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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!

drtara Dr. Tara R. Cash

Dr. Tara is an orthodontic specialist treating adults, teens and children with braces, aligners, retainers and other methods designed to straighten teeth and create beautiful, life changing smiles.

In addition to straightening teeth for all people of all ages, Dr. Tara also works with infants with cleft lip or cleft palates and babies and children with lip or tongue ties.  Using a laser, Dr. Tara is able to release frenectomies allowing newborns to eat more easily and comfortably both for mom and child.  

Dr. Tara graduated with an degree in Interior Design before becoming an orthodontist.  She was one of a 100 accepted into the University of Missouri, Kansas City dental school 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,

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: Captain Hooke, Wendy, and Tinkerbell.

JerryCashDr. Jerry F. Cash

Dr. Jerry loves orthodontics and the Southwest Missouri dental community.  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 straighten teeth and create beautiful and functional smiles.

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