Dr. Gardner has enjoyed working with children for many years. Long before he entered dental school he volunteered with numerous community children’s groups, including leading Cub Scout packs, organizing youth activities, and teaching Sunday school classes.
Having the opportunity to care for and guide little ones, throughout their childhood and adolescence, is core to who Dr. Gardner is: as a person and as a pediatric dentist. He takes pride in offering painless and worry-free dental visits, always making the child’s emotional needs his top priority. His goal is to make a positive impression on every child, inspiring a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime.
Dr. Gardner and his staff are compassionate, kind, and gentle. They strive to make sure every child and their parents feel at ease in the office, knowing they have the child’s best interests at heart.
Dr. Gardner graduated with honors from Brigham Young University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, one of the top dental schools in the country, where he was awarded his Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
Knowing he wanted to spend his life caring for youth, Dr. Gardner next applied for and was accepted into an exclusive position as a dental resident at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. These two years of rigorous and demanding training gave Dr. Gardner deep insight into the specialized knowledge required to care for pediatric patients, including individuals with complex medical needs.
Since completing his residency, Dr. Gardner has stayed at the forefront of the latest research in pediatric dental medicine. Through active post-graduate continuing education, including attendance at numerous meetings, seminars, and lectures, and keeping current with relevant publications, he ensures he is following the latest evidence-based guidelines.
He has also voluntarily pursued and completed the exacting examination process to become Board Certified through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
- Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Missouri Dental Association
- Greater Springfield Dental Society
Beyond the Practice
Originally from Mesa, AZ, Dr. Gardner and his family love living in Southwest Missouri. He and his wife, Savanna, have four children: Henry, Jane, Charlotte, and Elizabeth; the family looks forward to welcoming another baby boy, soon.
They all love outdoor adventures, exploring nature while camping and hiking. At home on their small hobby farm, they enjoy gardening and caring for their many animals, including chickens, goats, pigs, and a cow.