Meet Your Dental Care Team

We’re the Emporia Family Dental Care team, and we want to be your dental home. We love what we do because dentistry is our passion. Our team of dental professionals is dedicated to providing you with gentle care that’s tailored to your needs. Your smile will thank you when you walk out of our office!

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Introducing the Doctors

Marvin Heinbach, DDS

Marvin Heinbach provides patients with gentle, high-quality dental care and to avoid extensive dental procedures in the future. If dental work is required, Heinbach provides choices and options in a way that allows the patient to be fully involved in the decision-making process. He believes patients are best motivated by positive reinforcement, and toward that end he has instructed all staff to convey any necessary information in a positive, non-judgmental way.

Marvin Heinbach’s approach to dentistry is directly influenced by his philosophy of life. Heinbach believes we should seek to serve others. He is committed to helping the less fortunate and devotes a portion of his time to providing dentistry for homeless families in the Lawrence area. He also serves on the board of an organization that helps women facing unplanned pregnancies. This is the same dedication to service that Heinbach brings to his practice. In addition, he seeks to help those animals that love us unconditionally and is committed to supporting local animal shelters, pet adoptions and saving animals from being euthanized.

Russell Forrest, DDS

Russell Forrest brings 30 years of experience to Emporia Family Dental Care. His experience has helped him develop a very comfortable and relaxing chairside manner. In his decades of dental practice, Dr. Forrest has also encountered just about every dental situation possible, so his patients always feel that their dental care is in capable hands.

Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, Forrest realized he had a talent for working with his hands and that he was good at mechanical things. These abilities, along with an appreciation for aesthetics, led him to attending college and then dental school in Nebraska.

Dr. Forrest enjoys being a dentist, as the position offers him an opportunity to connect with others and to improve lives by brightening smiles. He says that the best thing about working as a dentist is the flexibility, and his passion shows in the wide variety of specialties he offers. His specialties include cavity treatment and prevention, placing crowns and veneers, and performing root canals, dental checkups, tooth extractions, and cleaning.

In his free time, Russell likes to spend time with his wife, three children and four grandchildren. In addition to being a dentist and a family man, Forrest is a car enthusiast and he enjoys running. You may even find him playing the guitar.

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Haiping Sun, DDS

Dr. Haiping Sun is a dedicated and compassionate dentist born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. She developed a strong sense of community early on, which greatly influences her approach to dentistry.

Her academic journey began at Washburn Rural High School and she continued her education at Washburn University. Her commitment to excellence led her to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Dentistry, where she pursued her dental education. 

Driven by a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others, she chose dentistry as a career path to directly help people, work with her hands, and engage in continuous learning.

Beyond her role as a dentist, Dr. Sun finds joy in spending time with her family and friends. With family members scattered across Topeka, California, and China, she cherishes the opportunity to live close to her parents in Topeka, enabling frequent visits and fostering meaningful connections. In her leisure time, Dr. Sun enjoys exploring new culinary experiences, trying different foods, and discovering new restaurants. She also values starting new hobbies, often sharing these activities with friends.


Office Management

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Office Manager
She moved to Emporia from Overland Park, KS in 2021 and started her dental career in Ft. Worth, Texas in 2010 and was a dental assistant for three years in Texas before moving to Kansas in 2013.


Scheduling Coordinator/Social Media Liaison
Raised in St. Louis, MO, Sheena fine-tuned her business skills at Sanford Brown College before relocating to Kansas with her daughter Adriana and joining Emporia Family Dental Care in 2018.

Dental Staff



Dental Hygienist
Jackie’s proud to call Emporia home for her two children, Andrew and Emily, and husband, Jesus, for the past 28 years. Before this she lived in Ecuador, South America for eight years
and was born in New Jersey.
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Dental Hygienist
Even though she was born in San Antonio, TX, Elisa has been in Emporia so long that this is where she calls home!
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Dental Assistant
Nina attended dental school in her home country of Venezuela giving her the pathway to achieve her dream of helping patients with their oral health.
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Dental Assistant
Born and raised in Iola, KS and graduated from Iola High School in 2020. She then went to Flint Hills Technical College for the dental assistant program and graduated in 2021 and started her career with Emporia Family Dental Care in December 2022.
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