Meet DeFord Family Dental




Kathy DeFord D.D.S.

Kathy grew up in central Massachusetts, the third child of a florist and an artist. Of all her siblings, she was the one most likely to be upstairs reading a book while the rest of the family watched TV. All of her siblings inherited some of motherʼs artistic ability and pursued careers that were related in some way to art. Kathy was the brainiest kid in her family and combined art with science and became a dentist.

Kathy spent most of her young, married years as a stay-at-home mother to four children. People often ask her why she chose to become a dentist. In her own words:

“When our children were all in school, I got a part time job working in a dental office doing light office work. Occasionally the dentist would have me help him with a patient when his dental assistant was busy. I loved those times. I asked him if he would train me in dental assisting, and he agreed. One evening when my husband David and I were sitting at the dinner table chatting about the dayʼs events, I mentioned casually that if I could have any job, I would work as a dentist. At that moment I had a silent but strong impression that this was something I should pursue. I hadnʼt been in school for over 20 years, so I returned to Houston Community College to brush up, and eventually was accepted into the Honorʼs College at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. I graduated from Creighton School of Dentistry in 2001, the same year two of our sons graduated from college, and our youngest son graduated from high school. I spent several years with a group dental practice, Dundee Family Dental, before opening DeFord Family Dental in Papillion. I really enjoy my work.”

Just like some people say itʼs comforting, or therapeutic to sew, knit or work on another type of project, Kathy finds comfort in fixing teeth. She especially likes working to improve the look of someoneʼs smile.

“I realize many people have had traumatic experiences with dentists in the past and need a little extra TLC. I have a calm demeanor that many people find comforting and reassuring.”

Kathy’s husband David has worked in management information systems in the past and now has his own consulting business David DeFord Creative Consulting. He also is a certified contract trainer for Fred Pryor Seminars.


Why choose us

We are a locally owned dental office.

Dr. DeFord is the dentist and the business owner. She can give individualized treatment unconstrained by any corporate policies that might limit the availability of the best materials, equipment and dental laboratories.

We accept a wide variety of dental insurance plans,

and will work with your insurance company to get you the benefits to which you are entitled. Our office manager, Roxanna, knows insurance and can usually immediately answer your questions about your individual benefits.

Our hygienist, Brandy is gentle

and thorough when she cleans your teeth. She will help you maintain the health of your teeth and gums with individualized advice about which teeth cleaning products and methods would work well for you.

We are here for you!


Our staff

  • Brandy

    Brandy, our dental hygienist, is a native of Omaha and a graduate of Westside High School. She attended Iowa Western’s dental hygiene program, and before joining DeFord Family Dental, practiced with a mobile dental group that visited nursing homes. Brandy got married to her husband Paul on May 3rd, 2014. She likes to travel, do projects around the house, and Continue Reading

  • Roxanna

    Roxanna is a native of Omaha and a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. She graduated from Metropolitan Community College’s Dental Assisting program with honors, and has been with DeFord Family Dental ever since that time. Roxanna is a hard worker, and in addition to her full time job with DeFord Family Dental, she works part time Continue Reading

  • Laura

    Laura was born and raised in Omaha. She attended Burke High School where she was on the Drill Team. After graduation and working in customer service for a number of years, Laura attended Metropolitan Community College, and graduated at the top of her class with an Associate’s Degree in General Health Studies, and a certificate in Dental Assisting. She loves Continue Reading

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