Meet Our Team
Our friendly, dedicated, and energetic team is committed to working with you and your family to create a positive experience every time you visit our practice.
We welcome you with warm smiles to our practice!
GAY LYNN SALMONS, OFFICE MANAGER
I have worked in the dental field for 17 years and was excited to join Dr. Beard in 2012. I currently schedule patient appointments, file insurance and make sure the office is running smoothly.
I am also an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant abling me to help out when needed.
I enjoy getting to know our patients and seeing how happy our patients are with our staff. Dr. Beard really has a great way with kids.
I've been happily married for 21 years and live in Sedalia. I have 2 handsome boys that keep me on my toes. When I'm not at work, I enjoy quilting, canning and spending the weekends at the lake with my family and my 2 beautiful labs.
LAURA WIKSTROM, RDH
I moved to Sedalia in 2012 when my husband Bradley and I got married. I am originally from Sweet Springs and he is from Cole Camp. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist at Beard Family Dental and my husband works for Dell EMC on their Global Marketing team. Together we own Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Sedalia. We have a son Bentley who is 18 months old and a Goldendoodle named Dex who is 4 months old. My husband and I both graduated from UCM in Warrensburg. Afterwards, I continued my education by going to Dental Hygiene school in Kansas City. Dental hygiene took us to Austin, Texas, but we found our way back to Sedalia. I love anything that has to do with Bentley, shopping, walking, scrap booking, talking, and family time! I also love being involved in events around the Sedalia community and I am an active Womens Service League member.
KIM NEWELL, EXPANDED FUNCTIONS DENTAL ASSISTANT
I currently live in Sedalia and just recently joined Dr. Beard's team. I already feel like part of the family. Everyone is so nice and Dr. Beard is a fantastic doctor to work for. He is great with his patients and has a true passion for what he does. I love to help people and to get to know our patients and make sure they have a great dental experience to keep coming back.
I am married, I have 3 dogs, and a son who is 9 yrs old and a baby on the way. Outside of work I like to spend time with my family, being outdoors, riding horses and turkey hunting and we love the St. Louis Cardinals.
AMBER KILLION, RDH
I've worked in the Dental field for 11 years now. I grew up in Sweet Springs and found my love for dentistry there. I then decided to go onto Dental Hygiene school. I graduated in 2011 from the SFCC Hygiene program. I worked in Columbia for the past 5 years. I just recently joined Dr. Beard's office when they made the move between offices. This staff has a way of making you feel welcome and I'm excited work with this group to serve this community.
I enjoy meeting new patients and helping patients in need.
Outside of work I enjoy spending my time with my family & friends. I've been married to my husband for 5 years now. He works for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline. We have a beautiful 2yo daughter, our second child on the way, & an awesome Lab, Tess. I love anything to do with our daughter, shopping, camping, Lake trips, scrapbooking/crafts & watching my husband race sprint cars.
I'm grateful for this job opportunity closer to home and look forward to meeting you!
NADYA KAZAKOVA, DENTAL ASSISTANT
I came to work for Dr. Beard at the beginning of the 2015 and I love it!
Dr. Beard is a great dentist and he has an amazing way of making everyone feel Special and welcome, patients and co-workers.
I have an Associate in Accounting degree form State Fair Community College. How did I end up working as a dental assistant for Dr. Beard? That's a good question, I saw the ad and he hired me and I also help to translate for the Russians. Like Dr. Beard, I also come from a large family and love kids.
Dr. Beard and his staff and family made me feel really welcome and have taught me everything I know about dentistry.
I am grateful to be working for him and enjoy meeting new patients.