The Dentists

Foundations of Health Dental Care- When you need a Dentist in St. Joseph

Choosing a dentist in St. Joseph these days is not easy. We want you to know that we understand that. You’ll find that our dental office does things a little bit differently than most. Probably because we approach our relationship with you a little bit different than most other dentists might. It doesn’t mean we think we’re better. It means we know we are different. Our office team focuses on you as a person and what your dental health needs are. We take the time to get to know you.

We think the way we connect with people is what makes us special.  The doctors fully appreciate the fact that you have your choice of dental health care providers. It is our intention to do more than care for your teeth. We believe we were caring for you as a person as well. It is our hope that you feel good about every interaction you have with the team members you come in contact with. We love living in St. Joseph and being able to provide our community with this type of relationship as a dentist is important to our overall mission in life.

We invite you to find out more about us and our team (who we are extremely proud of).

Dr. Susan Charles

Dr. Susan Charles was born and raised in Kansas City. She worked for her father, Dr. Jerome Holtzman, who was a general dentist and 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 realizes the dental field was where she truly wanted to be. She graduated from UMKC school of dentistry in 2008 and afterword 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 has been married to Jim for 19 years. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, growing African violets, working on their home, taking cooking classes and on many weekends, competitively showing her Persian cats in CFA. She and Jim also enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors and visiting local art museums.

Dr. Harrison Smith

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 he worked as a dental assistant, which provided him the opportunity to explore the dental field and continue to develop his interest in dentistry. Following that, 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. He is excited to join the team at Foundations of Health Dental Care and is looking forward to starting his life in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Dr.Tim Curry

Dr. Curry and his wife Susan returned to their hometown of Saint Joseph, MO after Dr. Curry completed his Dental degree at U.M.K.C Dental School. They raised two daughters Elizabeth and Laura. Dr. Curry and Susan have been very active in their church, community and professional organizations. Dr. Curry enjoys his profession and the community he serves. When not at his office or serving his community, he enjoys reading, golf, gardening and visiting with longtime friends.

Professional Organizations: American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Association of Missouri, American College of Dentists, Dr. R.V. Tucker Gold Study Club.

Civic Organizations: Rotary Club #32, Saint Joseph Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Social Welfare Board, Saint Joseph Cathedral Catholic Church

Dr. Curry retired in July, 2021.

Dr. Tim Taylor

Dr. Taylor taught at the UMKC School of Dentistry for 33 years and during that time he held various positions including Chair of the Department of General Dentistry. He also was one of the founding members of the Dental Faculty Practice in 1983 where he practiced until he retired in 2014 and became a partner in Curry and Taylor D.D.S.

Dr. Taylor and his wife Kandis have lived in Trimble, Missouri since 1997. They have the blessing of two daughters, Emily, who is a pediatric dentist in Rolla Missouri and Laura, a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia with a master’s in dietetics and nutrition. The entire family enjoys the outdoors. Dr. Taylor especially enjoys hunting and fishing with his daughters. He likes to report that his daughter’s goal in the expeditions is to show him up, which they often do.
He very much enjoys serving the people in and around Saint Joseph as a valued member of our office and dental community. He will treat you as a member of his family.

“I have dedicated my career to being a continuous student and teacher and strive to provide excellent clinical dentistry to all my patients. It is a real joy to be joining Dr. Curry where we implement those values and principles into practice every day. Northwest Missouri is a great place to practice because of the kind of people who live here.”

Professional Organizations: American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Northwest District Dental Association of Missouri, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists.

Dr. Taylor retired in July, 2021.