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 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. Our Dentists and team 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 have a choice for your dental 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; 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.
We look forward to meeting you and taking care of you, your family and the friends you refer to us.
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. Gerard Guimond
Dentists are trained to be oral health specialists with the knowledge and skills to prevent, maintain, and restore many oral conditions. However, a great dentist is more than that. Dr. Guimond is proud to embody a philosophy of patient-centered care. Patient satisfaction drives him to strive for excellence and meaningful relationships as a clinician. He achieves this through listening and understanding, as well as educating patients to allow them to make the best-informed decisions about their care.
His educational background includes the following:
Creighton University – Doctor of Dental Surgery
Le Moyne College – Bachelor of Science in Biology
State University of New York at Canton – Associate’s in Business Administration
Dr. Guimond is originally from Upstate New York. He met his wife in Omaha, Nebraska, and has enjoyed getting to know the Midwest. He loves spending time with his wife, Kaitlyn, going on walks and exploring, trying new places to eat, watching movies, golfing, and visiting family. They have an energetic daughter that stole their hearts and a new baby boy!
As he becomes more established in the community, he looks forward to finding opportunities to use his knowledge and experience to give back. In the past, Dr. Guimond has worked with Healthy Smiles in Omaha, Nebraska, providing dental screenings and sealants to at-risk elementary school children.