I will never forget how my chairman at the Baylor orthodontic program, Dr. Moody Alexander, encouraged us residents to especially, "love the unlovables." I vividly recall being a painfully shy and definitely unattractive seventh-grader myself, who just wanted to be invisible. Growing up, I wore braces from sixth to eighth grade, and I was admittedly a C-minus patient! But by my sophomore year in high school, something internal, perhaps my guardian angel, made me completely sure that orthodontics was the right path for me. I have never regretted that decision! As an orthodontist, I understand what treatment means to my patients, and I find great happiness in seeing young people transform from a caterpillar to butterfly right before my eyes! The gift of a lovely smile, and the priceless corresponding gift of improved self-esteem is pure magic and truly Heaven-sent. It is enormously joyful to be part of those transformations on a daily basis! I am blessed to be part of this profession and I love using my mind and my hands to gently change and improve people's smiles – and often, their lives! I love to follow my patients' lives and their achievements in education, sports, theater, music, and the arts. It is a special honor to see family members in my practice: I recently began caring for a third-generation patient! MY TEAM I love my team and I love watching their interactions and friendships with our patients. It is fun to feel the positive energy that is shared between patients, their families, my team, and I. Hearing laughter in my office on an almost constant basis brings a smile to my face. The day we take a patient's braces off is such a celebration! My team and I love to watch people's eyes light up when they see their new smile for the first time: it makes us all smile!
Dr. Thomas M. Stark and his team provide advanced orthodontic care, with a personal touch. We care about you as a person, not just straightening your teeth! It will be our honor to help you achieve a lifetime of beautifully healthy smiles, and become your friends in the process.
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Iowa.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Iowa State University
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
University of Iowa / College of Dentistry
Medical School | Graduated 1983
Texas A&M University Health Science Center / Baylor College of Dentistry
Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Stark has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Stark has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Association of Orthodontists, Member
American Board of Orthodontics, Member
American Dental Association, Member
Baylor Orthodontic Alumni Association, Past President
College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, Member
Iowa Dental Association, Member
Iowa Society of Orthodontists, Past President
Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Past President