Dr. Sara Elizabeth Crouch Yochum grew up in Lexington. KY and adventured north to attend Miami University of Oxford for her undergraduate degree in Zoology. She then attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Columbus. After graduating from dental school in 2004. Dr. Yochum came to Cincinnati for an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of Cincinnati. After finishing the residency program in June of 2005, Dr. Yochum joined our practice shortly after in July.
Dr. Yochum lives with her husband Gary and daughter Elise in Montgomery, Ohio. As animal lovers, they live with their three dogs, and volunteer regularly at a local animal shelter.
Dr. Yochum is a member of The American Dental Association, The Ohio Dental Association and The Cincinnati Dental Society.
General and Cosmetic Dentist
General and Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Amber Rose Heller received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Minor in Communications at West Virginia University in 2003. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the West Virginia School of Dentistry in 2007 and graduated in the top 20% of her class. She then completed an AEGD residency at Wright Patterson AFB in 2008 and served as an Active Duty Dental Officer in the USAF Dental Corp for 3 years. While in the USAF Dr. Heller volunteered for a 4 month multi-international humanitarian mission with the United States Naval Ship COMFORT, traveled to seven countries, aided over 100 thousand patients, and presented 105 continuing education hours to 35 host nation dentists.
Dr. Heller received the Dyess Air Force Base Medical Group Officer of the Quarter in 2009, the Marine Corps Appreciation Certificate, and the Air Force Commendation Metal. After honorably separating from the USAF in 2010, Dr. Heller worked six years at a Dental Practice in Dayton, OH before starting our practice in July 2017.
Dr. Heller reenlisted with the Ohio Army National Guard as a Dental Officer in June 2014, and she continues to serve her country proudly.
Dr. Heller resides in Liberty Township, Ohio with her husband, Scott, their two lovely boys, Casey and Brody, and her adorable cat, Sam. On her spare time she enjoys hiking outdoors, cooking, and watching College basketball. She enjoys volunteering and has participated in the Give Kids a Smile Program and TeamSmile hosted by the Cincinnati Bengals. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and Keely Dental Society. Dr. Heller strives to provide the best dental treatment for her patients and believes in pursuing advanced continuing education.
Dr. Valarie Barnes is from Biloxi, Mississippi and grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, before receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. She then completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Following graduation, Dr. Barnes completed a 1 year General Practice Residency program at Meharry Medical College, where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Barnes comes from a family of healthcare providers and strives to provide compassionate comprehensive care.
Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and the Cincinnati Dental Society. When Dr. Barnes is not practicing she enjoys spending time with family, engaging in outdoor activities with her son, and staying active.
General and Cosmetic Dentist
“I first became passionate about orthodontics after having braces myself. I saw first hand how a great smile has a huge impact on one’s self-esteem. My favorite thing about coming into our practice is seeing how happy patients are when their braces are removed and their new beautiful smiles are revealed! I also enjoy seeing how once fearful patients look forward to jumping in the chair and telling us how their day went.”
Dr. Patel attended dental school at the University of Michigan Dental School, which is Ranked # 1 in the nation. While in dental school, Dr. Patel undertook research on patients smiles and their self esteem.
Dr. Patel then attended the three year orthodontic residency program at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where he received his Master of Science degree in Orthodontics and MBA.
Dr. Patel is also a Board certified Orthodontist, A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.
In his free time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his wife and two beautiful daughters and their family and friends. He also enjoys watching College Football and is a big Michigan and Oklahoma fan, when not enthusiastically rooting for his favorite teams, he enjoys working out and spends time travelling. He is also co inventor of ORTHOMINDS an orthodontics cloud based orthodontic software.
American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontists
What is a Board Certified Orthodontist ?
A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to demonstrate their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care. They have achieved board certification through the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association and in affiliation with the American Association of Orthodontists.
Why Choose A Board Certified Orthodontist ?
Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth. Orthodontists understand the complexity of growth development and facial form. Treatment plans include issues related to the jaw and bite, not just movement of teeth. There’s a reason orthodontists go to additional years of highly competitive orthodontic school – to learn and perfect their ability in the specialty. A general dentist is ideal for providing regular oral health check-ups, comparable to your family doctor. Many dentists offer orthodontic treatment plans, but have not been trained or educated in the area. A board certified orthodontist is committed to the highest level of patient care including a comprehensive treatment approach to ensure quality work. And board certified orthodontists must re-new their certification every 10 years to demonstrate their continuous commitment to excellence.