Shelly M. Galvin, DDS

Dr. Shelly Galvin graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City in 1990, and has been practicing in the area for the last 15 years. Each month she continues to learn more about the newest dentistry procedures to better meet the needs of her patients. Dr. Galvin also spent three years in the Navy stationed in Okinawa, Japan. In addition to her three kids, Dr. Galvin has three dogs and an Amazon parrot. When Dr. Galvin is not at Westwood Dental, she enjoys RV camping, volleyball, and cooking

 

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Eric McDonald, DDS

Dr. McDonald went to dental school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He and his wife, Caroline, have been married since 2012. He has been practicing dentistry in Kansas City since 2016, and is constantly seeking education to enhance his skills and further meet the needs of each individual patient. Dr. McDonald is an avid sports fan, and never misses a chance to cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs or his Arkansas Razorbacks. When not at the office, he enjoys playing guitar, spending time outdoors with his wife and his dog, Toby, and trying new restaurants and breweries.

 

Meet Our Team

We love our dental team at Westwood Dental! They are always smiling and energetic, making patients feel at home and at ease with their treatments. They are here to schedule appointments and take care of any questions or concerns you have. We hope you will choose Dr. Shelly Galvin for all your dental care needs today!


Jenny – Office Manager
Jenny has been with our team since 2000, and she is a wonderful office manager! She is dedicated to her team and her patients, and she loves working in a practice where the patients are the top priority, and where there is great teamwork and dedication. Jenny strives for excellence in every aspect of her job, and she helps keep everything running smoothly. Jenny has three children: two boys and one girl. In her free time, she loves to garden and landscape, travel, and spend time with her family.

 


Cindy – Human Resource Manager
Cindy joined us in Aug 2016 as our front office coordinator and has since moved into our Human resource manager position, Cindy helps patients feel like they are #1! She tries to go above and beyond the normal coordinator duties because she enjoys helping patients, and she wants them to know that she is there to help satisfy their dental needs. Cindy has been married to her husband, Ben, for 21 years, and they have two daughters and one son. They also have two dogs and two cats. In her free time, Cindy loves watching her son play sports, listening to her daughter sing, and traveling to Arkansas to visit her daughters in college.

 


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Hatzuvilen “Chuvy” – Front Desk Coordinator
Chuvy joined our dental team in October of 2018. She graduated in 2011 from Buena Regional High and then went to college in New York where she studied psychology and sociology. She loves that the team members at Westwood Dental treat patients and coworkers like family and are always willing to help. She herself strives to be a caring, helpful team member as well. Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, watching movies, shopping, outdoor activities and make-up and hair. She also loves making new friends and taking on new challenges with her husband, Noe.

 


Kelly – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kelly has been with Westwood Dental for over 9 years. She received her dental hygiene bachelor’s degree from UMKC, and she has been a great asset to our practice over the years. Kelly takes care of the preventive aspect of each patient’s dental routine, and she teaches patients about their dental health. She loves working in an environment where everyone cares so much about each individual patient, and with a team that works together to give patients a great experience and great care. Kelly married Ryan in 2016, and they have two dogs and a cat. When she is not at work, Kelly loves to travel and do home improvement projects.

 


Kallie – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kallie has been a part of our dental team since 2007, after she graduated from UMKC in 2006. She is licensed to practice dental hygiene in both Kansas and Missouri. Kallie loves working at Westwood Dental! She loves being able to see her great patients when they come in for their routine appointments. Over the years, Kallie has developed a great and trusting relationship with her patients, and she cares strongly for their overall health. After a patient comes in for their visit, Kallie likes to follow up with them from time to time and check in on them. Kallie is happily married and has a son who is three and a half.

