James Otten, D.D.S.

James Otten, D.D.S.


  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology & Minor in Microbiology University of Arkansas 1977
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry 1981
  • General Practice and Hospital Dentistry Residency-Certificate, Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas 1982
  • Center for Advanced Dental Studies, St Petersburg FL, Completion of Curriculum in Advanced Restorative Care and the Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment of Occlusal and Temporomandibular Disorders 1989-1993
  • The Pankey Institute, Key Biscayne FL, Completion of Curriculum, Continuum I-VI plus Advanced Studies, 1991- present
  • Piper Education and Research Center, St Petersburg FL, Seminars I-III, Advanced Diagnosis, Management and Treatment of TM Disorders, 1994-2013
  • Other: Compiled over 3500 hours of Continuing Education in the study of Occlusion, TM Disorders, Facial Pain, Esthetics, Invisalign Certification, Implant and Prosthodontic Restorative care.

Professional Positions and Appointments:

  • Associate Professor Prosthodontics University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry 1982-83
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • Visiting Faculty, L.D. Pankey Institute -1996-current
  • Visiting Faculty, Newport Coast Orofacial Institute, Newport Beach CA 2010- present
  • L.D. Pankey Institute – Associate/Lead Faculty 1999 – current
  • Provost, L.D. Pankey Institute 2005 -2012
  • L.D. Pankey Institute Board of Directors/Advisors 2005 – current
  • Medical Staff Lawrence Memorial Hospital Department of Surgery-current
  • Private Practice Lawrence Kansas 1984 – present

Other Teaching Experiences:

  • Various regional, national and international lectures on Concepts of Occlusion and TMD management, leadership.
  • Academy of General Dentistry Masters Group Instructor: Lecture and workshops on Occlusion, TMD/Occlusal Splint Therapy, Optimal Restorative Care and the Concept of Naturally Adaptive dentistry.
  • Presenter: Kansas Dental Association meeting, AGD Masters Forums, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Pankey Study Clubs and Alumni Meetings

Professional Societies and offices held:

  • American Academy of Restorative Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Equilibration Society
  • Kansas Dental Association (Local Arrangements Chairperson)
  • Greater Kansas City Dental Society
  • First District Dental Society
  • Fifth District Dental Society of Kansas
  • Douglas County Kansas Dental Association (Past President)
  • Heart of America Pankey/Dawson Study Club Past President, Charter Member, and Past Program Chairperson
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Pankey Alumni Association
  • University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry Alumni Association
  • Kansas University Alumni Association
  • University of Arkansas Alumni Association
  • Class One Triple Plus Club of the L.D. Pankey Institute
  • University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry Rhinehart Educational Foundation

Community Service:
First United Methodist Church – Lawrence, Kansas

  • Offices held: Leader of the Evangelism Ministry, Youth mentor
  • Long Range Planning Committee/Chairman, Staff Parish Relations Council
  • Finance Committee and Administrative Board

Cottonwood Foundation (for the Developmentally Disabled) Board of Directors-Lawrence, KS

  • Past Board President, Chair-Capital Campaign, Development and Sponsorship of these fundraising events:
  • Kansas Open Golf Tournament
  • The Jayhawk “Three-on-Three” Shootout/ Chairperson 3 years
  • Salute-A Festival of Food and Wine / Chairperson 7 years
  • Designer Showcase Home

Lawrence Sertoma Club, former board member and past President

Youth Sports Inc. Lawrence, Kansas
development of an 80 acre youth sports complex, former board member and Past President

Friends of the Lied Performing Arts Center – Lawrence, Kansas Board of Directors, Marketing Committee Chairman

United Way of Douglas County – professional division chairperson 4 years

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Board Member 5 years, Executive Committee Member four years, Finance Committee member two years, Strategic Planning Chairman, 2008 Board Chairman- led comprehensive organizational restructuring and hiring of new CEO.

Lawrence Arts Center – Board of Directors and Auction Chair -current

University of Kansas Center for Research – Board member and Executive Committee 2011- present

Personal Interests:
Photography, Bicycling, Skiing, Hiking, Canoeing and kayaking, Travel, spending time with my beautiful family and chasing my precocious dog and marvelous granddaughter around.

To find out more about Dr. Otten’s dental practice, please visit www.jamesottendds.com.