About Your Dentist

Aaron Rucker, DMD

"You don't have to take care of all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep."

My Mission

“I want my patients to be confident that when they visit, they will receive caring, compassionate, and effective dental treatments. Dentistry affords me the opportunity to play a significant role in my patients’ overall health and positively impact their health and self-esteem.”

Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University – Mesa, AZ

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Rucker has continued his education with advanced training through the Seattle Study Club, Academy of Osseointegration, and Zimmer Institute. He is a member of the Arizona Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Rucker currently lives in Springfield, Illinois with his wife and children. He enjoys ice hockey, fishing, camping, boating, salt water aquariums, golf, and sports. He is involved with the Cass Homeless Shelter, Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary Club.

Tanner Flaherty, DMD

"A smile is often the key thing. One is paid with a smile. One is rewarded with a smile. One is brightened by a smile." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My Mission

“I seek to make my patients feel as comfortable and confident as possible. To ensure my patients’ health is in the best hands possible, my team and I not only feature the most up-to-date techniques and technology available, but we also consistently work to update our own dental skills and knowledge through continuing education.

Being a dentist allows me to transform lives in a positive way; I want my patients to know that I take this responsibility very seriously and that I am committed to helping them enjoy their best dental health.”

Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University – Mesa, AZ

Life & Hobbies

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Flaherty enjoys a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities, especially golf, snowboarding, and wakeboarding.

William (Gus) A. Bloink IV, DMD

"Let us always meet each other with smiles, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa

My Mission

“To serve my community and patients to the best of my ability in all aspects of oral health care. I strive to continue the tradition of making The Dental Group of Springfield an environment that provides compassionate care for all those wanting to take the next step toward optimal oral health.”

Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry – Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Science
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Bloink is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and G.V. Black Dental Society. Dr. Bloink is a graduate of the Advanced Predoctoral Implant Program and has even been awarded the International Congress of Implantologist Predoctoral Achievement Award. He is also Invisalign Certified.

Life & Hobbies

When he isn’t practicing dentistry, Dr. Bloink enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Molly, and his family and friends. He loves being outdoors and particularly enjoys golfing and boating.

Grace Cheng, DMD

“I enjoy getting to know my patients. I like learning about them, their families, and their dental needs. When I can build a relationship based on trust and professionalism, I can deliver the care the patient needs.”

My Mission

“To treat my patients with compassion and respect. To deliver the best possible care to each patient I see.”

Formal & Continuing Education

Dr. Cheng received her dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, IL.

In addition to her formal education, she will continue to seek out advanced courses in both general and cosmetic dental procedures to better serve her patients.

Associations & Memberships

Dr.Cheng is currently a member of the American Dental Association

Making a Difference for Every Patient...

“As a dentist, I constantly try to better myself to help my patients. I am committed to staying on the leading edge of dental technology so that I can use the latest advances in dental technique to improve my patients' oral health. My team and I attend continuing education courses that exceed the industry norm to ensure we stay abreast of new developments and innovative techniques. I am fortunate to have such a skilled and motivated team by my side. We all have a servant's heart, and we will do whatever it takes to put our patients first!”