Dr. Ristow was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Kansas and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. He is a dedicated lifelong learner and is in the midst of elective post-graduate coursework at the world-renowned Spear and L.D. Pankey institutes. Dr. Ristow places a high value on patient experience. As a result, he has worked hard to study and emulate best-practice patient experience concepts from offices across the nation. Finally, Dr. Ristow enjoys spending his free time engaging with the community and has a long history of volunteer work with programs that specialize in youth mentorship and work with individuals with disabilities or special needs.