Meet Our DoctorDr. Carissa Bruening

Dr. Carissa J. Bruening

Dr. Carissa J. Bruening is from the small town of Fredonia in Southeast Kansas. When she was 15 years old, the (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 of the career. Dr. Carissa attended Kansas State University (Wildcats, not Jayhawks) and earned a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology/pre-dentistry in 2012. From there, she attended UMKC School of Dentistry where she was involved in 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, Missouri and began their professional careers together here at Chesterfield Hilltown Dental. Dr. Carissa is currently a member of the ADA, MDA and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society where she serves on the Council of Membership.

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Dr. Carissa states that she has a passion for developing honest and meaningful relationships with her patients. “The majority of people do not enjoy going to the dentist. This is not a secret. It is my goal to give every single person who walks in our door my utmost respect, as well as the best 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 healthcare 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 cheering on K-State, playing various sports to stay active, and occasionally, binge watching a good crime show on TV. Dr. Carissa also spends a lot of time with her husband, Dr. Andrew Bruening. Whether they are traveling the world or just sitting on their couch, time with him is always her favorite. The doctors have a two-year-old Goldendoodle named Penny and are expecting their first child this September (2018).

Fun Facts

  • university icon Huge fan of K-State!
  • sports icon Plays various sports to stay active
  • tv icon Occasionally binge watches a good crime show on TV

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Jackie S.

Our family has the best dentist! They do such a great job at cleaning our teeth and they are so gentle too. My 7 year old and 10 year old actually enjoy going! No pain or sourness and they leave with a toothbrush, toothpaste, toy, & a sparkling smile. Dr. Bruening is so kind and is such a great listener. We recommend him to everyone.
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Jerry M.

Our family (my wife and I, our kids, and our grandson) saw Dr. Alan and Diane and now Drs. Andrew and Carissa. We’ve received nothing but stellar care for many years. Chris and the assistants provide the quality service you expect from a family-owned business. They get my highest recommendation!
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Blake G.

Excellent team of dental professionals here, you are always greeted with a smile and receive excellent service with state of the art equipment and expertise. The whole family looks forward to our visits, especially the kids!
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