Our Team

Dentist in Olathe, KS

All our professionals at Sunnybrook Family & Cosmetic Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Dan Bednarczyk, D.D.S.

Dentist, Owner

Dr. Bednarczyk

Dr. Dan Bednarczyk received a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Kansas. He remained in Lawrence for two more years doing post-graduate teaching and research in Molecular Biology. Dr. Bednarczyk graduated with his Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2001. Upon graduation from Dental School, Dr. Bednarczyk was awarded the AAOMS Implantology Award for his superior work with the placement and restoration of dental implants. He has since completed advanced training and coursework in the surgical placement of dental implants.

 Following graduation, he became a General Practice Resident at the University of Iowa-Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. This program furthered his cosmetic and restorative skills in addition to providing advanced clinical training in oral surgery and intravenous sedation. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Bednarczyk relocated to Denver and was an associate in a large group practice for three years. Very soon after the birth of their first child, the Bednarczyks returned home to Kansas City. He became part-owner of a practice on the Plaza, until he found the space for and opened Sunnybrook Dental in November of 2006.

Dr. Bednarczyk completed the requirements and became a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2009, recognizing his leadership in the field. He is currently working towards his requirements for the distinction of Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Dan is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and his surgical residency at Iowa and subsequent continuing education has earned him a special sedation certificate, in which he is one of only a few dentists in the state with this level of certification. He is also one of only a handful of dentists in the state that is allowed staff privileges at three local hospitals, where he can perform sedation dentistry.  His sedation dentistry performed in-office and in the hospital, allows him to care for fearful patients, medically compromised patients, and patients with disabilities. Dr. Dan’s brother is part of the JCDS program and was his main inspiration to obtaining this level of distinction in sedation dentistry - so he can provide him and many other patients with the dental care they need, but find it difficult to receive.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association and Fifth District Dental Society. Dr. Dan has volunteered his dentistry at free clinics in Costa Rica and Venezuela, along with the local organizations of Kansas Mission of Mercy, Missouri Mission of Mercy, and he was one of the founding members of and actively volunteers for TeamSmile in Kansas City.

Dr. Dan enjoys playing golf in his spare time, but he admits that skiing is the only sport he does well! Most of his spare time is spent with his wife and kids, and shuttling them to their various activities. He coaches for a variety of the teams that his son and daughter are a part of, although he doesn’t do much of the teaching for his daughter’s love for ballet and involvement in KC Ballet. As a family, they try to get to Colorado or Montana for camping, fishing and skiing each year!

 

Rick Hammel, D.D.S.

Associate Dentist

Dr. Rick Hammel attended Kansas State University and graduated with his Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1977. Upon graduation, he wanted to be close to family and returned to his hometown of Clay Center, where he was born and raised. Dr. Rick practiced there for over 38 years, until he retired and sold to move closer to his children and grandchildren in Olathe in 2015.

Dr. Hammel is passionate about helping fearful patients and patients with disabilities to get the dental care that they need to improve their health and their lives. A well-known and respected dental innovator, he helped establish and implement sedation dentistry in Kansas for patients that are fearful, anxious, or have disabilities that make receiving dental care very difficult for them. He consulted with the Kansas Dental Board and paved the way for many dental practices thereafter, Sunnybrook Dental included. Dr. Rick continued on with his education and completed his residency in IV Conscious Sedation at the University of Georgia in Augusta, and he received his Fellowship in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Hammel and his wife also have served with, and continue to serve for, The Belize Mission Project, providing dental care to children and adults in impoverished areas of the country. Their experiences with this mission inspired them to organize and begin the Clay Center Dental Mission project that brought dentists and hygienists from all over the country to help provide free dental care to those in need in North central Kansas.

Outside of Dentistry, Rick enjoys golfing and making hand-thrown pottery in his home studio. You can find his pieces for sale at various art fairs and at the Kansas City Clay Guild! He and his wife love and are very involved with the Kaw Prairie Community church, and they’ve began a ministry group and wine-tasting group there. The Hammels are proud parents to a daughter, who is an LPGA professional in the area, and an entrepreneur daughter in San Francisco. They have five grandchildren, and love spending as much time with them, and following all of their activities!

After moving to Olathe, he began temporarily helping out in area dental offices. After a brief time with us, we loved him so much and he loved us so much, that we were able to convince him out of retirement to join us on a regular basis! You’ll see Dr. Hammel with us on Thursdays and Fridays.


Audrey Franks, R.D.H.

Hygienist

Audrey Rockers Franks, RDH

Audrey graduated from Johnson County Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has been with Sunnybrook Dental since the doors were opened in November 2006.  As a Dental Hygienist, she enjoys helping people understand the importance of a healthy mouth and how that connects to our total health. She values the relationships she’s built over the years with our patients.  

Audrey was married in the fall of 2011. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing and watching sports, and spending time with her husband and baby girl.  They live in Olathe.

