I was brought up in dentistry. My father was a dentist. I went to practice with him. I went in as a dental assistant when I was a very young girl, about fourteen years of age I started dental assisting. Then as time went on, I decided I was probably going to do medicine more than I was even dentistry. A female physician came into the office one day, and she said, "Lynne, you've got to be a dentist." I'm like, "Everybody wants to be a dentist." Then she said, "Yeah, but this is so good and you're so good with people." I was like, "Maybe I should." I went into dentistry, and it's been the best thing I ever did. I've loved it. It's been my passion all my life. I guess I was born to do it.
Dentistry has always come naturally to Dr. Lynne Schopper. As the third child in a family of five, she took advantage of the unique opportunity to spend time with her father, Dr. George F. Schopper, by helping out in his dental office. At age 14, she began working in her father’s practice as an assistant, receptionist, and lab tech – wherever she could be used.
The invaluable experience she gained while working in the office through high school and community college furthered her interest in dentistry and led her to attend Creighton University, where she received an undergraduate degree in chemistry. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry, at which point she returned to the family practice, where she furthered her learning by working directly with her respected father. “He taught me the value of the work we do and to treat each person who walked into the office as a whole person with kindness, respect, and dignity.” This warm and compassionate style of care stuck with Dr. Schopper and has become the core of her practice to this day.
Being a woman in the field of dentistry has allowed Dr. Schopper the opportunity to inspire young ladies in the community to pursue their professional dreams. Her graduating class contained only 14 women and 146 men! Pursuing dentistry when women in the field were considered a novelty set Dr. Schopper apart and allowed her and her father together to offer the best of both worlds to the community. She cherishes her part as a role model in the community and encourages all young women to follow their own distinctive path.
Dr. Schopper is a member of several respected organizations. Throughout the years, she has volunteered to serve on committees for organized dentistry. In 1998, she became the first female president of the Fifth District Dental Society. She has served as a delegate to the Kansas Dental Association (KDA) and remains an active member. Dr. Schopper is also an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), American Association for Functional Orthodontics (AAFO), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).
Dr. Schopper’s work and talents in the field of dentistry have gained recognition, and she’s been inducted into both the prestigious International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.
She was married to the late Frank Theisen, D.D.S., M.S., an oral surgeon and Associate Professor at UMKC School of Dentistry. Together, they have two wonderful children, Danny and Katie.
Dr. George F. Schopper’s motto was “treat each person as if they are your family.” Dr. Lynne Schopper invites you to experience the caring family and community atmosphere at S&G Family Dentistry.