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Dr. Andrew Bruening

Dr. Andrew R. Bruening, originally from St. Charles, Missouri, is the owner of Chesterfield Hilltown Dental, the office that his uncle started in 1989. He remembers shadowing his aunt (the practice’s former hygienist) and uncle as a teenager when he decided he wanted to be a dentist. Dr. Andrew studied Food Science & Nutrition at the University of Missouri – Columbia before attending the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry and graduating with honors in May 2014. It was then that he joined his uncle, Dr. Alan Handler, in practice, and he acquired ownership of Chesterfield Hilltown Dental in August of 2015. Dr. Andrew is currently a member of the ADA, MDA, American Dental Implant Association and the Greater St. Louis Dental Society where he is a prior board member and currently serves on the Council of Scientific Sessions.

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Fun Facts

  • food icon Enjoys traveling, photography, reading, cooking, brewing beer, playing golf, and spending time with his wife.
  • pet icon He loves to read dental-related articles and books.
  • music icon He is an alumnus of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity.

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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Fun Facts

  • food icon Huge fan of K-State!
  • pet icon Plays various sports to stay active.
  • music 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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