Meet the Orthodontic Staff
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    Orthodontic Assistant With Robinson + Ries since 2015

    Charity Epple is another smiling orthodontic assistant of ours and came to us with 15 years of experience.

    She has two daughters, Alexis and Kaitlin and loves spending time traveling, watching movies, and attending sporting events with her daughters and boyfriend.

    Charity is also an amazing artist. Her hobbies include drawing and painting. She says, “There is just something peaceful about it. I’ve been drawing since I’ve been old enough to pick up crayons.”

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    Orthodontic Assistant With Robinson + Ries since 2015

    DeDee became a dental assistant after graduating from Concorde Career College in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been in general dentistry for ten years as a Lead Dental Assistant. DeDee said, “I wanted to do something different besides general dentistry. I wanted to grow and learn as a dental assistant in orthodontics.” She has been so great at learning the Robinson and Ries way because of her previous dental experience.

    DeDee moved back to Missouri with her husband and two sons. Her husband was in the U.S. Navy for ten years so they traveled periodically due to his military assignments.

    When she isn’t at the office or with her family, she enjoys volunteering herself in the community and give back when she can. She loves amusement parks, traveling, movies and dinners.

  • Treatment Coordinator


    Treatment Coordinator with Robinson + Ries since 2014

    “I moved to Columbia from Michigan when my husband began working at the Veterans Hospital. I have been a dental assistant since 1999 and am very excited to be working at Robinson and Ries Orthodontics! Being a TC is especially fun because I get to be the first one to meet all of our patients. My husband, three children and I love Columbia and are very glad to make it our new home!”

  • Tina Robinson and Ries Orthodontics


    Orthodontic Assistant with Robinson + Ries since 2014

    “I grew up in the St. Louis area and have been a dental assistant for over 18 years. I am very excited to be working at Robinson and Ries Orthodontics because the atmosphere is so fun and upbeat. My main focus is assisting but I am also in charge of inventory control. My husband, two children and I enjoy living in the country. We have lots of pets and chickens.”

  • Ashley


    Orthodontic Assistant With Robinson + Ries since 2012

    “I originally moved to Columbia for school as a Biochemistry major at Mizzou. However, when my son Easton was born, it was too much to juggle family and school at the same time. That was when I found my way to Robinson and Ries Orthodontics! The family environment in our office is amazing, not only with the staff, but also with the patients who I learn more about everyday. When you visit our office, you may see me taking x-rays or impressions for appliances in our records room. Otherwise, come see me in the clinic at your next visit!”

  • Lexie


    Orthodontic Assistant with Robinson + Ries since 2010

    “Having been a patient of Dr. Robinson’s some time ago, I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to work here. I thoroughly enjoy every second of my job and find it extremely rewarding. Our doctors have so much to teach, and they have a wonderful philosophy on how to create the perfect smile.”

  • Robbyn


    Orthodontic Assistant With Robinson + Ries  since 1998

    “One of my favorite things about Robinson and Ries Orthodontics is getting to know all the patients and hearing about their days. I love it when a patient first has their braces removed and they can’t stop looking at their new smile! My husband and I enjoy boating, fishing and spending time with our son Walker and daughters Emma and Grace.”

  • Renee


    Orthodontic Assistant With Robinson + Ries since 2002

    “I enjoy all aspects of my job at Robinson and Ries Orthodontics, which includes taking diagnostic records for your braces or Invisalign treament, working as lab technician extraordinare and even assisting chairside. I feel lucky to work in such a fun environment creating lots of fabulous smiles! When I’m not here, I enjoy spending time with my family.”

  • Margie


    Financial Coordinator With Robinson + Ries since 1996

    “My role at Robinson and Ries Orthodontics has evolved over the years. I visit with parents during records appointments to help explain treatment plans and to make financial arrangements. I also work with insurance carriers, manage accounts receivable and address billing concerns. I’m always available to help with your “back-office” needs or questions!”

  • Marci


    Orthodontic Assistant With Robinson + Ries since 2007

    “Before joining the team, my focus was pediatric dentistry. It’s been a lot of fun to work with patients of all ages. It’s amazing how much confidence a great new smile can give someone, and it makes me very happy to be a part of that process!”

  • Melonie


    Laboratory Queen With Robinson + Ries since 1988

    “Unless you lose your retainer, you may never see me because I am tucked away in the lab all day! I started with Dr. Robinson in 1988 as one of two orthodontic assistants. Now that I’m our in-house laboratory technician, I fabricate the appliances used in your treatment. Having an in-house lab allows us to deliver the highest quality orthodontic appliances in a shorter period of time. If you are ever curious about how your retainers are made, come and see me!”

  • Laura


    Office Manager With Robinson + Ries since 2005

    “I love working at Robinson + Ries because the atmosphere is busy, but fun. Our doctors and staff are total tooth nerds and that is a great thing! It’s important that you enjoy your visits and get the perfect result and I believe that shows in the fabulous new smiles being revealed every day.”


  • Denise


    Expert at Wearing Many Hats With Robinson + Ries since 1987

    “I have been with Dr. Robinson since he started his practice. Prior to migrating to the front desk, I worked with patients as a Board Certified Orthodontic Assistant for many years. I keep your dentists and any other specialist involved in your treatment informed and up to date on your progress. My experience allows me to step in when needed as treatment coordinator, diagnostic records taker and I even help out in the lab sometimes. I especially enjoy working with former patients who are now bringing in THEIR children to start treatment!”


smiling child client of Robinson & Ries Orthodontics

“I love my Robinson Orthodontics Smile more than the average patient because I’ve waited my whole life for it, proving it’s never too late to have the smile of your dreams.”

~ Sherry Kilgore