Lexi is a graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science-Dental Hygiene and also an Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences. Her favorite thing about being a Hygienist is getting to know her patients, making them feel good about their smiles, and creating a comfortable, fun, and educational environment. Outside of work Lexi loves to spend time with her husband, 1 year old Daughter, and 4 year old pup. She is also a big Chicago White Sox fan and loves to cook, bake, and shop in her free time.
Jacki is a registered dental hygienist with a Bachelor of Science-Dental Hygiene degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her extended trainings include nitrous oxide sedation and administering local anesthesia. She has two sons that keep her busy with several sports and activities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her sons, working out, running and being outdoors. “I really enjoy working in the dental field and at this office in particular. I love educating the community on oral hygiene and developing close relationships with patients.”
Shay attended Illinois Central College from 2014-2019 where she earned an Associate's degree in Applied Science of Dental Hygiene as well as an Associate's degree in Science for Secondary Education. She has specialized training in laser bacterial reduction, local anesthetic, and in-house whitening. Her favorite part about her job is making patients smile!
In her free time, Shay enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends. She is currently engaged to her fiance Chris. Together they share a daughter Maisie, two cats, and a dog. They are also expecting twins this coming October!
Janelle graduated from Illinois Central College in 2015 with an associates degree in applied science. She is certified in nitrous oxide, local anesthetic, cpr, and whitening. Janelle is married to Tyson and they have one son, Owen and two dogs, Harley and Lilly. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and riding horses.
Amanda is a registered dental hygienist. She graduated in 2009 with an Associates in the Applied Sciences of Dental Hygiene. She enjoys creating long term relationships with her patients and making them feel comfortable. Amanda also loves spending time with her husband and 3 sons. In her free time she enjoys reading, bike riding, hiking, and playing games with her family.
Ashlee graduated from Illinois Central College in 2008 with a Degree in Applied Science-Dental Hygiene. She loves getting to know her patients on a personal level and strives to put them at ease. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three active boys. Her hobbies include shopping, decorating their 1800’s Farm House and watching the boys at their sporting events. She also loves boating and spending time outdoors.
Christine graduated from Illinois Central College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene. Her certifications and trainings include:-Local anesthesia-Nitrous oxide sedation-Nutrition-Team BuildingChristine and her husband, Corey, have a son, Jason. When away from work, she enjoys watching her son play baseball, hiking, and being with family, friends, and her dog – Sawyer. Christine loves working with a great team that makes her job easier to address patients’ concerns and dental health. She enjoys helping her patients keep a healthy mouth and smile.
Mary Beth received her Associates Degree in Applied Science - Dental Hygiene in 1980. She is certified in CPR and continues to learn through continuing education. She has made life-long relationships with her patients and truly values them. Outside of work, Mary Beth loves spending time with friends, going to concerts, dining out, spending time with her four dogs and of course, shopping!
A graduate of Illinois Central College, Kayla is a registered dental hygienist with certifications in nitrous oxide administration, local anesthesia administration, and CPR administration. Working in an office all day, Kayla enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors when not at work, often accompanied by her two dogs.
Kristie is an Illinois Central College graduate with an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene and is certified in CPR. She has also been a part of the dental field for 18 years. Kristie is married to Jason and together they have 3 children – Sylvie, Cal, & Scarlett. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, exercising, cooking and shopping. Kristie loves the constant flow of new people, conversation and patient interactions. She also loves working for doctors who value their staff and encourage them. She especially loves and respects each patient and looks forward to caring for them with kindness, respect and education.
Kinsey graduated from Illinois Central College receiving an Associate in Science Degree in 2015. In addition, she received an Associate in Applied Science Degree for Dental Hygiene in 2017. Her passion is to work with children, and she has worked solely in Pediatrics since graduating. In her free time, Kinsey enjoys coaching a swim team in Dunlap, spending time with friends and family and her two cats, Smokey and Ollie. She is focused on working with children to help them overcome their dental fears and wishes to instill good oral hygiene habits at a young age.
