Richard T. Risinger, DDS, MS
It’s truly an honor to work with so many wonderful people from Glastonbury, Hebron, Rocky Hill, East Hartford, and the surrounding areas of Hartford County to help them improve their smiles. I feel lucky each and every day to come to work!
In order to become an orthodontist, I first attained my undergraduate degree at Duke University, then graduated with my DDS from The University of North Carolina. Finally, I got my Masters in Orthodontics at The University of Nebraska.
In order to provide the highest level of care for my patients, I know I must keep up-to-date on all the latest advances in orthodontics, general dentistry, oral surgery and periodontics. I see a wide variety of cases, and my continuing education allows me to gain the knowledge needed to treat my patients with greater care and efficiency.
As a part of my continuing education, I have worked hard to become Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. I am also an active member of the following professional organizations:
- American Association of Orthodontics
- Northeastern Society of Orthodontics
- Connecticut State Dental Association
- Connecticut Study Club for Excellence in Dentistry, a branch of the Seattle Study Club
In the Office
I love to see our patients’ personalities develop as their smiles improve through the treatments given here. Our gentle care and personal treatment help people realize that they truly are special, and their new smiles help them feel confident enough to express themselves! I enjoy the enthusiasm and energy of our patients, and after 16 years am still thrilled to come to work each day.
My office is an unforgettable place, largely because of the efforts of our staff. Our team loves making our patients’ experience fun and unforgettable. They all really care about our patients and want them to receive fantastic orthodontic care. This shows in their service to our patients, the quality of treatments they help give, and most of all, the laughter heard in our treatment area!
I grew up in Glastonbury, and have lived in South Glastonbury for the past 13 years. My wife, Dawn, and I have three children named Reid, Collin and Morgan. We also have two dogs, Crocket and Patches. In my spare time, I enjoy tennis, skiing, watching my kids’ sporting activities and spending time with my family.
Linnea enjoys any activity that she can do with her husband, Rick and her son, Randy. She also loves home improvement projects, antiques, reading, and listening to music. “I feel good about helping our patients achieve a confident smile that will last a lifetime.”
Rebecca loves anything involving her friends and family-especially her husband, Kevin and daughters, Elizabeth & Reese. She likes to laugh, bake, dance and spend time with her dogs. “I take great pride in our doctors and team. We strive collectively to make our patients’ experience one they truly enjoy.”
Andrea enjoys spending quality time with her daughters, Jennelle and Taylor, and her husband, Dave. As a family, they like to hike and go out on their boat. Andrea also likes to read. “I enjoy meeting new families and providing an exceptional patient experience for them.”
Melissa’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her loved ones, especially her husband, Pelly, and their children, Aidan, Joey and Stefanie. She is also an avid reader. “I love that my job allows me to show our patients how our doctors and team can give them an amazing smile.”
Ginger likes to go fishing with her husband, Fred and daughter, Lydia. She also enjoys gardening and girl time with her daughter. “I enjoy working with our doctors who strive for success and excellence in creating our patients’ beautiful smiles.
Jenny loves to spend time with her husband Patrick and two sons, Ben and Max. She loves dancing, laughing, staying active and most of all, being creative! “I love that we not only create beautiful smiles, but we also make sure our patients are having a great time while visiting with us! Let’s have some fun!”
When Sierra is not spending quality time with her sisters, she enjoys boating, and relaxing at the beach. ” I love watching the positive changes in the patients’ smiles throughout treatment. I’m proud to be a part of their orthodontic journey.””
In addition to photography and traveling, Kerri enjoys letterboxing with her daughter, Jillian. “It’s so gratifying to hear a patient say, “I love my new smile, thank you!” That’s what it’s all about, knowing that our patients leave happy with a new smile and a new-found confidence.
Vanessa likes to cook and take care of her busy family. She and her husband, Dave, have two kids, Kody and Lily. They all enjoy playing with their many animals! “I enjoy seeing my patients’ transformations and the smiles on their faces when their braces come off.”
Kim loves being a “sports mom” to her son, EJ, and spending time with her husband, Michael. She also looks forward to getting into a good book. “I love seeing our patients’ transformations from where they start with crooked teeth to where they finish with beautiful smiles.”
Molly loves playing with her kids, Addison and Elizabeth, and spending time with her husband, Matt. She also enjoys running and staying current on nutrition and fitness. “I love seeing a patient smile right after they have their braces off. It’s so great to know that I helped them achieve their smile.”
Jen has many interests and her favorite hobbies include photography and hiking. Jen loves to spend time with her kids, Lorelai, Georgia and Dean. “My favorite part about orthodontics is watching a patient smile for the first time when their treatment is completed.”
Spending time with her dog, Tucker, is Kelli’s favorite thing to do in her spare time. Kelli enjoys being adventurous at Disney World, and she loves relaxing at the beach. “I love having the opportunity to be part of making our patients smiles beautiful.”