Christi Wells

Policy Director, Oral Health Kansas

Since 2017 Christi Wells has served as the Oral Health Kansas Policy Director. She brought with her her nearly a decade of experience in health policy, including serving as a Policy and Program Specialist utilizing stakeholder engagement and community collaboration to improve the health of Eastern Jackson County, Missouri. Christi serves as state representative for the OPEN Network’s Midwest Regional Oral Health Connections Team, as well as, represents Oral Health Kansas at the Statehouse. Christi graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a BS in Business Management and earned a Master in Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Christi is speaking at

November 6, 2020
10:20 am - 11:00 am


  • Timothy Garvey (Speaker) Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida
  • Christi Wells (Speaker) Policy Director, Oral Health Kansas


People with developmental disabilities may have challenges that make it difficult to achieve daily activities, including maintaining their oral health. The National Center for Biotechnology Information found in 2012 that adults with intellectual disabilities struggle to find quality oral health care and said that 32 percent of patients had untreated cavities while 80 percent had severe gum disease. Dr. Timothy Garvey has specialized in working with people with disabilities for over 30 years and will share his insight about the skills to meet the oral health needs of people with developmental disabilities.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand barriers people with disabilities face in receiving dental treatment
  • Describe creative ways used to treat patients with disabilities successfully
  • Communicate strategies to teach new dentists how to treat people with disabilities

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