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Rostraver Township orthodontist Rinchuse deals in smiles

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:06 a.m.
Chris Buckley | The Valley Independent
Dr. Dara Rinchuse is pictured in her new office in Rostraver Township.

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.

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