Dr. John La Barca says a love of working with his hands and a desire to cure people led to his career in the dental industry. As co-owner of Dental Excellence, he is able to do both.
Dr. LaBarca loved getting to know his patients and their families. He is committed to continuing education, and believes in utilizing the latest advancements in technology and treatment processes to improve the dental experience. The ability to provide painless dental care, and easier, faster treatments that result in dramatic changes in function and appearance make his work rewarding.
Dr. LaBarca attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and went on to UMKC Dental School, graduating in 1994. Since his graduation, he has continued to expand his knowledge and skill set through active participation in dental meetings, lectures, and conferences. He has studied on topics including CEREC, endodontics, dental implants, dentures, Invisalign®, and aesthetic and cosmetic restorations. With over 20 years of experience under his belt, he says the best part of being in a group practice is the unwavering support and camaraderie. “I work with great people who are all focused on helping patients,” he says. “It’s living the dream.”
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Delaware and Virginia, Dr. LaBarca has called the Independence, MO, area home for about 30 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Michele, and his two teenage daughters at the family’s Lee Summit, MO, home. They enjoy going downtown and eating pizza, and love to visit family on the East Coast where they gather to cook and celebrate their Italian heritage.