Julie has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 28 years, graduating from Illinois Central College in 1994 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science-Dental Hygiene. She has worked in pediatrics for 17 years but also loves working in general practice. She has been involved in the community volunteering for Give Kids a Smile and Mission of Mercy and also educating children on the importance of dental care at local schools. Julie has raised 2 boys, Austin (24) and Brody (22) and has her first grandchild on the way in December (A Girl)! In her free time, Julie loves spending time with her husband and kids, and their 2 dogs Belle and Bentley. She also enjoys traveling, shopping, biking, golfing, camping, painting furniture and getting together with friends. The most rewarding part of her job is working with anxious/scared patients and seeing them transform into kids that love coming to the dentist. Julie also loves working with special needs patients and being able to give them the care they are not able to receive elsewhere.
Keri is a Registered Dental Hygienist with an associates degree in applied science from Illinois Central College. She is passionate about her job and her patients. Her favorite part is helping her patients through any dental anxiety they may have and seeing how their fears of dental offices change. When Keri isn't working, she enjoys baking, binging true crime podcasts and keeping her three crazy cats out of trouble. She says her biggest accomplishment is being the proud momma bear to a wise 17-year-old son, and a strong 19 year old daughter in the U.S. Army. “I love what I do, and I do what I love.”
Erinn has been in the dental field for 20 years. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at ICC in 2004 and was a dental assistant for 3 years prior to that. Erinn has loved meeting patients and getting to know them and their families. She has also been blessed to work with 2 of her best buds for the last 17 years. In her spare time, Erinn enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves working out and running, and raising money for St Jude.
Kelly has spent the last 24 years working for Dr. McMurray as a dental hygieniest. What she enjoys most are all of the lasting relationships she has built with her patients over the years. She also feels fortunate to work with two of her best friends so coming to work has never felt like work. In her downtime, she enjoys being outdoors, hanging with friends and family, or relaxing with a good book. Kelly is married to Charlie and has 2 sons, Nick and Nolan and her daughter Samantha. And we can't forget Moocher her kitty cat!
Barb is the dental hygienist. She has lived in rural Hopedale for 37 years with her husband Alan and raised their four children. She enjoys gardening and canning. Barb has worked with Dr. Dutz for 39 years. She received her degree from Illinois Central College in 1980. Barb enjoys the bonds that she has made with her patients on a dental level as well as a personal level.
Lori is a registered dental hygienist that has been in dentistry for 20 years. She has 2 daughters & 1 fur baby Libby a golden doodle. Her happy place is being outdoors golfing, biking, walking, working in the yard. The most rewarding aspect of her job is building personal relationships. “It is a blessing to be on SD's team because they value each patient as an individual as well as taking pride in delivering the highest standard of care. I strive to inform/educate & empower patients to get involved in their well-being.”
Jean is a registered dental hygienist with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and Associate Degree in Education from Illinois Central College. She also attended the University of Michigan for 2 years before moving to Illinois. She supplements her education by attending continuing education courses. Her training also includes local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation. Jean has 3 sons and 6 grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys Tai Chi, hiking, vegetable gardening, canning and also traveling. “I look forward to each day seeing patients and helping them continue and improve their dental health. I enjoy working with my co-workers and especially the kind and caring dentists in our office.”
Donna has been a dental hygienist for 25 years. She earned her Associates in Applied Science degree at ICC. She has a son that keeps her busy going to football and basketball games, which she loves. She also loves reading, travel, fitness, sporting events, fantasy football, Sunday Fundays and hanging out with friends. She is passionate about St. Jude and has committed to another year of running in the Mackinaw to Peoria run. “I love my position as a dental hygienist because of the amazing people that I have come to know on a personal and professional level. The special friendships that I have made in the past 25 years have been a joy in my life. I am passionate about the patients and the care that I give them, and I’m dedicated to making their dental experience a great one!”
Joanna is a registered dental hygienist. She graduated from Illinois Central College in 2018 with an Associates Degree in the Applied Sciences of Dental Hygiene. She grew up with two brothers and a sister. She has a love for animals, and currently has a pet cat named Flynn and a new kitten Pepper. In her free time, she loves to run, bake desserts, and spend time with her family. She has been a dental professional for a little over a year and is enjoying it so far. “I like working in the dental field, because I enjoy educating our community on how to achieve great oral hygiene. And I also love helping people to feel more comfortable and confident with their smiles.”
Nikki is a graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associates in Applied Science-Dental Hygiene.She had Her extended trainings include:-Nitrous oxide sedation-OSHA-Soft Tissue Laser-Local Anesthesia
Tracy has been working as a dental assistant since 2002. She has also taught dental assisting at Midwest Technical Institute. She loves assisting different doctors and getting to know her patients. She is great with patients of all ages as she worked in a pediatric office for several years. In her free time you can find Tracy hanging out with her 3 boys and spending time watching their sporting events.
