Meet Our Team
When you visit our dental office, you will be cared for by our friendly dental team. Each member of our team is experienced and knowledgeable, as well as caring and compassionate. We work hard to provide you with the best possible dental experience every time you visit Huckabee Family Dentistry. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about our team and our skilled dentists, Drs. Sam and Melanie Huckabee. We look forward to taking care of you!
Samuel J. Huckabee, DDS
Dr. Huckabee graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Biology before earning his dental degree from the university’s dental college in Kansas City in 1995. He has had extensive dental implant training, having studied under both Dr. Dennis Tarnow and Dr. Stephen Chu at the NYU College of Dentistry. Dr. Huckabee continues his education yearly and has even started to teach dental implant courses.
Dr. Huckabee is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and holds diplomate status with this group. He met Dr. Melanie Huckabee in dental school and they started to work together in 1996. In 2001, they purchased a dental practice. They are married and have five beautiful children.
Melanie J. Huckabee, DDS
Dr. Huckabee graduated with honors from the University of Kansas in 1990. She then attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City, to earn her dental degree. Here she was the class secretary for a year and the class president for three. Dr. Huckabee graduated with honors in 1994 and continues her education yearly. She also has advanced training in orthodontics.
Dr. Huckabee has practiced in the area for over 21 years and is a member of the American Orthodontic Society. She is married to Dr. Samuel Huckabee and they have five children. When not at the office, Dr. Huckabee is involved with her church, spends a lot of time with her children, and attends their sporting events.
Abby – Registered Dental Hygienist
Abby first joined our team at Huckabee Family Dentistry in 2001 as a dental assistant after graduating from Penn Valley. She earned an associate degree in fine arts and applied sciences in 2005, and she left us in 2007 after being accepted to the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry. Abby was honored to receive the Proctor and Gamble Clinician of the Year award in 2008, and she came back to our office in 2009 as a registered dental hygienist (RDH). She enjoys the long-term relationships she has had the pleasure to have with our patients and team, and she loves watching the changes in her patients’ lives. She loves that our team treats our patients, as well as each other, like family. Abby is committed to learning and to the profession of dental hygiene. She is blessed to be able to serve her patients and practice through what she loves on a daily basis.
Abby is blessed to be married with two beautiful sons, ages two and three years. When she has free time, she enjoys working out, sports, shopping, decorating, and movies.
Deborah – Registered Dental Hygienist
Deborah graduated from Johnson County Community College in 1984, and she has worked at our dental office in Kansas City, Missouri for over ten years. She enjoys the professionalism and great ethics we hold ourselves to for the betterment of our patients. Deborah believes in the importance of the education we bring to our patients to help them improve not only their oral health but also how it affects their overall, whole body health. One of her favorite parts of our office is the sliding glass doors with great views in each operatory!
Deborah has been married to her wonderful husband for 30 years and has a lovely daughter and grandbaby. Her hobbies include reading, bike riding with friends, and a general enjoyment of her life with great friends.
Robin – Dental Assistant
For over 16 years, Robin has worked at Huckabee Family Dentistry as a dental assistant. She enjoys working at our office because of the display of high integrity and the relationships she has built with her patients and coworkers. Robin strives to always stay positive and to keep her patients comfortable. She is proud to be part of a team that puts Christ first; it keeps her striving to be a better person.
Robin loves spending time with her husband, three sons, and their families. Her hobbies include photography, pen-paling, baking, and reading.
Michelle – Office Administrator
Michelle first started at Huckabee Family Dentistry as a dental assistant in 2003. Throughout the years, she has taken on many roles in our practice, gaining more and more dental knowledge with each one. She graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School and the University of Central Missouri (UCM) with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Michelle is CPR certified and attends continuing education (CE) courses every year to stay current and up to date in the latest developments in dentistry. As part of our office team, she specializes in insurance claims processing, treatment planning, scheduling, and technology help, but she can also be found dental assisting from time to time. Michelle helps out wherever she can, whenever she can. She loves her work family and the special bond we have with our patients. We truly go above and beyond for our patients. Michelle has a great trust in and respect for our doctors.
Tina – Office Manager
Tina, our office manager, has been part of our team since November 2004. She attended Quincy University for two years and also completed human resources management classes at Park University. Tina’s favorite part of our practice is our patients! She loves all that she does for our patients and practice. Tina helps with keeping our team strong, our patients happy, our doctors busy, and our office running smoothly.
Tina and her husband, Scott, have been married for seven years. She has a fourteen-year-old son named Ethan and a five-year-old daughter named Sophia. She also has two dogs, Bandit and Blue. When she isn’t working, Tina loves spending time with her family. She enjoys the summer where they can be outside swimming and fishing.
Debbie Peerson, Office Administrator & Front Desk Receptionist
Debbie keeps our schedule filled and updates patient health histories. She graduated from the KC College of Dental Assistants and considers it to be a blessing to work at Huckabee Family Dentistry. Debbie loves being at our Christian-centered practice because the doctors are wonderful to work for and everyone is so friendly and has been here for years. Debbie has been married to her husband, Mike, for over 22 years. They have a daughter named Alana and a son named Nic. In her spare time, Debbie loves fishing, scrapbooking, and boating at the beach.