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!

Linda (Super Power Wish: Healer)
Front Desk Coordinator -- 20 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- Getting to know them and seeing them grow in confidence
Amazing Accomplishment -- 35 years of marriage
Fun Fact -- I used to water ski with no hands!!

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

Melanie (Super Power Wish: Teleportation)
Accounting Assistant -- 7 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite thing about my co-workers -- Friendliness and fun personalities
Amazing accomplishment -- Adoption of our daughter from China
Fun fact - I am a huge Royals fan!

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.

Patti (Super Power Wish: X-ray Vision)
Certified Orthodontic Assistant -- 30 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- I love feeling their excitement to have a beautiful smile
Amazing Accomplishment -- Forty-two year career in the dental profession
Fun Fact -- I love tennis and hope to go to the US Open someday

Gabby (Super Power Wish: Flying)
Certified Orthodontic Assistant -- 8 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- Having them laugh and smile during their appointments
Amazing Accomplishment -- Being a mother
Fun Fact -- I love working on cars

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

Robin (Super Power Wish: To be a magical genie)
Certified Orthodontic Assistant -- 25 years with Blackburn & Elrod Orthodontics
Favorite Thing About Our Patients -- Watching the amazing transformation of their beautiful smiles
Amazing Accomplishment -- Being married over 30 years
Fun Fact -- I don't drink coffee and I don't eat sea food

Bre (Super Power Wish: To be invisible!!)
Orthodontic Assistant -- 1 year 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!!

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