Vicki has been in the dental field for 10 years. She graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in 2012. Vicki began her career assisting in Orthodontics. In 2019, she started instructing Dental Assisting at MTI. Her certifications include CPR, DANB- Infection Control/Radiology with Expanded Functions in Coronal Polishing/Sealants. Vicki enjoys getting to know her patients and helping make them feel comfortable at the dentist. Outside of work, Vicki loves spending time with her family. She enjoys watching her son Ashton play hockey, and her daughter Avery figure skate and cheer.
Deidra graduated from MTI as a dental assistant certified in radiology and infection control in 2019. She loves to get to know her patients and gives it her all to go above and beyond for each individual to ensure they have a wonderful visit and leave with a smile on their face. She loves to help restore confidence in a patients smile! Deidra enjoys spending her time outside of the office with her family and friends. She enjoys hiking, going to concerts and traveling. She has 2 wild boys, Gavin and Wyatt who keep her busy and a Great Pyrenees, Charley Shea. She loves the outdoors and spontaneous adventures.
Selena graduated from Midwest Technical Institute as a dental assistant. There she became certified in CPR, infection control, and radiology. Being from central Illinois, she wants to help her community feel confident with their smile and oral health. Outside of work, she has a daughter that keeps her busy, but you just might find her out and about enjoying her favorite local restaurants!
Kylie Graduated from MTI as a dental assistant certified in radiology and infection control. She understands going into the dental office can be overwhelming for so many patients and gives it her all to go above and beyond for each individual to ensure they have a wonderful visit with and leave with a smile on their face. Kylie enjoys spending her time outside of the office with family and friends. She enjoys cooking, baking and traveling. Her husband serves in the Air Force and they have 2 toddlers, Theodore and Charlotte and a golden retriever, Miley Sue. She loves the outdoors and spontaneous adventures!
Melissa has returned to the dental field after a 20 year break. She has enjoyed the transition to being a chair side assistant and loves learning new things. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know the patients and share stories with them. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Josh, they have 3 wonderful kids and 2 amazing grandchildren with a third on the way. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, cooking, entertaining, and anything Pioneer Woman. She also helps her husband on their farm where there is never a dull moment! Ask her about her peacock stories sometime.
Lexi is a Dental Assistant who is driven and passionate. She loves being able to help the doctors and meet new people through this profession. She also loves being a mom! She has a daughter, Emersyn, and a son, Zeke. They keep her busy outside of work where they enjoy spending time in nature swimming, hiking or camping. Lexi also loves to cook and read!
Amber has been a certified dental assistant for the past 10 years. She graduated from MTI and spent most of her years assisting in oral surgery. She has many certifications including: DANB Radiation Health and Safety, DANB Infection Control, CPR, First Aid, ADAA member, Anesthesia Sedation and Monitoring, Nitrous Oxide Analgesia: Administering and Monitoring. In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with her two daughters and two fur babies! During all seasons, she keeps busy with her oldest daughter playing travel soccer. In the summer, you can most definitely find her poolside with her kiddos!
Alaina went to MTI in East Peoria. She completed her externship in November 2021 at Smalltown Dental Kids and now works there as a Dental Assistant. Alaina loves working with kids and being able to make them feel as comfortable as possible. She is CPR certified. Prior to MTI, Alaina attended Washington Community High School and was on the Dance Team.
Kalli completed her dental assistant training at Illinois Valley Community College and is certified in CPR.As a dental assistant, she works chair side with the doctors and provides great care for our patients. Her certifications and training include:-Certified in Sealants and Coronal Polishing-Scanning for In house CrownsKalli enjoys the outdoors, cooking and baking, traveling as often as she can, and spending time with family and friends. What she loves about dentistry is meeting all of the new people every day and putting smiles on their faces!
Justine has been a dental assistant for 8 years, graduating from MTI. Throughout those years, she became certified in coronal polishing and sealant application, as well as nitrous oxide sedation. She and her husband are raising three kids that keep them busy. In her free time, she enjoys playing on her softball league with friends. “My goal is to make all patients I encounter feel calm, comfortable, and satisfied with each visit made at Smalltown Dental.”
