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Our Team

We have an amazing staff with years of experience in caring for people just like you.

Dr. James Frilling
Dr. Frilling is a graduate of The Ohio State Univeristy Dental School. He is orginally from Sidney, Ohio and still has family there. After attending the Univeristy of Toledo for his undergraduate degree and after dental school, he joined the US Navy where he worked for 3 years as a Dental Officer. He moved to Lancaster in 1992 wanting to work in a smaller town that had a family feel. He quickly became a known name in Lancaster for great gentle dental care.

Dr. Frilling attends many continuing education courses each year to keep up with the changing dental needs of his patients. He treats his patients as if they were his family and would only recommend the best dental care. Dr. Frilling and his wife, Julie and two children, Connor and Katie, live in Lancaster. They are advid Ohio State Buckeyes fans and Dr. Frilling actually has a “Buckeye Room” at the office in which his patients enjoy.

Debbie Burke - RDH
Debbie joined the River Valley Dental Team in 2007. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Debbie is originally from North Olmsted, a suburb of Cleveland. She worked for 17 years as a Dental Hygienist in Worthington. Debbie’s favorite part of dentistry is educating patients on their oral health and offering the best treatment available so that they can have a smile that is healthy, as well as looks and feels good.

She feels that River Valley Dental is a place that can offer its’ patients quality dental care in a gentle, caring way. She knows that your time is valuable and is very respectful of that.

Debbie and her husband, Sean, live in Lancaster, they have 2 daughters Emma and Abby. The Burkes love to spend time with family and friends, traveling and of course OSU football.

Nicole Pugh - RDH
Nicole achieved her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University in 2008. She has a variety of experience in the dental field, from front desk to assisting, she is a valuable member of our team. Also, Nicole is a dental hygiene faculty member at Columbus State Community College, where she obtained her Associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Nicole loves the fun friendly environment at River Valley Dental and sees that we treat our patients like family. She and her husband, Tommy, have two children, Meadow and Kody. Nicole is a native of Lancaster and loves that she gets to work in the town that she knows and loves.

River Valley Dental
1579 Tiki Lane
Lancaster, OH 43130
(740) 653-8706
Office Tour
:: Tooth-colored fillings - no more of
   "the metal mouth" look
:: Implant restorations - often the
   most conservative and functional
   approach to single or multiple tooth