Meet Our Pediatric Dentists
Michael LeBlanc, DDS
Michael LeBlanc, originally from El Paso, Texas, received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2003. Upon graduation, Dr. LeBlanc completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Dr. LeBlanc was very active in dental school, both academically and clinically. In 2003 he received the distinct Pierre Fauchard Award for clinical excellence as well as the prestigious Arthur Iwerson Award for excellence in pediatric dentistry. Throughout his career, he has continued to be active in the dental community. He is board-certified, a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, former president of the local dental society, as well as a former chair of the New Dentist Committee. Currently, Dr. LeBlanc is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, and a member of the Kansas Dental Association. He is fluent in Spanish and has volunteered for various dental missions in Venezuela and Mexico. Locally, he has participated in volunteer events for the Team Smile organization and the Kansas Special Olympics.
Dr. LeBlanc is married to his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth. Together they stay busy with their daughter Mia and son Aiden.
Casey Rhoads, DDS
Casey Rhoads, originally from Hays, KS, is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She then went on to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry where she was awarded her DDS degree.
Dr. Casey Rhoads completed her pediatric dental training and obtained her MDS 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. Dr. Rhoads was awarded the Ralph E. McDonald Award at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry annual session in 2016. Dr. Rhoads is board certified through the American Board of Pediatric Dentists and is an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Rhoads has been part of the LeBlanc & Associates team since 2015.
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 and their two children. They love living in this great community and are always looking for new and exciting ways to experience KC!
Rebecca Ferns, DDS
Dr. Rebecca Ferns grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She began her dental education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, graduating with Pediatric Honors in 2015.
After completing dental school, Dr. Ferns practiced general dentistry at a community health center in Lawrence, Kansas. It was during this time that she confirmed her desire to pursue a specialty in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Ferns obtained her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Southern California. Her training included treating patients with special healthcare needs at Children’s Hospital Orange County. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a member of the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Despite growing up in St. Louis, she and her family have always been avid KU fans. She has always gravitated toward the Kansas City area and has enjoyed planting roots here with her husband, Ryan, over the past few years. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the Leblanc & Associates team and provide care for the children of our community.
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 the completion of his DDS degree, he completed a two-year residency program specializing in pediatric dentistry at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Church is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as a member of 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 transplant to Kansas City, Dr. Church has become an avid Royals and Chiefs fan.
Kyle Pedersen, DDS
Dr. Kyle Pedersen was born and raised in Elgin, Illinois. After receiving his dental degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, he went on to complete a two year pediatric dental residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center- San Antonio. Dr. Pedersen is a board-certified pediatric dentist and an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
After completing his pediatric residency in 1994, Dr. Pedersen moved back to the Chicago area where he worked in private practice, got married and started a family. In 2015, Dr. Pedersen and his wife Maritsa, a family physician, began working for a non-profit organization and subsequently moved overseas with their four children. After studying Spanish for one year in Costa Rica, his family moved to the Dominican Republic where they lived for four years. During those years, they worked alongside community leaders and pastors, and supported various ministries focused on community development, medical and dental care.
Since moving to Kansas in August 2020, Dr. Pedersen has transitioned to becoming a Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC fan. He and Maritsa also enjoy cheering on their children in various sporting activities. In his spare time, he enjoys running, tennis and improving his Spanish.
Dr. Pedersen is excited and thankful for the opportunity to be part of the team at LeBlanc and Associates.