Our Team

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.  His son, Ben, is also an area dentist and has blessed him with 3 grandchildren.  Kimberly, his daughter, is an accomplished dancer and choreographer and was recently married.  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.  GO CHIEFS!

Dr. Alvarez looks forward to providing you and your family with skilled and compassionate dental care.


Robbin, Office Coordinator   

Robbin is one of the smiling faces you will see in the business office!  She loves to find ways to help people achieve a healthy smile and that includes building confidence to share their smile.  Robbin is happy to answer questions, plan for appointments, help resolve concerns and make your visit a positive one.  It is important to her that each of you experiences a feeling of comfort and assurance in our office.  Robbin has over 35 years experience in dental business offices.  She appreciates the positive environment in our office and how the team works together to provide the best service and care for you.

Robbin and her husband, George, have 2 grown sons and a 3 year old granddaughter who is their greatest delight.  They love traveling together and watching movies.   She also enjoys spending time with friends and scrapbooking family memories.


Cheri, Front Desk Assistant 

Cheri is the one of the first people you will meet when you call or come in to our office.  She has been in the dental field since 2015 and has lots of experience navigating the world of insurance benefits and dental treatment protocols.  Her prior experience in banking and revenue management also helps our patients with their financial arrangements.

Cheri has 2 grown daughters and a cat named Maybelle.  She is talented in the arts and music and has been a singer in some area bands.  Cheri's hobby is sharing sewing projects with a local group of seamstresses.  Her partner, Brian, is a drummer for several local bands.



Afton, Dental Hygienist

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!

Raised in the Saint Louis area, Afton moved here 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. 


Halee, Dental Hygienist 

Halee has been a dental hygienist since 2019, when she received her degree from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.  Becoming a dental hygienist has been her dream since she was little.  She loves helping patients achieve a smile that they're proud of!

Ash Grove is where Halee grew up.  She is also a first time aunt to the sweetest boy in the world and loves spending as much time as possible with him, her friends and family, and her puppy.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, traveling, working out, and going to the lake when the weather cooperates.


Shannon, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Shannon has been a dental assistant for nearly 17 years, and has been an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant for over 10 years.  Vatterott College is where she got her Dental Assisting degree and she obtained her Expanded Function certifications through OTC in Springfield.  To become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, Shannon has completed additional training to obtain the techniques to perform more advanced procedures in restorations, fixed and removable prosthetics, and orthodontics.  Dentistry is her passion - she loves helping others and making a difference in someone’s smile.

Shannon has been married to her husband Bradley for 4 years and they have a 3-year-old son named Logan.  She loves being a Momma!  Shannon enjoys a variety of activities, but her little boy keeps her pretty busy for the time being.  



Kayla, Dental Assistant  

Kayla got her dental assistant training in San Diego, California at Grossmont Health Occupations Center.  After graduating from the program, Kayla decided to work for a temporary agency to gain experience in a variety of different offices to learn how different dentists provide services for their patients.  During this time Kayla found that she really enjoys general dentistry. 

Salem, Missouri is where Kayla was born and raised.  Shortly after marrying her husband, Devon, they moved to San Diego for 5 years while he was in the Navy.  After he finished, they decided to settle in Republic.  Kayla enjoys spending time with family, friends and her fur babies, Knoxx and Jameson; sitting around a bonfire; jeeping; going to festivals; doing nails and makeup; cooking and shopping.  Kayla is happy to be a part of our team! 



Shelby, Dental Assistant

Shelby has been a dental assistant for almost 8 years.  She became interested in the field when she started wearing braces and got to know the assistants at the orthodontic office.  Before going to college she spent the summer shadowing in some dental offices to see what part of the dental field she wanted to work in.  While attending college, she started working in a dental lab and decided her niche was in general dentistry.  Shelby learned a lot from Dr. Rick when she worked with him at another office.  When she heard he was opening an office in Republic close to her home, she wanted to help out anytime she was needed.

Shelby was born and raised in the Springfield/Nixa area and has lived here most of her life.  She met her husband in Texas and was able to convince him that Missouri was the place to be!  They have 3 dogs, 2 cats, a horse and some cows who are all spoiled rotten.  Shelby also works for her family's forensics business and helps with her husband's dumpster business.  She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors, decorating or just hanging out with family and friends.  They also love to help out at their church and around their community. 

Our team has over 100 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.

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1093 US Highway 60 E Republic, MO 65738

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