Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Treatment Coordinator

Annie may be one of the first faces you will see in our practice. She works as our treatment coordinator. She traveled around the Midwest the last few years but made it back to work for LaFerla Ortho a second time.

In her spare time, Annie enjoys spending time with her husband and two very active boys!


Office Manager / Treatment Coordinator

Cheryl is both a certified dental assistant and a certified orthodontic assistant, and now works as our business and treatment coordinator. She began working with Dr. Cook in 1990 and has been with our team ever since!

When she’s not at the practice, Cheryl enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time with her family.


Lab Coordinator / Orthodontic Assistant

Debbie is a certified orthodontic assistant. She began working with Dr. LaFerla and Dr. Cook in 1999. She is originally from Branson.

Debbie’s hobbies include cooking for her family, spending time with her grandchildren, and visiting with friends.


Orthodontic Assistant

Debbra joined our practice in 2007 and is a certified orthodontic assistant.

When she is away from the practice, Debbra enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, spending time with family, exercising, and mission work through her church.


Orthodontic Assistant

Erin is a certified dental assistant with more than three years of experience in the dental field.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband. They like to do anything that involves the outdoors.

Glenda A.

Scheduling Coordinator

Glenda has worked as an orthodontic assistant, dental assistant, and receptionist since 1989 and has worked with Dr. LaFerla and Dr. Cook since 2005. She is originally from LaRussell.

In her spare time, Glenda enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening, making jewelry, watching her grandkids play sports, and hanging out with her family.

Glenda R.

Orthodontic Assistant

Glenda began working with Dr. LaFerla and Dr. Cook in 2005 as a certified orthodontic assistant.

Glenda’s hobbies outside of the practice include traveling, reading, and finding secret treasures and great bargains by shopping at flea markets and rummage sales. She also enjoys spending time with family, especially her grandkids.


Orthodontic Assistant

Jadyn works as an orthodontic assistant when she is not attending Missouri Southern State University.

In her spare time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors, swimming, volleyball, and shopping. Jadyn also serves as translator for our patients, since she is fluent in Spanish.



Orthodontic Assistant

Krista is a certified orthodontic assistant and has worked at the practice with Dr. LaFerla and Dr. Cook since 2002. She was born in Arkansas and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Outside of the practice, Krista’s hobbies include gardening, reading, church activities, working out, and spending time with her family and friends.


Financial / Insurance Coordinator

Lisa is a certified dental practice management administrator. She began working with Dr. LaFerla and Dr. Cook in 2005.

Lisa enjoys cooking, crocheting, reading, and playing Mahjong Titans when she is away from the practice.


Orthodontic Assistant

Hannah joined our practice in 2017 and enjoys meeting every new patient in her chair as an orthodontic assistant.

Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading and being outside.



Lab Technician

Jen is a Registerd Dental Assistant and works as our Full-time Lab Technician.

In her spare time, Jen like to play in the mud, fish, hunt and spend time with her kids.



Patient Concierge

Misty is the bright smiling face you’ll see when you first walk into our office. She is there to greet you as our patient concierge.

Originally from Republic, Misty has five kids who keep her very busy! She also works as a keynote speaker for Wounded Combat Veterans.


Lab Assistant

Missael is currently attending Missouri Southern State University and works for us part-time. He not only serves as an assistant in our lab, he also helps as a translator for our patients, because he speaks fluent Spanish.

In his spare time, Missael enjoys playing soccer and church activities.


Orthodontic Assistant

Nichol is a registered dental assistant and began working with Dr. LaFerla and Dr. Cook in 2014.

Originally from Wyandotte, Oklahoma, Nichol enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs. They welcomed their first child in 2015.


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