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Westerville, OH 43082
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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.

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Molly

Dental Hygienist

“I love educating patients and parents on good oral hygiene habits and nutrition!”

Molly has been a dental hygienist for over 7 years, but she has been in the dental field since she was 18. She worked as a dental assistant before attending dental hygiene school at Rhodes State College in Lima, OH. Molly grew up in Westerville, married her high school sweetheart, and still lives in Westerville. They have a daughter, Kylee, and a dog named Blaze. They love traveling and spending time with family & friends.

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Amy

Dental Assistant

“I absolutely adore children, and I hope to make every appointment an enjoyable, comfortable experience.”

Amy has been in the dental field for over 15 years and is passionate about helping her patients have confidence in their smile. She has two children of her own; Olivia and Lucas. They have a ton  of fun exploring the MetroParks, watching movies, arts and crafts, and baking yummy treats!

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Gretchen

Scheduling & Insurance Coordinator

“I enjoy seeing all the children’s smiling faces every day!”

Gretchen made the switch to the dental world after working in the medical field for over 14 years. Her kind personality and warm smile make her a wonderful fit for her role in assisting our patients with scheduling and insurance coordination. In her free time, she enjoys baking, all things Disney, and spending time with family and her adorable dog, Honeybun. Fun Fact: She is Dr. Joel’s older sister.

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Mandi

Dental Assistant and Scheduling Coordinator

“It’s all about the giggles!”

Mandi has enjoyed being in the dental field for 19 yrs. Her husband, Joe, my daughter, Kendahl, love to play board games as a family, cook, and bake treats on holidays. Their dog, Apollo, loves when they drop treats on the kitchen floor.  Mandi’s enjoys making kids smile, and giggle right down to their little toes.