5749 Maxtown Rd, STE. B
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?


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.



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!