Audra Ward


Audra S. Ward DMD/MS earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She then attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine an Alton, Illinois, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 2003. After completion of her General Practice Residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis Missouri, Dr. Ward moved to Kansas City, Missouri. She then taught general dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry for two years prior to entering the Periodontics residency at that institution. Dr. Ward completed this program and obtained her Certificate in Periodontics in 2008. Dr. Ward earned her Diplomate status of the American Board of Periodontology in May, 2010. A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology is a periodontist who has made significant achievement beyond the mandatory educational requirement of the specialty.

To be educationally qualified for Board certification requires certification as a dentist, including basic college education and completion of dental school. Certification as a periodontist after at least 3 years of a program approved by the American Dental Association. The period of study concentrates on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease; regeneration of supporting tissues of the teeth and their substitutes and maintenance of health, function, and esthetics. In addition comprehensive oral and written examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants ae required. Recertification of continued competency in periodontics through continuing education and participation in self-study programs.

Dr. Ward is an active member of: American Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and the Midwest Society of Periodontology.

Dr. Ward lives in Kansas City with her husband Derrick and their two greyhounds. She enjoys volunteering and gardening.