About

Dentist in Columbia, MO

Meet the Specialists

Walt Pfitzinger, DDS, MS – Sleep Medicine

Dr. Pfitzinger founded Plaza Dental Group in 2008 with a vision for incredible customer service, patient convenience, and high quality of care standards. His objective was to create a general and multi-specialty dental group practice in the heart of Missouri. In this group practice model, dental specialists and general dentists work together in an environmentally friendly facility that encompasses all the technology that today’s dentistry has to offer.

After completing his undergraduate work at Mizzou, Dr. Pfitzinger graduated from St. Louis University School of Dentistry. Following two years as a general dentist in the U.S. Army, he completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at Marquette University and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. He then founded a multi-specialty group practice in St. Charles, MO, Family Dental Services, where he practiced for 25 years.

Dr. Pfitzinger’s practice today is focused solely on the emerging field of dental sleep medicine, in which dental appliances give relief to patients with obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, he is an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

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Dharti Gandhi, DDS – Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Ghandi grew up in Mexico, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri Columbia earning her BS in Biology with honors. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. It was here, along with her experiences shadowing a pediatric dentist in college, that cultivated her love of Pediatric Dentistry. After graduating with endodontic honors, Dr. Gandhi moved to Denver where she worked as a General Dentist in a pediatric dental office. She then received an additional 2 years of training through NYU Langone Hospital’s Pediatric Dental Residency where she earned her certificate as a Pediatric Dentist. She is a member of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Colorado Dental Association.

Dr. Dharti loves to spend time with her husband, Kyle, and their baby boy, Myles. On the weekends, you will often find her running marathons, attending the local farmers market, and spending time with her family. One interesting fact about her is that she is an avid bootcamp athlete. Dr. Gandhi values establishing long term relationships with her patients and the community. She emphasizes education, quality care, and the importance of public service. She creates a fun positive environment and tailors care to each individual patient.

Christian Francis, DDS, MS – Orthodontist

Dr. Francis supports the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that children be seen by an orthodontist beginning at age seven.  Certain dental and jaw relationships can only be treated early to avoid surgery or further compromise later.  However, research shows that orthodontic treatment is most efficient in a single phase of comprehensive treatment when possible and that is Dr. Francis’ preference as well.

Dr. Francis grew up in Bozeman, Montana.  He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas School of Dentistry.  It was during his orthodontic residency at the University of Kentucky that he and his wife first visited central Missouri and considered relocating to the area.  Dr. Francis and his wife Shannon have three sons: Tyson, Austin, and Neal.  They love hiking and camping and spend most of their family time playing games together and riding bicycles and tricycles around the neighborhood.

“The power of a healthy, attractive smile really enhances self-confidence.  I learned this personally as I finally opened up with my smile after years of not showing my teeth when I smiled due to embarrassment.  That personal transformation that accompanied my own orthodontic treatment led me to begin working at an orthodontic office from the age of 16.  To this day, that contagious smile from a patient with newly aligned teeth is still the most exciting and rewarding aspect of my work.” –Dr. Francis

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Arthur Misischia, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Misischia is a graduate of Washington University Dental School, and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon certified by the Missouri Dental Board to perform general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the National Board of Anesthesiology, and a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Dr. Misischia is certified to administer General Anesthesia for patients in the convenience of our office.

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