Rita A Tempel DDS
Gettysburg Smiles
Exceptional Dentistry
Call: (717) 339-0033

Meet Dr. Tempel

Meet Dr. Rita Tempel - Gettysburg, PA Dentist 




Dr. Rita Tempel celebrates over 25 years of service in the field of dentistry. Over the past two decades, Dr.  Tempel has been recognized multiple times as an outstanding dental professional:

Top Awards

Dr. Tempel is currently working on being the fourth accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in the state of Pennsylvania. 

In her local community of Gettysburg, Adams County, PA, she is consistently voted one of the "Best Dentists" in the local Pick of the County Contest sponsored by the Gettysburg Times. She is also consistently recognized as a "Top Dentist" within the South Central PA region, across Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Hanover and Chambersburg. 

Additionally, her peers and colleagues have selected her as a Top Dentist in her field of Cosmetic and General Dentistry. Dr. Tempel has been recognized as one of America's Top Dentists by the Consumer's Research Council every year since opening her Gettysburg office in 2005. 

In 2012, Dr. Tempel was featured for her cosmetic work on the TV show Dream Weddings.

Community Service

She regularly donates her time and talents to the surrounding Gettysburg and South Central PA community. For example, she has helped victims of domestic violence through the AACD charity "Give Back and Smile." She has sponsored local community events such as the Linda Kranias Memorial 5K inspired by Stacy Hobbs with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. And she has sponsored fundraising events at the SPCA.

In 2011, the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce awarded Dr. Rita Tempel with an Exemplary Service Award.

Academics and Military Service

Dr. Rita Tempel graduated in 1993 from the University of Maryland Dental School. During her doctorate studies, Dr. Tempel was a member of the Gorgas Odontological Honorary Society as well as the Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor society which she was elected President. In her early years, Dr. Tempel fulfilled many leadership roles and received awards that recognized her as an outstanding dental professional.  Some awards include the American Association of Women Dentists Award for the Outstanding Woman Dentist in Leadership and Academic Excellence, as well as several Army Commendation medals and Army Achievement awards.

Dr. Tempel served 3 years active duty in the Army Dental Corps.  In 1993-94, she was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland and  in 1994-96, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Dr. Tempel is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Locally, she served as past-president of the Hanover/Gettysburg Dental Society.

Family Life

Dr. Rita Tempel's husband is an oral maxillofacial surgeon at Adams Oral Surgery, Hanover/Gettysburg. They have two sons--one who graduated from Gettysburg Area High School and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronatics and currently works locally as a helicopter mechanic and another who is currently a Freshman at Marywood University studying Architecture and playing College Baseball.  The Tempel family enjoys fishing and traveling as a family. Their Italian greyhound Gracie rounds out the family.

Dr. Tempel's Approach  

"My practice's philosophy is to treat a patient as if I were the patient in the chair.  After a thorough and gentle examination, I believe in educating the patient, providing them with their treatment options and then allowing them to have an active role in the decision making and treatment process of their dentistry. There are always choices in dentistry."

"I find that I want the best for my patients, like a mother would treat her own children."

We invite you to read our many testimonials and reviews from our patients who consistently comment on Dr. Tempel's outstanding level of care. 

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Dr. Rita Tempel
2018 York Road Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 339-0033 URL of Map