Growing Smiles

Kelli Henderson dds (785) 856-5600
1425 Wakarusa Drive, Suite D
Lawrence, KS 66049

Testimonials

If you'd like to share some kind words and smiles, please ask our front desk staff for a comment card at your next appointment or complete the online post-appointment survey. We'd love to hear about your experience!

My kids LOVE Growing Smiles

We have been a patient since you guys opened (I can’t remember back that far!)  My kids LOVE Growing Smiles.  They actually get excited about going to the dentist!  When they were little we used to play "dentist" for weeks after our appointments.  In fact, during one visit the office staff sent us home with extra gloves and masks so the kids could dress up like a real dentist!  The kindness and patience my kids (and me too) receive from the staff is unbelievable.   The entire office staff is always smiling and make my entire family feel comfortable and safe.  We would recommend Growing Smiles to all of our friends and relatives!

-  Marci, Joe, Anna & Will

Growing Smiles is a huge part of the Lawrence community

The staff, assistants, and Dr. Henderson has made the dental experience an amazing one for our boys.  From the time you step into the office and are greeted by friendly front desk staff, to the time the caring assistants take the kids back, to how they treat the kids while caring for them, and offering a wonderful kid friendly environment.  Dr. Henderson and her staff have been very helpful to our family in showing our kids the proper way to brush their teeth and how important it is for them to brush often.  Growing Smiles is also a huge part of the Lawrence community.  Not only are they a sponsor for KU, have yearly activities for the kids, they also go into the school’s to teach kids about healthy teeth.  Our son, Brady, was thrilled to see Ms. Kim at Sunflower Elementary.  Growing Smiles has more than exceeded our expectations and I will continue to refer families to Dr. Henderson’s office!

We were thrilled when we found out a pediatric dentistry was opening in Lawrence!  Therefore, we waited for Dr. Henderson to start accepting patients and she has, and will be, the only dentist in town for our boys!  We will ABSOLUTELY refer friends and relatives to Growing Smiles!

-  Mark, Charly, Brady & Brandt

From a kids view, what's not to love

We have been with the practice 5 years and we absolutely love Growing Smiles.  As a parent, I love the fact that the entire staff is always friendly and very informative.  Each staff member takes the time to let the parents know exactly what will go on during the appointment and then they also follow-up with the parent afterwards in case there are any questions.  Staff is also quick to respond if you call in and have questions between appointments.  Staff is always very prompt and we never have to wait for our appointment time.  Parents are welcome to come back with their kids if they wish.  Not to mention that staff always greets the kids by name when they walk in the door to welcome them.  I could not list all the great things I love as a parent about Growing Smiles. 

From a kids view, what's not to love as well.  The office has a play area for kids while they wait with a kid themed movie playing at all times.  It is colorfully decorated in a great fun theme.  The kids get to watch videos while having their teeth cleaned.  Staff is super friendly with the kids and very patient to ask them if they have any questions after they let the kids know what will go on in their appointment.  Then they get great rewards for being great patients like gift certificates to area restaurants or even a pumpkin during October visits.  Not to mention the fabulous events that the office sponsors such as a kids summer party each year with inflatables and a free cookout and the great "candy buy back" that sends candy overseas to our military after Halloween and gives great prizes out to the kids for trading in their candy.  Dr. Henderson and her staff is always supportive of community events that are tailored to kids as well! 

Our prior dentist was not tailored for kids at all.  In fact, my oldest hated going to the dentist because they never took the time to make her feel welcomed or talked to her beforehand to let her know what they were doing.  Now she loves going.  My youngest is 3 and he didn't even need me to go back with him when he got his first check-up.  That is how comfortable the staff at Growing Smiles makes kids feel when they come to their office.  I will absolutely refer friends and relatives to Growing Smiles!

- Lauri, Ashley, Miranda & Jonathan

The staff are always kind and friendly

My three girls have been seeing Dr Henderson for 6 years. My girls love going to Growing Smiles. It is easy to schedule our appointments and the times I have called with problems they have got me in the same day.  Dr Henderson is the only dentist I have taken my girls to. The girls love going to the office and getting a balloon and prize after. They enjoy taking their tote bag to the library that we got on our first visit to Growing Smiles. I like that the staff are always kind and friendly and they come out and talk to me about the appointment before and after.

- Jody & Abby

Growing Smiles has been nothing but stellar

Our three children have been seeing Doctor Henderson and the Growing Smiles team since they opened their doors five years ago.  Our children are nine, four and two years of age.  Our children have had a very positive experience at Growing Smiles.  Dr. Henderson and her staff are friendly, caring and attentive to their individual needs.  They are patient with our children and make the treatment process fun and relaxed.   The kids enjoy watching TV while they are in the dental chair and picking a fun prize after their appointment!  Going to the dentist is very fun and I am grateful that they are helping our children develop positive dental habits that will benefit them for a lifetime!  Our experience at Growing Smiles has been nothing but stellar!  I recommend Dr. Henderson and her team to my friends!

-  Kerry, Grant, Kennedy & Madison

From the moment you walk in the door, you know this is an office for and about children

We have 6 children, one of those being special needs.  Dr Henderson and her whole staff do everything in their power to make this an enjoyable experience for children.  From the moment you walk in the door, you know this is an office for and about children.  There is a flat screen tv above every exam chair so the child can watch the selected childrens video of the day or a channel on tv while getting their teeth worked on.  The office staff will go out of their way to make sure your children are happy and comfortable.  Sadly we moved out of state.  Leaving this dental office was one of the harder things of our move.

-  Lori M.

Growing Smiles is above and beyond

I took my son yesterday to Growing Smiles and could not have been more pleased.  It is very child friendly, from having a Sony PlayStation to children's programming for them to watch while they are having their procedure done.  There are bright murals on the walls, and everyone there from the receptionist to the staff related so well with my son.  My son was a little timid about being at the dentist, and they could not have handled it better.  I was very impressed, and will be returning there without a doubt.  We have moved around a lot, and while I liked his other dentists, Growing Smiles is above and beyond.

-  Jessica Z.