Stephen W. Ritz, DDS

Dr. Ritz is a graduate of Seneca East High School in Attica, Ohio. He received a BS in Biology from the University of Toledo in 1978 followed by a D.D.S. degree from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in 1981. Following a General Practice Hospital Residency at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio he began his private practice in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. He has enjoyed serving his patients in this area since 1982. Dr. Ritz is a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and the Central Ohio Dental Association. Dr. Ritz is an assistant clinical professor at The Ohio State University Dental School. He enjoys spending Tuesday mornings teaching the next generation of dentists.

Dr. Ritz and his wife Devera have one daughter, Katie, who recently graduated from the University of Kentucky and works as a journalist for the online newsletter – Thoroughbred Daily News. Dr. Ritz enjoys reading, following the thoroughbred industry and cheering for Ohio State football and University of Kentucky men’s basketball. Dr.Ritz and Devera are members of Trinity Lutheran in Ashland, OH.

Ronald D. Fowler, DMD

Associate Dentist

Dr. Fowler is a graduate of Centennial High School, Colorado. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University. He then received his degree of Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He completed a General Practice Residency at the Ohio State University. Dr. Fowler and his wife Sara have two children Evan and Eleanor. Dr. Fowler enjoys traveling, golfing, exercising, attending sporting events and concerts. His favorite facet of dentistry is sedation and surgical procedures.

Nikki Adams

Hygiene and Dental Assistant

Nikki is a graduate of Cardington Lincoln High School and a 1991 graduate of Marion Technical College. She holds a certificate in dental radiography. She and her husband Allen have two daughters Alyson and Baylee. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, doing yard work, and following her daughters in their various sports activities.

Carol Gist


Carol is a graduate of Marion Harding High School. She has worked with Dr. Ritz since 2002, and prior to that in the dental field for 32 years. She and her husband Ron have a son Tony. Tony and his wife Mel have four children. Carol enjoys golf, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Kelly Hinkle

Hygiene and Dental Assistant

Kelly is a graduate of Champion High School in Warren, OH and attended Mount Vernon Nazarene College. She holds a certificate in dental radiography and began working with Dr. Ritz in 2012. Her favorite part of her job is educating patients. Kelly is married to husband Bob and together they have four children Linsey, Garrison and his wife Kierstan, and Lexi.. In her free time you can find her camping, hiking, or cheering on her children as they compete in various horse competitions and sporting events.

Sherrie Leonard


Sherrie is a graduate of Galion High School. She received an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and holds certificates in dental radiology, medical transcription, CPR and Basic Life Support. She started working with Dr. Ritz in 2000 and previously worked for six years as a hygienist in Dayton. She and her husband Mike have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 dogs. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, spending time with family, and following her grandchildren in their various sports activities. Sherrie enjoys providing her patients with the best oral care possible.

Devera Ritz

Hygiene Assistant and Receptionist

Devera is a graduate of Cardington Lindoln High School and The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree. She holds a certificate in dental radiography. Devera has worked with her husband in his dental practice since 1992. Her favorite part of her work is making sure each patient feels as though they are welcome and comfortable in the dental office. She and her husband live on Cedar Fork Farm with their two dogs and horse Aspen. In her spare time Devera enjoys reading, cooking, visiting President’s homes, volunteering at church and visiting her daughter Katie in Lexington, Kentucky.

Brenna Cox

Hygiene Assistant

Brenna is a graduate of Mount Gilead High School and she holds a certificate in dental radiography. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know all of our patients. She and her husband Caleb have two children Trent and Macy. Brenna enjoys crocheting when she’s not playing with and enjoying Trent.