Our Staff – Prairie Village, KS

Melinda O’Donnell

Melinda - Registered Dental HygenistMelinda is one of our registered dental hygienist and has worked for Dr. Gordon since 2008. Originally a Wichita native, she has enjoyed a successful career in dentistry since graduating from Wichita State University in 1988. She helps in the care and maintenance of our patient’s smiles in a caring and gentle manner.

Outside of the office she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and walks with her fuzzy friend. She also likes to spend quality time with her family and friends. Her favorite pastime is spoiling her granddaughter and taking her to the park.


Linda Patterson

Linda- Dental HygenistLinda was born in Atchison, Kansas and has one younger brother. At the age of two, her family relocated to Dodge City, Kansas where she lived until 1979. She attended Johnson County Community College Dental Hygiene School and graduated in 1981. Before she earned her degree in dental hygiene, she was employed in an orthodontic practice for six years where she worked both the front office and assisting positions.

She has been married to her husband 30 years and has two children, Drew, 24 years old and Deirdre, age 22. They both graduated from the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas.  Linda enjoys traveling, gardening and going to estate sales looking for treasures. She has been with Dr. Gordon’s practice since January 2008.


Dot Barber

Dot,- Receptionist
I joined our dental team in 1988 after moving from Long Island, New York. I feel fortunate to be in the dental profession which has given me the opportunity to meet and work with some of the most wonderful people. I enjoy helping our patients with scheduling appointments, treatments and questions, insurance matters and financial arrangements.
My husband, Ed, and I have two daughters and two grandchildren whom we enjoy sharing Sunday dinners with.  We are great cheering for grandkids at their basketball and softball games! In the warmer weather you can bet we will be out on a lake boating and fishing.  One of our favorite places to visit is Beaver Lake, AR where we have fun fishing for Stripers.  Our other passion is gardening which is both relaxing and rewarding.

Tara Rice

Tara - Dental Assistant

Tara Rice joined our team in August of 2018. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Blue Springs, Missouri. She graduated in 1999 from Blue Springs South High School, then went on to Penn Valley and graduated from Concorde Technical College in 2010. She has been dental assisting ever since. Tara works chairside along with Dr. Gordon to help and assist you to have a healthy, beautiful smile in procedures such as crowns, fillings, veneers or emergency appointments. She cares for people’s well being as well as their smile. She now resides in Independence with her two children Adriana (15) and Michael (14) who attend Blue Springs South High School. When not at work she enjoys time with family and friends, reading, swimming, antiquing and going out to watch live music.