4.3
52 Reviews

Maria Johnson

Nov 09, 2019

Love Merit dental! Everyone that works there is so friendly and welcoming. It really makes going to the dentist a lot easier!

Sophia Johansen

Jul 16, 2019

My old dentist retired without notice and it seems as if there are all new faces in the office. Christine, the new office manager is awfully rude and unorganized. Office seems chaotic and as if nobody knows how to work the systems. After years of me loving Merit Dental I will be finding a new office. No longer will they get my good insurance money!!!

Kendra Lee

Jul 15, 2019

When Dr Rutherford and Renee were there this place was amazing! Unfortunately, this place has went downhill. Christine Freeman, the manager, is so rude and nasty. Also sad to say very unorganized and unprofessional. I had an appointment scheduled, things went wrong due to them being short staffed and instead of her coming to a solution, she offered to reschedule me or to just deal with the fact they called me the same day as my appointment to tell me even though I’m scheduled I will have to wait, I got upset. She hung up and then called back to let me know I’d been dropped as a patient.. I would not recommend you choose this office at all. Horrible customer service!

Jordan Townsel

Jul 15, 2019

There’s a whole new staff here. Jackie is amazing! Theresa, the lady who answers the phone sucks. Christine Freeman is the office manager. She sucks even more so I can’t really blame her staff!! She is rude and also does not know how to manage a business. I had an appointment scheduled for a Monday at noon. That same day, they called and said I’d either have to reschedule or wait when I arrived because my dental hygienists wasn’t in the office. I was upset by that because I was going on my lunch break. Christine, instead of being a good manager and coming to a solution she gets smart and says “well I’m sorry someone called off and who raised you” then she hangs up, calls back and leaves no voicemail. I call them back and Christine says “I left a voicemail you should check it” so I go off on her because she’s being smart for no reason now so then says “we’re dropping you as a customer for threatening behaviors” I advise you don’t go here because they may force you to reschedule due to their lack of staffing or drop you as a customer if you show that you’re upset in anyway.

Lahasa Walker

Jun 01, 2019

It had been almost 8 months since I had seen my regular dentist and I had to switch due to insurance reasons, everyone was polite, the cleaning was gentle. The only problem, I am still waiting to receive the cost of what my insurance won't cover. My appt was at 3:00 I was done by 3:45, I told them I was leaving at 5 p.m. and told them to email me the cost of all the crowns ( of course ) they want to do.

Liz Martin

May 08, 2019

Pleasant staff and very professional!

Ange L

Mar 06, 2019

Went in for my first appointment yesterday after not seeing a dentist in almost two years. Have never enjoyed going to the dentist for all the normal reasons, and will probably never be excited to say I'm going to the dentist, but I felt welcomed and comfortable in the Merit Dental office. Abigail asked lots of questions which helped me feel more comfortable and explained each process throughout x-rays. Dr. Suh was also friendly and welcoming when he came in towards the end of the appointment. The front desk was also helpful and explained the costs of future appointments well.

Ellery Block

Feb 01, 2019

Jim Woollard

Jan 25, 2019

Gene Weaver

Nov 29, 2018

My wife and I have both been seeing Dr Nicholson at Merit for the past couple of years and are extremely pleased. The entire staff is very friendly and professional and they have been flexible in dealing with emergencies.

Paul Burnam

Jun 06, 2018

I lost a filling two days before I was to leave on a week-long excursion to the Grand Canyon. Merit Dental got me in the next day, and Dr. Kindler replaced the filling less than 24 hours before departure time.

John Halleron

May 23, 2018

Excellent dental work and very friendly staff.

Michael Gifford

May 23, 2018

Always a pleasant visit. Everyone is so nice, especially the staff at check in.

Rachel Haugk

May 07, 2018

I have been going to this office for years. The doctor I was seeing retired, and I was not notified prior to my last visit. I saw Dr. Nicholson. It took me saying something 3 times before she believed that she was causing me pain when drilling an old filling. She seemed rushed to get finished and move on to the next patient.

