About Our Team

Dr. Deedra Truschinger, DDS

My love for dentistry started at a young age as I was personally in the dental chair seemingly non-stop.  I had a friendly and caring dentist that made it as easy as possible and answered every question I ever had.  It made me develop a fascination with all the things we have available to improve oral health and the larger link that the oral condition has with overall wellness.  Those experiences also created plenty of empathy for my dental patients.

I grew up in Topeka and attended Washburn Rural High School.  I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science.  After graduation I moved to Overland Park, KS where I worked for 2 years at the front desk and as a surgical dental assistant for a periodontist.  It was during this time that I also applied to dental school and was accepted into the University of Missouri – Kansas City DDS program which I completed in 2011.  I worked as an associate dentist in Kansas City for nearly 5 years before actively looking for a practice to purchase.

I began working at the Auburn Dental Clinic in 2015 as a partner with Dr. Ron Katzer.  At the start of 2017 I purchased the practice.  Dr. Katzer officially retired from the practice in 2018.  He has continued to instill a wealth of knowledge to me about everything from treatment techniques to business management know-how.  He and his wife, Crystal, are basically part of my family now and I feel lucky that we found each other.  I am proud to help keep dental care accessible to Auburn and the surrounding areas and to carry on Dr. Katzer’s legacy of compassionate care for an amazing patient base.

My husband, Pete, and I moved to Auburn in 2016 with our 3 dogs; Bebe, Louie and Lucy.  We enjoy working in the yard, hanging out with our families, seeking out hole-in-the-wall restaurants to try and spoiling our old rescue dogs.

Crystal, Office Manager

In 1979 a young doctor purchases a dental practice in a quiet, cozy, Kansas community; the doctor, Ronald L. Katzer, D.D.S. practices for 38 years plus. Fast forward to 2017, another young doctor purchases a dental practice in a quiet, cozy Kansas community; the doctor is, Deedra Truschinger, D.D.S. now practicing.  Many changes in the Auburn Dental Clinic have transpired over a 38 year span of time.  One of those changes included an item on the inventory list with the sale of the practice; “1901 Battle Ax.”

I am “1901 Battle Ax, AKA: Crystal Katzer; if you like, Dr. Katzer’s wife. Dr. Katzer and I married 10/31/1986.  I have worked for the practice in some capacity for 31 years; jobs ranging from assistant to dressing as Major Molar.  My husband and I raised two children, who are also doctors. Neither child chose dentistry, but the desire to take care of others, is innate.   I delight in an entertaining nickname, a good laugh, and irony in a well told story.  Art, (Washburn University, BFA) Music, (singing to my pets) and Gardening (never ending) keep my mind and body motivated and moving. My passions are taking care of my family, friends and animals. Favorite movie; Dark Crystal, Favorite Book; Whisper from the Woods, Favorite Thing; Laughing with someone.

I tease Dr. T. (Dr.Truschinger’s nickname, because we struggle with her name) she got a wife with the practice or a “1901 Battle Ax” (as I refer to myself).

Bat.tle-ax –noun- a formidably aggressive older woman

Lori, Administrative Assistant

I started working with Dr. Katzer in 2000 and now continue to work at the Auburn Dental Clinic with Dr. Truschinger.  I am usually the first and last person you see when you visit the office.  I check you in, update your records, file insurance and call to remind you of your appointment (some might say way too early).

My husband, John, and I have been married for 35 years.  We have two grown children, Jennifer and Ryan, and their spouses who have blessed us with 3 grandchildren; Allison, Ashlyn and Brantley.

I enjoy baking, rescuing old Boston terriers that need a fur-ever home and time with my family.

The best thing about working at Auburn Dental Clinic is getting to see patients come back over the years.  They have become part of my family to me!

 

Natalie, RDH

In 2015, I got my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Wichita State University. I was raised In Auburn and went to Washburn Rural High School. After four and a half years of working as a dental hygienist, I was ecstatic for the opportunity to come back home to work in the community that has meant so much to me!

In 2016, I married my husband, Tanner, and we now live on a farm outside of Overbrook. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, riding horses, and (when we have some free time away from the farm) we travel to as many new places as possible!

As your hygienist, it is important to me to be as gentle and thorough as possible to make each visit a positive experience! I look forward to getting to know my patients and sharing my passion of educating on oral health.

Katie, RDH

I grew up in Dover, KS and currently live in Auburn with my wonderful family.  My husband, Jamie, and I have three beautiful children; Kaden, Piper and Ky.

My first experiences with dentistry were working for an orthodontist in Topeka as well as at a pediatric dental office.  I left to stay at home with my kids for nine years before deciding to return to dentistry.  I accomplished my degree in Dental Hygiene at Flint Hills Technical College in May 2018.

I love the dental world and look forward to meeting and helping our patients out with their dental needs!

Briana, CDA, PDA

My name is Briana, friends call me Bri. I graduated from Flint Hills Technical College with my Dental Assisting Certificate in 2015.  I jumped at the opportunity to work for Auburn Dental in 2017. I married my high school sweetheart Brandon in 2015. We welcomed a baby boy named Bowen into the family in 2017 and a baby girl, Bryce, in 2019.  Their furry sister Halo is in love with them.  My husband and I both enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing and hanging out with family and friends.

Addison, CDA, PDA

My dental career started in 2015 when I graduated from Salina Technical College with my associates degree in dental assisting.  I also received my scaling certificate from Flint Hills Technical College that year.  My passion for helping others led me into dentistry.  I enjoy helping patients with their oral healthcare needs.  I have been a patient at Auburn Dental since I was a child and am thankful for the opportunity to work here now.

In 2017 I married my husband, Josh.  We welcomed a baby boy, Maverick, in 2019!  We enjoy being outdoors, hanging out with family and friends, and spending time with our fur baby, Lincoln.