On a Mission for Your Oral Health

Bear Creek Family Dental is a family practice committed to caring for our patients and our community. We believe in providing high-quality care for our patients and are committed to continuous learning for your oral health. We will utilize the technologies and techniques proven to make diagnosis and treatment more precise and comfortable. We enjoy educating our patients on the importance of a healthy mouth for a healthy body. The partnership of routine visits to our office and your healthy habits make for a great dental visit!

Meet Our Doctor

Kyle Shull, DDS
Dr. Shull grew up in Higginsville, Missouri, and has lived in Columbia with his family since 2012. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biology from Missouri State University, and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2011. Dr. Shull prioritizes learning the latest trends in dentistry and invests in continuing education to improve dental experiences for his patients.

When he’s not in the office, Dr. Shull enjoys spending time with his wife, JoAnn, and three children, Luke, Isaac, and Clare. He might be reading lots of books or building train tracks with them, or gathering with his extended family to cheer on the Kansas City Royals, Chiefs, and Missouri Tigers. His hobbies include cycling, reading, and running.

“I want to make sure that everyone who comes into our office feels comfortable and leaves with a smile on their face! We will work with you to customize a dental plan that works for you. Whether you’re looking for yourself or your family, we’d like to welcome you to Bear Creek Family Dental!”

Meet Our Team

Registered Dental Hygienist
Ashton was born and raised in Jefferson City. She graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a four-year degree in Dental Hygiene. She is also the current past president for the Missouri Dental Hygiene Association, a proud member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Missouri Dental Board. Ashton’s favorite part of her job is laughing with her patients. She enjoys helping people overcome dental fears and anxiety and begin to establish trust. She appreciates building relationships with patients and becoming part of their lives. Ashton loves to travel, hear good music, hang with friends, savor a fantastic bottle of wine, and she says she’s a foodie at heart. Ashton adores her dog, Cara Belli, who was named after a dental term describing an extra cusp on a molar tooth called “the cusp of Carabelli” and says, “I’m a complete dental nerd!”

Registered Dental Hygienist
Naomi is a mid-Missouri native, growing up near Rocheport. She graduated this spring from State Fair Community College in Sedalia. She loves interacting with patients and makes it her personal goal to make every patient feel at ease. Outside of work, Naomi loves biking and spending time with (and spoiling) her nine nieces and nephews. Her favorite part of the job is serving others: “I am so thankful that this career has given me the opportunity to serve. My dental hygiene class was able to go on a dental mission trip to Cantel, Guatemala. The dental need in Guatemala is huge, and it was very humbling how some of my patients were so grateful for my limited services. I plan to continue to use my skills both near home and overseas to serve others.

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Lexi was born in Ottumwa, IA, grew up in Decatur, IL, and moved to MO in 2002. She graduated from the Columbia Career Center in May 2010, where she studied Surgical Technology, then graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Nichol’s Career Center in Jefferson City in May 2012. She is certified in CPR, Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Analgesia, the Essentials of Monitoring for Patients Undergoing Conscious or Deep Sedation, and completed a two-week Applied Behavior Analysis training with Easterseals Autism Services. Lexi is happy to be part of a supportive team and enjoys making patients smile. Outside of the office, she likes to go camping, fishing, and spend time outdoors with her two boys. Her youngest son has autism and she is very proud of the obstacles they’ve overcome together.

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Caitlyn spent her childhood in Richmond, Missouri before moving to Kansas City and then to Columbia. She is a proud veteran and spent eight years in the army. After active duty, Caitlyn went to Anthem College for dental assisting. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering and staying in with her cat. Caitlyn loves making patients feel comfortable in the office through conversation and her warm smile.