Abbadent Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Abbadent Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Patient Information

Abbadent Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is a Dubuque based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.


We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Our dentists and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 563-259-5181 and experience why our patients think Abbadent Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is the best dentist in Dubuque.



Meet The Doctor


Richard Downs, D.D.S.

Richard Downs, D.D.S.

Dentist/Owner

Dr. Downs is a very caring and capable professional. It is very obvious that he understands what it is like to be a patient seated in the chair awaiting treatment. I am very grateful for his sensitive, yet highly professional and competent approach to his patients, whom he treats as individuals, devoting to them his undivided attention. He has been successful in instilling that same degree of compassionate competence in his assistants and coworkers, as well.

Dr. Richard Downs has been practicing dentistry in Dubuque since the summer of 1978. At that time, he and his wife Colette moved to Dubuque from the Great Lakes Naval Base North of Chicago with their two children Jeff and Ryan. Both Colette and Richard grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa and completed college educations at the University of Iowa before Richard went on to Dental School. At graduation in 1975, Dr. Downs was awarded the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Dental Student award by the faculty. The award is given by vote of the dental school faculty to the student they believe shows the most knowledge, skill and proficiency in general dentistry. After graduation, Dr. Downs spent three years in the Navy as a Naval Dental Officer.

Dr. Downs has constantly educated himself and his staff in the rapid advances in dentistry. Not only did Dr. Downs go on after dental school to complete a two-year orthodontic non-specialty education for general dentists, but he also attained a Fellowship in a two year study in the "Misch Implant Institute" in Detroit and a Fellowship in the "International Congress of Oral Implantologists". He then completed comprehensive written exams in implantology for the "American Academy of Implantology". He again achieved another Fellowship award in the "Academy of General Dentistry" and is past editor and President of the "Iowa Academy of General Dentistry". Dr. Downs is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has completed studies of the Anterior Aesthetics program at the prestigious Pacific Aesthetic Continuum and the Advanced Functional Restorative Dentistry course at the Las Vegas Institute (L.V.I.). He is also an internationally recognized expert in halitosis diagnosis, control and treatment and gives lectures internationally on the subject of bad breath control and wound healing biology. His web site is well known and can be viewed online at http://www.breath-care.com.

He has recently completed a bone grafting course at the Las Vegas Institute and then a CT cone beam implant course which allows him to place implants on 3 D images of the jaws. Sinus bone augmentations with balloon and tenting techniques and nerve tracking make this one of the most successful and safe implant protocols in the world. The I-cat CT scans can be done at the office and used to make precise implant surgical guides that place implants in exacting positions. To see more about implants, go to our Implants page.

As a result of the union of these fields of study (implant surgical placement and implant restoration, orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery and cosmetics) and realizing the unique opportunity to impact comprehensive cosmetic concerns with treatment available in one single dental practice, Dr. Downs and his staff are continuing their education into the exciting field of cosmetic dentistry and have since renamed the dental practice, Abbadent Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. They use the Sapphire in office bleaching system and have a fast growing Cosmetic Veneer and reconstructive practice

Our newest laser can also complete many fillings with no anesthetic while leaving a near flawless look to the teeth. This laser can also be used for gentle recontouring of gum tissues around the teeth for even better results. Using these varied skills, they can address cosmetic dentistry with an array of knowledge that allows them to use more options to optimize beautiful results.

The practice name (ABBA) reflects their passion to serve, listen to and gently treat all patients they have the privilege to care for. ABBA means Father and comes from the Bible and is there in the name Abbadent to honor God. They do look forward to seeing you and the friends and family you recommend to their care.

Dr. Aaron J Rauen

Dr. Aaron J Rauen

Dentist/Owner
"Dr Rauen and his staff are excellent. I used to be afraid to go to the dentist but not anymore. He is kind, caring, and compassionate. Our whole family has started to see Dr. Rauen, I wouldn't want to go anywhere else."

