About Your Dentist
"My goal is for my O'Fallon area patients to leave my dentist office feeling that they were treated with compassion, respect, & fairness. My goal is for my patients to be so pleased with their experience that they tell their friends about their 'wonderful' dentist."
"My mission is to provide high-quality, personalized dentistry in O'Fallon that will make my patients feel comfortable and completely at ease."
Background & Education
Dr. Tharp earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry in Kansas City.
Dr. Tharp completed her General Practice Residency at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in California.
She is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Association.
Personal Attention / Professional Excellence
"I have a sincere concern for my patients and want to partner with you as a facilitator to provide you with the high-quality dentistry you deserve. I have a servant's heart and truly enjoy making a positive change in your dental health. When I hear my patients make comments like 'Why was I so worried?' or 'That was the most painless appointment I've ever had,' I know I am doing things right.
My team and I love caring for our patients and helping improve their lives. We offer complete, state-of-the-art dental care, with a commitment to honoring and caring for the needs and desires of the people we serve. Our vision is to provide the highest quality of dental care and to transform the quality of life of our patients and their loved ones in profound ways.
We want to give you the ultimate experience in dental care and show how much we truly care about you and your oral health!"
The Dental Prayer:
Lord, be with me daily as I practice Dentistry.
May I treat with gentle hands all who put their trust in me.
May my calm assurance help to erase their fears.
To relax the tense adults and dry the child's tears.
May I treat each patient with competence and skill.
Whether a difficult procedure or a tooth that I must fill.
And reward me with my patient's lovely, healthy smile!
To help and serve as many people in need as possible. My favorite part of dentistry is the patient interaction. I want to be very involved in my community, not just as a dentist, but as a friend to my patients.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences Carbondale, IL
ATSU-Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Doctorate of Dental Medicine Kirksville, MO
Continuing Education & Professional Memberships
Dr. Phinney is an active member of the Missouri Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She is committed to continuing education in order to remain knowledgeable with state-of-the-art technology, procedures, and materials in dentistry.
Life & Hobbies
Dr. Phinney is a simple girl! She loves her family and friends. She has a dog named Louie, who is like her child. When she isn't practicing dentistry, Dr. Phinney enjoys running, swimming, hunting, fishing and participating in water sports.
"I genuinely care about my patients and want to be accessible to them during their orthodontic journey. Being an orthodontist is my passion, and I take pride in providing excellent care in a warm and friendly environment. I use the latest technologies to make your orthodontic experience as efficient, effective, and painless as possible.
Witnessing the transformative effect of orthodontic care makes me incredibly happy. I love treating patients of all ages, but I have to admit that young kids are my favorites!"
Doctorate of Dental Science
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry – Chicago, IL
Orthodontic Certificate and Master of Science in Dentistry
Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education – St. Louis, MO
Bachelor of Arts
Illinois Wesleyan University – Bloomington, IL
Publications & Professional Memberships
"The Americleft Project: A Comparison of Short- and Longer-Term Secondary Alveolar Bone Graft Outcomes in Two Centers Using the Standardized Way to Access Grafts Scale" The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal Published September 2016.
Dr. Ruppel is an active member of the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, American Association of Orthodontists, and the American Dental Association.
Life & Hobbies
In her free time, Dr. Ruppel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as traveling, skiing, and scuba diving. She is a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Art Museum.