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About The Dental Health Group of Manhattan, KS

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Our Mission…

Our mission is to emphasize preventive care and education to help you lead a healthy lifestyle and keep your teeth as long as possible. Our services include fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, periodontal therapy, extractions, implant restoration, cosmetic treatment, full and partial dentures, and other treatments as indicated. We also maintain good working relationships with local specialists.

Brief History of Our Dentistry Practice…

Our practice was first established in 1972. Dr. Jill Ellner and Dr. Dana Smith joined the group in 2002. The Dental Health Group moved to the current Dickens Place facility in 2005.  Dr. Andrew Kutina joined the practice in 2018.  We are proud to have been serving the greater Manhattan area for over 50 years.

Our Dentists

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Dana Ryan Smith, DDS

Dr. Smith grew up in Manhattan, attending Manhattan High School and then Kansas State University. She graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry (Omaha, NE) in 2000.  Her husband, Doug Smith, is a science teacher at a local middle school, and together they have three daughters.  Dr. Smith enjoys all things K-State, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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Jill Dlabal Ellner, DDS

Dr. Ellner grew up in Manhattan and attended Manhattan High School. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She attended Creighton University School of Dentistry and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in May 2001. She married Mark Ellner in 1999, and they have two sons, Marcus and Miles, and a daughter, Macie. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves to cook, ride bikes, read, and walk her two dogs.

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Andrew Kutina, DDS

Dr. Kutina was born and raised in Great Bend, Kansas, where he graduated from Great Bend High School. He is a proud Kansas State University alumni. While attending K-State, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He spent his summers working in his father's dental practice in Great Bend, where he found his passion for dentistry. It was during these summers working alongside his father that Dr. Kutina learned the importance of establishing long-term patient relationships based on trust, respect, and communication, which would become a critical part of his practice philosophy today. He attended the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in May of 2018 with honors. Dr. Kutina, a fourth-generation dentist, enjoys multiple areas of dentistry and makes patient comfort, along with establishing long-term patient/provider relationships, his main priority.

Outside the office, Dr. Kutina and his wife, Kara, enjoy spending as much time as possible with family and friends, lake weekends, attending K-State athletic events (especially football Saturdays! Go Cats!), and chasing around their hyper yet loveable, German Shorthaired Pointer, Deuce. Dr. Kutina is a lover of all sports, especially golf and basketball. He is looking forward to many future years of serving the Manhattan community.