Comfort and care
Jared Harding takes over Dentistry of West Bend

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

May 13, 2015

  Jared Harding, owner of Dentistry of West Bend, talks to Practice Manager Shannon Riccardi Friday morning at Dentistry of West Bend. 
Amanda Voss/Daily News

Jared Harding is ready to get more involved in the community after taking over Dentistry of West Bend last fall.

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 practice.”

Harding recently joined the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.

“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 business.

“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 technology.

“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 patients.

“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 comfortable.”

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 Harding.

“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 latest technology.

“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 withstanding.

“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