Hello! I’m Dr. Thomas Stark.

(But please call me Dr. Tom.)

Hello! I’m Dr. Thomas Stark.

(But please call me dr. tom.)

As a seventh grader, I wanted to be invisible.

Painfully shy and insecure about my appearance, it wasn’t until after I got braces that I began to come out of my shell. By the time I was 16 years old, I knew I wanted to make orthodontics my life’s work.

For over three decades, my team and I have helped more than 10,000 people love their smile and gain a confidence they never thought possible. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve my patients every single day.

When I’m not at the office, I love spending time with my wife and soulmate, Cindy, and catching up with our four grown children, their spouses, and our three adorable grandsons. I enjoy fly fishing, golf, upland bird hunting, and water sports—but I like to say I’m a “permanent beginner.” (I’m just not particularly good at any of them!)

My Resume

The Less-Exciting Stuff


  • Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Iowa
  • Master of Science in Dentistry, Baylor University

Publications, Teaching, and Ongoing Training

  • Adjunct associate professor at the University of Iowa
  • Regular participant in local, regional, national and international continuing education opportunities, which allows me to stay in-the-know on the latest innovations in orthodontics
  • Contributor to Practical Reviews in Orthodontics and the AJODO

Professional Associations

  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, past president
  • Iowa Society of Orthodontists, past president
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Iowa Dental Association
  • Baylor Orthodontic Alumni Association, past president
  • Smiles Change Lives

The Stark Smiles Team

Meet Your Dream Team

Our team consists of dedicated and friendly team members who are eager to serve you and your family. You can rest assured that our team will treat you and your children like their own. Come on in and say hi!


Orthodontic Lab Technician and Certified Dental Assistant


Certified Dental Assistant, Lab Tech

Cindy Stark

Boss’s Wife, CPA


New Patient Coordinator


Scheduling Coordinator


Business Manager


Certified Dental Assistant, Lab Tech


Registered Dental Hygienist

Michael Stark

Boss’s Son, Orthodontic Sterilization Technician, Orthodontic Resident



Certified Dental Assistant


Certified Dental Assistant

Ready to give your child a new smile?

Ames Office

1212 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

(515) 232-2255
(888) 402-2255

Boone Office

703 8th St
Boone, IA

(515) 432-4522

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