About Us

Who We Are

The dental facility was founded in 1979 and follows the same tradition of quality health care, reasonable prices, same-day-service and Ozark hospitality as first established by Drs. Harold E. George and Frederick C. Lauer as the Mid-America Denture Clinic.  Dr. Jay Hildreth established the Dental Centers' practice in 1995 and purchased Mid-America Denture Clinic in 1997.

Dental Centers is located in Mt. Vernon, Missouri at Mid-America Dental & Hearing Center, and is the Ozark pioneer of the custom, same-day, denture.  Today, Dental Centers offers many other non-specialty interest services, including general dentistry with a new family dentistry emphasis, hygiene, crowns, bridges, orthodontics and implants.

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Nationally known, Mid-America Dental and Hearing Center was included in a feature article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on December 9, 1993.  ABC News also featured Mid-America Dental and Hearing Center as part of a special story that aired on October 19, 2003.

A visit to Mid-America is a long-standing tradition for some families.  There is free RV parking in the Mt. Vernon campground where patients stay while getting services at Mid-America Dental & Hearing Center.  The well maintained, park-like setting has drawn many patients to visit Mt. Vernon for an extended period of time.

The Dr. Harold & Betty George family is still actively involved in the company.  Their son, Scott George, is a Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist and serves as President for all non-professional services.  Their grandson, Brian George, serves as Chief Executive Officer.  Their granddaughter, Dr. Cheryl Williams, Mt. Vernon Clinic, also serves on the board.

Our Staff

Dr. Collins
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Dr. Brian Collins became a member of the Dental Centers Team in January 2008. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from Southwest Missouri State University (SMU) and his DDS from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Collins practiced in Southwest Missouri for 12 years before coming to Dental Centers.
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Dr. Collins said he joined the dental team because, "coming to Dental Centers allows me to do what I love, focus on caring for my patients."

Dr. Collins lives in Springfield, MO. He has three boys, Brett, Easton, and Treye. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, baseball, Fantasy Football, his kids, and outdoor activities.

Nancy Maus
Nancy Maus, a Registered Dental Hygienist, serves patients at the Mid-America Dental & Hearing Center. Nancy earned a BS from the University of New Mexico in 1978, and her Associate of Hygiene in 1989 at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
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Nancy is the hygienist on the Missouri Dental Board, Advisory Commission of Missouri Dental Board and serves as a Board examiner for 3 testing agencies. She belongs to the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the Missouri Dental Hygienists' Association, and the American Association of Dental Boards.

Nancy says about her profession, "I like helping people maintain good oral health. I enjoy what I do; I love meeting the friendly faces of everyone who comes in". She currently lives in Springfield and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Nancy loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys running, playing handbells at her church, and pheasant hunting. She is a huge KC Chiefs fan! GO CHIEFS!

Kim Evans
Kim Evans, a Registered Dental Hygienist serves our patients at the Mid-America Dental & Hearing Center. Kim earned her Associates in Hygiene in 2015 and her Bachelor of Health Science and Biology in 2017 from MSSU. Kim as a child has found the Dentistry field fascinating and has always loved teeth and loves to see her patient’s oral health improve.
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Kim resides in Joplin and has spent most of her life in the Four State area raising her daughter, named Laurel. In her free time, she loves going to the beach, spending time with family, reading and loves her sports, especially KU…Go Rock Chalk!


1050 W. Hayward Dr.
Mt Vernon, MO 65712
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*Note: Dr. Collins & Associates are Missouri licensed General Dentists. They are not licensed in Missouri as specialists in the advertised dental specialties of Prosthetics or Orthodontics. Implants are a specialty area not recognized by the ADA that require no specific educational training to advertise this service. Consumer information is not shared with third parties for marketing purposes.