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Independence Dentists Drs. Elias, Opdahl and Bowen

From left to right, Jeremy Bowen, James Elias & Kirk Opdahl

A Unique Team

At Dental Arts, Drs. Elias, Opdahl, and Bowen provide a unique personal touch to provide the most advanced dentistry available. Through their advanced training and accreditation you can rest assured that you will receive the best care available with a warm, gentle touch in a painless setting.

Dr. Elias is a native of the Independence area. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri, School of Dentistry in 1979. He became accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1989 and was accepted for membership to the American Society of Dental Aesthetics (based in New York) in 1989. He has taught cosmetics throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Elias and his wife Sharon have 4 children and 3 grandsons.

Dr. Opdahl was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and received his BA in science. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1994 with honors. He became the youngest doctor to receive his accreditation by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has served as President and Vice President of the Pankey-Dawson Heart of America Study Club. He has worked in a hospital and has received advanced training in dental implants, oral surgery, endodontics, and aesthetic and restorative dentistry.

Dr. Bowen is a native of the Independence area. He attended the University of Missouri, School of Dentistry where he graduated with honors. He received advanced training in oral surgery, endodontics, and restorative dentistry. He was accepted for membership to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 2007. He has received advanced training at the Dawson Academy in restorative dentistry and treating T.M.J. (bite) disorders. Dr. Bowen and his wife Christine have 3 children together.

Drs. Elias, Opdahl, and Bowen have a strong belief that God put us here for a reason. And that reason is to help one another and make a positive impact on your life.


My name is Alex Clark, and l’m the newest dentist here at Dental Arts. I grew up in Wichita, KS before moving to Kansas City to play soccer and attend college at Rockhurst University. I graduated from Rockhurst in 2Ol1 and started dental school at UMKC later that year. I graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry in May of 20l5, and began a General Practice Residency at Truman Medical Center, which I completed this past June. During my sophomore year at Rockhurst I met my wife, Emily, and we got married in 2013. This past May, she graduated from KU School of Medicine and this summer started her Ob/Gyn residency at UMKC. We’re the proud parents of our two cats, Myrtle and Luna, which I gave to Emily as kittens for her Christmas present in 2012. We like to spend our free time running, riding bikes, going to concerts, watching movies, and having cookouts with our families. We currently live in the River Market area, but just bought our first home this summer and will soon be moving near the Plaza.

I first met Dr. Elias as a first year dental student. I traveled with him to Africa on mission trips during my second and fourth years in dental school, and I have worked with him at events throughout Kansas City as well. Seeing the amount of time, energy, and love Dr. Elias put into his career and into the people he served inspired me and gave me the drive to make missions a fundamental part of my career. In the time since those trips, I have gotten to know Dr. Opdahl and Dr. Bowen, and the rest of the Dental Arts team, and I've seen that their philosophy of helping others extends not only to mission trips, but to their local community and to their daily practice as well.

"“Thank you for making me feel comfortable and at ease. Those two words are not enough to express my deepest appreciation. I thank the good Lord for the talent and ability he has blessed you all with. If there’s such a thing as as dental ‘spa,’ I thank I experienced it at your office. You Doctors are also blessed to have such good assistants.”"
Jennifer

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