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At Joplin Family Dental, every member of our staff is friendly, professional, and experienced. We are committed to providing each of our Joplin patients with personalized care and exceptional service. We strive to maximize the one-on-one time with each patient and to completely answer any questions they have about their treatment. Our goal is to ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for every patient.

Our Joplin dental professionals are dedicated to providing quality, advanced care to our family of patients. We endeavor to provide comprehensive dental examinations, a complete selection of cosmetic services, and the best possible restorative oral health care in Joplin. Make an appointment today or come in to meet our friendly Joplin staff.


Erin - Patient Care Coordinator

I have worked for Joplin Family Dental since 1996 and have enjoyed watching our practice grow over the years. We have wonderful patients and a wonderful staff.  Dr. Fitterling and Dr. Lais provide you with the best overall care and dentistry.  The Joplin Family Dental Team is the best!

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Tyson and kids, Collin and Claire.

Becky - Patient Care Coordinator

I have been fortunate to work at Joplin Family Dental since 2008.  My favorite part of my job is greeting our patients as they arrive.  It is very rewarding to work in a practice that is so focused on the health and happiness of our patients.

I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, cooking, watching the KC Chiefs and KU basketball. 

Mary - Patient Care Coordinator

I have 29 years of general dentistry experience, including over 10 years with Dr. Fitterling.  I rejoined Joplin Family Dental in 2012.  I’m so fortunate to work with such a knowledgeable and compassionate dental team.  We have the best patients in the world!

I look forward to reading, watching a good movie, and enjoying time with my great kids and grandkids.

Beth - Insurance Coordinator and Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Missouri Southern State College in 1999 with a Dental Hygiene degree.  I began working for Joplin Family Dental in October 2011.  I love my job as a dental hygienist.  Our dental team offers comprehensive dental care so you can keep your teeth for your lifetime.  We love our patients and truly want them to have the best dental experience they can have.  We want to be the reason people smile every day!

My hobbies include, cooking, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends and music. 

Beckie - Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Missouri Southern State College with my Dental Hygiene degree in 1982.   I have worked with Dr. Fitterling since 1996.  I enjoy the quality of care provided at Joplin Family Dental.  I enjoy helping people keep their smile healthy for a lifetime.

I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, traveling, reading and volunteering.

Julie - Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2007 with a degree in Dental Hygiene.  I began working for Dr. Fitterling following graduation.  It’s an honor and a privilege to work with a group of people who not only care so much about the patients and their health, but who also strive to provide the highest quality of dentistry available.  I absolutely love my job and the relationships I have made with my co-workers and patients.  It feels more like a hobby than a job! 

My true love is my family.  I have an amazing husband and three charming boys that complete me.

Lisa - Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Missouri Southern State College in 2001 with a Dental Hygiene degree.  I joined the Joplin Family Dental team in 2012.  I’m so fortunate to work at such an amazing office.  Our doctors are exceptional!  They truly want our patients toothave the best dental health possible.  Our team works so well together.  Patients always ask, “Why is everyone so happy around here?”  Our response is, “We love what we do!”

My hobbies include yoga, traveling, zumba, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.  I’m also an avid reader.

Susan - Certified Dental Assistant, Expanded Function Dental Assistant

I began working with Dr. Fitterling in 1999.  With extensive continuing education, I am a Certified Dental Assistant and an Expanded Function Dental Assistant.  If you want great dentistry done right, then Joplin Family Dental is the right place for you.  I am proud to say I work here.

I enjoy reading, crafts, grandkids, gardening, photography and cooking.  (Not necessarily in this order.)

Lindsay - Dental Assistant

I love my job!  I began working with Dr. Fitterling in 2006.  I enjoy being able to help patients out with their dental health and seeing the excitement on their face when they achieve the “perfect” smile they’ve always wanted!

I enjoy spending time with my four kids and husband, watching football (Denver Broncos!), camping, and spending time outdoors.

Stephanie - Dental Assistant

I have enjoyed working at Joplin family Dental since 2009.  Our entire team is very professional in what we do and we all work great as a team.  I feel very lucky to be part of such an amazing dental family.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching movies, shopping with my sisters and mom, my two dogs and going for drives with my husband, Derek.

Mandy - Dental Assistant

I joined Joplin Family Dental in 2012.  I enjoy working with the professional team at Joplin Family Dental.  I feel fortunate to be a part of such a warm, friendly and talented team who truly care so much about each of our patients.

I enjoy kayaking, golfing, coffee and trail hiking. 

Margie - Business Coordinator

I officially began working in the office in 1995.  There have been many changes in our office over the years.  I’m very proud to say I work at Joplin Family Dental.  Providing exceptional dentistry for our patients is our goal.  Sedation dentistry has helped many of our patients begin a journey of healthy and beautiful smiles.  It’s truly a pleasure to work with such a wonderful and compassionate group of people who care so much about each other and our patients. 

Family is very important and I enjoy spending time with our daughter (Karen), son-in-law (Rocky), granddaughters (Emma and Rachel) who live in Joplin and our son (David) who works for Invisalign in Kansas City.  I also enjoy travelling, music, singing, church activities and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House as overnight manager one weekend a month and serving on the  planning committee for the annual Volunteer Recognition event. 

Cindy - Office Manager

I began working for Dr. Fitterling in 1999.  As the Office Manager at Joplin Family Dental, I have the honor of working with an amazing team of people.  We are all just like a big family.  Our goal is to always assist our patients in being comfortable while they are here.  Our patients love that we offer Sedation as an option for their dental treatment appointments!  No one likes surprises so every patient is fully informed before their treatment about their options for sedation as well as their financial obligation. We offer many different payment options. 

In my free time I love spending time with my family and especially my five small grandchildren!  I also enjoy being outside in my yard and garden.  I love flowers and plants.  My husband thinks I have too many!  Oh, and I’m kind of addicted to Pinterest.

From the Joplin Family Dental team:  We were thrilled when Cindy Sooter was named the 2013 Office Manager of the Year by the American Association of Dental Office Managers!  Way to go, Cindy!

Jesse Funk

I have been in the dental field since 2012 and joined the Joplin Family Dental team in May, 2014!  I could not ask for a better team to be a part of and I absolutely love what I do.  I’m a trained clinical assistant and I also work in the business office.  I enjoy the opportunity to serve our patients in several ways.  Everyone is so professional and our patients are our number one priority.  And believe it or not, we still have a blast!  The goal of Dr. Fitterling is to provide all of his patients with the absolute best care possible.  Each one of them will personally sit down with you during your appointment to discuss and listen to all of your concerns. 

I enjoy being outdoors, camping, canoeing and playing Frisbee.  I always watch my favorite teams play football (KC Chiefs) and baseball (St. Louis Cardinals).  But most importantly I love spending every minute I can with my wife and son who was born in August, 2014.

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