Committed to Your Best & Healthiest Smile
About Riverpointe Dental Care
At Riverpointe Dental Care, we’re so much more than a dental clinic. For over 30 years, our dentist, Dr. David Struble has provided fun, compassionate, and quality care for patients across the Ozarks.
Need dentures, a root canal, or sleep apnea treatment? Interested in scheduling a consultation for porcelain veneers or teeth cleanings for the entire family? Offering a variety of general and cosmetic dental services, we’re ready to help you achieve your best and healthiest smile at our clinic in Ozark, MO.
Our practice is working together to realize a shared vision of uncompromising excellence in dentistry.
To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:
- Listening to those we are privileged to serve.
- Earning the trust and respect of patients, professionals, and the community.
- Exceeding your expectations.
- Ensuring a creative, challenging, and compassionate professional environment.
- Striving for continuous improvement at all levels.
Meet Our Dentist
David A. Struble
Dr. David Struble grew up in Dallas, TX, and graduated from the University of Texas and Baylor College of Dentistry. He began his practice in Ozark, MO, in the spring of 1985, and his loyal following has grown steadily through a commitment to fun, caring, and quality service in every patient visit.
Dr. Struble feels truly blessed to have developed thousands of positive relationships with these patients. His professional memberships include the American Dental Association and the Missouri Dental Association, where he has served as a national and state delegate to their annual conventions. He has also served many years as a board member of the Greater Springfield Dental Society. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Honor Society and is a member of the International Academy of Sleep, which is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and related disorders.
In 2007, Dr. Struble was chosen as the Dentist of the Year for the Missouri Dental Association. He was chosen largely in recognition of his instrumental role in the establishment of the Children’s Smile Center, a not-for-profit group of clinics that provides dental care for Medicaid-eligible children in Southwest Missouri. Dr. Struble has completed thousands of hours of continued education in dentistry to enhance his practice to include the latest in general and cosmetic dental services, including veneers, dentures, root canals, adult orthodontics, tooth-colored fillings, and oral surgery.
Many people throughout the Ozarks still refer to Dr. Struble as “The Singing Dentist”, in reference to his “side career” as a lead performer in The Presley’s and the Ozarks Country Jubilee shows from 1984 to 1992 in Branson, MO. He was awarded the Male Vocalist of the Year at the Ozark Music Awards three times. He still loves music, golf, and exercise.
Dr. Struble is happily married to Debbie, a native of Springfield and a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University. They have two adult children, Amanda (married to Liam and living in Columbia, MO) and Adam.
Samuel Gafencu, DDS, better known as Dr. Sam, grew up in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. He attended and graduated from Wayne State University for his undergraduate degree after which he attended and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. After graduating dental school, Dr. Sam and his wife moved to Missouri and have been serving the local community ever since.
Dr. Sam enjoys helping his patients and he always strives to provide each patient with the best dental care possible. One of Dr. Sam’s goals is to listen to the needs of every patient and ensure that they are comfortable with the treatment that is provided. Dr. Sam enjoys meeting new patients and he looks forward to meeting you, as well.
Dr. Sam is a member with the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He believes that growing his skills and expanding his knowledge is a must. He enjoys traveling and attending continuing education courses on various topics in order to stay up to date with the most current practices.
In his spare time, Dr. Sam enjoy spending time with his wife and family. When not in the office, you might find him fishing, hunting, hiking, exploring new cities with his wife, or attending church.
Meet Our Staff
Melanie grew up in Springfield, MO, and graduated from Glendale High School. In 2001, she obtained her degree in Dental Hygiene from Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC. She joined Riverpointe Dental Care in 2004. Melanie is happily married to her husband Brandon, and they have two children, Kyla and Garrett. Kyla is newly married, and Garrett is a student in Ozark schools. Melanie works so she can go on vacations! She loves traveling, camping, floating, and hanging out with her family.
Stacey was born and raised in the Ozarks. She graduated from Missouri State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She went on to receive her license in Dental Hygiene from OTC in 2010. She has been a member of our dental office since 2011. Stacey and her husband are proud parents of two beautiful children, Katelyn and Austin. Stacey and her family enjoy camping and spending time together outside.
Lauren grew up and graduated high school in Ozark. In 2015, she graduated from the OTC Dental Assisting program with her CDA and Expanded Functions certification. She is married to her husband Justin. They have a little girl and a baby boy. They also have a black lab named Finley, who is very much a part of the family. Lauren loves anything outdoors, loves the Lord, and spending time with friends and family.
Stephanie grew up in Marshfield and Nixa, MO. She started her dental career in Columbia, MO in 2004 and joined Riverpointe Dental Care’s staff in November 2021. She and her husband, Jake, enjoy truck and tractor pulling, watching their two daughters compete in barrel racing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Business & Financial Coordinator
Ashley grew up and graduated high school in Ozark. She started her dental profession in 2004. In 2009, she attended OTC to receive her Dental Assistant Expanded Functions certification. She joined our office in January 2014. Ashley and her husband Nick got married in June 2005. They are blessed with their son, Hoyt. Her family enjoys farming, outdoor adventures at the lake or in the mountains, and attending church.
Our team looks forward to making you smile!
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Riverpointe Dental Care
1136 W Jackson St
Ozark, MO 65721
Monday 8 AM ‒ 5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM ‒ 5 PM
Thursday 8 AM ‒ 5 PM
Friday 8 AM ‒ 2 PM
Saturday & Sunday Closed