Phil Jarvis

Apr 24, 2018

I was in this morning for 2 fillings that fell out. I had a Dentist (sorry, forget his name, Don I think) that was in from Louisville to help out due to the office being short staffed and he and his assistant were awesome! He asked if I felt I needed numbing (which I didn't think I did), rather than just doing so, and put in the 2 fillings very successfully without any pain. He took his time, ensured that everything was good and it was a fantastic experience. I don't mind be numbed if needed, but since he asked a few questions and didn't think he needed to do so, I appreciated this. Thank-you very much, it was a great experience!!

Maria Burk

Apr 06, 2018

Very pleased with hygienist Brigitte. Very displeased with temporary doctor that saw me. Was not told that my regular dentist (Dr. Retherford) wasn't there anymore either prior to my appointment or at the check in. The temporary dentist did not introduce himself. He even came in during my cleaning to tell the hygienist that she forgot to do something on the computer for a previous patient. I felt this was rude and interrupting to my cleaning. Very unprofessional not to mention embarrassing for the hygienist to be scolded in front of a patient. I feel that now Dr. Retherford has left (whether voluntary or not - I don't know) the practice seems to be more interested in making a quick buck on patients instead of truly caring for the patients like Dr. Retherford. I've been going to this practice for 15 years. After this visit, I'm not sure I ever want to return or refer anybody.

Sandra Pelok

Apr 06, 2018

My husband and I (Sandy Pelok) both go to Merit Dental in Westerville. I go to Dr. Kindler. She is the best dentist. She is always pleasant and kind. When I have an urgent need she is always accommodating and knows her stuff. I highly recommend Dr. Kindler for your dental needs. I, Philip, had gone to Dr Retherford for almost 30 yrs. I was not told that he left the practice before my appointment to apply a crown and they tried to put me with some guy I never met. I find this very unprofessional. I went to Dr Nicholson, who is very professional and caring. Her assistant David is also very good and professional. My hygienist Bridget is the best. Since Dr Retherford and Renee, who ran the front desk, are gone the office seems to be in disarray. That "feel good" experience and laughter that you used to hear are gone, too. I am seriously considering finding a different dental practice.

Crypto Dave

Apr 05, 2018

Had a visit yesterday, I have no issues with my tooth cleaner, I have been going for years and Bridget always does a good job. They informed me that Rutherford had retired, I felt like they knew he was going to do this and they could have informed me before I was sitting in the chair. The new dentist saw me and wasn't as nice as Rutherford and my biggest issue is when a doctor/vet/dentist, a professional I go to for their honest opinion in a field I don't know about, uses his/her position to start selling product. I was told I needed a toothpaste that costs $22/tube and what do you know I can get it at the front desk. Don't use your position to push product. You start crossing that line of do I really need it or are you trying to make a few bucks. I refuse to go anywhere that includes a sales pitch as part of my appt. I left a vet for exact same reason.

Judith Ayers

Mar 14, 2018

I love this Dentist office they are so nice and try to be so accommodating. I love my hygienist too, she is awesome and does a wonderful job cleaning my teeth.

Dalyn Foreman

Feb 20, 2018

We've been going to this office since we moved to Columbus. My kids are now 17 and 14 and were 2 and an infants when we started with Dr. Retherford. At my last appointment, just yesterday, I was sad to learn Dr. Retherford was gone and that the best front desk person, Renee were leaving. The office seemed a bit crazy and stressed. I didn't care for the way the dentist that saw me spoke to me. Considering making a change after all these years. Kind of a bummer...

Jenny Garrett

Jan 13, 2018

I started going here based on a recommendation 10+ years ago to see Dr. Retherford based on his quality and "painless" service. I have been so happy with the quality, service, and professionalism of Dr.Retherford and ALL of his staff that I too have recommended friends and family. Over the years the business has changed and additional Dentists have joined the practice who have also been of equal caliber. You can not go wrong choosing Merit Dental of Westerville. I love them and appreciate their personal and caring touch. I'm no wimp but I still want the most gentle dental experience I can get. No one gives a less painful Novacaine shot!!!! Choose right! Choose Merit!

