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Dr. Alexander E. Ritchey received his Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and completed his dental training at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, graduating with honors and receiving his Doctorate of Dental Medicine. He then completed his orthodontic training with the St. Louis University Orthodontic Program obtaining a Master of Science degree in Dentistry.

Dr. Ritchey and his wife, Sheri, were born and raised in Joliet. Their plan after completing school was to return home to Joliet to raise their children close to family. Knowing that Joliet was where Dr. Ritchey wanted to practice, he began investigating opportunities in the area. In 2003, Dr. Ritchey had the opportunity to join Dr. Richard Renwick’s practice. Then in 2004, Dr. Ritchey purchased Dr. Renwick’s Joliet and Morris practices allowing Dr. Ritchey to make the Joliet area his practice home.

Dr. Ritchey and his wife Sheri have three children, Rylee, Caden, and Piper. Their dedication to their children and their children’s activities helps keep the demands of practice ownership in perspective. When the opportunity arrives, Dr. Ritchey enjoys running, boating, golfing, and watching his children compete in gymnastics, volleyball, and track.

Both Dr. Ritchey and Sheri are actively involved in community activities as well. For example, Sheri is very active with the Joliet Junior Women’s Club and has served as President as well as many other offices for JJWC. Dr. Ritchey has served on the board for the George Werden Buck Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Joliet and is active in the Will County Dental Society. He has served several terms as a delegate to the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), a member of the ISDS public relation committee, and President of WCDS for 2011-2013. Dr. Ritchey provides orthodontic care to underserved individuals through Smiles Changes Lives and the Illinois Donated Orthodontic Services Program. Additionally, he is proud to support local school fundraisers, sports teams, and other activities his patients are involved in.

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Dr. Clarence J. Red, III grew up in New Lenox and Joliet, Illinois. As a youth, Dr. Red was surrounded by dentistry, orthodontics, and nursing. Dr. Red’s father Clarence Red Jr. practiced orthodontics in Joliet and Morris, Illinois for over 30 years. His mother, Una, was a midwife and an RN at Cook County Hospital and a volunteer nurse at the Will County Medical Clinic. It was during Dr. Red’s formative years that he became interested in pursuing a career in orthodontics as a way to help people in need.

Dr. Red attended grade school and middle school in New Lenox, attending Cherry Hill, Caroline Bentley, and Oakview Junior High. As a high school student, he attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana, but ultimately graduated from Joliet Catholic High School. As a teenager, Dr. Red was a standout swimmer in Illinois and was eligible for numerous swimming scholarships. Rather than accepting an athletic scholarship, Dr. Red chose to attend Xavier University of Louisiana where he could focus his attention on academics. At Xavier University, Dr. Red excelled in academics, fraternity life, and research. Dr. Red was published in Chemical Physics Letters for the research of “Zintyl Phase Materials Effect on Semi and Super Conductors.”

It was in dental school, at Loyola University of Chicago and Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry where Dr. Red furthered his interest in orthodontics. Dr. Red was fortunate to graduate second in his dental school class. This allowed him to be accepted as one of five residents at the prestigious Case Western Reserve University Dental School Department of Orthodontics in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995. Dr. Red gained expertise and appreciation of growth and development at the Bolton- Brush Growth Study Center, which is a research collection that comprises the world’s most extensive source of longitudinal human growth data.

In addition to Dr. Red’s passion for orthodontics and growth and development, he has focused much of his professional energy on helping others who are in need or disadvantaged. He frequently participates in dental, orthodontic, and church mission trips. He has participated in mission work with Angel House Orphanage and Secondary School in Tarime, Tanzania, and St Jude Hospital St. Lucia West Indies, and First Presbyterian Church of Joliet.

Dr. Red met his wife Linzette in Nashville, Tennessee while attending Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry. They have been married for over 20 years and reside in Joliet, Illinois with their two children Summer and Morgan, and their dog Izzy. They are frequently active vollenteers of their community. 

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