Meet Our Staff

Steven Fuller

Kelsey Edwards

Lisa Vander Hart

Karen Edwards

Dr. Steven Fuller

Education:
Dr. Fuller has been practicing general dentistry for 32 years. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Science. Next, he continued his education at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry to earn his DDS degree, Doctor of Dental Surgery. Upon graduation, Dr. Fuller moved to Des Moines, IA to work along side his father, the late Dr. Richard Fuller. Fuller Associates Family Dentistry opened in 1963. Steven led the expansion in 2003 and opened our first Altoona location where we resided from 2003-2022. In July 2022, the Altoona office location expanded to greater serve the needs of our patients. 

Dr. Fuller strives to stay up to date in dental education by constantly attending continuing education classes. He is always learning about new techniques, equipment, and technology available that can better himself, his staff, and our patients experience here at Fuller Associates. 

 

Past Professional Involvement:

Iowa Dental Board Continuing Education Advisory Committee 

Iowa Dental Board Anesthesia Credentials Committee    

CRTS Central Regional Testing Service Dental Boards Examiner 

Mobile Dental Unit Committee and I-Smile Board Member   

American Dental Association

Iowa Dental Association 

Des Moines Dental Society

Iowa AAU Sports Chair 

National AAU Board of Directors 

National Basketball Commissioner

AAU Basketball Sports Committee

AAU Vice Chair of Legislation Committee

East High School Booster Club

Life and Hobbies:
Steven is married with four children and three grandchildren. During his free time Steven and his wife, Beth, can be found at their children's events--- dance recitals, as well as basketball, football, track, and soccer games. Majority of his weekends he spends cheering on the Hawkeyes at Iowa football games or completing projects.

 

Favorite Eastside Food: Original beef enchilada at Tasty Tacos

Dr. Kelsey Edwards

Education:

Dr. Edwards graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2022 and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology in 2017 also from the University of Iowa. Many of you may recognize her as she began working at Fuller Associates in 2011 and has held numerous positions around the office as dental receptionist, dental assistant, and marketing coordinator. We are excited to welcome her back! Dr. Edwards is the third generation of Fuller Associates Family Dentistry as her grandfather, the late Dr. Richard Fuller, began the practice in 1963 after returning from serving in the Army. Her legacy includes 5 general dentists, one dental hygienist, and one oral surgeon. She enjoys detailed esthetic procedures, pediatrics, and oral surgery the most. She will primarily work at the new Altoona office location once open in July 2022, helping to expand our hours and services. 

Professional Involvement:

Dentistry has brought Dr. Edwards to different countries and across the state of Iowa while volunteering in free dental clinics. In 2022, she was awarded the Iowa Section of Outstanding Achievement Award for her leadership involvement from The American College of Dentists, the oldest national level honorary organization of dentists.

 

Life and Hobbies:

During her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and adoring her standard poodle, Eloise. 

Favorite Eastside Food: Carne asada tacos at Tacos Villanueva Food Truck

Karen: Dental Hygienist

After graduating from East High School, Karen attended Grand View and earned her Associate of Arts degree. She continued her education at the University of Iowa earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She has practiced for 42 years and loves her job! She and her husband have three adult 3 children. Karen loves attending Iowa football games, reading, and scrapbooking.

Kelsey: Front Desk Care Coordinator

Kelsey joined Fuller Associates Family Dentistry in 2021 after relocating to Bondurant from a small town in central Illinois. Kelsey has worked in the dental field for the last 4 years. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her boyfriend, James, and their Australian shepherd, Kaci.

Lisa: Front Desk Care Coordinator

Lisa is an Arizona native, but is in Iowa transplant. She joined our team in September of 2018. She is married with three children:  Aubrey, Evit, and Brinlee. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, fishing, and trying new restaurants in Des Moines.  

Sydney: Dental Assistant

Sydney joined Fuller Associates Family Dentistry in 2021 after completing her undergraduate degree and conducting research in Des Moines, IA. Sydney has been gaining experience chairside in pursuit to continue her education to become a dentist someday. She is an avid coffee drinker and enjoys spending time with her family.