About Your Dentist

William Bloink, DMD

"Dentistry plays a truly unique role in healthcare because it is a combination of the disciplines of art, medicine & engineering.”
D octor + EN gineer + ar TIST = DENTIST"

My Mission

"To care for my patients in the most compassionate and comprehensive way. To provide high-quality dental care that will exceed my patients' expectations and satisfy their oral health needs."

Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine - Alton, IL

Bachelor of Science
Quincy College – Quincy, IL

Continuing Education 

  • DoCS Oral Conscious Sedation Training
  • PAC-Live - Dentistry's premier hands-on, live-patient cosmetic training
  • Invisalign Certified Provider
  • Mini Dental Implant Training
  • Dental Boot Camp
  • Heartland Doctor Leadership
  • Endodontics Training

Personal Attention / Professional Excellence

"It's very important to understand what a patient needs and what services and materials are right for each individual. For this reason, I strive to continually increase my knowledge and improve my abilities. I believe there are endless rewards for all involved when we meet our patients’ needs and help them achieve their oral health goals.

I genuinely enjoy meeting and interacting with patients and I look forward to working with you to establish a beautiful smile that lasts forever."

Aaron Rucker, DMD

"You don't have to take care of all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep."

My Mission

“I want my patients to be confident that when they visit, they will receive caring, compassionate, and effective dental treatments. Dentistry affords me the opportunity to play a significant role in my patients’ overall health and positively impact their health and self-esteem.”

Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University – Mesa, AZ

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Rucker has continued his education with advanced training through the Seattle Study Club, Academy of Osseointegration, and Zimmer Institute. He is a member of the Arizona Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Rucker currently lives in Springfield, Illinois with his wife and children. He enjoys ice hockey, fishing, camping, boating, salt water aquariums, golf, and sports. He is involved with the Cass Homeless Shelter, Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary Club.

Tanner Flaherty, DMD

"A smile is often the key thing. One is paid with a smile. One is rewarded with a smile. One is brightened by a smile." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My Mission

“I seek to make my patients feel as comfortable and confident as possible. To ensure my patients’ health is in the best hands possible, my team and I not only feature the most up-to-date techniques and technology available, but we also consistently work to update our own dental skills and knowledge through continuing education.

Being a dentist allows me to transform lives in a positive way; I want my patients to know that I take this responsibility very seriously and that I am committed to helping them enjoy their best dental health.”

Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health at A.T. Still University – Mesa, AZ

Life & Hobbies

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Flaherty enjoys a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities, especially golf, snowboarding, and wakeboarding.

William (Gus) A. Bloink IV, DMD

"Let us always meet each other with smiles, for the smile is the beginning of love." - Mother Teresa

My Mission

“To serve my community and patients to the best of my ability in all aspects of oral health care. I strive to continue the tradition of making The Dental Group of Springfield an environment that provides compassionate care for all those wanting to take the next step toward optimal oral health.”

Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry – Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Science
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL

Continuing Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Bloink is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and G.V. Black Dental Society. Dr. Bloink is a graduate of the Advanced Predoctoral Implant Program and has even been awarded the International Congress of Implantologist Predoctoral Achievement Award. He is also Invisalign Certified.

Life & Hobbies

When he isn’t practicing dentistry, Dr. Bloink enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Molly, and his family and friends. He loves being outdoors and particularly enjoys golfing and boating.