Dr. Rick Alvarez, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Rick Alvarez has been a dentist in southwest Missouri for 25 years. While attending undergraduate studies in psychology at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, he became interested in the dental profession while going through orthodontic treatment. Dr. Rick went to dental school at the University of Minnesota, where he was elected President of his dental class.
Dr. Alvarez has the distinction of being a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry which requires over 500 hours of continued education and successfully passing a rigorous 2 day exam, AGD Fellows are recognized in their profession as dentists who learn the most current technologies and procedures to provide exceptional oral care and are committed to lifelong excellence in their profession. Dr. Rick enjoys being able to provide a wide range of dental services in his office from gum care, cosmetic dentistry, and crowns and bridges, to root canals, oral surgery, implants and dentures. He is also President of the Missouri Academy of General Dentistry and has served as a delegate to the national governing body.
Dr. Rick met his wife, Kathy, while he was in dental school and they have 2 adult children and a cat named Sam. His son, Ben, is also an area dentist and has blessed him with 2 grandchildren. Kimberly, his daughter, is an accomplished dancer and choreographer and will be getting married this year. When he isn’t busy caring for patients, Dr. Rick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing guitar and learning new tricks on the grill. He also enjoys following college and professional football, baseball, soccer, golf and hockey.
Dr. Alvarez looks forward to becoming part of the Republic community and providing you and your family with excellent and compassionate dental care.
Trish, Office Manager
Trish was that "weird kid" who loved going to have her teeth cleaned at the dental office. When she was 25, she went back to school to become a Registered Dental Assistant. Her first job out of school was at a pediatric dental office working with kids. To this day, she loves what she does. Although she works mostly in the front of the office, she still enjoys going back in the clinic area and helping out when needed.
Trish is Mom to a beautiful little girl named Lilly and met her husband, Luke, when they were both in the first grade. She also has 2 dogs, Wyatt and Gilbert, and a duck named Eddie. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mystery books to see if she can figure out the ending before finishing the book. She also loves spending time with her family and is a fantastic baker (which the rest of the staff appreciates!)
Afton has been a hygienist since 2015 and went to school at Saint Louis Community College in Forest Park. This has been her career choice since she was 14 years old and she is so happy to be able to help folks with their oral health!
Afton was born and raised in Saint Louis and moved to the area with her husband, Joe, right after she got her degree. Their furry kids consist of a miniature poodle named Franky and a Yorkipoo named Tessa. Besides spending time with her family, Afton likes outdoor activities. She recently got into bike riding with her husband and they are often out hitting the trails. Afton loves volunteer work and especially her participation with 'Give Kids A Smile' in Saint Louis helping underserved kids needing dental care.
Shianne, Dental Assistant
Shianne became interested in dentistry when she got braces in middle school and found it so interesting how brackets and wires could change your smile. She had her mind set on being a dental assistant since that experience and achieved her dream in 2016. She enjoys the variety of her job whether it's restorative work such as fillings, crown and bridge, root canals, surgery and implants, and has had experience in orthodontics as well. Shianne is thankful that she has had the opportunity to help with changing people's smiles and quality of life. Because there are so many people that are self-conscious about their smile, she enjoys seeing patient's faces light up when they see the improvement in how they feel and in their appearance.
Illinois born and Missouri raised, she is grateful for her wonderful parents and 3 brothers. She loves traveling and outdoor activities and has some great memories of ziplining in the Blue Ridge Mountains, white water rafting and hiking when she was growing up. Being at the lake and spending time outdoors with loved ones are what she likes to do best. Shianne is soon to be married to her best friend, Austin, in September.
Our team has 65 years of cumulative dental experience and is fully committed to learn and apply modern dental techniques through ongoing education and training. We want every patient to have a 'wow' experience when they visit, and strive to make your time with us as comfortable and pleasant as possible.