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Our highly qualified pediatric dentists and professionals have at heart to take care of your child’s smile, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere

Why a Pediatric Dentist?

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Dr. Joel Richards D.D.S.

Pediatric Dental Specialist

“I love working with children in a family-oriented approach, and helping them all have a positive and fun dental experience.”

OH…IO! I’m a proud Buckeye that grew up in Westerville, Ohio. My friends and patients describe me as a passionate kid’s dentist that is enthusiastic and entertaining. My training is grounded in dental hygiene practices. I believe every dental appointment is an opportunity for us to educate about individualized dental hygiene exercises and dietary counseling. Prevention is key, and we enjoy employing new and innovative techniques to foster a strong rapport with all children. We understand dentistry can be scary. Westerville Pediatric Dental is all about making healthy smiles in a fun environment.

I graduated from Worthington Christian High School in 2005, and then proceeded on a comprehensive path of Dentistry. I started my training in the Dental Hygiene Program for four years at The Ohio State University where I met my wife, Trisha. We are Dental School sweethearts! Of course, I continued as a Buckeye where I graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude. After four more years of Dental School, my education was not yet complete; I traveled to Nebraska to expand my abilities to care for infants, children and adolescents with special heath care needs at the University of Nebraska at the Omaha Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.

2016: Awarded the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for scoring within the top 3% on the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Qualifying Exam.

Emily

Dental Assistant

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. I love working with kids because their energy is just perfect.”

Emily is the lead dental assistant and scheduling coordinator. Her energetic personality is contagious, and we are thrilled to have her at Westerville Pediatric Dental. She graduated in 2011 from the Delaware Area Career Center. She was born and raised in Ostrander, Ohio. Emily has been an assistant for 4 years and has developed a passion for patient care and pediatrics. She loves interacting with the families at our office. Most of all, she enjoys trying to make each child’s dental experience fun and comfortable. Emily married her high school sweetheart, Tyler. They have two kids, Jackson and Averie, which are their pride and joy. Fun fact: Emily has two huskies, Odin and Noalie that she is passionate about. Her hobbies include family time, boxing, riding bicycles, hanging out with friends, and learning how to be the best parent that she can be.

Britt

Scheduling coordinator

“I am passionate about being able to make an impact on patient’s lives.”

Britt currently attends Columbus State where she is finishing up the process of receiving her Associates of Science degree. Britt started her career in retail, but she wanted a change and realized right away that dentistry was her passion. The best part of her job is interacting with and meeting new people. Best of all, she loves being able to have an impact on her patients by helping to make a difference in their lives. Britt is always able to put a smile on patients face with her bubbly personality. When she and Adam aren’t running around with their toddler, Anniston, or outside playing with their dog Luna, Britt is cheering loud for her two favorite teams, the Buckeyes and Browns!

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Melissa

Office Administrator

“I cherish the moments when children tell me how much fun they just had in our office. It’s music to my ears and motivates me daily to ensure that every child has an excellent dental check-up!”

Melissa has been working in the dental field for eleven wonderful years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History Education with a Minor in Political Science. As a result, she is uniquely trained to utilize this background in education to teach children about oral health in a non-traditional classroom setting. Melissa is committed to making visits fun for her patients. The little ones describe her as energetic and goofy. Her demeanor makes children excited about their next trip to the dentist. One of her favorite parts about her job is seeing big smiles on children’s faces as they recap their dental experiences on the way out! Fun Fact: She lived abroad in Spain and in Ecuador with host families during high school and college.  While she was in Ecuador, she attended school to earn college credit. She is interested in learning about other cultures and enjoys visiting other countries, especially while cruising. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, shopping, and going to movies. Melissa and her husband, Chris, have two daughters, Makayla and Makenna and are expecting their third child soon! She feels so blessed to be a mom, and we are blessed to have Melissa in our office.

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Susan

Scheduling & Insurance Coordinator

“I love seeing children come in, enjoy their dental visit, and leave excited about their next appointment. This makes my day!”

Susan knew from an early age that the medical/dental field was for her. She attended Tolles Technical Center and graduated as a medical assistant in 1993. In 1997, Susan started her career in dentistry and hasn’t looked back! Pediatric Dentistry is her heart and soul, and she loves to help everyone. Susan has two grown children, Gregory and Kimberly and she loves being a grandma to baby Delta! Fun fact: Susan is an avid Disney fan and Halloween is her favorite holiday!