Dr. Tom Collins
Dr. Tom CollinsD.D.S., M.S. Oral Surgeon
Dr. Collins has a passion for patient care. In his book that means making sure the patient is as comfortable as possible. Dr. Collins views every patient as unique and special. They have dental needs and challenges all their own – we never lose sight of that.

Credentials & Attributions

Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)
Loyola Dental School – Chicago, IL

Master of Science (M.S.)
- Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine – Chicago, IL

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery internship and residency
- University of Texas – Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX.

Springfield Dental Society
Past President

International Academy of Osseointegration (International Dental Implant Academy)
Past President

American Society of Oral Surgeons

Diplomat American Board of Oral Surgery

American College of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
Founding Member & Fellow

Better Business Bureau

Jimmie Sue “Mississippi” Lawson
Jimmie Sue “Mississippi” LawsonSurgery Supervisor
“We strive to be as flexible and accommodating as possible for our patients. Dr. Collins has an abundance of knowledge and it’s important to him that the patient and staff have an accurate understanding of what is going on. He is down to earth and explains things thoroughly, he will even go as far as to draw pictures for clarity. I enjoy working with Tom because it’s educational and never boring! I worked for 10 years in oral surgery before starting with Dr. Collins in 2009. I have learned more since 2009 than I did in the entire decade before.”
Michelle “Kachinka” Newark
Michelle “Kachinka” NewarkSurgical Assistant
“I’ve known Dr. Collins for 10 years now and I currently drive 90 miles a day to come to work because I love what I do and who I work for. I learn something every single day, whether it be about surgery or life. Doctor is very knowledgeable and loves to teach. In fact, Doctor sent us to Chicago for an advanced continuing education course on monitoring anesthesia patients for oral surgery assistants. During the course, the instructors were telling other oral surgery assistants from across the country to “go ask the girls from the Show Me State, they’ll help you with that”.  That made me and Jimmie Sue realize that we came in knowing more than most. I don’t take this for granted because not all doctors I’ve worked with have been teachers or cared about my growth and advancement as a professional oral surgery assistant.  Doctor goes out of his way to take care of us and he cares about each patient on a personal level.”
Robin “M n'M” Pettet
Robin “M n'M” PettetOffice Manager
“A patient never leaves our office confused. If I could choose anyone to go on a two-week road trip with, it would be Dr. Collins because I would learn more in those 2 weeks than I could ever imagine. Doctor is a big reader and knows about everything! I like working with Doctor because it’s educational and there’s always a story that helps us really learn and remember. He’s very good to us, believes in us and makes working here fun! Dr. Collins has given me an opportunity that I’ve never been given before. It is important that he believes in me.”