Kim J. Wass, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Kim J. Wass, a board certified orthodontist, is a native of Ames, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his DDS degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1982.
Dr. Wass continued his education an additional two years, earning his Orthodontic Specialty Certificate and completing his Master of Science Degree from the University of Iowa Orthodontic Residency Program in 1984. He joined his boyhood orthodontist and mentor, Dr. Jack Sturdivant, in his Ames practice and has been making beautiful smiles ever since! Dr. Wass opened his Pella office in 2004.
In 1993, Dr. Wass earned the designation of Diplomate by the American Board of Orthodontics. Certification by the Board is based on clinical proficiency and standards for dental specialists. He has established a practice of excellence by providing his patients with state-of-the-art technology and quality care. Dr. Wass prides himself in being central Iowa’s leader in the use of 3D technology and is the first full-time orthodontist in the state to use the SureSmile® system.
In addition to being board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Wass is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and both state and local dental organizations. Dr. Wass is a past-president of both the Iowa Society of Orthodontists and the Ames Area Dental Study Club. He has served on the board of the Ames Education Foundation and as well on the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation Board and the Story County Red Cross Board.
Dr. Wass is an instrument rated private pilot and frequently flies to continuing education meetings and to his office in Pella! He enjoys running, photography and music. His wife, Joan, grew up in Oskaloosa and is an avid horse enthusiast. Together they own two Morgan horses and enjoy playing golf, exercising and visiting their two adult children. Their daughter, Kristi, graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Industrial Design. She and her husband, Jason Van Allen, (also a KU grad) and their son, Charlie, live in Lubbock, Texas where Jason is an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. Their son, Andy, attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he also played on the golf team. He graduated with a Master of Accounting degree and passed the CPA exam. He attended law school at New York University and now works for Ernst & Young in Washington, DC. He is married to Kristi Philips, another Ames High graduate!