Terry Gruelle, DMD, MS, PSC

Dr. Gruelle believes the Confucius quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life” truly applies to being an orthodontist. There is no mistaking Dr. Gruelle's signature greeting and warm smile. His personality is as warm as his clinical skills are strong. “Orthodontics was the perfect choice for me. Creating smiles that change people’s lives is our mission.

What Dr. Gruelle loves about orthodontics: “I am excited about seeing each of my patients and consider them my family. I embrace the changes in technology that allow us to provide excellent results in a caring and family type atmosphere.

Patients may have similar dental issues, but the options to treat them are varied. “It is not what benefits me, but what is best for each patient. It is my privilege to identify what they feel is important, then design treatment options that meet their needs, wants, and what is financially in their best interest.”

When not treating patients, Dr. Gruelle enjoys being an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Northern Kentucky University.

He also provides lectures and seminars on dentistry and Invisalign nationally and internationally.

Dr. Gruelle at a Glance


DMD, University of Kentucky

MS, University of North Carolina

BS, Eastern Kentucky University

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Jerrod Dempsey, DMD, MS, PSC

What Dr. Dempsey Loves about orthodontics: "I cherish the lasting relationships built between myself, my patients, and their families throughout treatment. It is truly a joy to come to work every day and interact with people that I consider friends."

When not treating patients, Dr. Dempsey enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He is also an avid golfer and loves spending time outdoors.

Dr. Dempsey at a Glance


DMD, University of Kentucky

MS, University of Kentucky

BS, Northern Kentucky University/University of Louisville/University of Kentucky

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Ashley Mencarelli, DMD, MS, PSC

Dr. Mencarelli has been an orthodontist since 2016, and Dr. Dempsey has known her since residency. She has practiced orthodontics in Lexington, KY for the past two years.

The addition of Dr. M will allow us to continue to provide World Class Orthodontic care to those we serve at a more patient centric pace. It will also enable us to increase our research and share with others both locally and around the world.

Dr. Mencarelli at a Glance


DMD, University of Kentucky

MS, University of Kentucky

BA, Miami University

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Mary has been a Patient Manager since 1995. With over 30 years of experience in the dental field, she is very adept with patients who have comprehensive dental needs. She's seen the impact having a great smile can have on patients firsthand and is aware that having a great smile benefits patients at school, work and even in their relationships. Mary is married with 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren, 1 dog and 2 horses.

"Drs. Gruelle and Dempsey always put a smile on my face as well as our patients. They treat each and every patient as if they were family. I love working in a practice where all the team members work closely together to achieve the same excellent results for every patient."

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I have been working for Dr.’s Gruelle and Dempsey since 2014 and had my orthodontic treatment here when I was in high school. I will be married in May to my high school sweetheart, who also had his braces done by Dr. Gruelle in high school. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family at our river camp. My favorite thing about working here is seeing everyone’s smile transformation, and how it changes their lives.

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I have been a part of Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics since 2015. My favorite part of my job is seeing the change in people’s smiles and confidence during the time they are in treatment. I also enjoy the different relationships I’ve built with our patients in all of our offices. Each office has its own unique patients, which makes our job so special! When not working I enjoy trying new restaurants, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

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I have been in orthodontics since 1994. I have three children, and absolutely love spending time outdoors camping and hiking.

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I have been working with Dr.’s Gruelle and Dempsey since May of 2016 and have been in the Orthodontic field since 1998. I am married with 4 children. I enjoy kayaking, refinishing furniture and watching my children play sports.

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I started in Orthodontics in 1998 as a part-time job while attending the University of Cincinnati. After graduating college this “part-time” job became my career. I love interacting with all of the patients, and working with Invisalign treatments. Seeing the patient’s smiles and confidence change throughout treatment is so rewarding. I am married with 3 boys and enjoy photography, being outside gardening, and watching my boys sporting events.

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I've worked for Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics for three years and it has been a very rewarding job. I enjoy working alongside the patient from the start of treatment to the very end, and seeing how happy each patient is with the results of their smiles is worth every moment of this job.