Michael schroeder

Oct 11, 2017

This is a very good dental office. Everything is timely and the staff are both friendly and competent

Todd Bollenbacher - KWGC

Sep 13, 2017

They listen and are very thorough.

Katy Coffey

Aug 05, 2017

Kind, helpful, gentle...explain everything well and work with me to help me have a healthy smile. :

Andrea Philipsen

Aug 03, 2017

It is a shame that we didn't receive the kind, caring treatment yesterday that we are accustomed to receiving by the attending dentist. This time Dr. Kindler-Nicholson felt it was her place to diagnose my child with non-existent psych problems because he was apprehensive at the mention of braces. After a long talk with a Patient Representative directly connected to the Dental Director at Merit Dental, it seemed beyond obvious that this situation was very preventable if Dr. Kindler-Nicholson would have used discretion, compassion and humility in her verbal communication. After our dental appointment, I calmly and honestly described what will occur at an orthodontic consult (what Dr. Kindler-Nicholson did not do) and my son is perfectly fine with it "Let's go, I'm in" he says. So, tomorrow, off we go to the orthodontist without fear. I hope Merit Dental can assist and counsel Dr. Kindler-Nicholson to ensure that no other family feels shunned and discounted the way we felt yesterday.

Humberto Montemayor

Aug 02, 2017

Wonderful experience overall from entire staff.....Brandi was exceptional and very attentive with my treatment. My dentist was very professional and highly skilled too.....Dr.Roger Retherford was excellent! !!

Renae Resendez

Jul 27, 2017

I wish I could give them 100 stars because I totally would. I had the most amazing experience with Stacy, my hygienist, and Dr. Nicholson. They were both so sweet and welcoming. I never felt embarrassed or ashamed to have my jacked up mouth looked at. They treated me with such kindness and respect and helped me get comfortable asap as I was in for a bad toothache. In less words, if you need a dentist, this place will have you enjoying a teeth cleaning before you leave. Thank you so much!

Steven Nilan

Jun 30, 2017

I have been going to a dentist for many years and felt that I was not taken care of, honestly taken advantage of. I was in need of a dentist in my network and came across Merit Dental, and was completely blown away. The service that they provide was over and beyond what I have ever experienced. Dr. Kindler was very thorough with her intial exam and put me at ease with transitioning to a new dentist. If anyone is looking for a new dentist in the area I would highly recommend Merit Dental. Their staff are friendly and the wait for appointments are very short. Check them out!

Jeffrey Gardner

Jun 29, 2017

Bridgette and Dr. Kindler are always very friendly. The care my family and I get is excellent. We have been patients for many years and will continue to be for many more.

Joseph Goodburn

Jun 29, 2017

Dr. Kindler-Nicholson always does a great job when I need my front tooth fixed! She is wonderful, and Brigitte is the best hygienist! I love coming to this office!

Brian Wallace

Jun 29, 2017

I love the staff at the Westerville location. They always do their best to make me feel comfortable with what can be an uncomfortable (for some people) trip to the dds. Dr. Kindler and my hygienist Brigitte are always a hoot. Hopefully they'll keep my smiling for years to come!

Bill J

Jun 26, 2017

Donna Reed

Jun 14, 2017

Excellent service as always. Dentist and staff made me feel at ease throughout the appointment.

Samantha Goddard

Jun 10, 2017

Anybody that rates this as a less than perfect review, simply can not be satisfied. There is no better service in Columbus.

Kris Odwarka

Jun 10, 2017

First visit there for X-rays and a cleaning: fast and not at all painful, as it has sometimes been the case at other dentists in the past. Nice, friendly service.

