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Dr. Andrew R. Bruening

Dr. Andrew R. Bruening, originally from St. Charles, MO, is the owner of Hilltown Dental. As a teenager, he shadowed his aunt (a hygienist) and uncle (a dentist) who inspired him to pursue a career in dentistry. Dr. Andrew graduated from Christian High School in 2006 and studied Food Science & Nutrition/Pre-Dentistry at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  In 2014, he graduated from UMKC School of Dentistry with academic honors and as a member of the Oral Surgery Honors Program. It was then that he joined his uncle, Dr. Alan Handler, in practice, and acquired ownership of Hilltown Dental in August of 2015.  
Fun facts
  • He brewed four different styles of beer for his own wedding.
  • He was a golf caddy, bag boy, bartender, server at various country clubs growing up, and is now a member at the course he worked at for nearly ten years.
  • Photography is a hobby of his and the dental office is decorated with canvas prints of his own photos.
  • He has co-piloted a small prop plane in the Swiss Alps

Dr. Andrew, who has always had a love for art and science, feels that being a dentist allows him to integrate both passions into his career. Computer Assisted Design and 3D printing are also interests of Dr. Andrew’s and he has recently given lectures and conducted hand-on workshops on the topic.  He enjoys figuring out ways to implement new technology and services into his dental practices for higher quality care and more convenient visits. His favorite part of being a dentist is changing or making a positive impact on someone’s life. Getting a patient out of pain or giving someone a smile, they can show off is extremely rewarding for him. He strives to exceed his patients’ expectations with thorough planning, communication and attention to detail.

Dr. Andrew is an alumnus of Psi Omega dental fraternity, a fellow for the International Dental Implant Association and a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and Greater St. Louis Dental Society (GSLDS). He is currently a Board Member for the GSLDS and the Chairman of Council on Scientific Sessions for the Mid-Continent Dental Congress 2022 Meeting. In 2020, he was named Young Alumnus of the Year by the UMKC School of Dentistry Alumni Association and in 2022, was voted in as a Board Member on the UMKC Rinehart Memorial Foundation.   

Dr. Andrew enjoys spending his limited free time with Dr. Carissa, their two children and pup, golfing, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, brewing beer and continuing to learn. 

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