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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Tara and Dr. Jerry believe firmly there is there is no reason for any adult or child to go through life embarrassed to smile!

drtaraDr. Tara R. Cash

Dr. Tara decided after graduating with an interior design degree from the University of Arkansas that smiles were actually what she wanted to design. She was one of a 100 accepted into the University of Missouri, Kansas City dental school program from over 1,100 applicants. She then went on to be one of only four accepted into the UMKC orthodontic program from hundreds of applicants. Upon graduation, Dr. Tara returned to her hometown of Springfield and joined Cash Family Orthodontics.

Practicing with her father has enabled her to focus on new techniques while incorporating Dr. Jerry’s years of experience. Dr. Tara uses traditional brackets, clear brackets, and Invisalign for both adult, teen and adolescent patients.  Dr. Tara enjoys working with patients of all ages and treats cleft lip and cleft palate babies using a specialized appliance, the NAM appliance,  placed within the first week of birth.  She also treats newborns to adult patients with lip or tongue ties using a laser to minimize discomfort and recovery time.

When she is not in the office working, you will find Dr. Tara hanging out with her family, getting in a good workout, working in her garden, or playing with her dogs: Faith, Captain Hooke, and Wendy.

JerryCashDr. Jerry F. Cash

Dr. Jerry loves the dental field. Working with local dentists and patients has been the highlight of his 40 years in practice. He often says that he has never worked a day in his life because making beautiful smiles is fun.

Dr. Jerry is exceptional. He graduated from dental school in three years, instead of the normal four. He taught at the dental school, practicing dentistry in Kansas, completed an optional master's thesis, and finished his orthodontic residency. After traveling a five-state area, Dr. Jerry and his wife, Shara, made Springfield their home over 40 years ago. Dr. Jerry is active in many community organizations and has been recognized many times over for his technical and management skills and his ability to make beautiful smiles.

When Dr. Jerry is not in the office, you might find him talking to other dentists or working in a round of golf.