Our Team

Dr. Rick Alvarez, DDS, FAGD

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 the smiling face you will see at the front desk!  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 visits a positive one.  It is important to her that each of you enjoys a feeling of comfort and assurance in our office.  She has recently joined Dr Rick’s team but has over 35 years experience in dental business offices.  She appreciates how positive the environment is here 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 2 year old granddaughter that is their greatest delight.  They love traveling together and watching movies.   She also enjoys spending time with friends and scrapbooking family memories.

Afton, Dental HygienistAfton

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.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, traveling, working out, and going to the lake are some of the things she enjoys doing. when the weather cooperates.


Mandy, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Mandy has been a dental assistant for 23 years and her career interest started in 2nd grade when she wanted to be a dentist when she grew up.   Before her senior year in high school, she was trained to be a hygiene assistant at a local dental office.  Studying biology in college, Mandy began working for a dentist and he encouraged her to get her degree in dental assisting and study for expanded duties certifications.  Mandy has earned certificates in Restorative I and II, Fixed Prosthodontics and Removable Prosthodontics allowing her to do advanced procedures such as place fillings, take final impressions, adjust and polish teeth, adjust appliances, and seat dentures, partials, crowns and bridges. 

Mandy is the proud mom of 2 boys, Collin and Maddox, and a Bengal cat, Lucy.  She enjoys lake life, floating, going to concerts, dancing, and horror flicks.  Mandy had worked temporarily with Dr. Rick at another office and is excited to be part of his team here in Republic.      


Elissa, Dental Assistant

Elissa has always had a passion to help others and originally wanted to be a hygienist but later decided to be a dental assistant.  She attended Missouri College and became a Certified Dental Assistant in 2016.  She loves working with patients, talking with them and learning something new from them everyday.

Born and raised in Saint Louis MO, Elissa moved to Springfield with her husband Ernie in 2019.  She is the mother of four daughters, Sierra, Melvisha, Brittney & Aaliyah,  and two grandsons, Troy and Jo Jo.  Her hobbies are cooking, gardening and traveling and she really enjoys movie nights with her family.  Elissa is looking forward to meeting everyone and is excited to be part of the Simply Smiles team!

Shelby, Dental Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Our team has over 130 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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