About Us - Pediatric Dentist Dr. Paul Kittle

Dr. Kittle, Dr. Kirwan & Dr. Lombardo

Dr. Jennifer Kirwan and Dr. Paul KittleDr. Paul Kittle and Dr. Jennifer Kirwan are co-owners of The Smile Centre'. Dr. Kittle, our Pediatric Dentist, founded The Smile Centre', then known as Children's Dentistry, upon his retirement from the US Army Dental Corps as a Colonel in 1994. Dr. Jennifer Kirwan, co-partner of The Smile Centre, created the perfect answer to the MOST asked question in Dr. Kittle’s exclusive pediatric office, “I trust my children’s care here. Why can’t you see adults too?!” Our answer and Dr. Kirwan’s adult dental practice was born in 2004 after an expansion and remodel was made to the pediatric practice. The Smile Centre also offers state-of–the-art dental treatment for ADULTS!!  Dr. Pamela Lombardo joined The Smile Centre in November 2012. She is a general dentist graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2008 following a career as a registered dental hygienist. Dr. Lombardo will be treating children and adults. Our unique office design consists of a fun and kid-friendly pediatric clinic as well as a modern and elegant dental clinic with spa amenities. We truly are a dental destination for your entire family!!

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Pediatric dentist - Dr. Paul KittleDr. Paul Kittle attended the University of Connecticut where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He attended Dental School at Creighton University in Omaha on a military scholarship. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army where he completed a general practice internship and later attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for his postgraduate training in pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Kittle held Chief of Pediatric Dentistry positions at many assignments. His career culminated when he was chosen to the Program Director for the U.S. Army’s Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at Fort Lewis, WA. At the time of his retirement as a Colonel in August 1994, Dr. Kittle was one of only two pediatric dentists on active duty to hold the “A” prefix awarded by the Surgeon General for expertise in the field of pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Kittle is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Society of Dentistry for Children, and the American Dental Association. He is a past trustee of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and one of only approximately 2,000 pediatric dentists in the United States who are Board Certified.

He and his wife, Linda, Linda..a recently retired nurse from Munson Army Community Hospital and a quilter par excellence are permanent residents of Leavenworth. They have two sons, Chris and Zach, who both serve/served in the United States Army as an oral maxillofacial surgeon and an engineer, respectively. Dr. and Mrs. Kittle enjoy keeping up with their three grandsons, Logan, Liam, and Grayson!

Our Staff

Cindy S.
Office Manager

Cindy has been with The Smile Centre since 1996. She has been the Office Manager since 1998 and the "heart" of the practice ever since. Cindy is an army brat having been born at Ft. Leavenworth. She spent 30 years as a proud Army wife (Col Michael) and is the mother of three successful adult children, Michael, Matthew and Susie. Cindy enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren and looks forward to adding a few more!


Jenny P.
Dental Assistant

Jenny P. is an experienced Dental Assistant who has been with The Smile Centre since June ’99. She is currently certified in expanded functions and nitrous oxide. Jenny is originally from the Leavenworth area, but currently resides in Kansas City. Jenny loves working out, hanging with family and friends, and being outdoors. She has recently started to travel and looks forward to many more adventures. Jenny has a caring, charismatic personality and she truly enjoys providing a wonderful dental experience for the children and their parents.


Pediatric Scheduling Coordinator

Pam, a native New Yorker has been with us since 2002 as the Pediatric Scheduling Coordinator. She was an Army wife for 20 years and traveled the world with her husband, Phil and family. A former elementary school teacher, Pam also was a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Catholic schools before joining the Smile Centre. She has 2 adult daughters, Maureen and Christine, son-in-law, Mike, and 2 wonderful grandchildren, Katie and Jack. Pam's favorite part of the job is getting to know all our patients and families. Her bubbly and vivacious personality make her the “Smile” in The Smile Centre’.


Jenny T.
Dental Assistant

Jenny T joined our team in 2001. She took a leave of absence to be a full time mom and lucky for us, she re-joined the team! She and her husband Dustan have one daughter, Emma. Jenny T. has completed expanded function training and specialized training in nitrous oxide. Her love for her job in dentistry has motivated her to pursue her education and is currently attending Register Dental Hygiene (RDH) school at Johnson County Community College. In her spare time Jenny T. enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and boating at the lake. Jenny T's pleasant manner and positive outlook make her appealing to the little patients as well as her coworkers.


Pat O.
Records Coordinator

Pat, our wonderful records clerk, is a long time Leavenworth resident. She was born in Chicago and moved to Leavenworth with her grandparents who were in the US Army. Pat graduated from Leavenworth High School, has been married for many years to her husband George, a Minister of Bethel A.M.E. Church and has 2 grown children, Nichole and Will, and 1 grandson whom she truly loves and adores! Pat has been in the dental field for more than 20 years. She enjoys her grandson, shopping, eating and being a lifetime member of Bethel A.M.E. Church.


Alisha M.
Financial Coordinator

Alisha is a native Leavenworthian and has been with the Smile Centre since 2007. She is ecstatic to work locally after commuting 15 years to Kansas City, MO! She is our resident insurance guru and enjoys sharing insight in how to best maximize patients’ insurance benefits. Alisha is married to a commercial pilot and has five children.


Jessica L.
Dental Assistant

Jessica joined The Smile Centre in 2009 and has quickly become one of the most requested assistants. She has a beautiful smile and a wonderful, quiet manner with the children. Her loves are reading, fashion and graphic arts. Darth Vader in the "Star Wars Room" holding a toothbrush in lieu of a light saber is her creation!


Cheryl B.
Dental Assistant

Cheryl joined our practice as a dental assistant in April 2012, having been a patient since she was a little girl. Born and raised in the Leavenworth area, she is an accomplished athlete who loves volleyball and the javelin. Her infectious smile and easy way with our little patients makes her a wonderful asset to our practice.


Erica L.
Dental Assistant

Erica worked in a pediatric dental practice in Tulsa for several years before moving to Kansas where she pursued her degree in Natural Science at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence. She now resides with her daughter and fiancee in Leavenworth and joined The Smile Centre in August 2012. She is passionate about providing care for children. Her favorite Dr. Suess quote is: "Today you are you, That is true. There is no one alive, Who is youer than you!".

Becky C.
Dental Assistant

Becky began working part time at The Smile Centre in 2006 as the afternoon Sterilization Technician while she was in high school. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she went on to attend college at Kansas State University. She frequently worked her winter and summer breaks at The Smile Centre and began her training as a dental assistant. She recently graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Life Sciences, is currently working as a dental assistant and will be applying to Dental Hygiene School in hopes of further pursuing her career in dentistry. She loves K State and attending football games.


Bree L.
Sterilization Technician

Bree is our highly dedicated Sterilization Technician whose attention to detail makes her ideal for this most important position. She is a recent graduate of the University of St Mary in Leavenworth and joined the practice in 2013. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and, spoiling her favorite dog, Bence.


Keely F.
Dental Assistant

Keely is our newest dental assistant joining The Smile Centre in May 2013. She has prior experience as a general dentist assistant and is excited to work with children! She is a Leavenworth County native and has an ever growing animal farm!! She loves spending time with her family, especially her 2 nephews and niece. Craft projects, anything outdoors, movies and reading are her hobbies. Her goal is to help each child have the very best dental experience they can have each visit.


Dr. Kittle and sons…the “old” Army and the “new” Army.

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