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Meet the people who are ready to transform your smile.


Meet the Doctors.

At Riverside Dental we take immense pride in our team of highly skilled and compassionate dentists who are dedicated to providing top-notch dental care. Our dentists are passionate about helping patients achieve their best oral health and beautiful smiles. With years of experience and a commitment to staying ahead of the latest advancements in dentistry, our team ensures that every patient receives personalized and exceptional treatment. Get to know the smiling faces behind our practice, and rest assured that you are in expert hands when you choose Riverside Dental for your dental needs.

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Dr. Nicole Brubaker

Dr. Nicole Brubaker, a Byron native, began her studies at Rockford University and went on to earn her dental degree from A.T. Still University - Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. 
Mixing science with art, Dr. Brubaker’s dedication to dental care stems from a passion for helping others achieve optimal oral health and confidence in their smiles. Outside of her practice, Dr. Brubaker finds joy in being at the golf course with family, watching college basketball, and reading. She married her husband, Taylor, in 2023 and they share a mini aussie named Maya and a cat named Dexter.

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Dr. Scott Bares

D.D.S. & Owner

Dr. Bares received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2006. Dr. Bares is a native of Freeport, Illinois and a graduate of Freeport High School.

Dr. Bares specializes in all aspects of General Dentistry, including restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Bares is certified in advanced CAD/CAM technology that enables patients to enjoy chairside restorations for all-ceramic crowns in a single visit. He also is trained in Invisalign® procedures as an option for straightening teeth.

Dr. Bares and his wife, Kelly, are sole owners of 10 dental offices, including Forreston Dental, 2 Freeport Dental offices, Burlington Dental, Peoria Dental, Oregon Dental, Rochelle Family Dental, Autumn Dental of Mokena, and Riverside Dental.


Dr. Kathryn Haraldson


Dr. Haraldson received her B.S degree from Northern Illinois University and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago. Dr. Haraldson has served in private practice since 1997 in the Joliet, IL area. She is an active member of the International Association for Orthodontics.

Dr. Haraldson specializes in all aspects of restorative and cosmetic general dentistry with an emphasis on pediatric and orthodontic care. She also educates patients on the importance of airway and functional therapy as well as maintaining oral health to sustain a healthy body.

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