About Us

Meet the Doctors

John R. Firth

John R. Firth, D.D.S., M.S. attended Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. He was awarded a four-year Resident Dental Education Scholarship in 1988, and attended Creighton University School of Dentistry (Omaha, Nebraska) Graduating in 1992 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, and was a member the Honorary Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternity. In 1994, Dr. Firth obtained a Master’s degree in Dentistry for Orthodontics from Saint Louis University School of Orthodontics, known as one of the finest orthodontic programs in the United States.

Dr. Firth is an active member of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, and the World Federation of Orthodontics. By continuing to attend workshops and seminars, Dr. Firth remains up-to-date in the latest techniques and procedures in order to provide the best care possible for his patients. Recently Dr Firth began teaching Clinical Orthodontics at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Firth has a beautiful wife, Michelle, They have four wonderful sons: Tyler, Justin, Ryan, and Jason. Tyler is Married and has 2 wonderful boys. Justin is in Dental School in Phoenix Arizona. Ryan is a student at Brigham young University and has recently joined the Air Force. Jason Recently returned from a 2 year volunteer Church mission and is currently studying at Brigham Young University.

Kevin C. Kaiser

Kevin C. Kaiser, D.D.S., M.S. grew up in Sunset Hills and attended Lindbergh High School. He then went on to the University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2012 graduating with University Honors.

He attended University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry and graduated in 2016 Magna Cum Laude with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree. In 2015, Dr. Kaiser was the winner of the American Dental Association Student Ethics competition (see his winning video here) and received the Humanitarian Award from the International College of Dentists for exemplifying and demonstrating passion for altruistic humanitarian service as a dental student. He received the Outstanding Dental Student in Implant Dentistry Award from the Academy of Osseointegration for his research on implants while in dental school. Dr. Kaiser was inducted into the honors fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon for being in the top of his dental class.

In 2018, Dr. Kaiser graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics program obtaining his Orthodontic Specialty training certificate. During his residency, he completed the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences for his novel research on the nasal septum’s role in human craniofacial development.

Dr. Kaiser is active with the Greater St. Louis Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Kaiser and his wife Megan are excited to return to the St. Louis area where he grew up and to serve the same community that provided so much for him. When he’s not straightening teeth, Dr. Kaiser is training for triathlons and can be found cheering on the Blues.

Meet the Team

Here at Bankhead and Firth Orthodontics, we are committed to you!

Our team works tirelessly to ensure that every encounter with our practice is outstanding, and we truly believe in the value of excellent customer service. Schedule your complimentary consultation with us to see what we mean!

Wendy - Office Manager

Hi all, I’m Wendy. I have worked in the Dental Industry for 39 years, and 37 years of those have been in Orthodontics. For the last 12 years, I have worked in the front of house for Dr. Firth managing the day to day operations that keep the office running smoothly. I love my job and find it very rewarding to work with such great patients. In my opinion, there is nothing better than watching a smile transform. Outside of the office, I love to play volleyball, spend time with my husband, children, and especially my grandchild!

Amanda - Treatment Coordinator

Hello there, my name is Amanda! I am Dr. Firths Treatment Coordinator and the first person you will meet with when you come into the office for a New Patient Exam. I am a Missouri native that grew up in the Oakville area, and I even attended Lindenwood University. I feel as though I have found a home in orthodontics, which is why I have been in the industry for the past 10 years. I love working with new patients, providing them with a warm, friendly experience and seeing the confidence that patients gain throughout treatment in our office. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a daughter named Josie, and she is my pride and joy!

Missy - Observation Coordinator

Hi, my name is Missy and I have 20+ years of experience in the field of orthodontics. I’m a certified orthodontic assistant who is also expanded functions certified. I love interacting with the patients and making sure they feel comfortable and leave happy. As the Observations Coordinator I work side by side with Dr. Firth making sure that our youngest patients get the attention they need to keep track of their growth and development. In my time away from work I enjoy running, biking, hiking, camping, traveling and watching St. Louis Blues Hockey with my husband and two amazing kids.

Mel - Communications Coordinator

Hello, my name is Mel and I work in the office as a Communications Coordinator. I have been with Bankhead & Firth Orthodontics since 2014, and have been in the industry for about 7 years after I graduated from the Missouri college dental assisting program. I came into the practice not knowing much at all about orthodontics, but I have learned and grown so much during my time with Dr. Firth. One of my favorite things about my job is getting to see the smiles on all of our patients faces when they have completed treatment. Outside of work, I love spending time with my daughter, family and all of our animals.

Lynn - Communications Coordinator

Hello my name is Lynn, I am a newest employee here at Bankhead and Firth Orthodontics. I work in the front office as a Communications Coordinator. Although, I am a new employee, I am not new to Bankhead and Firth Orthodontics. Myself and my four children went to Dr. John Firth for our treatment, which adds up to about 10 combined years in the practice. After my experience with Dr. Firth and the team, I have made it my personal mission to provide each patient that has an encounter with our practice the same level of care and compassion that my family and I received while we were a part of the Bankhead and Firth Orthodontics family.

Lindsay - Lead Clinical Coordinator

Hi there, my name is Lindsay, I have worked with Bankhead & Firth Orthodontics since July 2006. I am the lead clinical assistant and I am COA, RDS, EFOA, SureSmile certified and knowledgeable in Invisalign. My favorite part of orthodontics is seeing the patients self esteem transform and confidence increase as smiles are changed. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, going to the river, camping, and working out. Always remember, “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile” – Connie Stevens

Tara - Clinical Assistant

Hello, my name is Tara. I am a certified orthodontic assistant with expanded functions and have been in the orthodontic industry for over 22 years. The best part… I still love what I do! I have been with Dr. Firth and his excellent team for over 13 years and I can’t say enough great things about this practice. Outside of the office I love spending time with my family and my two beautiful girls.

Galina - Lab Coordinator

Hi! My name is Galina, I was born in Bulgaria, and I moved to the United States in 2002. I started working in the dental industry in 2006 and decided to get my Dental Assisting degree at Missouri College in 2012. From that point on I have been working as a clinical assistant with Dr. Firth, as I love helping patients achieve their goal of beautiful teeth! In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my daughter, traveling, and working out.

Gina - Clinical Assistant

Hello, my name is Gina. I have one crazy son named P.J. and he is my best friend. Working for Dr. Firth has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Since day one, I have felt not just like I am a part of a team, but more like I am a part of a family. I have my expanded functions certifications and the biggest highlight of my career is helping our patients attain the smile of their dreams!

Renee - Clinical Assistant

Hello all, I’m Renee! I am new Bankhead and Firth Orthodontics and new to the orthodontics industry in general. So far, I have found that I love being an orthodontic assistant because I enjoy the challenge learning a new industry provides. Celebrating with patients when they finish their treatment has been incredibly rewarding and pushes me to continue on this journey. There is nothing quite like helping our amazing patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

Austyn - Clinical Assistant

Hi, my name is Austyn. I work as a clinical assistant in the office. I graduated from Midwest Institite in July 2018. Immediately following graduation I started working at Bankhead and Firth Orthodontics. Although I am new to the Orthodontic field, I feel as if I have found a passion in working in orthodontics. I can’t wait to learn and grow with this amazing team.

Alyssa - Clinical Assistant

Hi, my name is Alyssa. I graduated from the dental assisting program at Midwest Institute in November 2015. I have been in the dental field since 2016 and joined Dr. Firth and his team in October 2018. I love seeing patients smiles transform over the course of treatment. I live in Imperial with my daughter Kenzlee. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and daughter.

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