About Paul Harris, D.D.S.
Paul Harris, DDS, is a welcome addition to the Ridgeview Family Dental team in Olathe, KS. He particularly loves helping to cultivate a family atmosphere at the practice, and sets the bar high for making a visit to the dental office a positive experience for patients.
“I chose dentistry to be able to meld my desire to interact with and help people, with my enjoyment and ability to work with my hands,” says Dr. Harris. “I think people view the dentists’ office much like going to confession where they will have to confess their ‘dental sins’. I want my office to be a place where people understand that we are on the same side and that the entire team is here to help the patient achieve their utmost health.”
Dr. Harris was born in Pratt, KS, achieved his BS in Biology at Kansas State University, and earned his DDS from UMKC. He believes the best parts of being a dentist are patient centric. “Viewing the impact we have on patients’ lives, helping people build their self-confidence, and relieving them of pain are daily occurrences!”
Dr. Harris is joined by his wife Dr. Andrea also works in the practice. “Marrying Andrea was the smartest thing I ever did,” he says. “Without her, I wouldn’t be the man or the dentist I have become. The most important thing to have in the people around you is integrity – we can build each other up through what we say and do together.”
When he’s not disrupting the idea that the dental office is a place of judgement, Dr. Harris can be found running the trails around his home with his dog, Asher, or preparing for triathlons. A self-avowed history buff, he hopes to travel with Andrea and Asher someday to see Europe and the Holy Land.
About Andrea Harris, D.D.S.
Andrea Harris, D.D.S., is our latest addition to the Ridgeview Family Dental team in Olathe, KS. Andrea especially loves being able to talk to and get to know her patients while helping them achieve their best health; the best part of the job, she says, is making a positive impact on patients’ self-esteem and their quality of life.
“I knew I wanted to be a dentist from a young age, since I had severely crowded teeth and spent five years in braces as a child,” says Dr. Harris. “I was so thankful for the treatment I received, and knew I wanted to one day help others achieve their confidence and healthy smile like I was able to!”
Dr. Harris was born in Independence, MO, achieved her bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed her DDS at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry.
Andrea believes the reason Ridgeview Family Dental is so loved by its patients is that everyone involved is part of the team. “We really strive to work together so that treatment is efficient, and patients are cared for and listened to. It definitely takes a team-like approach in order for this to happen. We work hard, but we also have fun and get along, so that makes it a joy to be at work every day!”
Dr. Harris’ husband, Paul, is also a dentist in the practice, and the couple are expecting their first child. “My greatest achievement is my family–my husband and my son on the way,” says Andrea. “Even though my family is more than a gift than an achievement, it is what brings me the most joy and pride of anything I have done.”