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 each 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 interests first. I love when my patients say things like "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 an amazing field that offers incredible opportunities to positively impact people's lives...and I'm honored to be a part of it. I am continually awed by the transformative effect that a healthier, more beautiful smile can have on so many aspects of a patient's life and overall sense of wellbeing. I look forward to helping you enjoy the many benefits of a truly dazzling smile!"
To provide outstanding service and high-quality dentistry that is based on individualized treatment and a patient-centered philosophy of dental care.
Doctorate of Dental Medicine
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine - Downers Grove, IL
Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
Quincy University - Quincy, IL
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. For me, a perfect Friday night is 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!
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 latest technologies to make your orthodontic experience as efficient, effective, and painless as possible.
Witnessing the transformative effect of orthodontic care makes me incredibly happy. I love treating patients of all ages, but I have to admit that young kids are my favorites!
Doctorate of Dental Science
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry – Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts
Illinois Wesleyan University – Bloomington, IL
Orthodontic Certificate and Master of Science in Dentistry
Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education – 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 an active member of the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, American Association of Orthodontists, and the 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.