About Your Dentist

Julianne Ruppel, DDS,MS

Orthodontist

"It is my greatest privilege to treat patients in the art and science of orthodontics."

My Mission

"I genuinely care about my patients and want to be accessible to them during their orthodontic journey. Being an orthodontist is my passion, and I take pride in providing excellent care in a warm and friendly environment. I use the lastest technologies to make the 'orthodontic experience' as efficient and painless as possible.

Witnessing a patient's personality and attitude transform, along with their smile, makes me incredibly happy. The younger kids are my favorite patients, but teens and adults are a close second!"

Education

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bachelor of Arts – Bloomington, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Science – Chicago, IL

Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education, Orthodontic Certificate and Master of Science in Dentistry – St. Louis, MO

Publications & Professional Memberships

"The Americleft Project: A Comparison of Short- and Longer-Term Secondary Alveolar Bone Graft Outcomes in Two Centers Using the Standardized Way to Access Grafts Scale" The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. Published September 2016.

Dr. Ruppel is currently an active member of the Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation, American Association of Orthodontists, and American Dental Association.

Life & Hobbies

In her free time, Dr. Ruppel enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as traveling, skiing, and scuba diving. She is a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis Art Museum.

Ardyn Darjaa, DMD

"I am honored to practice dentistry and help my patients achieve healthy, confident smiles."

My Mission

To offer a welcoming dental home to my patients and their families and provide the best evidence-based comprehensive care for everyone's specific oral health needs.

Education

University of Illinois at Chicago

Continuing Education & Professional Membership

American Dental Association

Academy of General Dentistry

Life & Hobbies

I enjoy hiking, gardening, baking, and playing board games.

Nitin Sapra, DMD

"A smile is the prettiest thing you'll ever wear."

My Mission

"The best feeling in the world is to relieve a person from his or her pain, bringing a smile back to his or her face. That's what I strive to do every day of my life. I want to be more than just a dentist to my patients; I want to be like a friend, a brother, or a son, so nobody ever feels anxious or scared to receive the necessary dental care. I want each patient to leave my dental chair with a beautiful smile."

Education

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Doctorate of Dental Medicine – Alton, IL

J.N. Kapoor, D.A.V. Centenary Dental College, Master of Dental Surgery – Haryana, India

Saraswati Dental College, Bachelor of Dental Surgery – Lucknow, India

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Sapra is currently an active member of the American Dental Association and an Alumni member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. In order to remain up-to-date with the latest technologies and advances in dentistry, Dr. Sapra regularly attends continuing education courses. He has also successfully published a variety of his research findings and studies in the field of dentistry in a number of journals.

Life & Hobbies

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Sapra enjoys playing a number of sports, including basketball, soccer, cricket, and golfing. He also loves hanging out with his friends, watching games, and exploring new cuisines.