Meet Our Doctor
Richard Risinger, DDS
It’s truly an honor to work with so many wonderful people and 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 with my wife, Dawn in South Glastonbury for the past 17 years. My son, Reid is currently attending dental school in North Carolina, and my son, Collin and daughter, Morgan are in college in Texas. In my spare time, I enjoy tennis, skiing, going to the beach and visiting my kids.
Meet Our Team
The team members at Risinger Orthodontics are absolutely great! They are upbeat, fun, friendly and good with kids! After all, they have families of their own. Don’t be surprised if our team members turn into your friends! We love getting to know our patients, and when your appointment is over, you may not want to leave! You can meet our team below, or you can call 860-633-8321 today to meet them in person and schedule your orthodontic treatment in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Rebecca – Rebecca loves anything involving her friends and family – especially her husband, Kevin and daughters, Elizabeth and Reese. She likes to laugh, bake, dance and spend time with her dogs. “I take great pride in team. We strive collectively to make our patients’ experience one they truly enjoy.”
Jenny – Jenny loves to spend time with her husband, Patrick and two sons, Ben and Max. She loves dancing, laughing, playing with her 2 dogs, Rosie and Daisy 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!”
Andrea – 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 – 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.”
Linnea – 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.”
Ginger – Ginger enjoys any time spent with her daughter Lydia. Especially the hours and hours of quilting together. Reading and being outdoors are also favorite activities. “It’s a pleasure working in an office with such great team members and doctor while creating beautiful smiles.”
Kim – 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.”
Kerri – 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 – 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.”
Kelli – Spending time with her dog, Tucker, is Kelli’s favorite thing to do in her spare time. Kelli loves relaxing at the beach with family and friends . “I love having the opportunity to be part of making our patients smiles beautiful.”
Sierra – Sierra loves spending time at the beach playing with her one year old son, Braxton. “He is the light of my life and definitely keeps me on my toes!” “I enjoy the positive changes in my patient’s smiles, seeing them smile for the first time after their treatment makes it all worthwhile!”
Sheena – Clinical Assistant
Sheena’s favorite things to do include crafting, makeup, and traveling. Most of all, she loves spending time with her husband, family and friends. “My favorite part about orthodontics is watching a patient smile for the first time when their treatment is completed.”
Wendy – Wendy loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing and being outdoors. She loves meeting new people and seeing new places. ” I love being part of a team that brings such a positive change to peoples’ smiles and lives”.
Abbie – Abbie loves to spend quality time with her family and friends and two dogs. She will never turn down an opportunity to travel, explore and learn, especially when there’s an opportunity to hike and photograph nature! “I was a patient here myself as a kid, and I get complimented on my smile to this day! I love that I can be a part of a team that creates beautiful smiles for so many people!”