Meet Dr. McLaren

I begin every day with at least these two goals: make a positive difference in someone’s life and learn something new. Thanks to our patients and the wonderful people I work with, those goals are met every single day. Due to the nature of chronic pain and disturbed sleep, often times the positive difference reaches the magnitude of life-changing. Having the opportunity to make such a large impact for people truly makes me a lucky man.

Pain, especially chronic pain, can change people. Human beings have a tremendous ability to adapt, but often times those adaptations have negative consequences that can be physical, emotional, or psychological. Taking the time to listen to patients allows me to get a sense for how their life may have been affected by their conditions. It is both amazing and extremely rewarding to see the positive changes occur as symptoms start to fade away.

It has been said that when a person finds their true calling, it no longer feels like work. For much of my life, I scoffed at that idea as I felt it was idealistic and unattainable. No longer do I feel that way. I have found a place within my profession that perfectly aligns my passions, experiences, talents, and empathetic nature. I cannot imagine a better fit!

Our office is uniquely patient-centered and strives to provide people with hope, education, and a path toward health. Diagnosis and treatment are very important pieces of the puzzle, but far from the only ones.  We do our very best to help patients sort through all factors that impact their craniofacial pain, often to the benefit of their overall health.

I love my work and cannot imagine a better place to do it!

Education and Continuing Education

My undergraduate degree is from Emporia State University.  I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Oklahoma University College of Dentistry in 2015.

By the end of 2019, I will have accumulated over 350 hours of continuing education over a two-year span, including both lecture and hands-on learning. Additionally, I have the mentorship of Dr. Baba on a daily basis. Education is vital to remaining at the forefront of our field and fits perfectly with my love of learning.  As long as I do this, I will remain dedicated to knowing and using the best techniques and technologies to benefit our patients.

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Dental Association
  • Kansas Dental Association
  • Wichita District Dental Society

Beyond the Office

I grew up in Cassoday, KS, with the Flint Hills practically in my backyard. Much of my childhood was spent in Wichita: attending Wichita State sporting events, playing baseball at Westurban, and visiting family and friends. Our family moved to El Dorado during my junior year of high school and I graduated from EHS in 1993.

After high school, I spent most of a decade working as a technician for SBC Corp (now AT&T) in Emporia. During that time, I married my wife, Robyn, and our two boys, Brady and Logan, were born. Eventually, we made a difficult family decision that I would return to school to chase my dream of becoming a dentist. A lot of hard work and sacrifice later, and that dream was realized.  Following graduation, we stayed in Oklahoma and I owned a general dentistry office until joining Dr. Baba in 2018.

We now live in Andover. The boys are good students, are active in sports, and most importantly are growing into young men that make me very proud. Robyn is a great dental hygienist, an even better mom, and provided support as we’ve made this journey together. I am also extremely grateful for both my parents and Robyn’s, as they have always been there when we’ve needed them along the way. We couldn’t be happier to be back in our home state, closer to family and friends, both old and new.