ABOUT YOUR DENTISTS
Dr. Ruhl is proud to have served patients in the Deerfield Valley Community for nearly 30 years.Through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment, he is able to offer you and your family the high level of dentistry care you deserve. Dr. Ruhl graduated from Allegheny College and Temple University School of Dental Medicine in 1979, where he received a well-rounded perspective and solid basis for his clinical career as a dentist. Throughout the years, his practice has been marked by his continuous pursuit of professional growth, staying current with the latest advances by training directly under the masters in various key areas of dentistry. Those who know him best know him to be a meticulous artisan and a man of great integrity, both as a dentist and in his private life.
Dr. Ruhl is affiliated with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and founded the Bright Smiles Program at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he practices hospital-based dentistry for children and adults with special needs. Dr. Ruhl served on the board of the Vermont State Dental Society. He was recently inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry. He has recently been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Ruhl is a 32nd degree Mason and a Past Deputy Grand Master. He is a founder of the Pool Learning Center that provides educational services for dyslexic students. He is the Chairman of the Regional Advisory Board of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and a charter member of that organization’s Foundation Board. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano, painting and spending time with his wife, Halie and their family.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Bennington County Dental Society
Vermont State Dental Society
ADA – American Dental Association
Dr. Louis Beaudette, fondly known as “Dr. Lou” by many of his patients, has been a practicing dentist for many years serving the Deerfield Valley as well as area second home owners. He received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and later was accepted as a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Before beginning his dental career, he volunteered for the United States Air Force and was stationed in Labrador with the 868 Medical Group for three years.
Dr. Beaudette has always been very involved with his profession and the improvement of dental care and its delivery for all. He has served as president of the New England Foundation for Continuing Dental Education, the New England Dental Society, the Vermont State Dental Society, and was appointed by the Governor of Vermont to serve on the Board of Dental Examiners where he also served as president. He was then appointed to the National Board of Dental Examiners where he traveled the nation administering to dental students entering the profession. He has practiced as a solo dentist but recently joined with Dr. Ruhl to form Deerfield Valley Dental Care and is looking forward to continuing his practice for some time to come. Although he is a general practitioner, he considers his “specialty” to be Crown and Bridge and creating beautiful smiles.
Dr. Beaudette is married to his wife, Cynthia and has raised four great kids, now out of the nest. In his spare time he can be found gardening, walking his dogs and hard at work at not being the worst golfer in the Deerfield Valley!
Dr. Jeffrey Wallace was born in Hyattsville, Maryland, and he moved to Vermont in 1985. He graduated from the University of Maryland with his Bachelor of Science in 1977, and he went on to Howard University Dental School, graduating in 1981 with honors. After graduation he performed a general practice residency with rotations in oral surgery, emergency medicine, removable and fixed prosthetics, endodontics, and periodontics. He was then stationed in Wurzburg, Germany, treating hundreds of soldiers. He then moved to Vermont and began practicing in Townshend.
Continuing education has been a big part of his life, and he’s attended courses all over the United States and internationally. He’s learned from the biggest names in dental education, including Dawson, Spear, and Pankey. With over 1,000 hours in continuing education, he feels comfortable saying he’s seen and heard almost everything. In 2003 he joined an elite group of dentists making up the United States Dental Tennis Association, bringing together continuing education and tennis with his colleagues.g in 1981 with honors. After graduation he performed a general practice residency with rotations in oral surgery, emergency medicine, removable and fixed prosthetics, endodontics, and periodontics. He was then stationed in Wurzburg, Germany, treating hundreds of soldiers. He then moved to Vermont and began practicing in Townshend.
Currently Dr. Wallace and his wife Adele live in West Chesterfield, NH, and together they enjoy travel, tennis, and life near the Connecticut River.
We have a shared vision about how the big picture should look. A heart-felt desire to serve, to bring health and wellness to others, and to enjoy yourself in the process. A willingness to step in and fill in where needed, as well as a drive to grow professionally in your own area of expertise. We hope this is exactly what you’ll find in our supporting staff.
