Dr. RIckoff was born in Minnesota, outside of the Twin Cities. She spent most of her childhood there, playing in the snow in the winter and in the Minnesota lakes in the summer. She moved to Carmel when she was 10 years old, and become known as the girl with the “funny accent” to her fifth grade class at College Wood Elementary. The accent is gone (for the most part), and Dr. Rickoff has fond memories of both her childhood in Minnesota and her adolescence in Carmel. She and her three other siblings, a sister and two brothers, attended Carmel public schools throughout, eventually graduating from Carmel High School.
Dr. Rickoff pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa. There she received her Bachelor of Science in Integrative Physiology, with a minor in Psychology. Though no longer in Iowa, she remains an avid Hawkeye football fan, must to the dismay of her steadfastly Hoosier husband.
Following undergrad, Dr. Rickoff attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where she received her Doctoroate of Dental Surgery. She considers IU her “second school” and thus does root on the Hoosiers from time to time (so long as they are not playing the Hawkeyes).
Dr. Rickoff married her husband, Brett, in 2013. In 2016, they welcomed their son, Carter. They also share their home with their sweet rescue dog, Millie, whom they adopted from the Humane Society in 2011. Dr. Rickoff likes to call her a “hodge podge”, as she is much more interesting than the term “mutt” affords!
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Rickoff enjoys spending time with her family above all else. Her parents and two brothers and their families live locally, and her sister is a short drive away, living in Chicago. Her in-laws also live in town, including her two brothers-in-law and their families. She has three nephews that she adores, and loves that her son has three cousins in town (with cousin number four on the way…another boy!). She also enjoys taking Millie on walks with her husband and son, cheering on both the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers, reading, and trying new restaurants and recipes. She is an avid baker, loving any and all sweets (but of course being sure to brush and floss afterward!). She would love to try any new recipes or restaurant recommendations you have–feel free to share!
Dr. Rickoff’s main goal as a clinician is to provide the highest quality dental care in the most comfortable, familiar way. She strives to get to know her patients on an individual basis, and to cater to their dental and comfort needs as a unique individual. She loves meeting people, and hearing their stories, and cannot wait to meet you!