Dr. Michael Browning grew up in Winfield, Kansas, where he graduated from Winfield High School. He attended Kansas State and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. While at Kansas State, Dr. Browning started the KSU pre-dental club. He was its president for two years before graduating.
Then, Dr. Browning attended dental school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln, Nebraska. Between his third and fourth years of dental school, he married Sarah, a dental school classmate. In 2005, both graduated from Nebraska with Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degrees.
Dr. Michael has always enjoyed working with children, which naturally led him into the field of pediatric dentistry. Immediately after completing dental school, Dr. Browning was accepted into the two-year pediatric dental residency at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. This residency is partnered with two Dallas hospitals: Children’s Medical Center and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. In addition to his training at the dental school and in community dental clinics, he gained valuable experience at these hospitals, which are both recognized nationally for their children’s medical care. He graduated in the summer of 2007, receiving his certificate in pediatric dentistry. Then, he and Dr. Sarah moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to work in private practice.
While in private practice, Dr. Michael undertook the board certification process with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He successfully completed the two-part board certification process in March of 2008, at which point he became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Browning received national recognition from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as a recipient of the Pugh Award. This is an annual award given to candidates who scored in the top 3 percent on the written qualifying examination. Additionally, Dr. Browning has been recognized as an active member with fellow status within the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).
Both doctors, Michael and Sarah, are Kansas natives. Naturally, they were drawn back to Kansas when Dr. Michael decided it was time to open his own office. After moving back to Kansas Dr. Browning worked with the Douglas County Dental Clinic’s pediatric patients while he waited for the construction to be completed on Sunflower Smiles.
They have also been blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Carina. She was born in December 2010 and they are thoroughly enjoying parenthood. Dr. Michael is a man with many hobbies. His interests include traveling, archery, hunting, scuba diving, backpacking, camping and playing with his two golden retrievers. Doctors Michael and Sarah have also enjoyed volunteering their dental skills. They have volunteered at nine of the Kansas Mission of Mercy’s (KMOM) dental projects. Most recently volunteering with the Sunflower Smiles staff at the KMOM in Kansas City, KS. The couple has also volunteered with four international dental missions: twice in Honduras, once in Guatemala, and once in the Dominican Republic.
Misty brings 11 years of dental office experience to Sunflower Smiles! She joined the team in April 2011 and is excited about working with our patients and their families. Misty is our dental insurance-guru and works hard to help families understand their benefits and coverage.
Misty and her husband, Dave, have a growing family. Together they have 3 wonderful chidren, Austin, Braden, and Payton. They also have a Bordeaux Mastiff ("Turner & Hooch" dog) named Trixie. Misty graduated from Seaman High School and then went to Washburn University. She is currently studying business at Highland Community College. In her spare time she enjoys playing softball, volleyball, and building things with her husband. She also loves country music!
Lindsey joined the team in 2011 and brings eight years of office experience to Sunflower Smiles. Lindsey works in both the clinical area and the front desk. She loves interacting with the children and making their dental experience fun. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and their son Brogan. She also enjoys singing, acting, and crafting.
Tammy has been with the Sunflower Smiles dental team since our opening in May 2009. She brings five years of prior dental experience as well as a degree in dental laboratory technology, a field that she also worked in for four years. When Tammy is away from work she stays plenty busy with her daughters Rhys and Marley and husband Ryder. Tammy also enjoys gardening and photography in her free time.
Jennifer joined our team in 2011 and is our Hygiene Cordinator. She and her husband Adam have three wonderful children. In her free time she loves interior decorating, shopping and spending time with family.
Danielle joined our team in March 2013. She grew up in Dodge City, Kansas and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time. She is a graduate of Baker University and has a degree in Business Administration. Danielle and her husband Chris loved spending time with their boys.
Kylie joined our team in July 2013. She grew up in the beautiful low country of Beaufort, South Carolina. Her interest in the field of dentistry was sparked at a young age with her mom being a dental hygienist and her father being a dentist. She has not only had a lifetime of learning about the field from her parents, she also has 5 years experience as a dental assistant. Kylie is currently furthering her education by pursuing a degree in dental hygiene.
Amy joined our team as our dental hygienist in July 2013. She grew up on a farm and there fell in love with animals of all sorts. You can typically find her spending her free time outdoors with her four furry children. She also loves Jayhawk basketball and restoring/remodeling anything she can get her hands on!