Lori Newsome, RDH
I started my career as a dental assistant prior to earning my Dental Hygiene Degree in 1996. I have lived in Vermont for 24 years with my husband and two children. I have worked with Dr. Ruhl for the last 18 years. I enjoy spending my free time traveling with my family.
Ginny Billiel, CDA, RDH
A strong interest in the medical field at a young age inspired me to begin my dental career. In my junior year of high school I began an internship at Dr. Ruhl’s office in 2009.
Since then, I have become a Certified Dental Assistant, a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Community Tooth Tutor. I really enjoy providing my patients with quality oral health care while making them feel comfortable. I spend my free time doing outdoor activities with my dogs, Penny and Ralph.
Kerri Boyd, RDH
After graduating from Keene HS, I went on to NHTI to pursue a career in Dental Hygiene where I met my husband Seth. When I graduated in 1994 I moved to Whitingham and started working with Dr. Beaudette. I have two children, Skyler and Sadie, and spend most of my free time watching them at sporting or school events as well as spending time with family and friends.
I have had the pleasure of treating patients and entire families of the Deerfield Valley for more than 20 years and with our new partnership, hope to continue to do so for many more.
Heather Marie Johnson, RDH
I began my path in dental health as a freshman in high school working after school at my local dental office in Athol, Massachusetts where I was born and raised. I worked as a trained assistant to general dentists and specialists in many areas of the dental field gaining knowledge and experience that has made me passionate about the world of dentistry from a young age.
I then went on to dental hygiene school, graduating from the Forsyth Dental Hygiene Institute in Boston, MA in 2005. I enjoyed working as a hygienist in Massachusetts for several years and in Vermont for five years, I have had the opportunity to work in a dental office in Costa Rica and have volunteered with a dental health program in Peru.
When I’m not working as a hygienist, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga, traveling, skiing and being with my family. I have one child, my baby boy, Kai, who was born February, 2016. I am thrilled to be a full-time hygienist with Deerfield Valley Dental Care and serve the wonderful people of the valley!
Marilyn Copeland, CDA, EFDA
I graduated from the Essex, Center For Technology, dental assisting program in 1973 and have been committed to continued learning and working to help others in dentistry ever since. I joined Dr. Ruhl’s team of caring dental professionals in December of 2011. My primary role in the practice is that of Expanded Function Dental Assistant. I am licensed to perform all services having to do with fabrication and finishing of dental fillings. In addition to my clinical expertise, I enjoy offering my time to mentor and train dental assistants who wish to expand their knowledge and skills. I enjoy my work and take great pride in the standards I keep. Each day I feel most fortunate to have had the opportunity to make a difference for individuals who come to our practice and trust us with their dental care. I’m a proud member of the Deerfield Valley Dental CareTeam!
Karen Wilber, CDA
I began my career as a dental assistant in 2002 upon completing the Dental Assisting Course at McCann Technical School. Post graduation, I accepted a position with Dr. Ruhl’s office. In 2011, I challenged the Dental Assisting National Board Exam and became certified. I enjoy my career, working and helping others. I have two amazing daughters and we love to spend our time together.
Jody Parsons, TDA
I have lived in the Deerfield Valley my entire life and have been working in Wilmington, Vermont as a Traditional Dental Assistant for almost 30 years. Have truly enjoyed working with those in the office.
Megan Rovnak, TDA
I have lived in the Deerfield Valley for four years and have worked for Dr. Ruhl for two years as a Traditional Dental Assistant. I am working towards taking my DANB certification exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant. I then hope to go on to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Before moving to Vermont, I lived in Maine and studied phlebotomy and medical assisting.
EXPANDED FUNCTION DENTAL ASSISTANTS
Marilyn Copeland, EFDA, CDA
CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANTS
Marilyn Copeland, EFDA, CDA
Holly DeCamp, CDA
Karen Wilber, CDA
Megan Rovnak, TDA
Hannah Ruhl, TDA
Jody Parsons, TDA