Cincinnati Dentist Awarded Rising Star Award


The award recognizes a young leader in dentistry with outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to volunteerism within the community


Cincinnati, Ohio (October 15th, 2015) – Cincinnati Area Dentist’s, Dr. Ruchika Khetarpal, has been awarded the Ohio Dental Association’s Rising Star Award at the Callahan Celebration of Excellence. 


The Rising Star Award, which recognizes a young leader in dentistry with outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to volunteerism within the community and their profession, was given to Dr. Khetarpal in a ceremony on September 18th, 2015.  Dr. Khetarpal said of receiving the award, “This is a tremendous honor and it really means a lot.  Being an active part of both the community in both Colerain and Western Hills along with both the local and state dental community has been tremendously fulfilling and I look forward to continue assisting whenever and wherever I can.”


The President of the Cincinnati Dental Society Dr. Michael Schaeffer nominated Dr. Khetarpal, writing, “Dr. Khetarpal joined the Cincinnati Dental Society in 2009 and during the past six years has been very involved both locally and statewide.  She was instrumental in the success of our ‘Get to Know the Cincinnati Dental Society’ event in 2014 and is on our task force for developing this year’s event.” 


Besides Khetarpal being involved with organized dentistry on the local and state level, she is also very involved in community service activities having participated in the Cincinnati Dental Society’s “Leave No Vet Behind” program, provided free dental care at the Good Samaritan Free Health Center, and participated in the Give Kids a Smile event.  Said Khetarpal, “As dentists, we have the beauty of spending time with patients and getting to know and ease my patient’s concerns and fears is my favorite part of being a dentist.” 


About the Ohio Dental Association


Informing, representing and serving the public and the dental profession in Ohio, the Ohio Dental Association represents more than 5,000 dentists statewide.  Dedicated to oral health, the ODA represents the interests of Ohio dentists and their patients on legislative, regulatory, and third-party payer issues. A not-for-profit association, the ODA is a leader in providing professional information and education to dentists and the dental team.


About Dr. Ruchika Khetarpal


Dr. Khetarpal has two dental offices in the Cincinnati area, one in Colerain and the other in Western Hills, both under the Cincinnati Area Dentist name.  Growing up in the Midwest, she began her pursuit of a career in dentistry while still in high school.  She has served the Cincinnati area since 2009.  Outside of dentistry, she enjoys playing tennis, participating in a community band and traveling. She has been married to her husband, Kaushik Sarkar, for two years.


For more information or to contact Dr. Ruchika Khetarpal, please call her office at (513) 923-1215 or visit Cincinnati Area Dentist’s website at




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