Pediatric Dentist, Lincoln, NE 68504, Heidi J. Stark, DDS. Dental care for infants, children, and teens

Meet our Pediatric Dental Team

Meet the Dentists


What is a pediatric dentist?

Our Dental Hygienist

Our Dental Assistants

Our Practice Administrator

Our Administrative Team

Heidi J. Stark, D.D.S.

I am a native of Lincoln and received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the UNMC College of Dentistry. I completed my Pediatric Dental Residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital of Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and have been elected a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists. I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association, Lincoln District Dental Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics. I am a board member of the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department and Heart to Honduras. I serve on health advisory committees for ExCite and HeadStart. My husband, Todd, and I have two children. We are active in the community, our church, and with mission work in Honduras.

Libby A. Johnson, D.D.S.

I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As a child, my family made many trips to Nebraska to cheer on the Huskers and visit my relatives. I knew early on that I wanted to attend UNL and be a Husker myself! During my 4 years of college at UNL, I met my husband Andrew. I attended dental school at UNMC from 2005 to 2009. During my dental school years I realized my passion was for pediatric dentistry. I finished my pediatric residency program at UNMC in Omaha, and started practicing at Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry in July 2011. Andrew and I enjoy watching Husker football, golfing, and spending time with friends and family. We welcomed our daughter, Georgia, in August 2012.

Emily J. Egley, D.D.S.

I am originally from Blue Springs, Missouri, and came to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska. While attending the University I met my husband, Josh. I graduated from UNMC College of Dentistry in 2010 and then completed my Pediatric Dental Residency at UNMC and The Children’s Hospital in Omaha. I am a Dipolmate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Lincoln District Dental Association. Additionally, I serve as a delegate for the Nebraska Dental Association. My husband Josh and I have one son and are expecting another baby in December! Aside from the practice of pediatric dentistry, I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, yoga and being a mom.

Katie J. Garcia, D.D.S.

I grew up in Lincoln, NE, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, in 2010. I completed a general practice residency at Peninsula Hospital in Queens, New York in 2011, and then a pediatric dental residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital of Northwestern University in Chicago, IL in 2013. I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association. I enjoy playing tennis and golf, snowboarding, traveling to new places, and spending time outside with my dog, Oliver.


Thank you for taking the time to learn about our practice. We have built our practice around one main principle – compassion. We show compassion to our patients, their families and to each other. We educate children and parents to prevent decay. If children have cavities, then our goal is to create the best experience possible so that we can eliminate any future anxieties kids might have about going to the dentist.

My staff is like family to me. They care as much about kids and healthy smiles as anyone. I know you will be happy with the care we provide because we take care of kids as if they are our own.

Let me tell you a little about myself so that you can understand why I love being a pediatric dentist. I grew up in Lincoln and went to the University of Georgia because I wanted to be a professional golfer. I realized that golf was not a good career option, so I graduated from the University of Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. Following my sophomore year of dental school, I went on a mission trip to Honduras. That experience changed my life and career. In Honduras, we took care of people who had never in their lives seen a dentist. It made me realize that I wanted to be a pediatric dentist, because I could take care of children in spite of their sometimes difficult circumstances. Following dental school, I attended a two year pediatric dental residency program at Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. I practiced in Arizona at a pediatric dental office and then for the Indian Health Service in South Dakota and North Dakota before returning to Lincoln with my husband to open Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry.

If you have additional questions, we would be glad to answer them. Please contact us via phone or email. We look forward to seeing you in our office.

Heidi J. Stark, D.D.S., Owner

What is a pediatric dentist? 

A pediatric dentist evaluates, treats and maintains the tissues and structures of the mouth in the developing years from infancy through adolescence.  Pediatric dentists complete two additional years of specialized training following dental school, which includes study in child psychology, growth and development. 

Our pediatric dentists are also trained and qualified to care for patients with special medical, physical or mental disabilities. Their training allows us to provide the most up-to-date treatment for a wide variety of children's dental problems, which include, but are not limited to:  cavities, crowding, crooked teeth and emergency care for chipped, fractured or knocked out teeth.

Haley F. Inman, R.D.H.

Haley grew up in Pender, Nebraska with two siblings. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006. She was awarded the Nebraska Dental Hygienists Association student scholarship and graduated from the dental hygiene program at Central Community College in Hastings in 2010. She is a member of the Nebraska Dental Hygienists Association as well as the American Dental Hygienists Association.

She and her husband, Josh welcomed their son, Jax, into the world in August 2013. They enjoy watching him change and grow every day. They also like spending time with friends and family, and attending sporting events.




Dental Assistants and Hygienist


Lori Buchmann - Practice Administrator

Lori graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduation, she worked at Friedman’s Microwaves & More, a specialty kitchen store, for 16 years. She and her husband owned the store the last 7 years she worked there. In 2000, she began her career with Fiserv, a company that sells software solutions for banks. She worked in the administration and marketing departments and also served as the contract administration manager. She started working as the business manager at Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry in 2006. When the practice built it’s southeast location, she became the practice administrator.

Lori and her husband, Larry, have 2 adult children. Their daughter, Whitney, is a faith based community organizer in Camden, NJ. Their son, Josh, is a regional marketing manager for RHM Franchise/Applebee’s in Phoenix. Josh and his fiancé Meredith will be married October 2014. Lori attends and is active on many committees at Southwood Lutheran Church, including mission trips to Honduras. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, cooking, doing yard work, and being outdoors.

Leigh Gordon - Business Manager

Leigh grew up in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Finance. After college, she worked for TierOne Bank as a Finance/Customer Service Rep. At that time Leigh also served as the Financial Secretary for her church. In 2005 she began working for Abercrombie & Fitch as a Manager in Training and then was promoted to Store Manager. After the store was closed in 2010 she transferred to Hollister and was the Store Manager there for 3 years. Leigh was happy to join Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry in 2013 as their Office Manager.

Leigh and her husband, Eric, have 2 young children Brooks and Evie. In her free time, Leigh enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family.

Kandy Denker - Professional Relations Coordinator

Kandy grew up in Undailla, Nebraska before moving several times in Iowa and Nebraska. She graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School and then the University of Nebraska. After graduation she was a bank officer at Cornhusker Bank for 11 years. Kandy is married to Curt and they have two adult children. Megan, a marketing consultant for Aetna, and her husband Blake, who is an attorney, live in Lincoln. Her son, Tyler, is a CPA for Buckley and Sitzman, and his wife, Cortney, is a business analyst for Sterling Distributing. They current live in LaVista but will be moving to Lincoln soon.

Kandy has been with Lincoln Pediatric Dentistry for 8 years. In her spare time she enjoys running her lab Kody, and playing golf. Kandy is looking forward to her first grandchild due December 2014.

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