Cassandra McKenzie, MA, DDS, MS
Dr. McKenzie has been passionate about dentistry from a young age. Her father was the local dentist for a rural Kansas community, and she grew up helping in his office. She has maintained this enthusiasm while pursuing advanced training and education to provide her patients with the comprehensive care they deserve.
“Periodontics is such a special area in dentistry. We start with health as a foundation to build beautiful smiles. I love helping my patients find their own path to achieve their goals.”
Dr. McKenzie completed her dental training at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated as part of a select national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. In addition to excelling in academics, she also volunteered in the first student run clinic providing free dental care for people transitioning out of homelessness and conducted published research studies.
After being accepted to all residency programs to which she applied, Dr. McKenzie decided to settle down in Kansas City. She completed her Certificate of Periodontics and Masters in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is board certified in periodontology and dental implant surgery. She has also trained to provide Botox® for bruxism and orofacial pain through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Dr. McKenzie remains active in education. Prior to dental school, she taught middle science in inner city Baltimore as part of Teach For America where she simultaneously earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins. She has provided hundreds of hours of continuing education for dentists and hygienists.
When she is not in the office, this “gum gal” can be found playing dinosaurs and princesses with her daughters. She and her husband adore being outdoors and often hike with their girls and dog. Dr. McKenzie is avid about needlework and especially enjoys embroidering microbes.