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Meet the Team

We recognize that all of 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.


Shannon Lumsden, EFDA, CDD

Shannon was born and raised in the Northland area. She has been in the dental field for 23 years. She enjoys working with patients and being able to create art through dentistry while making smiles. Shannon became the first dental assistant in the state of Missouri to be certified as a CadCam Dental Designer in 2009. CadCam is the dental design software and milling system that allows us to create Crowns and Bridges in office to be delivered to the patient in one appointment. Shannon loves to travel, listen to live music, and be around friends and family. 


Teri, Dental Assistant/Front Office 

Teri has been with Dr. Kavanaugh’s since 2001. She wants to make sure your visit is as positive as possible. She assists Dr. Kavanaugh when needed and she will now be the face you see when you walk in the door. Teri also does the ordering for Zona Rosa Dental and maintains the sterilization department. Teri maintains Dr. Kavanaugh’s schedule for her school talks, and is our in-office bleaching specialist. Teri went to Dallas, Texas in August 2008 to become trained on E4D CAD/CAM system and received her certification in March 2009. Teri is the second CDD in the state of Missouri. Teri also assisted with and Dr. Assaf when she was here helping Dr. Kavanaugh for 2 years.
Teri and her husband, John have three children, John Jr., Nicole, and Morgan and has four beautiful granddaughters Emma, Emily, Lily and Carly are patients. 



Teresa, Dental Hygienist

Teresa is one of our hygienists and graduated from the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Dentistry in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of dental offices and public health centers through a dental staffing company, as well as being a part-time clinical instructor to dental hygiene students at the dental school. She is an active member of the Americal Dental Hygieneist's Association and is a committee member in the Kansas City component. She is committed to life-long learning and recently graduated with her Master's in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2020. We are happy that she decided to make Zona Rosa Dental her home. 


Cierra, Registered Dental Hygienist

Cierra is another one of our dental hygienists. She joined the Zona Rosa Dental team at the beginning of 2019 after graduating from Concorde Career College here in Kansas City. Upon completion of the dental hygiene program, Cierra was honored to be recognized as the Hu-Friedy “Golden Scaler” of her graduating class. She hopes to help make every patient who sits in her chair feel comfortable, cared for, and educated about their dental health. Outside of dentistry, Cierra and her husband Drew enjoy spending their time loving on their baby boy, Axton. They also have a miniature dachshund named Nixon and are big KU basketball fans.



Brittany, Registered Dental Hygienist 

Brittany is one of our hygienists and graduated from the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Dentistry in 2019 with a Bachelors degree in Dental  Hygiene. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of dental offices through a dental staffing company. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienist's Association and is a member of the Missouri component. She comes from a family of first responders as her father, aunt and uncle all work for the KCPD. Outside of dentistry, Brittany enjoys traveling, going to sporting events around KC and spending time with her family and friends.


Mariah, Office Manager

Mariah is our office manager. She has been working in healthcare for 10 years and with Zona Rosa Dental for 3. She has a love for dentistry, and has always dreamed of working in a dental office.  Mariah grew up in a small town named Hamilton, MO. Ironically this is where Dr. Kavanaugh’s grandparents lived their whole lives.  Outside of work, Mariah likes to stay busy. In her free time, you can find her chasing her kids around outside, tending to her flowers, or enjoying a good workout at the gym. Mariah is married and has a 3 year old and welcomed a second baby in September 2020! 


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