Orthodontist in Columbia

Meet the Dentists

Kyle Lisenby, DMD – General Dentist

Clinical director and co-owner, Dr. Lisenby has been with Plaza Dental Group since the doors opened in 2008. Dr. Lisenby wholeheartedly respects and values every patient who walks through the door of our office. After receiving his Bachelor of Science from University of Illinois, he graduated in the top 15% of his class at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in metropolitan St. Louis. His research on dental cements was selected for presentation at the 2005 annual American Dental Association meeting in Philadelphia.

Dr. Lisenby attended a residency program at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, where he gained additional training in many advanced surgical procedures, including the placement of implants and the removal of wisdom teeth.

To be at the forefront of dental care, Dr. Lisenby keeps current with the latest advances in the field of dentistry. He travels all over the United States each year to attend some of the best continuing education programs in dentistry, and has completed hundreds of hours of coursework in implants alone under some of the field’s most respected implant and surgical instructors.

Dr. Lisenby, his wife Andrea, and their two daughters Noelle and Logann, and new born son Jaxon, are actively involved in their Christian faith and attend The Crossing Church in Columbia. Dr Lisenby’s other interests include running, reading, bible study, and spending time on the MKT trail with his wife and kids!

Dr. Lisenby currently serves as the President of the Columbia Dental Society, volunteers for Special Olympics and participates in short term missions both locally and abroad having visited Jamaica and Honduras.

“My priority is to provide a comfortable environment where our team can focus on your personal oral health situation. On your first visit, you will discover that my entire team is committed to gently treating you with amazing respect and attention. My approach to your dental care begins with listening. After our examination together, I will discuss the choices you have in the care of your mouth and teeth, so that you may make informed personal decisions before beginning treatment, knowing time required and finances involved.” – Dr. Lisenby


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.


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.