February is Children’s Dental Health month and Dr. Emily Cheek of Leap…
"The decision to affiliate with Rock Dental Brands was easy. They are a dental practice management group that is founded by dentists and focuses on putting patients first. This affiliation has not only relieved harrowing administrative tasks, but also allowed me to keep my professional autonomy and set my own schedule. All of this, plus Rock Dental Brands’ proven track record, I am able to trust them to do the right thing for my practice and my patients."
Dr. Susan Sherrick was inspired to become an orthodontist after receiving treatment and seeing her amazing results.
Dr. Sherrick received her bachelor’s degree and completed the six-year dental program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Sherrick graduated with honors in the top ten percent of her dental class, earning her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1995. During her dental education, she was inducted into the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Upon graduating, Dr. Sherrick was accepted into St. Louis University’s Graduate Orthodontic Program, where she earned a Master of Science in Dentistry degree, specializing in orthodontics.
In addition to her formal education, Dr. Sherrick completed training with the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics which allows her to administer dermal fillers, such as Botox® and Juvéderm™ injections.
I love seeing the transformation orthodontics enables and how it gives patients the confidence to show off their inner beauty through their smile.
Dr. Sherrick feels it is important to stay on the cutting-edge of orthodontics in order to offer her patients the most advanced treatments. Thus, she maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies. Dr. Sherrick is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, the Central Dental Society and the Ozark Dental Society.
Dr. Sherrick serves as an orthodontic assistant trainer for the Missouri Dental Association in the Expanded Functions Dental Assistants course. She also personally trains each member of her staff at Sherrick Orthodontics.
Dr. Sherrick is happily married to her husband, Randy Benson. They have two boys, Zach and Troy. As a family, they enjoy travelling to new places and being outside enjoying nature – especially if it is warm and involves water and swimming. In her spare time, Dr. Sherrick also enjoys teaching fitness classes, as she is a fitness instructor who is certified by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America!
Owner Founder | Chief Dental Officer
"How can I say as an individual provider, when I get out of school and open my practice, that I am providing better care than a group of doctors who have support with difficult cases and other specialists available for consultations? I don’t think anyone would disagree if I have a heart issue I want to go somewhere where there are multiple specialists that will take good care of me. I got into this because I feel that our organization can provide great quality and do it cost effectively. We are serious about quality. If we weren’t I wouldn’t be a part of it."
Dr. Mark Dake is the co-founder of Rock Dental Brands. He started his first practice in West Plains, MO in 1986. He takes great pride in the successful treatment of many patients in many communities over the years. He joined forces with Dr. Hiller and many of the other doctors of Rock Dental Brands to create a group of doctors who could provide excellent care through collaboration and peer review using special training and experience. He has always concentrated on an excellent bite or occlusion that pairs well with the patient’s face. His goal is for the smile to look natural.
“I enjoy seeing my patients smiles improve as well as the the self-confidence that is gained from a healthy beautiful smile.”
Dr. Dake and his wife, Kim, both graduated from Mountain Grove High School and have been married for over 35 years. They have three children. Son, Merritt and his wife Lauren live in Little Rock, AR with their four children. Son, Miles and his wife Meredith live in Denver, CO. Daughter, Anne-Katherine lives in Little Rock, AR. All three children attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. Dr. Dake learned to fly several years ago and is now a seasoned pilot who enjoys visiting his family and taking trips along with them.
Owner | Pediatric Dentist
"Rock Dental Brands prides themselves on taking care of their patients before profits. I was in a place in my life where I wanted to be with a group who was owned by dentists, practiced dentistry, and knew what it is like to own a business and to provide excellent patient care. Rock Dental has wonderful values that align with my own core values. I love that about them."
Dr. Carrie Arquitt is a board certified specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She has been in practice since 1999, practicing in a variety of settings including a multi-dentist private practice, a mobile dental office and a public health office which led to her opening her own practice, Arquitt Pediatric Dentistry, in 2007 in Springfield, Missouri.
Dr. Arquitt completed her General Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry specialty training at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. It was during her dental school training that she realized her passion for working with children, and received an additional three years of training after dental school to become a Pediatric Dentist. This includes intense training in prevention, growth and development, sedation, leadership training and working with patients who have special needs and medical concerns. As a parent herself, she understands the uniqueness of each child and strives to provide individual plans to suit her patient’s needs.
Dentistry is a rapidly changing field, and to stay current Dr. Arquitt completes annual continuing education specifically in the field of pediatric dentistry, and is active in many local and national organizations. These include but are not limited to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Dental Association and The Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Arquitt is also a member of The Junior League of Springfield and Trinity Presbyterian Church. She is married to fellow dentist/oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. George Arquitt, and stays busy being mom to two active daughters, Katherine and Ansley.
Dr. Arquitt has been honored to receive the Springfield Business Journal 40 under 40 award, 417 magazine Top Dentist, and top 3% board score in her specialty. She has also been inducted into the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry. These are both societies that are peer nominated and honor dentists for leadership and ethics in dentistry.
Owner Founder | Orthodontist
"I love to see patients - that's why I became an orthodontist. What I don't love is bills, past due accounts, managing employee 401(k)'s, bonuses, marketing, and of course countless other issues that unexpectedly arise each day. Rock Dental Brands has taken many things off my hands leaving me free to concentrate on what I love: treating patients. The partnership between Rock Dental and our team "on the ground" has been wonderful. Rock Dental is an extension of our team that benefits our practice and our patients in way that I was unable to provide myself."
Dr. AnnaKate Tatum has been providing quality orthodontic treatment to her patients for almost 8 years. She is proud to offer custom treatment plans for braces and Invisalign to all of her patients. She is also proud to be a contributing member of the Rock Dental Brands Doctor Executive Committee. She sets her focus on a good bite as well as a beautiful smile. Dr. Tatum and her staff study patient facial esthetics to make sure that the finished product is not only straight teeth, but a beautiful smile that has a healthy relationship to the jaw and fits the face correctly.
Originally from Harrison, AR, Dr. Tatum loves being able to create beautiful smiles in the community in which she was raised, and has expanded her services to Branson, Missouri and Springfield, Missouri as well! In her free time, Dr. Tatum enjoys going to the lake, watching sports (especially Razorback football) and spending time with her husband, Jason, and her children, Berkley and Britton.