Dr. Aaron Rauen is originally from Farley, Iowa. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School and went on to attend The University of Northern Iowa where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He was able to earn his degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in only three years. He went on to obtain his education in dentistry at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Rauen has pursued many avenues of advanced education during his career. He has spent much time and effort into the study of Temoporo Mandibular Disorders. He has also become a leader in the field of orthodontics. Dr. Rauen lectures nationally on a monthly basis teaching other dentists about the exciting field of orthodontics (braces).

Dr. Rauen is a member of the American Dental Association, The Iowa Dental Association, The Dubuque District Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, The International Association for Comprehensive Esthetics, and The International Association of Orthodontics. He is the past president of both The Dubuque District Dental Association as well as the Dubuque County Dental Society.

Dr. Rauen resides in Peosta, IA with his wonderful wife, Shelli and his beautiful daughters; Landry, Leighton, Finley, and Everly.

Dr. Jack Osterhaus

Dr. Jack Osterhaus

Dentist

Dr. Jack Osterhaus is originally from Maquoketa, Iowa. He attended The University of Iowa and graduated with High Honors while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences. Dr. Jack continued his education at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry where he graduated in 2013. He currently resides in Dubuque with his wife, Ashley. Together they enjoy traveling, the outdoors, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

As a general practitioner Dr. Jack has experience working with patients of all ages with a wide range of dental needs. Dr. Jack especially enjoys developing long lasting professional relationships with his patients. He believes in collaborative treatment planning and excellent patient care. Dr. Jack is currently a member of the American Dental Association, The Iowa Dental Association, and The Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Jack is welcoming new patients and looks forward to meeting you!

Meet The Team


Jodi McCarron, R.D.H.

Jodi McCarron, R.D.H.

Office Manager and Registered Dental Hygienist
Jodi joined the Abbadent team in 2004 as a hygienist. After 9 years with the hygiene department, she became our office manager. Jodi is married with two sons, Micah and Bobby. She enjoys playing with her boys, spending time with her family, playing cards and cooking in her spare time.



Heather Kies, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Heather Kies, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Schedule Coordinator and Registered Dental Assistant
Heather began a career with Abbadent Dental Center in 1994. She oversees all front desk activity while coordinating our busy schedule. The doctors and staff rely on her to ensure that our daily schedule is accurate and manageable. In her free time, Heather enjoys driving her 72 VW Bug Convertible and going camping and swimming with her husband Duane and her 2 children Addie & Harry.



Cindy Freese, R.D.A.

Cindy Freese, R.D.A.

Schedule Coordinator and Registered Dental Assistant
Cindy graduated from the Dental Assisting program at NICC in 2012. Cindy joined our team in the summer of 2013 as a Registered Dental Assistant. She enjoys working at the front desk scheduling patients, checking into insurance benefits, and sending priors for sleep studies. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys camping with her husband, Dan, and two children, Parker and Ava. She also likes going on motorcycle rides, four wheeling trips, boating on the river, and snuggling with her two boxers, Mason and Maddy.



Meagan Mauss, R.D.A.

Meagan Mauss, R.D.A.

Insurance coordinator and Registered Dental Assistant
Meagan started her career in the dental field in 2006. She became part of the Abbadent team in 2012. Meagan is married with 3 daughters. When not working, she loves spending time with her family, reading and drawing

Rachel Hall, R.D.A.

Rachel Hall, R.D.A.

Schedule Coordinator Registered Dental Assistant
Rachel graduated from the NICC Dental Assisting program in 2012. She has been working in the dental field since then. Rachel joined our team in 2015. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and going to concerts.



Crystal Rojemann, R.D.H.

Crystal Rojemann, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist
Crystal Rojemann is originally from Potosi, Wisconsin. She attended BTC in Janesville, WI for dental assisting. Crystal worked as a Dental Assistant in Platteville, Wisconsin for two years before attending Dental Hygiene school at MATC in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating from Hygiene school in 2005, Crystal worked as a Hygienist for one year in Madison before moving to Iowa. Crystal currently lives in Dubuque. In her spare time she spends time with her husband, family, and friends. Crystal enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and baking.



