Meet Our Doctors
Jill 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 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 practiced 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 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, 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 snow blowers 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 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.
Casey Rhoads, DDS
Casey Rhoads, originally from Hays, KS, is a 2010 graduate of the University of Kansas and graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry with her DDS degree in 2014. 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 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.
Adela Casa, DDS
Dr. Adela Casa was born in Albania and lived there until her move to Wichita, Kansas in April of 2003, where she lived before attending the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She continued her education at UMKC’s School of Dentistry, where she was in the honors program for endodontics from 2010-11.
Dr. Casa then worked for non-profits, using her dental skills to help those in need. She later pursued her dental specialty in pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Casa is excited to be a part of the Jenkins & LeBlanc family, she loves working with a team whose like-minded goals of providing excellent dental care to children in the KC metro area are in line with her values. She is happily married to her husband, Artir who is a wine and consultant and together they have two kids. Dr. Casa loves to cook and spends her free time in the company of her beautiful family.
Emily Meyer, DDS
Dr. Emily Meyer grew up in Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Dr. Meyer then attended The University of Maryland to complete her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree, graduating with honors and serving as a Presidential Fellow to address community health issues in the Baltimore area. Following completion of her dental degree, Dr. Meyer moved to Arizona for her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry through NYU Langone Hospitals, where her training included hospital, sedation, and special needs dentistry.
Dr. Meyer enjoys all aspects of pediatric dentistry, and hopes to inspire a lifetime of dental health for all of her patients by establishing good dental habits at a young age! Dr. Meyer and her husband Louis are new to the Kansas City area, and are excited to become part of the community, as Louis finishes his residency at UMKC in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Emily enjoys yoga, cooking, reading and traveling with Louis In her free time.
Rebecca Ferns, DDS
Dr. Rebecca Ferns was born in Ottawa, Kansas and raised in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. After high school, Dr. Ferns completed her undergraduate education at Westmont College in Santa Barbra, California. She continued her dental education at University of Missouri Kansas City, graduating with Pediatric Honors before attending the University of Southern California for her pediatric residency.
Dr. Ferns practiced general dentistry in Lawrence, Kansas before perusing her dream of becoming a pediatric dentist. She had her sights set on working for Jenkins & LeBlanc after hearing about the practice while in dental school at UMKC.
Dr. Ferns is excited to continue her dental career with such highly accomplished doctors and staff. She loves to motivate children to improve their oral health, working with special needs children, and making kids feel comfortable while in a dental setting. She loves to see beautiful smiles transition through the years.
Her husband, Ryan, is also a dentist with a practice in Blue Springs, Missouri. Together they love to travel, enjoying food and wine from around the world. In her free time, Dr. Rebecca Ferns enjoys running, working out, baking bread and exploring her creative side with interior design.