Our Story

Our Story


Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates is the offshoot of a practice that began With Dr. Edward P. Nelson in the Professional Building at 1103 Grand. The Professional Building was built at the end of the Great Depression around 1929. At the time most physicians, dentists and attorneys in Kansas City had their offices in this art deco building. When Dr. Nelson retired in 1976 a new graduate of UMKC Dental School, David Follmer, purchased Dr. Nelson’s practice.

The Professional Building was undergoing a major renovation about the same time and became the home of HUD and a few other US Federal Government offices. In 1978 a remodeled suite on the 16th floor became the new home of a dental practice with Dr. Follmer and Dr. Thigpen. There were 2 other dental offices on the same floor. Very few dentists remained downtown. The practice grew and Dr. Anderson joined the practice in 1987.

As the practice continued to grow, a new office was leased and a move to the Commerce Bank Arcade Building occurred in 1990. Dr. Follmer acquired a practice at 411 Nichols Road at about the same time giving patients optional locations to be treated. Dr. Follmer had fallen in love with New Mexico on many visits and decided he wanted to move there and begin an new adventure.

Dr. Anderson bought the practice in 1992. He brought many innovative ideas to enhance the patients’ comfort while receiving the highest quality dental care. Music players with headphones, nitrous oxide relaxation, and overhead flat screen TVs for watching movies or music DVD’s have all become standard amenities in all three offices.

New associates joined the practice over the following years. In 2000 a third office location was opened at 4911 S. Arrowhead Drive in Independence, continuing the addition of enthusiastic, caring professionals committed to providing excellent and compassionate care for our patients.

Mutual respect for others is a cornerstone of our office philosophy. We know that each of the members of our team has a unique personality, family situation and set of skills that contribute to a rich system of care for our patients. Our staff is creative and hard working. We welcome suggestions for improvement, streamlining the delivery of comfortable care, and adapting to changing conditions from any member of our office team. Our office hierarchy is not rigid; if something needs to be done around the office a team member recognizes the need and does it.

Our respect for patients includes making a dedicated effort to see them at their scheduled time, performing a comprehensive exam, providing them an assessment of our findings, and recommendations for maintaining and restoring their smiles. Treatment times can be tailored to the patients’ individual preferences. Some people prefer to move quickly in their treatment phase; others more slowly. We are dedicated to offering the pace of treatment at which each patient is most comfortable.

We all love what we do; it is not just a job for which we show up each day. We are continually learning new techniques and perfecting the manner in which we can provide the best dentistry to our patients. Growing professionally and improving the experiences for our patients are very important components in our philosophy of dental care. Friendly family dentistry with excellent customer service is essential for the way we practice. The Golden Rule is a cornerstone of our practice.