 


Amy L. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Amy graduated from the school of dental hygiene at JCCC in 1996, and she joined our team in March 2017. She loves working at Westwood Dental because of the quality of the overall product and experience that we offer to our patients. For Amy, Westwood Dental is the first dental practice she has been where the dental hygiene department is top notch and professional, and where everyone is done as it should be. As a dental hygienist, Amy strives to provide her patients with sensitive, gentle care, especially for those who have dental phobias. She also shows children that being at the dentist does not have to be a negative experience. Amy has been married to her husband, Jason, for 20 years, and they have a 14-year-old son name Jayce. When she is not working, Amy loves making something out of nothing! She considers herself to be a repurposer and bargain shopper. Amy also loves to live her life to follow the quote, “Life is short…make it sweet!”

 


Brenda – Registered Dental Hygienist

Brenda has been with Westwood Dental since September 2016. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at Johnson County Community College with an Associate of Science degree in dental hygiene in 1998. Brenda truly enjoys being a dental hygienist. She loves seeing the lightbulb turn on when she is talking to a patient about their oral health and everything finally clicks. Brenda feels that she has a great rapport with her patients, and she works hard to give her patients an excellent dental experience every time she sees them. Brenda loves being a part of the dental hygiene profession, and she feels very fortunate to be able to assist patients with not only their oral health but also their overall health. Brenda also loves how everyone on our team works together and works like a well-oiled machine. Each team member is friendly, respectful, helpful, and enthusiastic about dentistry.

Brenda has been married to her husband, Danny, for eighteen and a half years. In her free time, she truly loves spending it with her family and friends whenever she can. She enjoys listening to music, going to the movie theatre, and reading a variety of book genres. She also enjoys exercising several times a week.

 


Lainie – Registered Dental Hygienist
Lainie has worked with Westwood Dental off and on since 1999. She graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry in 2004 as a registered dental hygienist. In 2007, she became an RN when she graduated from Research College of Nursing. Lainie loves the lifelong friendships she has made from being part of a great dental team that helps put smiles on faces. She is a positive team player who appreciates differences and is respectful toward everyone at the office. Her hobbies outside of dentistry include snow skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing, canoeing, kayaking, traveling, trail biking, hiking, and performing karaoke.


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Libby – Registered Dental Hygienist
Libby graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from UMKC in 2015, and joined our team in February 2018. She enjoys the patient-centered focus of our practice and our commitment to give our patients the best care possible, and loves building a rapport with her patients so that they feel comfortable and so that she can effectively help them improve their oral health.

Libby comes from a large family of nine children, and has three wonderful nieces and one wonderful nephew. Outside of the office she enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering with her church, rock climbing and cheering on the Royals.


Rue – Treatment Coordinator
Rue has been with Westwood Dental since 2010. To her, this practice is not just a dental office. Instead, it is a home-like area where patients are like family, and where everyone works together to provide the best care possible. Rue always gives 100% of her effort to make sure every patient is happy and gets the best care. Rue also wears a toolbelt to work because she can fix anything and everything! When she is not working, Rue enjoys playing co-ed softball and hanging out with her friends and family.

 


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Samantha – Treatment Coordinator
Samantha graduated with a 4.0 from dental assisting school in Concorde in 2013 and joined our team in December 2017. She absolutely loves working with Dr. Galvin and the rest of the team, who work so well together and feel like family. She also appreciates the advanced technology used in the office. Passionate about dentistry and educating patients on good oral health, she always puts patients first and tries to make them feel as comfortable as possible. She has been married for nine years and has two dogs, Puffin and Spud. She comes from a large Italian family and has an older brother and sister and 11 nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include cooking, shopping, sewing and photography.Samantha has been a breast cancer survivor since May 2017 and is very grateful for the support Westwood Dental has shown her since she began working here the day after her final radiation treatment. She loves her job and the people she works with.

 


Chelsea – Treatment Coordinator
Chelsea joined our team at Westwood Dental in 2010 after she graduated from the Concorde Career College dental assisting program in 2009. As a dental assistant, Chelsea feels that she has a strong bond with her patients. She strives to make each patient feel comfortable from the time they sit in the dental chair until they leave our office. Chelsea considers her patients and co-workers as her second family. She loves the closeness between all of her co-workers and her awesome patients. Chelsea married her husband, Chris, in 2015, and they had their first baby, a little girl, in July 2016.