Jan Rober, R.D.H.

Jan Rober, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist
Jan graduated from The University of Iowa in 1994 from the Dental Hygiene program. She moved to Dubuque in 2009 from Ames, IA. Jan started with Abbadent as a substitute dental hygienist for three years, and then she joined our team as a full time hygienist in 2013. Jan enjoys getting to know her patients and giving them options for better home care and overall health. She and her husband, Daryl, have three children, Nicholas, Alaina, and Emily. She enjoys bicycling, reading, baking, spending time with her family, and watching Iowa and Iowa State College sports in her spare time.



Kendra Mozena, R.D.H.

Kendra Mozena, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist
Kendra worked as a dental assistant before enrolling in the Dental Hygiene Program at Hawkeye Community College; graduating in 2007. Kendra joined the Abbadent team in 2014. She loves getting to know her patients and improving their overall health. Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband Todd, son Porter and daughter Mila.



Tara McMullen, R.D.H.

Tara McMullen, R.D.H.

Registered Dental Hygienist
Tara is originally from Dyersville, IA. She graduated from Loras College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She later went on to dental hygiene school and graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 2012. She worked as a Hygienist in Cedar Rapids for 2 years before joining the team at Abbadent. Tara now lives in Dubuque with her husband Sean, their son Jack and daughter Ireland. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends making memories, being outdoors as much as possible or working on home renovations.



Jolene Pfeiler, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Jolene Pfeiler, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Hygiene Assistant
Since 1989 Jolene has enjoyed a career with Abbadent Dental,. She works with our Hygiene Department primarily with children. She also oversees our Teeth Whitening Center; where you can whiten your teeth in just over an hour. In her free time, she enjoys helping out on her family’s farm and horseback riding with her husband and two children.



Donna Lambe, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Donna Lambe, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Registered Dental Assistant
Donna has enjoyed working at Abbadent Dental Center since September 2000. She assists our three doctors in all types of procedures. Donna enjoys meeting the variety of new people who come here as patients. She is married with five grown daughters and nine grandchildren. Spending time with her family, traveling, and bicycling are her favorite things to do.



Stacey Mai, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Stacey Mai, R.D.A., E.F.D.A

Registered Dental Assistant
Stacey Mai has been a dental assistant with Abbadent since January 1990. She enjoys working in all aspects of dentistry, especially cosmetic dental makeovers. Making our patients feel comfortable is her top priority. In her free time, Stacey loves playing volleyball and spending time with her four children.



Mandy Sanders, R.D.A., E.F.D.A.

Mandy Sanders, R.D.A., E.F.D.A.

Registered Dental Assistant
Mandy graduated from the NICC Dental Assisting Program in July 2006. She joined the Abbadent team in August of that year. Mandy makes our patients feel welcome with her friendly smile and fun personality. When she's not working, she loves to spend time with her three children, take walks by the river and watch movies.



Jessica Schmitt, R.D.A.

Jessica Schmitt, R.D.A.

Registered Dental Assistant
Jessica graduated from the Dental Assisting program at NICC in July 2007. She joined the Abbadent Team as a dental assistant that same month. Jessica loves all aspects of dentistry. In her free time, Jessica loves spending time with her husband, two daughters and dog. She also enjoys camping, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.



Kayla McMahon, R.D.A.

Kayla McMahon, R.D.A.

Registered Dental Assistant
Kayla graduated from NICC's dental assisting program in 2014. As part of her schooling; she completed an internship at Abbadent and was immediately hired. In her spare time Kayla enjoys running, swimming and spending time with family and friends.



Kayla Ring, R.D.A.

Kayla Ring, R.D.A.

Registered Dental Assistant
Kayla is a Registered Dental Assistant. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program at NICC in 2012, and joined our team in February of 2013. Kayla is CPR certified, and she continues to expand her dental knowledge by attending continuing education courses. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.



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