Meet the Staff

Dr. Allen Kelley

Dr. Allen Kelley is the owner of Wakarusa Family Dental.


Debi has been with Dr. Kelley’s office for 25 years. She grew up in Kansas City but has lived in Lawrence for the past 30 years. She is a 1993 graduate of Johnson County Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys her patients, as many of them have become extended family to her and she is seeing 3rd generations of some families.

Debi is married and has 2 grown children, 2 dogs, one cat, and a grand puppy, Rosie. She enjoys Kansas State football and traveling with her family.


Cris joined Dr. Kelley’s team nearly 32 years ago as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Cris moved to Lawrence in 1970 where she graduated high school and attended KU until deciding to go into dental hygiene. She graduated from Johnson County Community College in 1983, and has been an RDH for 35 years!
Cris has 3 grown children and 2 grown stepchildren, and is looking forward to being a Grandma for the first time in October 2018!  When Cris is not working, she and her husband Murray love to travel, especially to places warm and sandy.


Michelle joined Dr. Kelley’s team in 2001 as a Registered Dental Hygienist.  She is a 1989 graduate of Johnson County Community College’s Dental Hygiene program, and currently sees patients two days per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Michelle enjoys living an active lifestyle starting with daily fitness, spending time with her husband Larry, and traveling both domestically and internationally.  She loves being part of her 3 adult sons’ lives and relaxing with a good book and her dog Moses.


Leah joined Wakarusa Family dental in 2017 as one of our Registered Dental Hygienists.  Leah graduated from Johnson County Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2012, where she earned both the Professionalism and Sunflower Awards.  Leah enjoys the opportunity to help people achieve healthy and beautiful smiles, and strives to help patients overcome their dental fears. She has volunteered with TeamSmile and Kansas Mission of Mercy for multiple years and enjoys serving the underserved.  After being a patient at Wakarusa Family Dental for many years, we were thrilled to be able to have her join our team!

Leah has been married to her high school sweetheart Boone for 6 years. They have a son, Tucker, who keeps them busy with his love for farming.  Together they love spending time outdoors and cheering on the Royals and the Jayhawks.


Dyana joined Wakarusa Family Dental in 2012 and is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists.  Dyana, a Lawrence native, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 2007.  She then traveled overseas with her husband who was serving in the military. Upon returning to Lawrence, Dyana continued her education at Johnson County Community College. She graduated in 2012 with honors; receiving her associate degree in Dental Hygiene.

Dyana has always enjoyed going to the dentist and strives to make every patient feel comfortable and at ease in the dental chair. When she’s not cleaning teeth, Dyana enjoys running, singing, cooking, being outdoors and attending all things KU.  The light of her life is her husband Andy and their 2 little girls – Lydia and Eleanor.


Teresa joined  Dr. Kelley’s practice in 2002 as one of our Registered Dental Hygienists. She graduated from Johnson County Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 1991.

Teresa has been married to her husband Don for 20 years and they have 2 children.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, working on home projects, and enjoying the great outdoors!


Lori joined Dr. Kelley’s team in 2008.  She’s our billing and insurance specialist.

She is married to John, and together they have 4 children.  In her spare time, Lori enjoys working on projects around the house, as well as boating, fishing and taking day trips on her Harley.



Danelle has been with Wakarusa Family Dental since 2013. After having been a patient here, she welcomed the opportunity to come work with our fun and dynamic team. Danelle works in the front greeting patients, assisting with scheduling, and various other administrative assistant duties.

She and her husband Brad have lived here in Lawrence for 17 years and have 3 kids, 1 dog, 2 cats and some fish.  Outdoor enthusiasts, you can probably find them out at the lake with their dog Roxy, hiking, fishing or kayaking in their free time.