Outside of working I spend my extra time traveling to different cities and back home to Michigan for very well spent time with my family.

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I have been working in the dental field for most of my life. My husband and I have three wonderful children and I enjoy running, needle point, and watching any sports activity.

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I have been in orthodontics since 1992. I am married with two children. In my time off I enjoy watching my kids play sports and also working part time as a massage therapist

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I have been working in orthodontics for a little over 3 years. My favorite part about working in the field is meeting new people and seeing their improvements throughout treatment as they leave from each appointment. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family and watching sporting events (especially Kentucky football and basketball).

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I started working for Drs Gruelle and Dempsey in 2014 but I have been in the dental field for 25 years. What I enjoy most is seeing the impact a beautiful smile has on our patients' self esteem. When not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren.

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Grace has been working in dentistry since she was a teenager. She is from Chicago. She is a die hard Cubs fan and is  1 of 12 children.  She was home schooled from kindergarten all the way through high school so her first classroom experience was college.  Grace has her degree in Biology from University of Illinois Chicago.  

Grace loves Orthodontics because she enjoys being a part of someones smile transformation and seeing the confidence patients gain throughout the treatment process.  Grace's goal is to make sure everyone has a positive orthodontic experience so that there are no terrible flashbacks of impressions or braces just memories of happy staff and doctors.  

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Sara has enjoyed working in the orthodontic field for over 10 years. She currently works as one of our Clinical Assistants and New Patient Coordinators. Sara is married, and currently has two little girls who keep her busy during her time off. 

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Kelley has been with the practice since 1997. She first became familiar with Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics when she, herself, was a teenage patient. Kelley wears several hats in the office by being the Records Coordinator as well as a Patient Manager and Laboratory Technician. She works with patients when they first get started in treatment by taking their records and again when they finish treatment. She has a gift for computers, photography and computer generated impressions and models. Kelley is married and has 3 boys."It's fun to share in some of the milestones in our patients' lives such as proms, graduations, even marriages, children and grandchildren. Of course, the best part is seeing the beautiful smile we've created together when treatment is over."

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I have a daughter and enjoy music, travel and eating. I’ve been working in the dental field for the last decade and have been with Gruelle and Dempsey Orthodontics since 2016.

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Debbie has served Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics in all areas of the practice since 1977. She is responsible for helping the practice run smoothly and answering any treatment, insurance, or financial questions you may have. She handles computer, vendor, inventory and any technology issue that arises. Debbie has been married for 33 years and has 3 grown children and 1 grandson.

"It has been rewarding to be part of such a successful orthodontic practice from day one. Changes have been made over the years to embrace new technology in orthodontics, but one thing has stayed the same, Dr. Gruelle's honesty when presenting a treatment plan. He is so aware that each patient is a 'person' and gives all the options available to them so they can make the best informed decision for their child or themselves. We are so happy that Dr. Dempsey has joined our practice. One can sense his integrity and the passion for orthodontics."

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Kim is a behind the scenes multi-tasker. She is the person who created those financial papers that you 'love to sign.' She uses her soft-spoken personality to assist with receptionist duties and scheduling. She is pleased to help our patients with payment plans, insurance billing and their Flexible Spending Accounts. Kim has been with our team since 2009. She is married with 2 boys and is a true "hockey mom."

"The most rewarding part of my job is getting to know the families, helping them to improve their smile and knowing that I made a positive impact in their lives."

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I’ve worked for Drs Gruelle and Dempsey since 2014 as an appointment coordinator/scheduler. My favorite part of working for the doctors is seeing the wonderful transformations of the patients and working closely with the caring staff. In my free time I enjoy crafting and watching my son play AAU basketball, baseball, and football.

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Kathy has been a receptionist at Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics since 2000. She is the first smiling face one sees as they walk through the door. You will even "hear" her smile on the phone as she calmly meets the needs of each call. Kathy has been married for 38 years and has 2 grown daughters.

"The best part of my job is becoming friends with the patients, their families, and most importantly, their big smile at the end."

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I have worked in orthodontics for eleven years. I am married and have two children. In my spare time I like to shop, decorate and spend time with my family and friends.

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