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The Dentists

Dr. Charles and Dr. Smith, Dental care in St. Joseph

Choosing someone for your dental care in St. Joseph should be taken seriously. We want you to know that we understand that. You’ll find that our dental office does things differently than most other dental practices. Our dental care team approaches our relationship with you differently than most other dentists might. It doesn’t mean we think we’re better. It means we know we are different. Dr. Charles, Dr. Smith and the staff focus on you as a person and your dental health needs. We take the time to get to know you.

We think how we connect with people is another way that makes us unique. We fully appreciate that you can choose dental health care providers. We intend to do more than care for your teeth. We believe we are caring for you as a person as well. We hope you feel good about your interactions with our team members. We love living in St. Joseph and providing our community with this type of relationship, and as a dentist, this is essential to our overall mission in life.

We are incredibly proud of our team and invite you to learn more about them.

Dr. Susan Charles provides dental care to the people of St. Joseph and surrounding communities.

Dr. Susan Charles


Dr. Susan Charles was born and raised in Kansas City. She worked for her father, Dr. Jerome Holtzman, a general dentist who practiced in Prairie Village, Kansas, for over 50 years.

During this time, she obtained her BA in art history from UMKC but enjoyed working with her father so much that she realized the dental field was where she wanted to be. She graduated from UMKC school of dentistry in 2008. Afterward, she worked as an advanced fellow in the special patient care center at the dental school, where much of the practice concentrated on treating oncology, transplant, and special needs patients.

Dr. Charles is married to Jim. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, growing African violets, working on their home, taking cooking classes, and competitively showing her Persian cats in CFA. She and Jim also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and visiting local art museums.


Dr. Harrison Smith was raised in Leawood, Kansas. He attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2017. During his college years, Dr. Smith worked as a dental assistant, which allowed him to explore the dental field and continue developing his interest in dentistry. He was accepted through the Reserved Admission Program to the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2021.

Dr. Smith has always had a love for the Midwest and small-town living. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, snow skiing, exercising, and spending time with his dog, a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Roman.

Dr. Smith strives to deliver comprehensive, thoughtful, and evidence-based dental care. He values interacting with patients and building long-term relationships.