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About Your Doctor - Dr. Tarpenning "As a dentist, I see people every day who are ashamed of their teeth. The very best part of my job is seeing my patients smile. After all, we're not just improving teeth - we're changing lives." Dr. Tarpenning's personal approach puts even the most fearful dental patients at ease. For over 9 years he's provided cosmetic, implant, and functional orthodontic and orthopedic solutions for Hebert Dental. He has a passion for helping people enjoy eating and smiling again, and rescuing patients in dire need of dental treatment. From worry-free sedation dentistry, to cosmetic dentistry, to complete reconstruction, Dr. Tarpenning provides some of the best dental care available in the Chippewa Valley. Training Graduate with honors, Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota. Graduate with high honors, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Graduate of University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. Trained in many, many programs with top dentists. Teaching: Dr. Tarpenning has been an instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Recognitions and Awards: Dr. Tarpenning has a long history of achievement from his younger days in high school to college and now in his professional life. In high school, he achieved numerous academic awards and along the way participated in hockey and tennis. As a Collegian, he was an active officer in the Alpha Phi Omega service Fraternity (founded by the Boy Scouts of America), numerous academic organizations, and worked as both a Christian Camp Counselor and in a Nursing home during his summer vacations. Now, as a dental professional, Dr. Tarpenning has been a 2 time president of the Chippewa Valley Dental Society, and has spent hundreds of hours on post-doctoral training with a focus on both Orthodontics and Complex restorative dentistry. He also has Hospital Dentistry privledges at Oak Leaf Surgical Hospital. Post-Doctoral Training: ACLS: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Training Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation Oral Sedation Dentistry Advanced Oral Sedation Dentistry Wisconsin License for Oral Conscious Sedation The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education Occlusion Advanced Bite Splint Therapy Anterior & Posterior Determinants Excellence in Dentistry Courses Painless Injection Workshop Treating Emergency Patients Practical Clinical Courses Implants for Your Practice Diagnostic Data Collection The Ogram System Atraumatic Tooth Extraction Technology Rondeau Seminars: Orthodontic Education Orthodontics for General Practitioners Cephalometrics Advanced Cephalometrics MARA Appliance Therapy Twin Block Treatment Removable Orthodontic Appliances Class III Malocclusion Treatment Invisalign Training Clear Essentials I Clear Essentials II Case Studies Invisalign Teen Personal: As a child Dr. Tarpenning grew up in Rice Lake. He lived there until the passing of his father. Later he moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he went to high school. He then attended Luther College, located an hour south of Rochester in Decorah, Iowa, for four years where he got his B.A. in Biology. He then attended the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Upon graduation he was an adjunct fixed prosthodontics instructor at the school of Dentistry, and from there joined Dr. Hebert in his practice, which he has been in practice since 2000. He has a wide range of interests, including athletics as he's been an Eau Claire youth hockey coach. Dr. Tarpenning still is an active hockey player, enjoys bicycling, and runs "for a cure" in a ½ marathon in San Francisco every year. Family: Dr. Tarpenning has been married to his college sweetheart Melissa for over 10 years and they have 3 beautiful children together - Aidan, Keiran and Rowan.
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Hebert Dental
4710 Commerce Valley Rd
Eau Claire, WI, 54701


4710 Commerce Valley Rd
Eau Claire, WI, 54701
Mon8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu8:00 am - 5:00 pm



This dentist accepts the following plans. This may include dental insurance as well as dental savings plans, an affordable alternative to dental insurance. With a dental savings plan, members can save 10-60% at the dentist. Click here to learn more.


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