Dr. McKenzie Swan graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Honors College from Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She then attended dental school at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry to achieve her Doctorate in Dental Surgery. She describes her job as helping her patients regain self-esteem and confidence by improving the esthetics, function, and overall oral health of their smile, through communication, oral evaluation, diagnosis, education, and comprehensive dental treatment.
“Science and health were always my favorite subjects in school, So I knew I wanted a job in the science field that would allow me to work with people and give me purpose,” Dr. Swan says. “I chose dentistry because it allows me to work with my hands and people every day, while also making a difference in the lives of others.
Dr. Swan’s path to dentistry was laid at a young age: “I remember enjoying my dental visits and thinking that what they did was really cool! Going to the dentist as a child is what sparked my interest in the field and led me look into a career in dentistry,” she says, adding, “I am passionate about the Ronald McDonald House charities as I volunteered for their Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck in Springfield for 4 years during my undergraduate years, and participated in several fundraising and volunteer events for them as they were also my sorority’s chosen philanthropy. Working on the Tooth Truck made me passionate about providing oral health education and dental treatment to children in need.”
Originally from Springfield, MO, Dr. Swan now lives in Kansas City, MO. When she’s not creating self-confident smiles, she can be found enjoying time spent with her sister and mother, who still live in Springfield, or with her dog, a husky named Skyy. Given a year off with pay and the ability to do anything, Dr. Swan says she would travel the world seeing as many places as she could while doing a few mission trips along the way to provide dental care to those in need. “I would go with family and friends and take my dog anywhere that I could!”