Her Esteemed Journey

Dr. Heather Peña embarked on her remarkable journey towards becoming a renowned plastic surgeon through the accelerated 6-year combined program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees. Her pursuit of excellence led her to the University of South Florida, where she completed her residency, honing her skills and laying the foundation for her illustrious career in plastic surgery.

A Leader in Plastic Surgery Advancement and Advocacy

Throughout her journey, Dr. Peña has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to excellence, assuming various leadership roles and contributing significantly to the advancement of plastic surgery. Her academic achievements are complemented by her active involvement in prestigious conferences, such as the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (SESPRS) meeting, where she has shared her expertise and insights. Additionally, Dr. Peña's dedication as a plastic surgeon in Overland Park extends beyond clinical practice, as she serves on multiple committees within the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), advocating for women in the field, contributing to educational programs and she is the New President of the KC Plastic Surgery Society. 

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A Passion for Empowering Women

Driven by a profound passion for patient care, Dr. Peña specializes in procedures designed to restore confidence and rejuvenate the female form. With a focus on breast and body surgeries, including breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, abdominoplasty, buttock lift, and arm lift, she offers personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs. As a woman and mother herself, Dr. Peña understands the transformative impact of life changes such as pregnancy, weight loss, or breast cancer diagnosis on the female body, making her an empathetic, passionate partner in her patients' journeys to restore their confidence and sense of self.

Heather, Beyond the Practice

In her leisure time, Dr. Heather Peña finds joy in spending quality moments with her two lovely daughters and husband and their newest addition–a baby boy. Together, they embrace the pleasures of parenthood and indulge in activities such as tennis, golf, swimming, and pickleball. Their shared love for travel has led them to embark on unforgettable adventures, including a memorable trip to Italy, where they immersed themselves in a pasta-making class and enjoyed clay court adventures. Additionally, they cherish their visits to Florida, where they connect with family in Clearwater and relish Tampa's serene beaches and vibrant shops.

Book Your Transformation at Ascentist Plastic Surgery

Discover the transformative power of personalized care and expertise with Kansas City plastic surgeon Dr. Heather Peña at Ascentist Plastic Surgery. Whether considering breast or body procedures, seeking rejuvenation through non-surgical treatments, or simply exploring your options, Dr. Peña is dedicated to understanding your unique goals and crafting a tailored treatment plan to bring your vision to life.

With a commitment to excellence and a passion for empowering patients, we invite you to schedule your consultation with Dr. Peña today. During this initial meeting, you'll have the opportunity to discuss your aspirations, ask questions, and collaborate with Dr. Peña to develop a customized approach that aligns with your aesthetic aspirations. Take the first step towards realizing your aesthetic dreams and book your consultation with Ascentist Plastic Surgery.

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Dr. Heather Peña’sCirriculum Vitae


  • Undergrad: University of Missouri-Kansas City 2006-2012
  • Doctorate: University of Missouri-Kansas City 2006-2012
  • Internship: University of South Florida 2012-2013
  • Residency: University of South Florida 2013-2018

Volunteer /Leadership/Published Works

  • Junior League of Missouri, Kansas City Holiday Mart Co-Chair 2022-2023
  • Junior League of Missouri, Kansas City Holiday Mart Step-Up Co-Chair 2021-2022
  • Junior League of Missouri, Kansas City Holiday Mart Chief of Staff 2020-2021
  • Junior League of Missouri, Kansas City Holiday Mart Sponsorship Liaison 2019-2020
  • Poster presentation at the 2017 SESPRS meeting: “Vertical Incision in Skin-Sparing Mastectomy and Immediate Reconstruction with Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap
  • ASPS Young Plastic Surgeons Committee 2020-present
  • ASPS Annual Meeting Education Program 2020-2021
  • ASPS Resident Curriculum Development Committee 2020-2021
  • ASPS Visiting Professors Subcommittee 2020-2021
  • ASPS Women Plastic Surgeons Committee 2021-present
  • ASPS Breast Reconstruction Awareness Committee 2021-present
  • Munchausen Syndrome Disguised as Gossypiboma: An Interesting Case. Little, A. Curtis H, Kellogg B, Harrington M. Eplasty, 2016 Sep 9;16:ic39
  • The Impact of Neoadjuvant Hedgehog Inhibitor Therapy on the Surgical Treatment of Extensive Basal Cell Carcinoma. Ching JA, Curtis HL, Braue JA, Kudchadkar RR, Mendoza TI, Messina JL, Cruse CW, Smith DJ Jr, Harrington MA. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 Jun; 74 Suppl 4:S193-7. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000452

Activities And Organizations

  • Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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