Dr. Richard Joseph

Doctor Richard Joseph of The Brace PlaceDr. Joseph was born in Joplin and graduated from Memorial High School in 1978, serving as student body president in his senior year. Dr. Joseph then attended MSSU and in 1981 was accepted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Joseph earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and then completed an orthodontic residency at St. Louis University Medical Center, earning a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) from the Graduate School of Saint Louis University in 1987. Dr. Joseph has been a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, and is a past president of the Southwest Missouri District Dental Society. Dr. Joseph has passed the Missouri Dental Board specialty examination required to be certified as a Specialist in Orthodontics.
Dr. Joseph is married and has 4 children attending school in Joplin. His family keeps busy with the charity organization Lights of Hope-JoMo, their handiwork on display at the Brace Place and most Third Thursdays. Dr. J. is a retired, semi-professional musician, playing with the Night Train band based in Joplin. He also loves numismatics, and has been a member of the Tri-State Coin Club for several years. Dr. Joseph is a long-distance road cyclist with a couple rides to Kansas City under his belt.

Meet Our Team
At The Brace Place, you will meet a warm, friendly, fun group of people who know their jobs and want to see you with a healthy smile. They will welcome every member of your family and make you feel at home! In addition to English, our team members also speak French and Arabic to better serve our patients. You can get to know our team below, and you can meet them in person by calling 417-782-1500 to make your appointment with our orthodontist in Joplin, Missouri.

Elly, the treatment coordinator and marketing coordinator for The Brace Place
Elly – Treatment Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator
Hi, my name is Elly! I work as a treatment coordinator and marketing coordinator at our office. Even though I’ve only been here a short time, I feel highly welcomed and supported by the great staff here at The Brace Place. Working in the orthodontic field isn’t just a job for me, it’s a place I go to have fun! I have lived in Joplin my whole life. I love Joplin and the sense of local support this town brings! I am a proud mother to my 11 year old son, 5 year old daughter, and 5 year old dachshund (yes, she is my child too!). I am soon to be married to my best friend! In my spare time you may find me doing Pinterest projects with my love, or spending time outdoors with my family and friends. I give all my thanks to God for making life so great!

Janice, the lab coordinator and certified orthodontic assistant of the Brace Place
Janice – Clinical and Lab Coordinator/ Certified Orthodontic Assistant
Janice was born in Joplin and is a certified orthodontic assistant. She began working at The Brace Place in 1996! Janice’s hobbies include spending time with her husband and two boys, going to the lake, enjoying the outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Jennifer, the office manager and orthodontic assistant of the Brace Place
Jennifer – Office Manager/ Orthodontic Assistant
Jennifer has been with Dr. Joseph since 2010 and is a native of Springfield, MO. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and two boys, going to the lake, traveling, photography, performing in Southern Symphony Orchestra and making crafts in her free time.