Dr. Blackburn, owner and lead orthodontist,  with his wife.
Dr. Blackburn, owner and lead orthodontist,  and his family on a bike ride.

Meet
Dr. Blackburn

Dr. Blackburn is a board-certified orthodontist. We don’t want to embarrass him, but it’s kind of a big deal. This distinction belongs to just ⅓ of orthodontists in the United States.

He’s also a husband, father, and Sunday School teacher, but most commonly refers to himself as a pancake maker, ATM, and In-N-Out ambassador.

Before he became a Kansas City orthodontist, he was a dentist, dental hygienist, molecular biologist, tutor, pizza deliverer and lifeguard. He was born and raised in California but has also lived in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Argentina.

You can achieve your goal of straighter teeth.

We're on your team!

I love to read books! And I love working with insurance at my job because it's like being a detective.

Jennifer

OFFICE MANAGER

Who is my hero?
Moana, definitely.

Sarah

TREATMENT COORDINATOR

I love my job. I've been here 27 years! It means a lot to me to see other people smile.

Robin

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

My favorite grade in school was third grade.

Lori

TREATMENT COORDINATOR

If I could go back to any year of my life, I wouldn't! I really like now. I can see how far I've come!

Karen

TREATMENT COORDINATOR

If I could go back to a different year in my life, I'd be fifteen again. It was awesome. You don't have as many responsibilities.

Breanna

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

Mother Theresa is my favorite historical figure. She dedicated her life to helping orphans. She gave 100% for them and expected nothing in return.

Patti

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

When I was young, I loved going fishing with my dad.

Sherri

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

I used to want to be a teacher, but later on I chose orthodontics. I love to see people feel confident with themselves.

Melinda

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

Favorite thing about patients?
Seeing them smile! And getting to know them over the course of their treatment. We really are a family around here.

Tricia

PATIENT SERVICES

Favorite thing about my patients?
Their excitement when they see their Forever SMILE!

Tabitha

PATIENT SERVICES

Fun fact about me:
I've always loved working on cars and I love building patient's confidence throughout their treatment.

Kristen

PATIENT SERVICES
Your Smile is Our Goal

At Blackburn and Elrod Orthodontics, it's all about you. That's because we don't stop with straightening your teeth. From our role in the Independence and Blue Springs communities to the way we do things around the office, we value our relationships. We try to treat each other to the way we want to be treated, and we strive to build up our patients with every visit. In everything we do, we want to make you smile.

We're on your team!

During your time with us, we get to help you straighten your teeth, improve your oral health and, quite often, build your confidence. It’s an experience that stays with you.

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We take you seriously.

When you commit to getting orthodontic treatment with us, we commit to you! We use all our capabilities and professional expertise to help you reach your goals for your smile.

We value joy.

Have you ever noticed that you can’t laugh unless you smile? We don’t want you to keep yourself from laughing ever again. We make treatment fun and get you on track to smiling more often-- both in and out of our Kansas City area offices.

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We practice with excellence.

Dr. Blackburn is a board-certified orthodontist (achieved by just ⅓ of orthodontists in the United States). We exceed the training and continuing education requirements in our field and use top-tier technology in both our Independence and Blue Springs clinical practices.

We live where you do.

Dr. Blackburn is proud to live in the community he serves, and he is committed to the success of our public schools and local organizations.

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We rally around your goal!

Straightening your teeth is a chance to achieve something, but with the help of an entire team focused on your success! If you live in the Kansas City area, we want to be your orthodontic family!

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