About Us


Pediatric Smiles Dentistry is a brand new, state of the art Kansas City area pediatric dentist. Located in in the Northland, at crossroads of Interstate I-35 and Highway 152, we are excited to serve Liberty, Kearney, Smithville, North Kansas City and beyond.

Our main goal is for our patients to develop trust and confidence as well as gain the education they need to have a lifetime of happy smiles.  We want our patients and their parents to feel welcome in our office as they are part of our Pediatric Smiles family.

Meet Dr. Ryan Francois


Dr. Ryan Francois was born and raised in Stockton, CA. After completing dental school at the University of the Pacific and a two year pediatric dental specialty residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago, the Kansas City Northland was the perfect place to grow roots and raise his young family. He has spent the past five years serving patients in the area and is excited to start a practice of his own. His wife, Amie, grew up in Liberty and they are both happy to be part of this wonderful community.

When he is not seeing patients at the office, Dr. Francois maintains a faculty position at Children’s Mercy Hospital. As an active member of the community, he also sits on the board of Miles of Smiles, a non-profit organization that provides dental care to underserved children in the Northland.

He is an avid runner, computer nerd, and Golden State Warriors Fan. He loves spending time coaching his son’s basketball team and taking road trips. He and his wife have two sons, Evan and Ethan, a cat named Lily and a dog named Ellie.

He is excited to see you all in the office soon!

Our Team

Education and Specialty Training

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, 2014

Completed Residency in Pediatric Dentistry at University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009-2011

Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA, 2009

Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, 2001

Hospital Affiliations

Children’s Mercy Hospital, Attending


Shelby, Dental Assistant/Office Administrator

Shelby has been a part of our team since before we even opened, helping us unpack supplies and set up exam rooms! She has a passion for dentistry and loves helping everyone feel confident about their smile. She especially loves working with children because she can make a difference in their oral health habits early in life by getting them excited to brush and floss their teeth every day!  Her love of dentistry is driving her future career goals, as she plans to attend school to become a dental hygienist.  She can't wait to see your little ones in the office!  


Carly, Dental Assistant

Carly recently graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor's of Science in Physics of Medicine.  She loves working at Pediatric Smiles because she gets to spend time teaching children that good oral health leads to a happy, healthy, body.  Her future plans include going to dental school!  


Tricia, Dental Assistant

Tricia is a mom of three boys and a dog.  She enjoys cooking, doing crafts, and taking her family on fun outings. She also volunteers on her church nursery.  She loves working with kids at Pediatric Smiles because through helping them love the dentist, she can have a positive impact on their future!