TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Rostraver Township orthodontist Rinchuse deals in smiles

Chris Buckley | The Valley Independent
Dr. Dara Rinchuse is pictured in her new office in Rostraver Township.

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:06 a.m.
 

Dara Rinchuse knew from an early age that she was destined for a career in orthodontics.

“This is my dream job,” she said. “I grew up in my father's and uncle's orthodontic practice, stamping charts when I was in kindergarten. By age 16, I was sold.”

When her father was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, with a dreary long-term prognosis, Rinchuse was determined to keep the orthodontic practice alive while her father battled the disease. She spent the last year of high school working in the practice.

Today, her father, Donald Rinchuse, is the program director, and her uncle, Daniel Rinchuse, is the associate program director of the orthodontic department at Seton Hill College in Greensburg.

Dara Rinchuse has grown up in a family immersed in the dental field.

Her mother, Angela, is director of the dental hygiene program at Westmoreland County Community College. Her aunt, Rita Aloisi, is a dental hygienist.

So it was a natural that Dara Rinchuse went into the dental field. She recently opened her orthodontic office on the third floor of WillowPointe Plaza.

The office, called “Orthodontique,” was designed for more patient privacy. It is close to home for the Rostraver Township resident.

A 2000 graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School, she earned a psychology degree at California University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2003 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh, in 2008.

In 2010, she graduated from residency at the Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics, where she received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, becoming an orthodontic specialist.

Dara Rinchuse teaches graduate orthodontics at Seton Hill University Center for Orthodontics. She gets satisfaction from making a difference in people's lives.

“I got to watch how much braces affect people,” Rinchuse said.

She recalled one little girl, a patient who was picked on by her classmates because of the condition of her buck teeth, before braces.

“I think we can change people's lives,” Rinchuse said, “by fixing their smiles.”

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Mon Valley

  1. Fayette man allegedly exposed self to Charleroi children
  2. North Belle Vernon man accused of stalking girl, 13
  3. Discord drives Monessen meeting
  4. Wiltz still helping kids as Mon Valley YMCA volunteer
  5. Washington woman charged with leaving 3 children alone overnight
  6. Monessen teenager charged in arson spree
  7. Pittsburgh diocese campaign big success
  8. Organizers plunge ahead with 2nd ‘Frosty Frolic’ to benefit California Area
  9. Westmoreland firefighters get training to save pets
  10. Charleroi credit union branch to close
  11. Rampound brings cheers to Ringgold athletic events