Expert care. Life changing results.
We are privileged to have some of the best dental experts, team members, and people here at Ward Periodontics. Allow us to introduce you to the friendly faces you will see at our office.
Dr. Sara Walls began working with Dr. Ward in July 2018. She is a licensed specialist in the field of periodontics. Dr. Walls graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental and periodontal programs.
Prior to beginning her dental career, Dr. Walls obtained her Biology degree from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. She grew up in Parsons, KS, and currently resides in Lee’s Summit, MO.
Dr. Walls’ training has allowed her to provide her patients with the most current treatments available today. They include the treatment of periodontal disease, hard and soft tissue grafting, periodontal reconstruction, and dental implants. She regularly attends continuing education courses throughout the year to stay up to date with the latest techniques and technology to provide innovative care to her patients.
When she is not treating patients, Dr. Walls enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying out new restaurants.
Fun facts about Dr. Walls: Her favorite color is green. Growing up, she lived in three different houses on the same street. She hitch-hiked while traveling in Egypt.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Emily joined the Ward Perio team in November 2014. She serves a dual role as both our practice administrator and one of our dental hygienists.
Emily attended the University of Kansas for undergrad, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Human Biology. She later attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she graduated at the top of her class with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene.
Emily has a passion for learning and considers herself a lifelong student. She takes many continuing education courses throughout the year to stay on top of the latest research and techniques to help our patients become and stay periodontally healthy.
On the administrative side, Emily works with our patients to help them understand and maximize their dental benefits. She enjoys sitting down with them and helping their treatment goals become a reality.
Emily’s favorite part about working at Ward Periodontics is the wonderful people that she has gotten to know - both colleagues and patients alike. And she says you will not find a more friendly, caring team anywhere else.
In her free time, Emily loves spending time with her husband, Ben, their young son, and their rescue dog. They love entertaining and regularly host friends and family.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Robin joined the Ward Periodontics team in January 2015. She has enjoyed nearly three decades in dentistry, spending the majority of that time in periodontics. She would admit that perio was not her favorite class back in dental hygiene school, but once in private practice, she quickly developed a passion for this specialty, and it has stuck! She loves the time it allows her to spend with patients while helping them develop a treatment plan and home care regimen that will help ensure their optimum oral health. Seeing patients return for subsequent visits with improved dental health is very rewarding to her and keeps her motivated to help patients improve. Robin also enjoys learning about each patient and their interests, likes and families as well. She often says, having so many different personalities in the chair throughout the day keeps it fun! Robin has especially enjoyed the many learning opportunities she has been part of since joining the Ward Perio team. Keeping up with the latest technology and research in the world of periodontics is a top priority of the whole team!
Robin enjoys vacationing with her family and treasures the many trips taken while her kids were growing up. Now, with grown kids, she finds herself with free time, often spent doing DIY projects and crafting. Learning new paint techniques keeps her busy when she’s not chair side. She loves to nurture her creative side.
Lead Patient Care Specialist
Peg joined our practice in January of 2010. She is our Lead Patient Care Specialist. She has been in dentistry for 40 years, over half of which have been in a periodontal office.
In the office, you will see Peg alongside Dr. Ward assisting with both exams and procedures. She enjoys getting to know our patients and keeping them laughing throughout their appointment with her gift of storytelling. Peg is also responsible for the beautiful decorations and live plants that you will see in our office. She has an amazing green thumb and can make anything grow, as evidenced by the orchids that she keeps blooming in our office year-round. We often refer to her as the “Plant Doctor.”
Peg is a Kansas native, originally from Hays. She and her husband, Dan, and their two dogs, Blizzy and Joey Bandit, moved to the area several years ago to be closer to their son and her three grandchildren. In her free time, Peg stays busy in her garden and doing various craft projects around her home. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and attending her grandkids' many sporting events.
Brenda joined our practice in April of 2016. She is our Benefit Coordinator. Brenda has been in the dental field for over 30 years and has experience in both clinical assisting and patient care coordination.
In the office, you will often be greeted by Brenda’s warm smile and friendly hello at the front desk. She has the gift of hospitality and doesn’t know a stranger. She loves getting to know each of our patients and will make you feel right at home when you come in to see us. Brenda is one of our insurance specialists and helps our patients to understand and maximize their dental benefits. With her clinical background, Brenda can also be found in the clinic helping with post operative appointments.
In her free time, Brenda and her husband enjoy being in the great outdoors. They especially love swimming, kayaking, and taking their two dogs on long walks. She also loves spending time with her family and friends. Brenda is a Kansas City native and loves cheering on our hometown teams - the Royals, the Chiefs, and the Jayhawks.
Future Dental Hygienist
Holly joined the Ward Perio team in August of 2018. Prior to that, Holly worked as Dr. Ward's nanny. Holly actually credits Dr. Ward with changing her career path because without her, she would never have considered entering the dental field. Holly is looking forward to the day that she will add "RDH" (Registered Dental Hygienist) to her name.
Holly is our office assistant. You can find her throughout our office helping with sterilization, charting, insurance verification, and so much more.
In her free time, Holly loves to travel with her husband and family, organize, scrapbook and make Christmas crafts (no matter what time of year it is). Holly's favorite holiday is Christmas, and you will find her Christmas decorations up before Halloween!
Dr. Audra Ward leads our team of professionals here at Ward Periodontics. A graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, a certified periodontist, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Ward has established herself as one of the finest periodontists in the Kansas City region. Learn more about why our patients trust Dr. Ward for all of their periodontal needs!
What our patients are saying
“The staff are professional, courteous and focused on providing safe patient care. This is evidenced by the pleasant clean environment, hand washing practices and willingness/capability to answer questions about their sterilization processes.”
“I was immediately impressed by the friendliness of the staff and their professionalism. Dr Ward did a thorough analysis of my dental health and then explained a treatment plan in detail.”
“I could not speak more highly of the entire staff at Ward Periodontics. I was fortunate enough to be referred to their office when my local dentist recognized that I needed specialized care.”