About Us

It's nice to meet you. At Drs. Bankhead and Groipen, we believe that healthy teeth are a team effort. Our team consists of our clinical and administrative staff, our doctors, and of course you. It's important for you to feel comfortable with us as we work toward your goal of a healthy smile. We'd like to use this page to introduce ourselves. Watch an interview with Dr.Paul Groipen!

Meet Our Doctors

In Memoriam

Kirk Bankhead

Kirk Bankhead D.D.S.

The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science, Zoology, 1980
Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1985

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Kirk Bankhead on June 8th, 2019 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His passion for dentistry clearly flowed over into his personal life, and he would often make follow-up calls to patients on his personal time. When Dr. Kirk could pull himself away from work, he truly thrived on travel and its experience. He had the opportunity to discover many parts of the world and immersed himself in the language and culture of the countries he visited. He also enjoyed a wide array of hobbies such as bodybuilding, landscaping, and watching the Red Sox.

Meet Our Staff

Our support staff at Drs. Bankhead and Groipen is made up of people who grew up in the area. Many of our patients are our neighbors and we therefore have a strong sense of community. When a patient calls with a question or a concern, we do our best to resolve the issue and help our neighbor. We get along very well with each other and our patients have often remarked that we create a fun atmosphere. If you’d like to see more pictures of us at work and play, please head over to our Facebook and Instagram page.

  • The Front Desk

    Our front desk staff is experienced in facilitating the dental care you need. Denise, Dave, and Tara are our office managers, supported by Janet, Meghan and Stacey. Together they bring a combined total of 75 years working with Drs. Bankhead and Groipen! The women were all born and raised in Boston (Dave is from the South Shore) and we know many of our patients from the community. It’s this personal connection with our patients that motivates our work. Our front desk often develops personal rapports with the patients, and we look forward to seeing them. If you need help with scheduling, insurance, or finances, (among other topics) just call and someone will be happy to help you.

  • Dental assistants

    Our team of registered dental assistants is responsible for helping the dentist in performing the procedure, taking diagnostic x-rays or impressions if necessary, and a myriad of other tasks. Each assistant usually works specifically with one doctor. This means that as the patient forms a relationship with the doctor, a relationship with his assistant is formed at the same time. Our assistants are calming and welcoming, and the atmosphere they create alleviates any anxiety a patient may have about visiting us.

  • Dental Hygentists

    We have fourteen full- and part-time hygienists. This allows us to offer evening and Saturday appointments. Often, a personal bond is forged between hygienist and patient, and many patients have a favorite hygienist. Their popularity is evident in how quickly the schedule books up. We encourage our patients to schedule cleanings six months in advance, if possible, to ensure the requested day, time, location, and hygienist are available.