About US

Are you looking for a trusted family Winghaven dentist in O’Fallon, MO? Make an appointment with us at Boardwalk Family Dental, where we provide you and your family with quality, comprehensive dental care in a friendly, state-of-the art facility. Our caring, professional doctors and staff strive to meet your individual needs with our convenient hours and latest dental techniques. What’s more, we pride ourselves on forging life-long partnerships with all of our patients.

Our Dentists


Eric Hurtte, D.M.D.

Eric Hurtte DMDDr. Hurtte attended Eastern Illinois University before graduating from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hurtte is a member of the American Dental Association, American Orthodontic Society, and the Appliance Therapy Group.

As an experienced Winghaven dentist in O’Fallon, MO, Dr. Hurtte treats people at every stage of their lives. His youngest-ever patient was just three weeks old, and his oldest 105. Whether he’s fitting teenagers with braces, or his older patients with crowns and bridges, Dr. Hurtte is committed to delivering the highest standard of personalized care.

He is skilled in all aspects of family, cosmetic, and reconstructive dentistry, from routine cleanings to dentures, and is also a certified provider of Invisalign.


Tarah Ridenbark, D.M.D.

My name is Dr. Tarah Ridenbark.  I am the newest member to the fantastic Boardwalk Dental Family! I can’t wait to meet all of you, but before I do, I thought you might like to learn a few things about me.

I am from the small town of Staunton, Illinois where I grew up on a farm raising various animals and growing crops.  I have a wonderful, large family of two older brothers and two younger sisters.   As a child I enjoyed trips to the dentist and knew I wanted to be a member of the dental world.  I received my Associates of Applied Science from Lewis and Clark Community College, Bachelors of Science in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville,  and m y Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

During dental school I was able to provide many hours of community service and education, , and continue to volunteer in the community when I can.  I also had the opportunity to attend a mission trip to Jamaica, where dental care was provided to thousands of people in need.   I intend to provide more missionary work in the future.

What I like most about dentistry is the ability to communicate with and educate my patients regarding their dental health and improving their oral condition.  I pride myself in being an accessible and personable professional, dedicated to the care of my patients.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and traveling. I am a big fan of the Harry Potter book series, Taylor Swift, and the St. Louis Blues.  Most of all I love spending time with my dog, Lily Ridenbark.

Our Dental Hygienists


Eric Oltman, R.D.H.

Eric Oltman RDHEric grew up in the small town of St. Clair, MO where he enjoyed sports, biking and time with family and friends. After high school, Eric earned a degree in business management from Missouri State University. Shortly after graduating, he decided to pursue a career in health care as a dental hygienist. Eric graduated from Ozarks Technical Community College in May of 2012 as a registered dental hygienist. He enjoys working with patients and appreciates the variety of challenges that are encountered in the dental office.
Eric is proud to be a party of the Boardwalk Family Dental team. When he isn’t at the office he prefers to be spending time with family, friends and his girlfriend. He enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants. Eric also likes the outdoors. Whether it’s the rivers and lakes of Missouri or an occasional getaway to see the ocean, he loves water. He has a dog names Pigeon and a cat named Cali that’s always make him laugh and keep him smiling.

He treats every patient with the best care possible and looks forward to working with you.

Kimberly Knowles, R.D.H.

Kimberly Knowles RDHKimberly grew up in the Chicago area and moved to St. Louis in 1989. She worked as a dental assistant for several years before entering the dental hygiene program and graduating in 1994.

Kimberly continues to take courses to stay up to date with all the latest dental trends and technologies. She is grateful to have such a rewarding career, and loves being a part of the awesome Boardwalk team.

Kirsten Burkemper, R.D.H.

Kirsten Burkemper RDHKirsten joined Boardwalk Family Dental in 2005 after graduating from St. Louis Community College Dental Hygiene program. Every year she takes CE classes to stay up to date with the lastest technology.

Kirsten comes to us from a small farm community where she grew up and still resides. Kirsten says that Boardwalk is her, “Home away from home.”

Melissa Marquart, R.D.H.

Melissa Marquart RDHMelissa graduated from St. Louis Community College-Forest park with an Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She also earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University.

She has been employed at Boardwalk Family Dental since 2012 and loves working with her patients. Melissa enjoys getting to know my patients, assisting them in maintaining good oral health, and educating them on how to improve their oral hygiene

Our Dental Assistants


Tija Hunter, C.D.A., E.F.D.A., C.D.I.A., F.A.D.A.A.

Tija Hunter 2015Tija is the Office Manager of Boardwalk Family Dental. She is a 1981 Graduate of the Missouri College and has been doing this a long time. Tija is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) and the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA).

She is also the director of the dental assisting schools that Dr. Eric owns and operates. Tija met Dr. Eric when they both worked at a children’s clinic, and she came to work for him when his office opened in 2003!

After making an hour drive each way, I just moved over here to be closer to work and all my Boardwalk Friends!

Brett Hunter, CEREC Specialist

Brett Hunter CEREC SpecialistBrett graduated from the Dental Careers Institute in 2013, here at Boardwalk Family Dental, and was asked to join the team upon graduating. He received his Associates in Applied Science from Louis and Clark Community College also in 2013.

Brett loves computers and new technologies which is why he is especially fond of the CEREC crown construction software. In his free time he loves playing guitar and skateboarding.


Our Front Desk Staff


Diane Tayon

Diane TayonDiane has been in the dental field since 2001 and has been at Boardwalk Family Dental since 2010. She has been working in customer service for 36 years. Diane lives in Winfield and has a daughter and a son who both live in Jackson, MO.

Diane loves what she does and she is excited to be working with such great people and patients, as well as the leading Winghaven dentist in O’Fallon, Missouri.


Peggy Duke

Peggy DukePeggy enjoys her cats, and flowers. She has a strong Christian faith that helps guide her in life. She joined Boardwalk Family Dental in December of 2011 after working with Dr. Eric at a Nursing facility for 10 years.




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7766 Winghaven Blvd.
O’Fallon, MO 63368
(636) 561-4117
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