Since his graduation from dental school in 1980, Dr. Douglas Schulz has spent thousands of hours training in advanced dental techniques and procedures. He was one of the first dentists in the Kansas City area to offer the breakthrough CEREC 3D technology, a tooth restoration system that allows a dentist to provide permanent, all ceramic crowns in a single office visit. Dr. Schulz is so proficient in the use of this technology that he routinely trains other dentists in the technique.
A true humanitarian, Dr. Schulz has contributed his dental skills to the Pacific Partnership, a charitable mission with the U.S. Navy to bring medical and dental care to those in need across the entire Pacific region. He was the first to bring CEREC technology to Vietnam.
A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Douglas Schulz has been providing hi-tech general and cosmetic dentistry to the Kansas City area since 1982. He’s fulfilled a lifelong goal by building a traditional dental practice built on personal relationships, one where he can focus on quality and not quantity, and one where he can deliver cutting edge technology.
Douglas Schulz was raised in a small town in Northwest Iowa by parents who taught him he could achieve any goal to which set his mind. At age 5, Douglas decided that he wanted to be a dentist – because he really liked his own dentist, an overall ‘neat guy’ who loved to hunt and fish and had great dogs.
His first class in dental school assured him that he was right — he has both a love of dentistry and a skill in practicing it that have combined into a lifelong passion.
After graduating from dental school in 1980, Dr. Schulz taught part-time in the University’s dental program, while he researched where he wanted to start his dental practice. Kansas City, with its metropolitan, cosmopolitan, small town feel, won.
In 1982, Dr. Schulz purchased his current practice from Dr. Hall, the dentist who also introduced him to the L.D. Pankey Institute in Miami. The Pankey Institute is known for its “comprehensive dental education which narrows the gap between what is scientifically and clinically known and what is actively practiced.” The curriculum emphasizes quality care and restorative dentistry, and the Institute enjoys a respected reputation nationally and internationally. Dr. Schulz continues pursuing the best in “post-graduate” dental education and has spent thousands of hours advancing his knowledge in order to deliver the best dental care possible.
Dr. Schulz delights in having pediatric and octogenarian patients, and treating generations within a family. Building on the initial rapport established in 1982 and the quality of care that Dr. Schulz provides to his patients, many of Dr. Hall’s patients remain with him today. It’s important to Dr. Schulz that when he sees any patient outside his office, he knows them by name. He understands by building good relationships with his patients, he earns their trust; and that trust translates into more relaxed patients who maintain good dental care and are not afraid to visit the dentist.
Dr. Schulz was one of the first dentists in the Kansas City area to offer the breakthrough CEREC 3D technology, a tooth restoration system that allows a dentist to provide permanent, all ceramic crowns, veneers and other tooth restorations in one office visit. This means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time; coupled with natural strength, beauty, and function.
Dr. Schulz’s proficiency with the CEREC software combined with his love of teaching makes him a valued trainer on this advanced technology for dentists across the country!
In 2008, Dr. Schulz joined the Pacific Partnership, a humanitarian mission with the U.S. Navy to bring medical and dental care to those in need across the entire Pacific region.
Dr. Schulz was on board for 3 weeks of its 168 day mission – the longest he had ever been away from his practice, and, as he puts it, “the most rewarding experience” of his dental career. He spent 13 days in Vietnam, doing preliminary exams and treatments off the ship, and then returning to the ship to use the technologies that they brought with them.
During the trip Dr. Schulz introduced CEREC technology to Vietnam – the first dentist to do so.
In 2009, Dr. Schulz participated in another humanitarian mission with the Navy, the USNS Comfort Continuing Promise 2009. On this mission he traveled to Central and South America, again bringing hi-tech dental care to those who couldn’t afford even basic services.