Meet Dr. Stephen Kirschbaum

What excites me most about my work is transforming a patient’s smile, and in doing so, enhancing a patient’s confidence. Nothing motivates me more than helping patient transform from someone who was anxious to smile in public, to an individual who can’t stop smiling once treatment is completed.

Having the ability to work and interact with and treat such a wide array of unique individuals has allowed me to experience all the great and diverse qualities that each person brings to the table. I love getting to know my patients as an individual person, rather than a patient in a dental chair. I believe that relationships are built through dentistry, and I love the process of addressing a patient’s concerns and working together cooperatively to get the results that they are looking for.

I am very excited to join a practice already full of wonderful, caring people. The Highland Dental team treats patients as individuals, and in doing so, builds relationships with each individual based on mutual trust. Patients who come to Highland Dental will experience personalized dental care at a pace at which they are most comfortable.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree – Minnesota State University, 2007
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, 2016

Dentistry is a profession that continues to grow every day with new advancements in treatment techniques and technology, and I love being on the forefront of all the innovative advancements and applying them to my work. I have received advanced, post-graduate dental training in the areas of implant placement and restorations, complex comprehensive and aesthetic treatment, and digital dentistry. Most recently, I received a certificate in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program after a one-year residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • Missouri Dental Association
  • Greater Kansas City Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Personal Life

I grew up in Sheldon, a small town in Northwest Iowa. I currently live in downtown Kansas City and enjoy taking advantage of all this vibrant area has to offer.

When I’m not working, there’s a good possibility that you can find me outside doing something active. I love the outdoors, exercising, exploring everything Kansas City has to offer, and am an avid sports fan, especially basketball and Iowa Hawkeye football.

In addition to my work in the office, I am an active member in the Mission of Mercy, which is an independent nonprofit organization that annually provides free dental care to those individuals not financially able to seek routine dental treatment.