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

Dr. 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 FDA treatment 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!



Admin Staff



Amy – Financial Coordinator

Amy has been working in the dental field for the past 17 years as an insurance coordinator. Amy loves spending her extra time camping and fishing in the mountains with her grandkids!



Sherah – Marketing Coordinator

She 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 loves being involved and watching her daughter’s joy for learning and activities!



Patty – Administrative Assistant

Patty 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, hiking and biking!



Ashley – Scheduling Coordinator

Ashley moved to the area at the end of January 2019, because her husband was transferred here as an Army Recruiter. Her two kids, Colbey and Raelynn, keep her active with their love for baseball and gymnastics! She has an adorable Redbone Coonhound dog and they love spending time outdoors and exploring the area as a family!



Dental Hygienists



Lisa – RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Lisa 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.



Shannon – RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Shannon 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.



Dental Assistants



Teresa – Dental Assistant

Teresa has been with us since 1995! 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.



Lindsey – Dental Assistant

She 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 friends and loved ones and enjoys antique stores and flea markets.



Heather – Dental Assistant

Heather enjoys spending time with her children Jayden, Colten and Raelynn along with her fiance and his two kids, Aubrey and Jackson. They always have their hands full! They love spending time outdoors and between football and cheer, their schedules are always busy. She has been working at our office since June and enjoys every minute of it!