by Greg Hill
The Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 2013 New Small Business of the Year Award to Amazing Smiles of Kansas City. The Award was presented at the KCK Chamber’s annual Small Business Awards Luncheon at Sporting Park on June 7.
Amazing Smiles of Kansas City provides patients with amazing smiles through cosmetic and family dentistry. Dr. Kelly McCracken and her highly trained staff provide for simple dental needs such as teeth cleaning to the most complex dental needs including oral surgery. They have a goal to make patient visits convenient, friendly and comfortable by using the latest technology and methods in the field of dentistry.
McCracken graduated from Kansas State University in 2002 with a degree in Management Information Systems and Marketing. She took a job in sales with Xerox for three years before accepting a position with Biolase. It was during this time, she says, she began thinking about dental school.
“When I took the position, I wasn’t thinking about medicine or dentistry at the time. But I was traveling non-stop,” she said. “I also didn’t feel like I was offering something for the general good. Since I was seeing dentists every day, I began asking them what they thought about the profession. I told them to give it to me straight.”
She spoke to more than a hundred dentists and with the exception of just a few, she says, they thought dentistry was a great profession. For two years, McCracken worked on her science pre-requisites for dental school admission and in 2008, she began dental school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry where she graduated in 2012.
McCracken was nominated for the New Small Business of the Year Award by one of her patients and by the sister of the late Ron Pavicic who passed away on January 15, 2012. McCracken took over the practice from the estate after dental school graduation
“It was a great honor to be nominated both by a patient and to have Dr. Pavicic’s sister see me as worthy of living up to his legacy,” she said. “Being recognized for charity work is awesome. I am lucky that our team has the same charitable beliefs. It’s very important to us.”