Meet Our Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.



Jenny Polen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Building strong relationships with our patients helps me gain their trust and allows me to be proactive in their dental care needs. It also gives me great satisfaction to get to know each patient on a personal level, and I look forward to our conversations. I graduated from Missouri Southern in 2000 with my associate’s degree in dental hygiene. I’ve been working at Accent Dental for 18 years, starting as an assistant while I was in hygiene school. My days are spent working one on one with our patients, performing dental cleanings and educating each person about oral health. I focus on helping people understand the best home oral hygiene practices, how to develop good habits, and how to make healthy nutritional decisions. It’s a great feeling when a patient makes changes in their life and comes for a recall visit with a healthy mouth!

I’m a native of Pittsburg, KS, and now live in Frontenac with my son Peyton. I love supporting Peyton in his many activities, especially sports, we enjoy fishing together. Personally, I like to spend time golfing and working in our garden.



LeAnn Hale

Registered Dental Hygienist

I grew up in dentistry. My father is a retired dentist and one of my brothers took over Dad’s practice, so it’s in my blood. I’ve always loved getting to meet so many new people over the years and developing friendships with them. I graduated from Wichita State University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene. I’ve been at Accent Dental for 17 years, and enjoy seeing smiling, familiar faces and meeting those new to our practice, too. Working as a hygienist means building rapport with each person and learning about their oral health needs and concerns; then working with them to find the solution that is right for them, whether it’s a change in habits or a new home oral hygiene product. I know if they have a healthy mouth, their overall body health will also improve.

I’m originally from Coffeyville, KS, and have lived in Columbus for the last 18 years. My husband Todd and I have two children, Lauren and Scott. Away from the office, I enjoy gardening and decorating.


Nicole Garrett

Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from the Missouri Southern State University with my associate’s degree in 2005 and my bachelor's degree in 2007 for dental hygiene. Currently I am working on my masters in public health administration. I first wanted to be a dental hygienist at the age of 6. I have been a hygienist now for 10 years and worked in dentistry for 15 years. My professional Affiliations are Missouri Dental Hygienists' Association, and Kansas Dental Hygienists' Association. I love getting to work with different people every day, and developing relationships with each person. When an individual comes back for their recall appointments, I am able to catch up on what’s been happening with their lives and their family, and we become friends. Being a hygienist means each day brings with it new conversations and new people, and I like that. My concentration is on helping a patient understand the connection between dental health and systemic health, through education. I ask about their lifestyle and habits, then work with them to identify problems areas and solutions to correct the issues, so they’ll have a healthy mouth and body, and a beautiful smile.

Im a  native to Moundville, MO, My husband Nate and I have been living in Pittsburg for 8 years now. We have a daughter, Ava and son Trace. As a family we enjoy fishing, crafts, and soaking up the sun. 






Gina Ferris

Human Resources Manager











Lizz Lindsey

Insurance Coordinator









Stevie Strong

Lead Dental Assistant













Katy Kanes                                            

Dental Assistant








Rebekah Wilkinson                           

Dental Assistant









Amber VanBecelaere

Front Office Coordinator










TyDan Ames

Dental Assistant