Meet the Award Winning Dentist | Joplin MO

Dr. Michael E Fitterling

“I believe all patients deserve to be comfortable and have a positive dental experience to achieve successful and long-term dental health.”

Dr. Fitterling is passionate about dentistry and has committed his life to excellence in providing exceptional care to each patient. 

In the 4th grade, Dr. Fitterling’s teacher asked her students to write about what they wanted to be when they grew up. He wrote he wanted to be a dentist and he never changed his mind. He continued his education to achieve that goal. 

In dentistry, nothing has remained the same over the years. Technology has completely changed everything. Dr. Fitterling has attended many hours of continuing education and continually reads articles and listens to webinars to provide his patients the best dental care possible from fillings to complex dentistry. 

Dr. Fitterling is excited to provide patients the opportunity to have life-changing and predictable long-term success with their dental health. 

Dr. Fitterling enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He is active in his church (South Joplin Christian Church) and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House.

Grew up on a farm in Warrensburg, Missouri

Married his wife, Margie, in 1971

Graduated from University of Missouri Kansas City Dental School in 1973 with honors

Served 2 years in the Army as a dentist at Ft. Benning, Georgia

Dr. Fitterling and Margie moved to Joplin, MO in 1975 and opened his first office

In 1979 Dr. Fitterling built his office at 2614 McCoy

On May 22nd, 2011 the office was destroyed by the Joplin tornado. A specially designed and fully equipped dental trailer served as a temporary office for a year

Dr. Fitterling opened his current office the week of May 22nd in 2012 (one year after the tornado) at his current location: 4402 E. 32nd St. | Suite B | Joplin, MO

Credentials & Memberships

American Dental Association

Missouri State Dental Association

Southwest Missouri Dental Society

Missouri State Dental Sedation License

Licensed DOCS (sedation) Provider

Invisalign® Preferred Provider

Advanced Dental Implant Education

Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation Education