Meet our Team
Hebert Dental takes pride in its team of highly qualified and competent professionals. You can count on our Eau Claire dentists, dental hygienists, and administrative staff to provide you with the care and service you deserve. Our practice has four of the most highly skilled and experienced dentists in Eau Claire. They may focus on different fields, but all of them offer the same level of attention and compassion to all their patients.
Outdoors is where I spend much of my out of office time. I especially love hunting with my dog, Chienne. If I am not hunting, I spend my time on the golf course, in my yard shooting my bow, on the river fishing, in the woods exploring, or giving my grandkids a ride on the ATV. I have become an eager reader of magazines, books on dog training, Africa, infectious diseases, and human-interest stories.
When I began Hebert Dental in 1975, I envisioned a dental practice that would treat patients with the highest level of skill, expertise and care. I wanted the patients to feel calm and at ease when walking through the door.
Our level of skill and expertise is seen once our patients are sitting in the dental chair. We do a very thorough comprehensive examination at the first visit to discover the patient’s dental condition. The examination helps us discover what is needed for our patients to achieve an “Hebert Smile”. We have had a mercury free dental office since 1981. I am proud of my staff and pleased to be treating patients the way I envisioned years ago. – Dr. Hebert
Dr. Tarpenning has a long history of achievement from his younger days in high school to college and now in his professional life. In high school, he achieved numerous academic awards and along the way participated in hockey and tennis. As a Collegian, he was an active officer in the Alpha Phi Omega service Fraternity (founded by the Boy Scouts of America), numerous academic organizations, and worked as both a Christian Camp Counselor and in a Nursing home during his summer vacations.
Now, as a dental professional, Dr. Tarpenning has been a 2 time president of the Chippewa Valley Dental Society, and has spent hundreds of hours on post-doctoral training with a focus on Complex restorative dentistry. He has authored two books about dentistry.
Dr. Tarpenning has been married to his college sweetheart Melissa for over 10 years and they have 3 beautiful children together – Aidan, Keiran and Rowan.
As a child Dr. Tarpenning grew up in Rice Lake. He lived there until the passing of his father. Later he moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he went to high school. He then attended Luther College, located an hour south of Rochester in Decorah, Iowa, for four years where he got his B.A. in Biology. He then attended the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Upon graduation he was an adjunct fixed prosthodontics instructor at the school of Dentistry, and from there joined Dr. Hebert in his practice, which he has been in practice since 2000. He has a wide range of interests, including athletics as he’s been an Eau Claire youth hockey coach. Dr. Tarpenning still is an active hockey player, enjoys bicycling, and runs “for a cure” in a ½ marathon in San Francisco every year.
Dr. Decker has practiced dentistry for over 45 years and he’s an Eau Claire native! Dr. Decker grew up in the Chippewa Valley and graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI. Although he loves all aspects of dentistry, he especially enjoys the long-term relationships he’s developed with his patients throughout the years. Dr. Decker thinks of himself as a motor-head, he loves anything with an engine – racing cars, boats, etc! He is a bit of thrill seeker as well; he enjoys scuba diving, skiing, and car racing! On his more low-key days, Dr. Decker spends his free time with his wife, Jane and their two spoiled golden retrievers, Sulley and Avery. He also has two grown sons as well as five perfect grandchildren.
I grew up near Rochester, Minnesota and moved to Eau Claire when I was 12 where I graduated from Memorial High School. After high school, I went on to get my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. However, shortly after graduating I realized my love of dentistry through observing here at Hebert Dental! That led me back to the University of Minnesota where I applied to dental school, was accepted and four years later, graduated with my DDS degree.
My husband, Spencer, and I had our first child, Bennett, in November of 2019. We love to spend time together and stay active by going on walks, being on the water, and adjusting to life as a family of 3! I am looking forward to raising our family here and learning more about everything this community has to offer. Being a part of the Hebert Dental family is a dream come true!