 

Rachel Burghart, R.D.H.

Hygienist/Internal Marketing Coordinator

Rachel Rasmussen, RDH

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from the University of Kansas in 2009, and joined our team as Patient Coordinator immediately after finishing. She was promoted to Office Administrator, and enjoyed her time on the "business" side of dentistry, but ultimately wanted to branch over to direct patient care. While still a part of our team, she cut back her hours and continued on to receive her second degree, a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UMKC’s School of Dentistry. She is fascinated by science and loves to read the most current research on anything and everything health-related!

Rachel and her husband have a little boy, and a baby girl on the way! They all love playing with their dogs together and doing triathlons. They spend as much time with their families as possible, and enjoy watching / supporting anything related to their alma mater... Rock Chalk!

 

Erin Lewis, R.D.H.

Hygienist

Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Kansas in 2011. Shorty after, she joined our Sunnybrook team as a dental assistant. After a year with us, Erin furthered her education and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Johnson County Community College in 2014. She is loving her new role as one of our hygienists, and she loves getting to know all of her patients!

Erin was just recently married to her high school sweetheart! She and her husband enjoy spending time with family and friends, whenever possible. Erin loves coaching soccer and watching all of the professional Kansas City sports teams be successful!

 

 

 

 


Paula Herrman, R.D.H.

Hygienist

Paula has been in the dental field since 2010, starting as a receptionist and becoming inspired to work more with patients directly. She began dental assisting, completed her Certified Dental Assisting studies, and then continued on to follow her goals to become a Dental Hygienist. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene through Johnson County Community College in 2016. Paula loves all aspects of the dental practice, but she has definitely found her niche in direct patient care, as a dental hygienist, where she has the most time to get to know her patients one-on-one.

Paula and her husband, her high school sweetheart, have been married since 2012. They have one son and another on the way! She loves all things soccer - she and her boys are Sporting KC's biggest fans, and they go to as many games as they can. She also loves binge watching any great series on Netflix!

 


Genece Brannan

Office Manager

Genece graduated with her Bachelors’ Degree in Organismal Biology from the University of Kansas, knowing that she wanted to be in the dental field for the long-term. She began her dental career in 2001, and she has experience working in all aspects of the front office since that time, from patient coordinator to management roles.  Her years of experience have helped her learn the many facets of managing a dental office, and she is continuing to lead the Sunnybrook team in providing our patients with the highest quality of care. Genece loves helping our patients complete the treatment they need to create the healthy and beautiful smile they deserve. As our energetic Office Manager, Genece likes to stay on her toes, using her years of dental office management experience to help our office run smoothly. You’ll likely see her running around from her desk to the clinical offices and back again… all with a smile on her face!

Genece is originally from Texas and has lived in the Kansas City metro area for the last 6 years.  In her spare time, she loves being with her son and her boyfriend, traveling, and spending time outside, in the sun on the water!

 


Alyse Wilhelmson

Dental Benefit Coordinator

Alyse graduated with her Business degree from Emporia State University, majoring in Management. She has worked in the healthcare field for over ten years, starting as a CNA in a long-term care facilitiy and telemetry technician, before her years of experience in filing medical claims and documents. Alyse started on our team as Patient Coordinator and mastered her role in that position effortlessly. We immediately recognized her potential would allow her to step into our Benefit Coordinator role, when the opportunity presented itself. Alyse is here to help all of our patients receive the treatment they need by maximizing their dental benefits, and she would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your specific policy and its coverage!

On the weekends, you can find Alyse and her husband fishing, gardening, riding bikes, or taking their poodle to the dog park! They just bought their first house, and they’re excite to get going on home – improvement projects. They also love going on long walks together and spending as much time with family and friends as possible!

 


Gina Smith, C.D.A.

Clinical Assistant

Gina B. Smith, CDA

Gina has been in the dental profession since 1999, and she and Dr. Dan have been working together for most of her career. Gina has been with us since the doors opened in 2006!  She is a Certified Dental Assistant, OSHA trained, CPR Certified, Expanded Functions Certified, Prosthetics Expanded Functions Certified and has completed additional courses in dental anatomy and morphology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.  Gina is one of the friendliest people you will meet, and she has a knack with kids!  

She was born and raised in Kansas City, KS and still lives there to this day.  Gina and her husband have a son and daughter in elementary school, and they love staying busy with all of their sports and school activities... and they all love fishing and camping together on the weekends!

 

Abby South, C.D.A.

Clinical Assistant

Abby received her Dental Assisting  and CPR Certifications in May of 2013, and she joined us shortly after completing those. Her bright personality and caring nature have made her the perfect fit as one of our chairside dental assistants. She is passionate about helping others, and she has loved getting to know all of our long-time patients and new patients throughout her first years on our team!

During her free time, Abby enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. She and her husband are expecting their first little one, and they're busy planning moving into their new home this summer and for baby's arrival this fall!