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Dr. Carissa J. Bruening

Dr. Carissa J. Bruening is from the small town of Fredonia, in southeast Kansas. When she was fifteen years old, the one and only dentist in her hometown asked her to work in his office for the summer. That opportunity sparked her interest in dentistry, and she began her pursuit in the career. Dr. Carissa attended Kansas State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Pre-Dentistry, in 2012. From there, she attended UMKC School of Dentistry where she was involved as a Class of 2016 Officer and in the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity. She graduated from UMKC with honors in May of 2016.  The following month, she and her husband Dr. Andrew Bruening were married, moved to O’Fallon, MO, and began their professional careers together at Hilltown Dental.  Dr. Carissa is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society.
Fun Facts
  • She was in a show choir in college called “K-State Singers.”
  • She was the starting point guard of her high school basketball team.
  • She played the trombone in her middle school band.
  • She enjoys meeting people, exercise/sports, playing golf, goofing around with her kids, everything K-State (Go Cats!), eating at unique restaurants, traveling, down-time with her husband.

Dr. Carissa has a passion for developing honest and meaningful relationships with her patients.  “The majority of people do not enjoy going to the dentist. That’s no secret. It is my goal to give every person who walks in our door my utmost respect, as well as the highest quality dental treatment he/she can receive, whether it be pain relief, cosmetic change or simply a relaxing, personalized experience.”

Dr. Carissa genuinely enjoys the education side of dentistry. She considers it an important part of her job as an oral health-care provider to educate patients on how to take care of their teeth, gums, and overall health.

In her free time, you can find Dr. Carissa chasing her daughter and son around, playing golf, running, working out, listening to the Bobby Bones Show podcast, traveling or just catching up with friends and family.  She and Dr. Andrew maximize their free weekends by exploring the St. Louis area, and taking road trips with the kids and their Goldendoodle to Tablerock Lake and various places around the Midwest. 

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