Meet Thomas P. Shortell

Dr. Thomas P. Shortell, DDS

Thomas P. Shortell, DDS

Dr. Shortell has been practicing dentistry in Mission, Kansas since 1984.

He is a graduate of the UMKC Dental School and Pittsburgh State University. He has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1982 and they have four boys. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Fifth District Dental Society, America Academy of Laser Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He loves sports and has coached youth sports for years. The office mission statement is very simple; Dr. Shortell follows the golden rule “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Meet Our Caring Team


Office Manager

A patient of Dr. Shortell’s since she was nine years old, Lacy enjoys working for Dr. Shortell and helping his patients in any way she can. She has worked as both Dr. Shortell’s assistant and at the front desk to understand many aspects of the office. She graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College with an Associates of Science Degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Jennifer has an Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry. She is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation and laser therapy. She has been with Dr. Shortell for several years, and many of our patients ask for her by name.

Our Dental Philosophy

Genuine Care

What do patients love most about our practice? That they feel like family here! Our kind and friendly team will always treat you as an individual and take the time to get to know you personally. We know that you have unique needs and desires, and we do everything we can to fulfill them. You are not just another tooth to be fixed—you matter to us.

High-Quality Dentistry

At Thomas P. Shortell DDS, we perform all phases of dentistry at the highest level of care. We never compromise our high standard and will never settle for less than our very best. Our experience, combined with our practice’s commitment to excellence, will earn your trust.

Advanced Technology

Advanced dental technology aids us in delivering the high standard of care that we do. Its many benefits include more accurate diagnoses, more comfortable and convenient treatments, and a better all-around dental experience. We will continue to invest in the best and latest in order to better serve you.

Positive Environment

Our patients often tell us they’ve never visited a dental practice quite like ours! Our team members love to chat, tease and have fun! We are friendly, upbeat and happy in everything we do. Our positive personalities are contagious and are sure to help you feel both valued and at ease. You may be surprised by just how much you enjoy your time with us.

Passion for Excellence

Dr. Shortell has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years and can be trusted to deliver customized health solutions with lasting results. He is passionate about continuing his education and is always striving to deliver advanced dentistry in the most efficient way possible. At Thomas P. Shortell DDS, you will be in expert hands.

Patient Education

We know that the more educated you are, the more comfortable you will feel during your visit. Dr. Shortell will sit down and personally talk with you about your oral health needs. He will explain your treatments in detail and answer any questions you might have until you feel comfortable and confident in your care. Additionally, our knowledgeable team will teach you oral hygiene techniques to help you better maintain your smile for years to come!

If you value these qualities in a dentist, call us today! We’re passionate about your smile and passionate about helping you achieve optimal health!

Committed to quality and affordable dental health care.

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