About Your Dentist
"I chose to be a dentist, because I sincerely enjoy helping others in need. My number one goal is to surpass each and every patient's expectations while focusing specifically on their dental needs. I want to see my patient smile with confidence at the end of their dental visit."
"To provide high-quality dental care in a comfortable and compassionate setting. To provide a positive and pleasant dental experience while treating each individual patient to the best of my ability."
Education & Memberships
Dr. Long received her dental degree at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate education at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
During her senior year of dental school, Dr. Long received the Pre-Doctoral Achievement award from The International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Sullivan-Schein Dental.
She is Invisalign certified for orthodontics, and she also offers Early Interceptive Orthodontic treatment. She has completed advanced courses focusing on Endodontics (Root Canal treatment), Periodontics (Gums), Crowns, Veneers, Bridges, and Dental implantology. Dr. Long is certified to use the Diode Laser. She also has her certification to place IMTEC Sendax Mini Dental Implants, along with Ankylos Dental Implants. Both Dr. Long, and her dental assistant are certified to offer Oral Sedation.
She will continue to seek out advanced courses in dental techniques and technology to better serve her patients.
Pleasant Dental Experience
I feel rewarded and truly successful when I can help my patients feel better about themselves. I want my patients to know that I will put their best interest first. I love when my patients say to me "That was the most pleasant dental experience I have ever had." This lets me feel rewarded and I know that I am doing things right.
Dentistry is such an amazing field to be a part of. I have the ability to change someones life just by creating a new smile, which leads to a positive effect on every other aspect of his or her life. I look forward to having a positive impact on every person I encounter on a daily basis.
To be able to provide outstanding, quality dentistry with a focus on patient-centered care.
Quincy University, Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences Quincy, IL (2013)
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, Doctorate of Dental Medicine Downers Grove, IL (2017)
Life & Hobbies
I grew up playing basketball and running cross country in high school. I have an older sister who graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in occupational therapy. Baseball and basketball are my main sports interests, and I grew up watching our awesome St. Louis Cardinals! I have a two-year-old male Poodle mix named Bo, who loves to go on walks and chase squirrels. A perfect Friday night would mean watching the Cardinals get a victory at Busch Stadium. I also have a two-year-old niece, Amelia, who is too cute for her own good!
"It is my greatest privilege to treat patients in the art and science of orthodontics."
"I genuinely care about my patients and want to be accessible to them during their orthodontic journey. Being an orthodontist is my passion, and I take pride in providing excellent care in a warm and friendly environment. I use the lastest technologies to make the 'orthodontic experience' as efficient and painless as possible.
Witnessing a patient's personality and attitude transform, along with their smile, makes me incredibly happy. The younger kids are my favorite patients, but teens and adults are a close second!"
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts – Bloomington, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Science – Chicago, IL
Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education, Orthodontic Certificate and Master of Science in Dentistry – St. Louis, MO
Publications & Professional Memberships
"The Americleft Project: A Comparison of Short- and Longer-Term Secondary Alveolar Bone Graft Outcomes in Two Centers Using the Standardized Way to Access Grafts Scale" The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. Published September 2016.
Dr. Ruppel is currently an active member of the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, American Association of Orthodontists, and American Dental Association.
Life & Hobbies
In her free time, Dr. Ruppel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as traveling, skiing, and scuba diving. She is a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Art Museum.