I am active in the dental field, which I love. I view myself as a continual student, with a special interest in working with the elderly, children and the physically/mentally impaired. I'm excited about where I am in my career and the expertise that I can provide. I am now licensed in Illinois and Missouri and do most all aspects of general dentistry. I have worked and continue to work private as well as the corporate side of dentistry. I accept all types of assignments and love the challenge and opportunities presented in meeting new people. I see myself as a provider as well as making a difference in the office environments I encounter.
Christian Francis, DDS, MS – Orthodontist
Dr. Francis supports the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that children be seen by an orthodontist beginning at age seven. Certain dental and jaw relationships can only be treated early to avoid surgery or further compromise later. However, research shows that orthodontic treatment is most efficient in a single phase of comprehensive treatment when possible and that is Dr. Francis’ preference as well.
Dr. Francis grew up in Bozeman, Montana. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas School of Dentistry. It was during his orthodontic residency at the University of Kentucky that he and his wife first visited central Missouri and considered relocating to the area. Dr. Francis and his wife Shannon have three sons: Tyson, Austin, and Neal. They love hiking and camping and spend most of their family time playing games together and riding bicycles and tricycles around the neighborhood.
“The power of a healthy, attractive smile really enhances self-confidence. I learned this personally as I finally opened up with my smile after years of not showing my teeth when I smiled due to embarrassment. That personal transformation that accompanied my own orthodontic treatment led me to begin working at an orthodontic office from the age of 16. To this day, that contagious smile from a patient with newly aligned teeth is still the most exciting and rewarding aspect of my work.” –Dr. Francis
Dharti Gandhi, DDS – Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Ghandi grew up in Mexico, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri Columbia earning her BS in Biology with honors. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. It was here, along with her experiences shadowing a pediatric dentist in college, that cultivated her love of Pediatric Dentistry. After graduating with endodontic honors, Dr. Gandhi moved to Denver where she worked as a General Dentist in a pediatric dental office. She then received an additional 2 years of training through NYU Langone Hospital’s Pediatric Dental Residency where she earned her certificate as a Pediatric Dentist. She is a member of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Colorado Dental Association.
Dr. Dharti loves to spend time with her husband, Kyle, and their baby boy, Myles. On the weekends, you will often find her running marathons, attending the local farmers market, and spending time with her family. One interesting fact about her is that she is an avid bootcamp athlete. Dr. Gandhi values establishing long term relationships with her patients and the community. She emphasizes education, quality care, and the importance of public service. She creates a fun positive environment and tailors care to each individual patient.
Dr. Abdullah Godil
Dr. Abdullah Godil, DMD was born & raised in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his dental education in Pakistan & moved to the United States to obtain DMD degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated with Honors in Community Dentistry.
Dr. Godil completed General Practice Residency at Virtua Hospital in Camden County. His advanced training involved all the aspects of clinical dentistry. Dr. Godil is an active member of the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, & New Jersey Dental Association.
Apart from dentistry, Dr. Godil actively participates in community services. He has been involved with many non-profit organizations in Pakistan helping with the education of the underprivileged children. He also volunteered as a career counselor to channel each student’s potential & guide them to their realistic & achievable goals. He also volunteered at many community events in the United States through UPenn, Virtua & food pantries in Houston, Texas. Apart from dentistry, he likes to travel, listen to the music, try new cuisine, & swimming.
Dr. Kyle Lisenby
Clinical director and co-owner, Dr. Lisenby has been with Plaza Dental Group since the doors opened in 2008. He graduated in the top 15% of his class from Southern Illinois University of Dental Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Lisenby wholeheartedly respects and values every patient who walks through the door of our office. To be at the forefront of dental care, Dr. Lisenby keeps current with the latest advances in the field of dentistry. He travels all over the United States each year to attend some of the best continuing education programs.
Dr. Lisenby, his wife Andrea, and their three children, Noelle, Logann, and Jaxon, are actively involved in their Christian faith and attend The Crossing Church in Columbia. Dr Lisenby’s other interests include running, reading, bible study, and spending time on the MKT trail with his wife and kids. Dr. Lisenby currently serves as the President of the Columbia Dental Society, volunteers for Special Olympics and participates in short term mission trips.
“My priority is to provide a comfortable environment where our team can focus on your personal oral health situation.” –Dr. Lisenby
Dr. Esther Luo
Dr. Esther Luo is passionate about dentistry because it enables her to have a direct and positive impact on patients’ lives by resolving their problems and restoring the quality of their life. She is especially interested in Pediatric Dentistry.
Her goal is to ensure her patients are 100% satisfied and worry free when going home.
One thing she would like to tell all patients is that “if they seek help from me and take good care of their oral hygiene starting from today, they can maintain a good oral health throughout of their lives”.
When Dr. Luo is not in the office you can find her spending time with her husband, two children, and pets! Some of her favorite things to do are play board games, watch Korean TV Dramas, and watch Japanese animated TV series. An interesting fact about her is that she does not have a Facebook account!
SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY in Guangzhou, China
Texas Tech University – PhD in Molecular Biology
University of Missouri Kansas City – School of Dentistry
Arthur Misischia, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Misischia is a graduate of Washington University Dental School, and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon certified by the Missouri Dental Board to perform general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the National Board of Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Dr. Misischia is certified to administer General Anesthesia for patients in the convenience of our office.