Meet the Award Winning Dentist | Joplin MO
Dr. Michael E Fitterling & Dr. Grant Kirk
“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
Dr. Kirk loves every aspect of dentistry. From the simplest filling to the most complex case, he firmly believes in giving every patient the best care possible.
Dr. Kirk grew up in Grain Valley Missouri where he learned at a young age that hard work is the only way to achieve your goals. He always knew that he wanted to work in a profession that helped people in the community. After a trip to the dentist as a child with a broken tooth, he learned first-hand the confidence a great smile can bring to a person. This experience showed him that he wanted to be able to give people that same confidence and decided to pursue a career in Dentistry. Dr. Kirk enrolled in Northwest Missouri State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry graduating Suma Cum Lauda. He then went on to attend the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Dentistry where he graduated Suma Cum Lauda.
Dr. Kirk and his family moved to Joplin in 2015 to work at Access Family Care where he provided high quality dental care to the underserved of Joplin. Shortly after moving to Joplin he and his wife fell in love with town and knew that they wanted to make Joplin their permanent home.
Dr. Kirk and his wife Lauren were married in 2012 and have three very active boys Jackson, Chase, & Aiden. They are excited to welcome a daughter into the family late 2019. Dr. Kirk is active at his Church (Hope City) and enjoys sports, music, exercise, and spends his free time with his family.