentistry when he went into the orthodontist’s office to get braces after developing a curiosity for science in grade school. “From the age of 12, I began my journey of becoming a dentist,” he says. As a result he graduated for University of Kansas in 1982, then UMKC School of Dentistry in 1986. He has been in practice in Missouri and Kansas for over 30 years.

Learning new ways to help people through technology and technique is why Dr. Handley is continuously learning to improve the mastery of his dentistry skills. He never loses sight of what is best for the patient and believes their confidence and comfort matter most. Helping fearful or nervous patients and surpassing their expectations is the highlight of his job.

“I love surprising nervous patients when I give painless anesthesia!”

Outside of dentistry he enjoys golf and world travel with his wife Kim, who is a hygienist within our practice.

Kim

Kim

Hygienist

Kim studied at University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College 1999, and graduated the hygiene program. She has been practicing in Missouri and Kansas since then.

She resides in the neighborhood with her husband, Dr. Mark Handley. She enjoys golf, cooking, and travel.

Kim strives to make every patient feel special and gains satisfaction from teaching ideal oral health and developing meaningful relationships.

Lisa

Lisa

Hygienist

In 2013, Lisa earned her Associate of Science and Dental Hygiene degrees in at Concorde Career College. Lisa has Kansas and Missouri licenses and is certified in infiltration/block, anesthesia, and CPR. In 2016, she earned her Extended Care Permit which she is able work in public health settings. Patient’s comfort and education is her first priority.

Lisa grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. On her free time, she enjoys being with her dog. Her dog’s name is Scooby and he is Shih Tzu and Yorkie mixed. Scooby loves to go for a walk at the park and car rides. Lisa also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and eating out. Her favorite place to eat is Vietnam Café downtown by the River Market.

Teresa

Teresa

Hygienist

As a Midwesterner at heart, Teresa started her career in Duluth, Minnesota upon earning her Associates of Science and Dental Hygiene degrees from Lake Superior College. After securing the highly sought after Student of the Year merit in her Dental Hygiene program, Teresa worked for a Periodontist in Edina, Minnesota for one year. She soon became a City of Fountains transplant. Here, Teresa has been able to perfect her dental expertise since 2001. Not only has she taught at the University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Dental Hygiene School, but Teresa is also certified in laser treatment, infiltration/block, anesthesia, and CPR.

Outside of the office Teresa is an avid animal lover as a mother to two Chihuahuas, their names are Charlie and Piper and a cat named Chopper. Additionally she is a fine fisherman and prides herself on maintaining a neatly manicured yard.