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At Southern Ohio Periodontics our priority is to educate the patients about their oral condition and to deliver quality care to our informed patients.  We believe that informed patients are able to make better decisions about their health in general. We are happy to explain your condition and the treatment options to you. 

Rupa Hamal DMD, MS, MPH


Dr. Rupa Hamal has over 14 years experience in practicing Periodontics and Dentistry. She is a Diplomate to the American Board of Periodontology (the equivalent of Board Certified in Periodontics). She also teaches part time at the College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, as a Part time Assistant Clinical professor.  Her Academic background includes:

  • DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) from the University of Pennsylvania

  • Certificate of Periodontics from the Ohio State University

  • Master of Public Health from the Ohio State University

  • Master of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham


She has extensive experience with treatment of gum diseases, periodontal surgery, dental implants, extractions, laser surgery, and working with patients who have other medical conditions.

Professional Awards and Honors

  • PASS-International Dentist Award; academic and clinical excellence; University of Pennsylvania,5/2002

  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon; Honor Dental Society; University of Pennsylvania, 2/2002

  • Honors Program, Clinic for Medically Complex Patients, University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2002

  • Fellowship, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Periodontal Research Center, 1995-1996.

  • Who's Who in American Universities, 1996. The University of Alabama at Birmingham



Robert Schmidt - Office Manager

Robert Schmidt worked as a software engineer and product manager for many years.  After retiring from that profession he was looking to do something different, and now he works as our office manager.

"My favorite part of this job is meeting new patients, getting to know them, and working with Dr. Hamal to figure out how we can best improve their oral health.  It is a big change from the corporate world.  Results are often dramatic and easy to see.  The focus is on individuals, not corporations."    At Premier Periodontics we treat each other and our patients like family.

In his spare time Robert enjoys taking his kids to their sports events, cycling, and working out.



Amanda Bryant- Front Desk


Amanda enjoys getting to know our patients  and building great relationships with them.  It is important for her to give patients the best options and make them happy with our service.  

She enjoys spending time her family and friends, traveling, and reading.


Melody Whitten- Surgical Assistant


Melody began her career in Chillicothe, Ohio.  She attended her schooling at Pickaway-Ross Joint Vocational Center. Melody loves people and very compassionate with her patients.  She has been in the Periodontal field for over 25 years.  Mother of 3 grown children  and 5 grandchildren.  Melody enjoys outdoor activities including 4-wheeling, swimming, rail buggy riding and traveling.

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