At Smiles by the Lake of Overland Park, Kansas, you’ll find a welcoming, comfortable environment, an experienced and understanding staff, and extraordinary care with a personal touch. The staff at Smiles by the Lake and lead dentist Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS, believe in creating a team atmosphere between the dentist, staff, and patients to help everyone who visits the office reach their treatment goals.
If dental anxiety is something you struggle with or if you’ve had bad experiences with dental pain in the past, Smiles by the Lake is focused on keeping patients comfortable and delivering the least painful and invasive treatment available. Many people avoid treatment for some of the most common dental procedures, from wisdom teeth removal to root canal treatment, because they’re worried about a painful or traumatic experience. Dr. Rhoads and the team at Smiles by the Lake are committed to making that a thing of the past through premium-quality care and industry-leading technology. To offer the best results with the least patient discomfort, the practice employs a variety of state-of-the-art products including Invisalign® aligners, the GLO Science Pro™ teeth-whitening system, and the newest 3D digital scanners for your teeth.
Smiles by the Lake’s commitment to patients extends beyond just dental care; patients can expect a variety of acceptable payment methods, including CareCredit and even multi-month in-house financing plans. You’ll never be upsold on treatments you don’t need, and you’ll always be given the most conservative options to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
And where other dentists can make scheduling a nightmare, Smiles by the Lake has made flexible scheduling a key part of its patient experience. Whether your busy schedule makes it difficult to make an appointment or your growing family’s varying dental needs have made other practices inconvenient, the friendly staff at can help find an appointment time that works for you. Call the office today to find out more.
Valerie - Office Manager
Valerie Grosdidier has been with Smiles by the Lake practice over 20 years. Having worked in the dental field for over 35 years, starting out as an assistant for 17 years and then progressing to the front desk, makes her very knowledgeable in all aspects of the dental business. Her well-rounded experience has helped her to understand the insurance process to ensure when filing your claims you get the coverage that you deserve.
Valerie loves her job, especially visiting with the patients and getting to know them. She loves working with such a dynamic team. Valerie enjoys cooking and entertaining anyone who wants to come out to their lake house. Valerie and her husband, Paul, have four children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren.
Jessica – Expanded Functions Dental Assistant / Front Office Coordinator
A native of Topeka, Kansas, Jessica has lived in Kansas City for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the High Tech Institute, earning an Associate’s Degree in Science for Dental Assisting.
Jessica loves working at Smiles by the Lake because it is her second home and her co-workers are like family. She, along with her husband (Jesse) and two daughters (Alyssia and Kyera), enjoy biking, nature paths and other outdoor activities. Jessica also loves trying new foods, flavors and restaurants.
Mylene - Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Mylene joined the Smiles by the Lake Family in 2008 and has devoted her professional life to dentistry. She enjoys being a dental assistant and learning new procedures, products and techniques in dentistry. Mylene and her husband, Noel, have three very cute Shih Tzu named Dexter, Ginger and Chowder, which they spoil them rotten. She loves kickboxing and is a fan of tennis, soccer, and beach volleyball.
Anna – Registered Dental Hygienist
Anna Turner, a native of Kansas City, is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene. She has over 30 years of experience in Cosmetic, Implant and Family Dentistry. She is proud to be part of an excellent and compassionate team of dental professionals who are dedicated to offering high quality dentistry to our patients. Her emphasis is educating patients on the importance of good dental health and how it impacts your overall heart health. “Your trust is important to us and I know that the true value of our service is measured by your satisfaction.”
She has two beautiful daughters, Michelle and Julie who also live in Kansas City. Anna loves music, golf, lake time and our Kansas City sports teams.
Beta- Registered Dental Hygienist
Beta was born and raised in Salvador, Brazil and is a graduate of the Johnson County Community College Dental Hygiene Program. She also holds a 4-year degree in Biology from the Catholic University of Salvador.
After several years of teaching Biology at the middle school level, Beta left Brazil and traveled to the United States in order to become fluent in English. While in school, she met her future husband and later became a U.S. citizen through naturalization in the summer of 2014.
Beta joined Smiles By The Lake in 2016 and she feels so blessed to be part of such a wonderful group of professionals who deeply care for their patients and one another. She enjoys educating her patients on the value of having excellent oral health.
Beta and her husband, Rob, have one daughter (Mila) and two dogs (Rudy & Sissy). In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, being outdoors, eating sushi and attending services at Life Mission Church in Olathe.
Lori- Registered Dental Hygienist
Lori Johnson was born in Kansas City while her father was in dental school at UMKC. She was raised in Tulsa, OK, where her father had a dental practice. She started working there at age 14. She went on to get an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at Mission Southern State University and then a Bachelors Degree at UMKC.
She has over 30 years experience in cosmetic, periodontal, and family dentistry. Lori loves helping patients obtain a beautiful and healthy smile. She feels honored to be a part of such a wonderful dental practice!
Lori and her husband Eric have 3 college age kids, and are traveling frequently to watch them play baseball, soccer, and ballet. They love the sports and the arts here in Kansas City too!