Comfort and care
Harding takes over Dentistry of West Bend
By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News
Jared Harding, owner of
Dentistry of West Bend, talks to Practice Manager
Shannon Riccardi Friday morning at Dentistry of West
Amanda Voss/Daily News
WEST BEND -
Jared Harding is ready to get more involved
in the community after taking over Dentistry of West Bend
Harding took over for Paul Tyberg Nov. 1. He was working as
a dentist in Appleton for four years after graduating from
Marquette Dental School and knew he wanted to be in the
greater Milwaukee area.
“I was working with a practice transition team for about two
years looking for a practice that was for sale that the
dentist was looking to retire and be done,” he said.
“Through the dentist practice transition team they located
Paul. We both had similar views on how we wanted to run a
Harding recently joined the West Bend Area Chamber of
“I waited to join because the first three to four months
were overwhelming trying to figure everything out,” Harding
said. “I made so many changes. Just keeping my head above
water was goal number one. I didn’t want patient care to
suffer because I got involved in too many things at once.”
Harding said being a part of the community includes donating
time and resources, so Dentistry of West Bend can be a help
rather than just a dental office.
Harding has also been renovating the interior of the
“The last six months have been really busy,” Harding said.
“We’re kind of remodeling top to bottom.”
Harding said he painted, closed the last week of April to
install flooring and is starting to bring in fresh
“As in computers, intraoral cameras, X-rays that are
digital,” Harding said. “It’s nice with intraoral cameras to
be able to show patients what we’re talking about.”
One of Harding’s goals is to make patients more comfortable.
Jerry Vrana of West Bend went to Tyberg before he retired
and has been impressed with Harding.
“He’s very knowledgeable and competent,” Vrana said. “You’re
always nervous when you get a new dentist. He’s very good at
what he does.”
He said he had a crown put on a tooth and Harding wasn’t
happy with the way it fit, so he had it redone.
“That’s telling me he’s a perfectionist,” Vrana said.
The most challenging part is not the dentistry, it’s being a
business owner,” Harding said. “At the same time it’s
rewarding because it’s my business. I’m investing in it.”
Harding said he would like to grow the business and add
“Just to be able to build that practice I would like to
have,” Harding said. “Just have patients feeling
comfortable. We can give them good oral health and keep them
He sees patients of all ages and performs all aspects of
family dentistry. If there’s a special circumstance a
patient needs, he said he refers them to another practice
that can help.
Harding has three hygienists, three assistants and an office
manager, who came with him from Appleton.
Shannon Riccardi, practice manager, came to West Bend with
“I couldn’t wait to work for him,” Riccardi said.
She said the community has responded positively to Harding
and has been welcoming.
Harding said he would encourage residents to come to
Dentistry of West Bend because he educates himself on the
“With my background I do a lot of continuing education to
really keep myself up-to-date,” Harding said. “When there
are a lot of new materials you need to stay on top of the
education of it too.
“Since it’s being used on a person you want to make sure
that it’s appropriate and the material is going to be
“I feel like me and my staff try to create that caring and
understanding environment for the patient so they can feel
comfortable,” he said.
Dentistry of West Bend is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. For more
information, call 262-334-0316 or visit