About Dr. 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 staff as a 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’ wife, Andrea, is also in training to become a dentist, and he looks forward to a future working side by side with her when she graduates and joins 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.