Our staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our patients. We pride ourselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. When you contact Kirksville Dental Group, you can count on recognition of your individual needs. We always take the time to listen and answer any questions, because we recognize that we are not just creating smiles - we’re also building trusting relationships.


Dr. Richard L. Gooch, Dr. Tisha R. Kice-Briggs, Dr. Matthew T. Harden

Dr. Richard L. “Rick” Gooch III is a native to the area, graduating from Kirksville High School. After graduation he received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1994. Dr. Gooch is one of the founding dentist of Kirksville Dental Group. He is certified to provide Perio Protect to his patients. He is an active board member of the local community health center, Northeast Missouri Health Council and a founding member and President of the Orange and Black Foundation. Dr. Gooch and his wife, Dr. Janet Gooch, reside in Kirksville with their three children, Olivia, Andrew, and Ethan. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, flying and spending time at Spring Lake boating and relaxing with family and friends.

Dr. Tisha R. Kice-Briggs grew up in Memphis, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. She is currently serving on the A.T. Still University Board of Trustees. Dr. Kice is a previous trustee on the Missouri Dental Association Board of Trustees. She is a member and past president of the Northeast Dental Society. Dr. Kice is a member of the Missouri Dental Association and the American Dental Association. She is certified to complete orthodontic treatment by the International Association of Orthodontics. She is also ceritfied in Perio Protect. Dr. Kice enjoys volunteering every year at the Missouri Mission of Mercy. It is a free mobile dental clinic throughout the state of Missouri. She resides in Kirksville with her husband, David, and her sons, Isaac and Adrian. Her hobbies include running, skiing, photography and traveling.

Dr. Matthew T. Harden joined Kirksville Dental Group in 2015 to move closer to his roots. He is from Green Castle, Missouri graduating from Adair County R-1. Dr. Harden graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. During his time at MU, he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Dental Reserved Admissions Program. After graduating, he moved to Kansas City to obtain his DDS degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he graduated cum laude. During his time in dental school, Dr. Harden presented medical research at the national level and had an abstract published with the International Association for Dental Research. Dr. Harden is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and Northeast Missouri Dental Society. Prior to moving to Kirksville he was the former vice president of the Columbia Dental Society. To give back, Dr. Harden has offered his time and abilities to provide free dental care through the Missouri Mission of Mercy, Kansas Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile Program. He has educated children about dental care through Project S.P.I.T. and provided dental screenings through the Score 1 for Health Program in Kansas City. In his free time, Dr. Harden and his wife Brittany enjoy spending time with their daughter Riley and dog Bo. They look forward to welcoming their son into the family this November. Hunting, fishing, and playing basketball are some of Dr. Harden's favorite hobbies.

Hygiene Staff
Our goal is to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We do our utmost to create the cleanest and safest environment for our patients and ourselves. We want you to enjoy coming to see us and we will do everything to provide you with exceptional preventative care and personalized service. All of our dental hygienists are graduates of an accredited two year dental hygiene curriculum specializing in clinical and educational preventative care.


Sarah M., R.D.H. (Not pictured), Whitney S., R.D.H., Alexa A., R.D.H. (Not pictured)

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Dental Assistants

All of our dental assistants have completed various expanded function courses which enables them to deliver the best care available. They are specially trained in the latest techniques of modern dentistry and are able to assist you with any emergencies or concerns you may have. Our assistants are excited that they have been able to help patients to improve their overall health. The smiles our team have created and maintained give extra special meaning to the efforts of our entire staff.


      Danae, Jenn, Michele, Shelly
*Not pictured - Shelby, Paulette, Sara, Desera


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Scheduling and Treatment Coordinators

The main goal of our Scheduling and Treatment Coordinators is to provide helpful and friendly service to every patient. Each of our ladies work hard to make sure that your trip to and experiences at KDG are timely, organized, and scheduled around your agenda. They make certain that you are aware of upcoming appointments and schedule new appointments. Our Treatment Coordinator, Tonya, works exclusively on dental insurance claims, making every effort to maximize your insurance benefits. If ever you have a question regarding your dental work or your appointments, our Scheduling Coordinators will field your phone call and answer and address any questions you have or concerns.



Ashley, Carlee, Robin, Desera & Marissa (not pictured)

Office Administrator

Katie joined the office in 2007 as a dental assistant and became the Office Administrator in 2009 after completing her master's degree in Health Administration. Katie is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the office; making sure our staff is trained to give the patients the quality care they deserve. If you have any questions or concerns about our office, Katie is the one to contact.



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