About the Jenkins and LeBlanc Doctors
As a kid’s dentist, the Jenkins and LeBlanc team promises to always:
- Give you and your family the best oral healthcare available
- Educate our patients about their oral healthcare
- Put our patients and parents first
Jill C. Jenkins, DDS
Jill Jenkins was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas high school and the University of Missouri-Kansas City to earn her Bachelor of Arts and Doctorate of Dental Surgery degrees. During dental school, she received the prestigious Dr. Iwersen award, and also participated in many pediatric dental outreach opportunities.
Dr. Jenkins and her husband, Brad, moved to western Kansas after graduation from dental school to practice general dentistry. They lived in Quinter, Kansas and had practices in both Quinter and WaKeeney, Kansas. Later,Dr. Jenkins and her family moved back from western Kansas in 2003 to attend the UMKC post-graduate residency in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Mercy Hospital to become a kids dentist, where she met Dr. LeBlanc.
Dr. Jenkins has always had a passion for treating children, and in fact, does so with a mother’s touch. She has three children, two daughters, and a son. Dr. Jenkins greatly enjoys treating all children, especially children with special needs.
Michael A. LeBlanc, DDS
Michael LeBlanc, originally from El Paso, Texas, attended New Mexico State University, before moving to Kansas City seven years ago to attend the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2003.
Dr. LeBlanc was very active in dental school, both academically and clinically. In 2003, he received the distinct Pierre Fauchard Award for clinical excellence and the prestigious Arthur Iwerson Award for excellence in pediatric dentistry. Dr. LeBlanc is Board Certified, and also, is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He is also fluent in Spanish and has volunteered for various dental missions and outreach programs, including a dental mission to Venezuela.
Following graduation, Dr. LeBlanc completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where he met Dr. Jenkins. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Kansas Dental Association, too. Dr. LeBlanc is married to his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, and they have a young daughter, Mia Elizabeth, and a young son, Aidan, too.
Ginelle Sakima Roberts, DDS, MS
After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Graceland University Dr. Roberts attended the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Later, Dr. Roberts continued her education at UCSF, completing a specialty program in Pediatric Dentistry and earning a Master’s Degree in Orofacial Sciences. During this time she also finished a UCSF Global Health Scholar program as well as served on several health mission teams to Honduras and Guatemala, too.
Before joining Jenkins and LeBlanc, Dr. Roberts started and directed the pediatric dental program for the West Hawaii Community Health Center. She was active in her community through leading an oral health coalition for Hawaii, where she represented the Big Island of Hawaii for the Head Start Oral Health Initiative and taught on the faculty for Lutheran Medical Center’s Hawaii Pediatric Dental Residency program while serving in the National Health Service Corps as a pediatric dentist.
Dr. Roberts and her husband, Doug, decided to trade their surfboards for snowblowers and they moved back to the Kansas City area, where Doug was born and raised. They have a son, Drew, and a daughter, Reese.
Brent Church, DDS
Dr. Brent Church is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi, and then he pursued his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Tennessee. Following completion of his DDS degree, he completed a two-year residency program specializing in pediatric dentistry at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Church tries to stay active in organized dentistry by maintaining a membership in many different organizations including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Kansas Dental Association. When he’s not at the office, Dr. Church enjoys golfing, running, and watching sports. As a new transplant to Kansas City, Dr. Church has become an avid Royals and Chiefs fan.
Mikaeya Kalantari, DDS
Due to her love for the field of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Kalantari made the decision to advance her education and attend a post graduate residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating residency in 2012, she accepted a position to become a staff dentist and supervising dentist for the residency program at Children’s Mercy. During her three years there, Dr. Kalantari worked closely with special needs patients and frequently practiced dentistry in the operating room setting. Wanting to make the switch to the private practice setting, Dr. Kalantari then joined Dr. Jenkins and LeBlanc in 2015. She continues to enjoy fulfilling the dental needs of children in the Kansas City area.
Dr. Kalantari enjoys spending time with her family, staying active, and traveling. She and her husband, Arshia, have twin two-year-old girls who make sure to keep their hands and hearts always full!
Casey Rhoads, DDS
Dr. Casey Rhoads completed her pediatric dental training in Memphis, TN at the UTHSC College of Dentistry, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She received extensive training in behavior management, hospital, sedation, and special needs dentistry. In 2016, Dr. Rhoads was awarded the Ralph E. McDonald Award at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry annual session.
Dr. Rhoads is passionate about her profession and truly enjoys every day she gets to come to work and interact with all of the children and staff. She is thrilled and honored to be a part of each child’s amazing adventure through life.
Dr. Rhoads enjoys being active, traveling, and exploring new places with her husband, RJ. RJ and Casey are new to Kansas City and are enjoying all the city has to offer. They love living in this great community and cannot wait to become more involved as they settle into their new home.