Jim Vaughan

Jun 09, 2017

Without a doubt the best dental office that I have had the pleasure to work with. The staff are always friendly and their professionalism and expertise are outstanding. I lived in Westerville when I first started going to this practice. When I moved to Tipp City ten years ago, I could have chosen another practice in my area but I chose to stay at this practice. The drive is worth it....so if you are looking for a new practice, this is the one to call.

Michael Lee

Apr 26, 2017

This office is great. The staff is friendly and efficient. I highly recommend giving them a try.

Lauren Wiebe

Apr 06, 2017

Wonderful people, expert care. Very little waiting. I began coming here after my dentist of 30+ years retired, and I have never regretted that decision. It's a ways for me to drive (45 minutes), but it's worth it.

Neena Collins

Feb 21, 2017

My dental experiences over the years have been absolutely magical at this place. I'm not kidding; because I'm terrified of Dentists (love Steve Martin in 'Little Shop of Horrors'! I've come a long way Baby! The appointments that I have now are no big deal. Tammy is my BFF!

Melissa Kanzig

Feb 01, 2017

Great for kids!

Maggie Hand

Dec 21, 2016

I've been a patient for about 12 years and they have always been wonderful! Always on time and professional I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new dentist!

John Sneeringer

Dec 03, 2016

I've been coming here for many years; the staff is professional and very friendly. Dr Kindler is great to work with and brings a lot of knowledge and experience. Brigitte is my hygienist and has provided me quality care for years and always made me feel very comfortable. I've always enjoyed her unique personality and decorations. I must say I am very disappointed that she no longer has her ceiling posters though. When I asked why, she mentioned it was not her choice but couldn't give more detail. I'm guessing the corporate clowns at Merit made some sort of mandate.

George Penoff

Nov 17, 2016

Have been using Dr. Retherford and his associates for the past 7 years and have always been very satisfied with his services. Yesterday I required "immediate" services after experiencing several days of symptoms and was able to be seen in less than one hour. After a thorough inspection, it appeared the source of my discomfort may have been linked to a sinus problem (of which I received some good advice upon, also). Dr. Retherford explained what the most likely of possibilities were. 24+ hours later I have returned to more normal conditions. You usually don''t think of your Dental Services on an ER basis, however, it's nice to know that they're available.

Negero Djaleta

Aug 31, 2016

I have always had a wonderful impression about this dental services. Dr. Roger Retherford is a very friendly man and excellent dentist. The staff is friendly and make effort to go beyond the expectations of their duties to create a positive atmosphere for their clients.

Judie Salyer

Apr 27, 2016

Friendly, prompt, and professional. I have been a patient of Dr. Retheford for almost 20 years. I have every confidence in his practice.

Merrill Castle

Apr 27, 2016

Outstanding Dentist & quick service under emergency times. Been a patient over 30 years & my wife. The best!

laurie anderson

Mar 30, 2016

Everyone is very professional and friendly. I was seen on time. The dentist was very kind and made me feel at ease. I would recommend Merit Dental to anyone, and already have as a matter of fact.

Yue Qian

Dec 19, 2015

I was looking for a new dentist after moving to polaris area. I went to couple dental care and did some exams. I was not satisfied with their consultation. So I kept searching online, and then I found Merit Dental. It is not very close to where I am living right now, but the reviews are good. So I decided to try. It is very easy to make an appointment through phone call. And then I went to the clinic and have my teeth cleaned and checked. For a new patient, the waiting time is very short compared to other places. And the service is great. People in the clinic are very nice and patient. They really care their patient, and very honest about the treatment you need. I was very satisfied. So I decided to choose Merit Dental as my continuous dental care. Right now my husband also has his treatment here.

Qiang Chen

Dec 19, 2015

Kyle Burk

Nov 05, 2014

Get yelled at a lot for no real reason, other than flossing. Every time I go there they seem to get upset at me for basically nothing. I have never flossed before, and prior to my last visit, in the last 4 or 5 visits, I have never had a cavity. Now, nothing changed, and I was told that I had 2 cavities. this creates a sense of mistrust with me. this is exactly why I hate going to the dentist now.

