About Us:

Welcome to Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics, a specialty orthodontic practice serving the communities of Independence, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grain Valley and Kansas City, Missouri.

Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics offers one-of-a-kind smile designs for the entire family with an emphasis on facial esthetics and proper function. We create stunning and healthy smiles built upon our professional expertise and world-class education.

Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics is a Premiere Invisalign Provider and certified practice offering Damon Braces and Damon Clear Braces.

Meet Our Doctor

Dr. Blackburn attended the University of California, San Diego and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He conducted biomedical research at the Scripps Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Blackburn earned his DMD degree and MSD degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from the Boston University of Dental Medicine. He has received numerous honors and awards for his academic and clinical achievements.

Dr. Blackburn is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, an achievement obtained by only 1 out of 3 orthodontists. He is an active member in the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics. His professional memberships include the American Association of Orthodontists, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Greater Kansas City Dental Society, and the Eastern Jackson County Dental Society. Dr. Blackburn is an Invisalign Premier Provider and Damon Comfort System Provider.

Dr. Blackburn is married and has three children. In his spare time he enjoys running and cycling and has a passion for travel and photography. He has lived in Argentina and Australia and is fluent in Spanish.

Meet Our Staff

Lori (Super Power Wish: To be invisible )
Treatment Coordinator -- 30 years at Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- Sharing their excitement about their new smiles
Amazing Accomplishment -- Raising two terrific sons with my husband of 31 years
Fun Fact -- Fall is my favorite time of the year- all the great foods, layered clothing, crisp leaves crunch sounds,cool air, colorful trees, scare crows and corn mazes!

Sherri (Super Power Wish: Leap small molars in a single bond!!)
Certified Orthodontic Assistant -- 28 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About My Co-workers -- They are all like my family
Amazing Accomplishment -- Converting to Catholicism
Fun Fact -- I go to the shooting range and take my stress out on paper. No paper is safe with me around!

Jennifer (Super Power Wish: Self-multiplication)
Office Manager -- 15 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- Having happy patients
Amazing Accomplishment -- Being a mother to my two girls
Fun Fact -- I play the piano, but can't read sheet music

Karen (Super Power Wish: Flying)
Treatment Coordinator -- 30 years experience in the dental profession
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- Connecting with patients and being a part of enhancing their smiles
Amazing Accomplishment -- Raising two beautiful daughters with my husband of over 36 years
Fun Fact -- I grew up on a farm in the Ozarks. I had a a pet cow named Julia, we also had pigs, chickens, dogs and cats.

Melinda (Super Power Wish: Winning the Powerball)
Certified Orthodontic Assistant -- 8 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About My Job-- Seeing patients grow and expressing their own personalities
Amazing Accomplishment -- Going to college
Fun Fact -- I have two cats named Zoe and Spaz

Bre (Super Power Wish: To be invisible!!)
Orthodontic Assistant -- 2 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- Watching them become more confident in their smiles!! :)
Amazing Accomplishment -- Graduating college and getting a job in my field immediately!!
Fun Fact -- I am the 4th out of 8 children!! BIG family!!

Sarah (Super Power Wish: To be able to fly!!)
Treatment Coordinator -- 2 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About My Patients -- Seeing them gain confidence as their smiles change
Amazing Accomplishment -- My family
Fun Fact -- Crazy dog lady

Tricia (Super Power Wish: To be Invisible so I can spy on everyone!)
Patient Coordinator -- 2 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About My Patients -- Seeing them smile!! And getting to know them
Amazing Accomplishment -- 3 lovely ladies and a granddaughter and a great husband who puts up with all of us
Fun Fact -- I love to play volleyball and hunt

Tabitha (Super Power Wish: Being Invisible!!)
Certified Orthodontic Assistant -- 28 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About My Patients -- The excitement of seeing their Forever SMILE
Amazing Accomplishment -- Mother of 3 sons
Fun Fact -- I love to fish!!

Kristen (Super Power Wish: Telekinesis)
Orthodontic Assistant -- 1 year with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About My Patients -- Building confidence
Amazing Accomplishment -- Being a mother to 4 beautiful girls... and that my parents didn't kill me during my teenage years
Fun Fact -- I've always enjoyed working on cars