Meet the Doctors
ENDODONTIST, ERICK A. JANSSON, DDS
Born and raised in Utah, Dr. Erick A. Jansson attended Utah Valley State College from 2000 to 2006, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Following graduation, he went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, where he graduated from in 2010, and upon which began his service as a Captain in the United States Army.
Dr. Jansson received his certificate of Endodontics after completing two years of training during his Endodontic Residency at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Following the residency, he completed the remainder of his military service as the Chief of Endodontics at Fort Leonard Wood, where he left in June 2016 to move into private practice in Jefferson City, MO. In addition to running his practice, Dr. Jansson is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists, Missouri Dental Association and served as President of the Jefferson City Dental Society from 2016 to 2017. Additionally, he is a board member of Missouri Dental Insurance Services.
Dr. Jansson has been honored as the keynote speaker at various dental venues, volunteered at the Missouri Mission of Mercy and has worked with the boy scouts since 2012. He is an active participant in the community and is a proud sponsor of the community theater “Itsy Bitsy Broadway” and “The Young Wanted” youth baseball team. Dr. Jansson and his wife, Lara, live in Jefferson City with their six children.
ENDODONTIST, Dan Lavitt, DDS
Dr. Dan Lavitt was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. While there, he graduated from Raytown South High School located in Raytown, Missouri. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Missouri – Columbia. During his time at the University, Dr. Lavitt competed in Track and Field for the Missouri Tigers. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1980.
Following the completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Lavitt continued to compete in Track and Field for the United States National Team and the Pacific Coast Track Club. He was signed as a free agent wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1982, where he participated part of the preseason.
Dr. Lavitt returned to college in preparation for Dental School. In the fall of 1983, he attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry and graduated in 1987. Dr. Lavitt went on to complete his residency in Endodontics at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. Dr. Lavitt and his wife, Catherine, moved and currently reside in Columbia, Missouri.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Lavitt became a Diplomat to the American Board of Endodontics in 1994. Additionally, he was inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame and the Missouri Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame. He is currently on the Endodontic Specialty Committee to the Missouri Dental Board; and a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists, the Missouri Dental Association, Columbia Dental Society; the Jefferson City Dental Society.
Furthermore, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Lavitt has lectured at the University of Nebraska, University of Missouri – Kansas City, the University of Iowa, the Northeast Dental Society, the Columbia Dental Society and the Jefferson City Dental Society on various topics in the field of Endodontics. In his free time, Dr. Lavitt enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
ENDODONTIST, Ivan m. Larsen, Dmd
Dr. Ivan M. Larsen is a native of southwestern Idaho – where he was raised along with his two brothers and three sisters. Throughout high school, Dr. Larsen was a student athlete and graduated in the top 4 percent of his class. After graduation, he volunteered to serve in two-year church humanitarian mission in Santiago, Chile. While there, he became fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Larsen returned to Idaho to complete a bachelor’s degree in Spanish at Boise State University. Upon graduation, he taught Spanish at a local high school for six years. Although Dr. Larsen enjoyed his work, he felt that teaching was not the right career path for him. It was then that his wife, Heather – a dental assistant – encouraged him to consider a career in dentistry.
In 2012, Dr. Larsen entered the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2016, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Larsen practiced dentistry at a community health center in Mountain Home, Idaho for a year before choosing to pursue an advanced training in endodontics. In 2019, Ivan completed the Postdoctoral Dental Residency Program in Endodontics through New York University Langone Hospitals.
Dr. Larsen discovered his passion in the study and practice of endodontics. He enjoys the challenges presented by comprehensive dentistry, as well as the artistry involved in every aspect of the work.
Dr. Larsen lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Heather, and their four children – one daughter and three sons. The Larsen family has received a warm welcome to the Midwest. Dr. Larsen is excited to serve and be a part of the community. In his spare time, he enjoys music, singing with his children and playing the guitar. His family loves spending time together at home and exploring outdoors.