Jimmy Elkins

Mar 15, 2014

I have been a patient of Doctor Roger Retherford for twenty plus years. His entire staff is very friendly, professional, and they make you feel like a close friend or family member. My grandson and granddaughter are patients of Dr Christine Kindler and they really like her. They especially enjoy the gift box that Rene has when they are ready to leave. If you are in need of a dentist I highly recommend Spring Grove Dental Care in Westerville. Bridgett is our hygienist and we "love" her.

Paul Burnam

May 28, 2013

Last week I needed to have a molar replaced by a crown due to part of the tooth breaking off. I have been patient at Spring Grove Dental Care for the last two years, but this was the first significant dental procedure that I required. I recalled that having a crown made and installed would take time, and I would experience some degree of discomfort. Dr. Christine Kindler and her technician, Stacy, completely eliminated my misapprehensions. In two hours, they diagnosed, modified the damaged tooth, molded, and fine tuned the temporary crown with a bare minimum of discomfort. I have experienced more discomfort in having fillings done at other dentists than I did on this occasion. Dr. Kindler and Stacy frequently asked how I was doing and made clear how I should signal them if I did not feel right. They exhibited a high degree of professionalism while demonstrating a caring and personable "bedside" manner. I definitely felt I was in good hands. So I recommend Spring Grove Dental Care without reservation.

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Westerville, OH!

It is our pleasure to partner with you in your dental care. Whether you are a new patient or already part of our family, Merit Dental Westerville offers a wide range of general dental services, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry for adults and children.

We accept most insurance and offer new patient specials. If you have any questions, please give us a call.

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We are trained in the latest advances in dental treatment and are empowered to focus on the best care for you and your family. Our services include:

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Merit Dental accepts a wide range of dental insurance plans*, including plans from:

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem 200
  • Anthem 300
  • Anthem PPO
  • Assurant
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Careington Platinum
  • Cigna
  • Delta PPO
  • Delta Premier
  • Dental Health Alliance (DHA)
  • Dental Network of America
  • DenteMax
  • FEP
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Premier Dental Group
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*This is not a comprehensive list, and is subject to change. Please contact your insurance provider to verify coverage and acceptance.

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exam, cleaning & x-rays

Regularly $236 - $363

$49

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About Our Dentists

Dr. Christine P. Kindler-NicholsonDr. Andy Suh

About
Our Dentist

Dr. Christine P. Kindler-Nicholson

Dr. Christine P. Kindler-Nicholson

  • Area of Practice: General Dentistry
  • Education: Adelphi University, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude
    State University of New York at Stony Brook, Doctor of Dental Surgery
    Nassau County Medical Center, One year General Practice Residency
  • Advanced Training: Six Month Smiles short term orthodontics
  • Interests: Coin collecting, hiking, metal detecting, travel, singing, songwriting, playing several instruments, performing music, spending time with family
  • Personal Statement: "When I practice dentistry, I focus on providing the best clinical dentistry I can, ensuring my patients know I see them as unique individuals, and clearly communicating with each patient about appropriate dental treatment. I strive to make sure my patients are comfortable both physically and emotionally through the length of their appointment."
Dr. Christine P. Kindler-NicholsonDr. Andy Suh

About
Our Dentist

Dr. Andy Suh

Dr. Andy Suh

  • Area of Practice: General Dentistry
  • Education: University of California, Irvine, B.S. Psychology and Social Behavior
    Roseman University of Health Sciences, DMD
    Creighton University, Masters of Science in Healthcare Ethics
  • Advanced Training: Invisalign®, Oral Conscious Sedation
  • Memberships: American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Education Association, Ohio Dental Association
  • Interests: He enjoys playing sports, games, and just spending time with his family. He also plays musical instruments, guitars and drums.
  • Personal Statement: "I have four main philosophies in life and in dentistry: respect, integrity, sincerity and accountability. Theses are my promises to my patients and also to my colleagues. "

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