Dentistry really combines a lot of aspects I've looked for in a career. I love working with my hands, always have, just love making stuff. I've always been interested in the health field, in sciences, in health in general. I love working with people. Dentistry really combines all of that. I get to do all three of those things every day and that's what led me to dentistry.
I had a really good dentist when I was younger. I had a fear of the dentist, actually, when I was really young. I've gone to the same dentist pretty much my whole life. I just thought he was the coolest guy. Every time I'd come in, he'd remember stories about me and we'd talk. I always thought he was just an amazing guy. It wasn't until later in high school that I was like, "He's such a cool guy, I wonder what it'd be like to do that every day." I started shadowing him and got me hooked. It was something I really wanted to do.
Dr. Neilsen was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his interest in the medical field and motivation to care for others led him to pursue a career in dentistry. While growing up, Dr. Neilsen loved staying active and enjoyed spending time in the mountains year-round, whether running and biking on mountain trails in the summer or snowboarding and skiing on the slopes in the winter. After graduating high school, Dr. Neilsen started his journey in making his dream of becoming a dentist a reality.
Dr. Neilsen joined the United States Air Force with the goal of working on his pre-dental education while serving his country. Dr. Neilsen completed aircraft training in Texas and Florida, worked on the F-16 fighter aircraft in Japan, and completed his enlistment at Whiteman Air Force Base in Warrensburg, Missouri, working on the B-2 stealth bomber. During his time in the United States Air Force, Dr. Neilsen held many leadership roles and was honored with many awards, including the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
After honorably separating from the military, Dr. Neilsen completed his studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Communication Minor, graduating with honors. Dr. Neilsen then attended and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry.
Dr. Neilsen is happily married to his wife, Affton. They have one son, Crew, and four fur babies, Stiletto, Chanel, Levi and Strauss. In his spare time, Dr. Neilsen loves being with his family and staying active through CrossFit and biking.
Dr. Neilsen is excited to join S&G Family Dentistry and looks forward to meeting and caring for the patients at this amazing practice.
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) and American Association for Functional Orthodontics (AAFO). 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 is married to Frank Theisen, an oral surgeon. 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.
All my life I wanted to be in something in the health field even when I was in second and third grade. When I got more into making a decision, going on to college and things, I didn't really have a direction that I wanted to go otherwise so I feel back into it. I got to know my orthodontist at an early age and that's what really made the connection that, that's the direction I might go. It's been a good decision for me. I haven't really regretted it all, but I don't have any magic, ah ha moment where I just wanted to do it. It just has always been in the back of my mind and when I went to college it kept going down that road and here I am today.
I came from a real small town in Kansas. I only had 16 in my graduating class so moving up the next level of school was a big deal. I went to Kansas State University, played football there, a football scholarship so that took me there, and then from there to UMKC Dental School. There's not a dental school in Kansas so I had to pick one in the outer laying areas. From UMKC then finished that and then been working ever since.
Dr. Grosdidier aspired to be a dentist ever since he can remember. He grew up on a dairy farm in southeast Kansas, where he spent most of his time either working with his father and grandfather or practicing and playing sports. Although Dr. Grosdidier loved life on the farm, he knew that he wanted to become a dentist. He attended Kansas State University on a football scholarship, enjoying his time as a tight end, and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and pre-dentistry. Balancing grades and athletics took a lot of time and hard work, but Dr. Grosdidier succeeded with honors both on the field and off!
After graduating from Kansas State University in 1998, he attend UMKC School of Dentistry, where he was able to start pursuing his passion. He graduated in 2002 and has been practicing in the Kansas City area since. As a dentist, Dr. Grosdidier takes pride in taking the time to get to know each of his patients and their individual needs by using a conservative approach to dentistry. He enjoys serving the whole family. It allows the practice the opportunity to really get to know their patients. Patients are not just a number, and many of them go on to become lifelong friends.
Dr. Grosdidier is a credentialed Diplomate and Board Member with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Kansas Dental Association (KDA), and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). He maintains the dental clinic at the Kansas State School for the Blind in Kansas City Kansas. He believes that it is both a privilege and an honor to work with the students and the staff at this school.
Dr. Grosdidier and his wife, Kim, met in college and have been enjoying married life for more than 16 years. They have four daughters: Brynn (12 years), Josie (10 years), Elise (10 years), and Ava (8 years). He is an incredible dad who devotes his life to his family. Spending time with his girls is his favorite pastime. Dr. Grosdidier also enjoys working out, spending time with friends, and going on an occasional fishing trip. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys keeping up with all the local teams.
I am a continuing ed junkie. I'm always reading about things. One day I read this little article about help your patient quit snoring. I though, "That is the most ridiculous thing I've heard of. A dentist helping a patient not to snore?" A couple of weeks later, one of my patients came in and I said, "Is there anything else I can help you with?" He said, "Yeah doc. Can you help me quit snoring?" I said, "I just read about this. Let's try it."
We tried it on him and a couple of weeks later, after I had put it in, we called back and he said, "Doc, you're a miracle worker. You hear me? A miracle worker." I thought, "This is interesting." He started referring aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers to me and all of a sudden I'm making these appliances for what I thought was just snoring.
Then there was this one patient who I sent the information into the lab, and the lab called me back and said, "We can't do it." I said, "What do you mean?" He goes, "There's not enough under-cut." Which may not mean too much to someone who's not in the dental world, but to me that meant a lot. I said, "Gee, I wonder what I do now." He said, "Oh, don't worry. Just bring the cast to the meeting." I said, "What meeting?" He said, "Yeah right. I'll see you at the meeting." I said, "I don't know what you're talking about." He said, "The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine." I said, "I've never heard of it."
There was utter silence on the other end of the phone. He said, "You're making these appliances and you've never heard of that?" I said, "No." He said, "You need to be there." That was, I think, on a Wednesday. I cancelled all my patients on Thursday, flew out to Seattle, and for the first time in my life I heard the word obstructive sleep apnea. I had never heard of that. I just assumed people were snoring. I'm sitting, and I'm sure everyone in the room could hear my heart beating, because people could die.
Once I realized the severity, or how important snoring is as in indicator for people who may potentially have obstructive sleep apnea, it completely changed my path. I did all kinds of study. At that time, when I first started doing this, very few people did it. Now, in the United States, there are only maybe two hundred and seventy of us who are board certified and only thirty of us whose offices are site accredited in the United States.
I went through all of this studying because I found out I can really help people. Often times the first line of treatments in oral appliance, excuse me, a CPAP and patients, if they like it and it works great, it's fabulous. If they don't like it, it's not so good for them. What I do is make this appliance. Its changed people's lives. It's improved people's marriages. It's a wonderful area to be in and it's so fun to come to work every day.
In 1995, Dr. Addy delivered her first appliance to help relieve a patient’s snoring. This proved so successful that Dr. Addy started to treat more and more patients and soon realized what a valuable option Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) was to herself and her patients.
In 2000, Dr. Addy joined the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, where she is now a credentialed Diplomate and Board Member. She continues to increase her knowledge and commitment in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring by following the recommended guidelines for treatment with intraoral appliances in OSA and snoring management. Before recommending a specific brand of appliance to a patient, Dr. Addy has actually first tried the appliance on herself. Dr. Addy only works with FDA approved appliances. She prefers to work with several types of adjustable appliances, the choice of which depends on many patient factors.
Dr. Addy is devoted to the well-being of her patients and communication with referring members of the medical and dental fields. Her commitment to offering patients an option to treat their OSA and snoring is saving lives and marriages every day.
- American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine – President Elect
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