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STAR DANCER

Dr. DENNIS ROSS

Dennis Ross is a dancer extraordinaire - at least his wife, Ann, thinks so! He tap-danced at his 70th birthday party last year! Dennis will tell you he does enjoy dance - as well as singing, piano and the sax! He even plays in a church polka band. He gets doses of lively music on a weekly, if not daily basis. Music does feed the soul!

Family

Dennis and Ann met while he was in residency working in Labor and Delivery and she was there as a student nurse. The couple has spent over 45 years together raising four children, and say they are now blessed with eight grandchildren.

Business

Dr. Ross is with Kansas Nephrology Physicians, P.A., He is credited with creating nocturnal hemodialysis, one of the many ways they work to provide patients their greatest level of independence. He also serves as medical director for several dialysis facilities in the region and he's a Clinical Professor at the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita.

Causes and Leisure

Dr. Ross has written a medical thriller, he's spent the spring in final edits and we're very excited to read it. Staying true to his very core- philanthropy, a majority of the book's profits will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation, The book to be watching for is; The Perfect Match.

Dennis and his wife, Ann, have both been generous supporters of the arts, social services and business endeavors in and around the Wichita area.

Dr. Ross told us he was grateful for the chance to find a way to support the Breakthrough community. Providing support beyond poverty and mental illness are issues that need more champions.

Thank you, Dennis and Ann, for putting Breakthrough on that list!

PRO DANCER

COURTNEY TOBEN

Courtney started dancing jazz and ballet when she was a little girl, she says that's where her passion for dancing ignited, and it stayed with her.

As soon as she arrived at KU at the age of 18, she enrolled in dance, and stayed in dance when she transferred to Wichita State. She was still a student when she because a dance instructor at the age of 20 and very soon after was taking her first students to compete at various pro/ams across the states.

Just 4 years later she partnered with 2 other instructors to open their own studio where she remained a co-owner for 9 years. By the age of 27 she'd started competing in the professional circuit at various competitions in the United States, while continuing the pro/am competitions with her students at the same time, and the awards piled up.

Courtney is now one of the partners and founders of "A Step Ahead Dance Studio" on S. St. Francis (in the shadow of Intrust Bank Arena). She continues to teach her love and passion for dance, and is training and competing with her pro/am students, some of whom have won national and world titles working with her!! Salute Courtney! She manages all this while working a regular day job, orthodontics assistant at Trimmel and Anders Orthodontics.

Courtney and her family are survivors of a suicide, and feel a strong connection to the Breakthrough core cause surrounding mental illness. She has said she is grateful for the chance to take part in this way.

Thank you Courtney for your help in Dancing with the Wichita Stars!