Welcome to our Practice!




Announcing our new addition:

 George A. Downing, Jr., D.D.S.

Dr. Downing is a comprehensive dentist with over 12 years experience with even the most fearful of patients.  He has had specialty-level training in many areas of dentistry and even received awards for his commitment to advanced dental education.  


It’s clear that Dr. Downing is a perfect addition to our practice.  He hails from New Paris, Ohio where he graduated Valedictorian of his class as well as graduating Summa Cum Laude from University of Dayton.  After graduating from Indiana University School of Dentistry he served as an active duty dental officer in the U.S. Army and received 2 Army Achievement Medals and an Army Commendation Medal.  


Dr. Downing enjoys numerous hobbies he is passionate about including hunting, cooking, wood carving, sculpture, spending time with his family, and farming (ever heard of the Downing Fruit Farm in New Madison, Ohio?).  But, most of all, Dr. Downing’s pursuit of excellence in state-of-the-art dental care for his patients is his biggest passion.


Our office is extremely excited to introduce Dr. Downing.  Dr. Hodge and her staff are happy to have him join your dental team.  


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Welcome to Pleasant Run Dental.
Home to Quality Dental Care in the Cincinnati area!


Dentist Cincinnati, OH - Pleasant Run Dental

At Pleasant Run Dental we truly enjoy being a family dentist and working with all ages for optimal dental health care.  We also strive to provide our patients with the best in quality care that we would desire for our own families and ourselves.  Together, we do everything possible to make your dental visits as pleasant as possible by creating a stress-free dental experience combined with quality, compassionate care from our experienced Cincinnati dentists.

We are happy to offer our full list of treatments in our Cincinnati office to bring beautiful, healthy smiles to our patients.  Our caring team will work with you and your family to map out a dental plan that fits your personal needs, goals, budget and lifestyle.  Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Laser Dentistry
  • In-Office and Home Teeth whitening
  • Dentures and Partial Dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Gum Disease Therapy
  • Denture/Partial Stabilization 
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
  • Invisalign
  • State-of-the-Art Tooth Extraction and Bone Preservation
  • Botox and Juvederm for the facial area
  • Painless Root Canals
  • Sports Dentistry
  • Veneers
  • Laser removal of canker sores
  • Laser removal of oral and facial unwanted growths

 Tracy L Hodge, D.D.S.

Dr. Hodge is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.  She has continued her education long after finishing dental school to provide state-of-the-art treatment for her patients.  She knows that it is extremely important to continue to learn the newest and best technologies available in dentistry.  Dr. Hodge has been certified as a LANAP laser dentistry trained provider.  Out of approximately 200,000 dentists in the United States, there are only 2,000 LANAP trained dentists.  Among other things, Dr. Hodge is most excited about her extensive training in implant dentistry for patients that either need just one tooth replaced or many.  

Cincinnati Magazine has honored Dr. Hodge as one of our city's Top Dentists for the past three years.  She brings to the dental field her knowledge of how we as humans biologically respond to stress and infections.  Dr. Hodge's undergraduate education in Biochemistry inspired her to scientifically research the response of daily stress on our bodies.  Her research was even presented at the IADR (International Association of Dental Research) 2000 Meeting! It makes perfect sense to Dr. Hodge and her team that when you are tired, under stress in your life, or have other health issues going on--it really CAN make it a difference in your oral health.  We are here to help you have the best and least-stressful dental appointments possible!

Family is extremely important to Dr. Hodge.  She and her husband Nick have been absolutely blessed with a loving family of four vivacious, healthy, and funny youngsters.  The Hodges are avid Moeller and OSU Buckeye fans!  Nick attended Moeller High School and received his MBA from OSU.  He enjoys serving as the Alumni Chairman for the Crusaders and coaching football.   When Dr. Hodge is not in the office you can be sure that she is busy with the many blessings of family life.  She also enjoys having a glass of red wine and a laugh with good friends, pilates, many creative artistic projects, and any chance she can get to be active in the beautiful outdoors.  



 Robert C. Merkel, D.D.S.


Dr. Robert Merkel grew up in Mt. Healthy and graduated from Mt. Healthy High School in 1967.  In 1971 he graduated from University of Cincinnati and went on to receive his Master's Degree in Microbiology in 1973.  He received his DDS degree from The Ohio State University in 1976.  

After completing his dental residency with the U.S. Public Health service in Lexington, KY and an assignment in Atlanta, GA Dr. Merkel returned home and maintained a thriving private practice in Oxford, Ohio for many years.  His commitment to helping patients did not stop there, however.  After "retiring" from his busy practice he was asked to lead in the creation of the Butler County Primary Health Solutions Dental Department.  During this time he was able to give back and  help hundreds of patients recieve much needed dental care.  Dr. Merkel decided after seven years in this clinic that he would like to return to his hometown community and continue to do what he absolutely loves to do--provide excellent, gentle dentistry to his patients.  

Dr. Merkel constantly receives praise from our patients about his extremely gentle bedside manner.  He enjoys dentures and partials and surprising our patients with absolutely painless dental extractions.  The ability to understand removable dental appliances such as partials and dentures comes with many years of experience and the fact that Dr. Merkel truly enjoys taking the time needed with our patients to get it "right".  You simply will not find this level of knowledge and commitment in many offices.   

Dr. Merkel has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for 42 years.  They have two daughters and four granddaughters and enjoy traveling frequently with them.  Dr. Merkel also has a passion for scuba diving and motorcycles!  Ask him about his recent two-week bike excursion across the U.S!


No matter the scope of your dental problems, we will treat you with genuine concern and compassion. We welcome you to Pleasant Run Dental and hope to be your lifelong partner in dental health.  Please feel free to contact our Cincinnati, OH office with any questions or concerns you might have by calling (513) 825-7570.