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 two wonderful children Carina and Miles. Other than spending time with his family, his interests include photography, traveling, archery, hunting, scuba diving, backpacking, and camping. 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 five international dental missions: twice in Honduras, once in Guatemala, and twice in the Dominican Republic.
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.
Amy joined our team as a 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!
Keri is our Financial Coordinator at Sunflower Smiles. She brought with her 15 years of previous administrative experience. In her spare time Keri enjoys spending time with her husband Randy and their three children. They love to travel, hike and spend time in the outdoors.
Janae joined our team in 2014 as a dental hygienist. She grew up in Emporia where she attended Flint Hills Technical College and received her dental hygiene degree. She loves to shop and watch the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs! Janae also loves spending time with her family and friends.
Rachel is a dental assistant at Sunflower Smiles. She grew up in Emmett, Kansas and graduated from Fort Scott Community College with an Associates degree in General Studies. She plans to further her education by becoming a dental hygienist. In her free time Rachel enjoys speding time with her son, Tristan and relaxing with her family.