Dental Staff

All our professionals at Richard Newhart, DDS maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in periodontics.

Richard Newhart, D.D.S

Richard Newhart , D.D.S. - The Gum DoctorDr. Richard Newhart is a Periodontist (gum disease specialist) in Parkersburg, WV. He is the first Periodontist in the state of WV to offer LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), which is a gentle, more effective way to treat bone loss. The Gum Doctor has been serving the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1989. Procedures he performs include: Dental Implants, Gingival Gum Grafts, Bone Grafting, Frenectomy, Gingivectomy, Crown Lengthening, Tooth Exposures for Orthodontics, Pinhole Surgical Technique to cover exposed roots and more.

Dr. Richard Newhart has done ongoing and extensive specialty training to give the best advanced periodontal care to his patients! He has attended literally thousands of hours of continuing education since graduating from Case Western Reserve Dental School. Dr. Newhart graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in 1983 and then attended Case Western Dental School, where he graduated in a group at the top of his class! 

Dr. Newhart was accepted right out of dental school into periodontal specialty training at the prestigious University of Washington School of Dentistry Periodontal Program, where he obtained his specialty certificate in the treatment of gum disease, along with five other periodontists. 

Dr. Newhart completed an externship on surgical dental implant placement at the MidWest Implant Institute in Columbus in 1999 and was voted the most outstanding intern in his class. He placed his first dental implant in Columbus, OH before ever placing them in Parkersburg, WV. 

More recently, Dr. Newhart has had training in advanced laser periodontics, oral surgery and low level laser biostimulation with Waterlase Laser System. The Waterlase laser allows Dr. Newhart to do some surgeries, like biopsies and frenectomies without shots or sutures!

In 2008, Dr. Newhart has also completed the Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry Proficiency Dental Laser Course, allowing him to do laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) for his patients using the latest laser FDAtreatment for periodontal disease. Dr. Newhart is a licensed gum specialist by the state of West Virginia and dental licensed in WV and OH. Dr. Newhart is the only certified LANAP dentist in the entire state of West Virginia at this time. 

Dr. Newhart is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology and has been a member of the WV Dental Society for 25 years! Dr. Newhart believes in keeping up with the latest research and treatment options for his patients!

If you need any dental or periodontal work done, come to the experienced Gum Doctor with the only water laser therapy in the state of WV!

Richard Newhart DDS: The Gum Doctor - Admin Staff

Admin Staff

Erin - Scheduling Coordinator

Erin - Scheduling CoordinatorErin joined our staff in March of 2013. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and moved to West Virginia in 2010 to be closer to her sister and grandparents. Together with her husband Alex, they have 2 children, Anthony and Kadence. In her free time, she and her husband love to volunteer with their church, coach their kids' sports teams, and be a part of girl and boy scouts.

Amy - Financial Coordinator

Amy - Financial CoordinatorAs an employee for 10 years now, she enjoys her position as a financial coordinator. She and her husband of 21 years have two children, Sydnee (18) and Jordan (15). She enjoys spending any free time with her family and friends and doing ministry work.

Patty - Administrative Assistant

Patty - Administrative AssistantPatty has worked at Dr. Newhart's office since 2002 when she and her husband moved from Texas. She took a few years off to have two children, Lars and Ingrid. Patty and her family enjoy exploring West Virginia through camping and boating.

Sherah - Marketing Coordinator

Sherah - Marketing CoordinatorShe had worked for Dr. Newhart in the past and was excited to rejoin his team as the marketing coordinator in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and likes to stay active by playing tennis and volleyball.

Richard Newhart DDS: The Gum Doctor - Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienists

Lisa - RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Lisa - Registered Dental HygienistLisa has worked for Dr. Newhart for over 20 years. She is dedicated to helping serve the area and very much enjoys interacting with patients. Lisa and her husband Chris, have a daughter Tiffany, who attends West Liberty University. Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Wendy - RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Wendy - Registered Dental HygienistWendy has worked for Dr. Newhart for 10 years. She has anesthesia privilege and really enjoys the challenges of working in a periodontal office. Wendy is married and has an old beagle named Molly. She enjoys running, biking, shopping, and going on dental mission trips. She looks forward to seeing her patients and enjoys her position as a dental hygienist.

Shannon - RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Shannon - Registered Dental HygienistShannon enjoys spending time with her friends and family and taking care of her dog, Charlie. She also enjoys running, shopping, and seeing her patients. Shannon has been with our team since 2013.

Chrissy - RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Chrissy - Registered Dental HygienistWhen she’s not practicing dental hygiene, she likes spending time with her four daughters, fiancé and his two children. She enjoys being outdoors and is always up for a new adventure! Her favorite quote is “Don’t Forget to Floss!”

Richard Newhart DDS: The Gum Doctor - Dental Assistant

Dental Assistants

Teresa - Dental Assistant

Teresa - Dental AssistantOctober marked Teresa’s 20th year with us! She enjoys her position in the office and is a mother of two and grandmother of three. In her free time, she likes to crochet and follows college football and basketball.

Missy - Dental Assistant

Missy - Financial Coordinator and Dental AssistantMissy is one of our 4 dental assistants here at the office. She has been employed with Dr. Newhart since December 2004. She has been married since June 1993 to her husband Ed and they have two daughters, Hannah and Savanah. In her free time, she enjoys doing arts and crafts.

Sydnee - Dental Assistant

Teresa - Dental Assistant

I am 19 years old and have always wanted to work in the dental field. In my free time, I like to hang with friends and spend time with my family.


Lindsey - Dental Assistant

Lindsey - Dental AssistantShe really enjoys what she does, the group of people she works with and getting to know her patients at Dr. Newhart’s! She spends most of her free time with her 16-year-old daughter and loves to enjoy the outdoors like canoeing and kayaking when the weather is nice!