Meet the Team
Jamie, Registered Dental Hygienist
Our Lead Hygienist, Jamie, joined our practice in 2013. She graduated from UMKC with a B.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2007. Her responsibilities include performing oral prophylaxis (cleanings), oral cancer screenings, educating patients on home care and nutrition, and charting various conditions as well as disease and decay. Jamie’s thorough nature and close attention to precision make her a perfect fit for her position, as well as her gentle approach and friendly demeanor. During your visit, you will often hear Jamie’s infectious laughter as she and her patients share their time together. Her favorite thing about working with Dr. Schaefer and our team is the way our office promotes a positive environment and a genuinely family-like atmosphere. Jamie and her husband, Matt, have been married since 2002. They have 2 children, Linley and Charlie, and cute little dog, Gidget. In her leisure time, when she is not running the kids around to various activities (piano, sports, scouts) she enjoys attending church with her family, boating at the lake, swimming, going to sporting events and festivals, traveling (not as much as she would like to), shopping, hanging out with her family and friends, and watching movies and reality TV. Her moto is, “You don’t have to brush all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”
Heather, Certified Dental Assistant
With her Dental Assistant Certification from Kansas City College of Dental Careers and having worked in the dental industry since 1985, Heather is responsible for assisting Dr. Schaefer in all aspects of patient care. Her duties include assisting Dr. Schaefer during procedures, maintaining instrument sterilization, scheduling patient appointments for future treatment, conducting x-rays, reviewing medical history, planning treatments, and much more. Since her arrival at Schaefer Dental in 2012, Heather has consistently improved our patients’ overall experience by providing quality dental care that best suits their needs. Heather’s good-natured, empathetic personality and sunny disposition makes it easy for her to keep our patients feeling like family. When she’s not helping Dr. Schaefer in our office, Heather enjoys spending time with her son, James, and family. She finds comfort in reading, cooking, travelling, and going to Royals and Chiefs games. She also enjoys collecting Troll Bead Jewelry and playing with her adorable Yorke, Major, who she rescued from Texas. He says, “Bark bark, y’all!” Heather volunteers yearly with the Shrine Circus to help raise money for the Shriner’s Hospital.
Autumn, Office Manager
Autumn took on the roll of Practice Manager with Schaefer Dental in the Spring of 2013. Her degree in business management and almost 20 years of experience in her field allow her to keep the office moving smooth and efficiently. Her duties include managing the practice account receivables, advocating for patients with insurance companies, preparing fiscal reports and yearly analysis, ordering supplies, and of course, always greeting patients with a friendly smile and warm conversation. She even serves as a fill-in dental assistant whenever her help is needed. Autumn loves the fact that our team members truly love and care for each other and our patients like family, and that our office is always full of laughter. Her passion for helping people really shines through in everything she does, whether it’s helping a patient who is in pain find comfort and relief, or simply explaining insurance benefits so that our patients thoroughly understand their care. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in accounting. Outside of work, Autumn finds joy in spending time with her husband, Joshua, and their two daughters, Allyx and Alizibeth. She has two grandchildren, Braxton and Scarlette, that are the sunshine in her life. She also enjoys kick boxing, yoga, landscaping, entertaining friends and family, and cuddling with her three canine sons; Jack, Charlie, and Truman.
Joy, Dental Hygiene Assistant
Joy is our newest kid on the block. She became part of the team in 2017 as our hygiene assistant after having completed her internship with our office in 2016. Her main responsibility is to greet each hygiene patient, get them comfortable and prepared for their appointment, and making sure all records including x-rays and medical histories are up to date. With her A.S. Degree and Certification of Dental Assisting with Expanded Function, she is a true utility player and you will often see her helping in the front office, assisting Jamie and Dr. Schaefer in multiple operatories, and helping patients in getting scheduled for their future treatment. Joy’s tender nature and helpful spirit make her a true asset to this team and our entire Schaefer Dental family. When she is away from the office, she enjoys fishing and camping with her husband, Ricky, and their three sons, Hunter, Nathan, and Devon. As a family, they love to play outside with their dogs, Harley and Bailey, play games, and read.