About Our Dentists

Dr. David Ukena, Dr. Matthew Kufahl and Dr. Rachel Brandes have a combined 40+ years of experience caring for patients. Family is a foundational part of this practice, as Dr. Kufahl is Dr. Ukena’s nephew. For 10 years straight, the two have been recognized as “Top Dentists” by Springfield’s 417 Magazine. With a team of highly-trained staff, Dr. Ukena, Dr. Kufahl and Dr. Brandes combine their dental expertise with compassion to brighten their patients’ lives.

Dr. David Ukena

Born and raised in northeastern Kansas, Dr. David Ukena moved to Springfield in 1989 to begin his career practicing dentistry. He graduated from Pittsburg State University and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Ukena has been a member of the Missouri Dental Association and American Dental Association for three decades, and he served a term as president of the Greater Springfield Dental Society. In the community, he is a member of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Ukena has built lifelong relationships with his patients for more than 30 years. These connections are why he loves coming to work each day. Dr. Ukena and his wife, Mary, are happily married with three grown children and a dog named Wilson. When he’s not in the office, you can find Dr. Ukena out hiking on a local trail or near the water with a fishing pole in his hand.

Dr. Ukena poses for his headshot with a relaxed, friendly smile and healthy looking teeth.
Dr. Kufahl poses for his headshot with a youthful energy and smiles from ear to ear with a pearly white grin.

Dr. Matthew Kufahl

For more than 10 years, Dr. Matthew Kufahl has been treating patients in Springfield, Missouri. He grew up in Kansas and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2009. He is a longstanding member of the Greater Springfield Dental Society, Missouri Dental Association, and American Dental Association. As a perfectionist, Dr. Kufahl loves practicing dentistry because he gets to help his patients achieve great smiles.

Dr. Kufahl and his wife, Stacie, stay busy with their two sons, Caimon and Evan. The family has one cat named Amos and one dog named Mori. In his free time, Dr. Kufahl enjoys being outdoors with his family. You can catch him working on cars or starting his next home renovation project.

Dr. Rachel Brandes

Dr. Rachel Brandes was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She attended undergrad at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2015. She then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2019. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and Great Springfield Dental Society.

Following her belief in giving back to her community, Dr. Brandes began her career as a general dentist at Jordan Valley Community Health Center. She has been a patient of Ukena Kufahl Family Dental for 25 years, and is honored to continue her career in a practice that feels like home. Dr. Brandes is passionate about providing the highest quality of care and comfort to her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her husband, Bradley, and their two corgis, Pepper and Ginger.

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Dental office staff stand in front of the reception counter to pose for their photo, dentists at front center.

Meet Our Patients

Family Dentistry

At Ukena Kufahl Brandes Family Dental, we are proud to provide you comprehensive dentistry services. Our dental office is comprised of highly skilled people who are all dedicated to patient care and would love to see you flash that beautiful smile of yours. We focus on the quality of our service, which is largely based on how comfortable you are as we work and what you believe has been achieved after we’re finished.

We have a deep commitment to you as our guest — we’re here to listen and help keep you feeling great, which starts oral health. Our family dentistry in Springfield, MO would not be what it is today without you, so we’re going to treat you like family.

If you are interested in dental work but are unable to afford paying for it all at once, check out our financing through Care Credit.

We accept all forms of Dental Insurance.

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Appointment Today

At Ukena Kufahl Brandes Family Dental, you’ll be treated like family at every visit. We listen to your needs to help you make the best decisions for your smile.

Call us to schedule an exam today.