Dr. Humaira Habib

Your Periodontist

Dr. Humaira Habib has been practicing dentistry since 2007. She graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry in 2003. In 2007, she graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry with Magna Cum Laude honors. She then went on to complete the Post-Doctoral Specialty Training Program in Periodontics in 2009from UMKC. Dr. Habib earned her Diplomate status from the American Board of Periodontology and is a board-certified periodontist. A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirement of the specialty.

Dr. Habib has been in private practice in the Joplin area since 2011. In addition to directing and organizing continuing education courses, Dr. Habib attends professional association conferences and courses to keep her ahead of the latest technology and dental techniques. She has also served as president of the Southwest Missouri Dental Association and remains as an active member along with being an active member of the American Dental Association(ADA), the Missouri Dental Association(MDA), and the American Academy of Periodontology(AAP).

Dr. Habib’s passion is teaching, or rather continuing education for all. She loves teaching others and volunteers a significant amount of her time lecturing and training students and colleagues.

Joplin is Dr. Habib’s hometown, she attended and graduated from Joplin High School and currently lives in town with her family. She has two beautiful children, Serina and Zane, who keep her very active when she’s not in office or continuing her education. Dr. Habib is an avid runner and is known to run an average of 7-9 miles a day! She also enjoys hiking and playing tennis, most of which she does with her children.

Amber Jennings

Treatment Coordinator/Admin

Amber is a Missouri native who was raised in a very large family with a family business in martial arts. Growing up, she was active in her family’s business along with her siblings and cheerleading. Amber is married to her best friend, Justin, and they have 5 children and two dogs named Apollo and Peta. Her children range from her youngest being a toddler and her oldest being a teenager, so as you could imagine her hands and schedule are full! Amber and her family are all avid Chiefs fans and enjoy going to football games anytime they have the opportunity.

In her free time, she enjoys shopping, being near any body of water with her family, and volunteering for her church. Amber began working in the dental field in 2017 and loves being able to help patients with their dental needs by guiding them through the patient education process along with answering patients’ financial questions and concerns. She is an essential Team Perio patient advocate and is excited to be a part of our dental family.

Sandy Scorse-DeTar


Our dental hygienist, Sandy, has been in the dental field all her life. Her father was an oral surgeon so naturally, she was interested in pursuing a career in the dental field. Sandy was born and raised in this area and lives locally with her husband, David, and their two dogs. They have five children and 12 grandchildren that she loves to spend as much time as possible. In fact, her favorite past time would be playing with her grandbabies. Outside of the office and playing with her grandchildren she loves education, shopping, and spending time on the farm with her husband.

Sandy already had a very impressive and extensive dental background before coming aboard our team as our skilled Dental Hygienist. She first became a Dental Hygienist, then Director of the Dental Hygiene Program at MSSU for 25 years, and she obtained her license as a Doctor of Dental Surgery; although, she does not practice general dentistry in our office. She works closely with us and our patients to help us provide optimal periodontal care. With her experience, knowledge, and skill she has a light and thorough touch which keeps her patients comfortable.

Abby Forrester

Surgical Dental Assistant

Abby grew up in Cherryvale Kansas with her parents and her twin brother, Dirk. In 2015, she made the decision to attend the Dental Assisting Program at Labette Community College and began her career in the dental field after graduating from the program in 2016.

Abby and her boyfriend, Zeke, enjoy living the peaceful country life in Kansas, so they both make the drive back and forth from Joplin to Kansas during the workweek in order to keep that peaceful country living. When Abby is not in the office you can find her with her boyfriend, Zeke, and her dog, Duke, spending time with family & friends, and camping at the lake.

Abby came aboard Team Perio as a Surgical Dental Assistant in early 2019 with a few years of assisting in general dentistry under her belt. Abby strives to make patient experiences in the dental office as comfortable as possible. She enjoys being a part of a team that provides optimal patient care for our patients, and we love having her on our team.

Bonnie Gouge

Surgical Dental Assistant
Bonnie was born in California but was raised in Carl Junction where she played varsity softball for Carl Junction schools along with being on the cross-country track team. In 2019, Bonnie made the decision to attend the Dental Assisting Program at Labette Community College and instantly began her career in the dental field after graduating from the program in May 2020.
Bonnie continues to live in Carl Junction with her son, Brantley, along with their cats, Paisley and Sage. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys spending time with her son, watching him play and succeed at sports. She also enjoys Zumba, fishing, watching the Chiefs dominate football, and spending time with her family.

Team Perio met Bonnie during her clinical rotations through the Labette Community College Dental Assisting Program when Bonnie chose to complete several of the required clinical rotation hours in our office. We realized she was a great fit for our team and the rest is history.

Lindsey Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Lindsey is interested in becoming a dental provider in the future and began doing clinical rotations in our office over the course of a year while she was attending MSSU to get the clinical hours needed to apply for Dental School. With Lindsey’s positive upbeat attitude and sweet personality, it only made sense to add her to our team when she showed interest after completing her clinical rotations with us.

Lindsey graduated from MSSU in May 2019 with a degree in Biology (pre-dental). She is currently in the process of applying to Dental school and hopes to attend in 2021. Along with working part-time in our office, she works full time taking care of people with developmental disabilities and provides them with her trained therapy dog, Maijor.

When outside of work, you can find Lindsey hanging out with her dog or spending time with her friends and family.