Madeline has been a dental assistant since 2015 when she graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in East Peoria, IL. Madeline’s expanded functions include CPR certification, coronal polishing certification, sealant certification, and PRP certification. In her spare time, Madeline enjoys spending as much time as possible with her daughter, whether it be fun adventures around town or just cuddling up watching a movie at home.
Jenny provides over 40 years of professional dental experience and personal life skills. Much like the spirit of Smalltown dental, Jenny has provided a sense of community with patients over the years. As she’s transitioned throughout her career, her community of patients has followed. When she’s not assisting doctors, she enjoys hunting, raising whitetail deer, water sports, working on their veneer tree farm, and enjoys various timber projects on her family’s timber acreages.
Lynn is the first person you may see when coming into the Tremont, IL office. She is also an assistant at the Atlanta office. Born and raised in San Jose, Lynn went to Robert Morris College in Carthage, IL graduating in 1984. She has one son, Austin, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 2015. She has a Doberman Pinscher named Hazel that is spoiled rotten. In her free time, Lynn enjoys riding her motorcycle and traveling. Two of her favorite travel destinations include New Orleans and visiting her best friend in Florida.
Kia has been a dental assistant since graduating MTI in 2013. She has had additional training in placing sealants and has CPR certification. She lives in East Peoria with her significant other, Lamont and her German Shepherd, Luna. Kia enjoys running 5K’s with Luna and fashion and beauty. “I enjoy helping patients become healthier and restore confidence through their smile.”
Cheryl has been working in the dental field for over the last twenty years. Her experiences in dental assisting, dental laboratory management, and business administration have made her well-rounded and knowledgeable in many aspects of the dental profession. Outside of work, Cheryl occupies her time watching her favorite movies, spending time with family and friends, and lounging around a bonfire on a nice night.
Dr. Peter Smidt graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in biology and chemistry before earning his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. He completed rotations at the Peoria County Health Department, the Lawndale Christian Center in Chicago, as well as a dental mission trip to Jamaica.
Dr. Smidt is a member of the:
Dr. Smidt is committed to furthering his education in dental surgery, dental implants, and root canal therapy through regular continuing education courses, including:
Dr. Smidt has a daughter, Cambria, and a son, Lofton. In his free time, Dr. Smidt enjoys dental mission trips, playing and coaching athletics, hunting, playing the piano, and passionately following the St. Louis Cardina
Elizabeth has been in the health care field for over a year now. She enjoys meeting the patients and help the team succeed. In her free time, she enjoys photography, traveling, and being outside.
Prior to joining the Smalltown Dental Team, Brandi worked in recruiting for manufacturing, clerical, and professional positions for 5+ years and truly has a passion for matching candidates with their dream jobs. She enjoys being the first face new employees see when they start their journey with Smalltown and watching each individual grow within their role. In her free time, Brandi likes to go hiking and kayaking with her husband, Derek, cuddling with her black lab, Hudson, and spending time with family.
Troy absolutely loves his job! He claims he has the best job at Smalltown, because when he shows up he's there to fix things, and when he leaves everyone is happy! He is full of energy and always positive. Troy has one daughter and two amazing grandchildren that he can't get enough of. When he's not maintaining our offices, he loves to weightlift, golf and go to church.
Tera is a huge fan of hiking and spending time outdoors, always searching for her next adventure. She enjoys spending time with her family. Working in the dental field for almost 15 years, Tera enjoys building relationships with the parents and kids. Earning their trust and making them excited to return to our office.
Traci has been in the dental field for 11 years. Originating from northern Wisconsin, she moved to central Illinois to work with Smalltown Dental. Traci now manages the Smalltown Dental Morton office and loves working on the business team. Traci enjoys hunting, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her Shorthair, Ryli.
Jenna has a degree in education from Eastern Illinois University. Seven years ago she found a passion in the dental field. She started building her dental career while working with patients and insurance companies as a billing specialist in an oral surgeons office. She joined Smalltown Dental in 2022 to further her career as the Insurance and Audit Manager. Jenna is married to her husband, Ryan, and is a stepmom to his three boys. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family and friends, doing home projects, spending time outdoors and binge watching her favorite shows.
Rachel has been working for Smalltown Dental since September 2021. Before starting with the company, she was a barista for 3 years and loved it! She is currently attending ICC to graduate in 2022 with an associate degree in General Studies. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family, gaming, and binge-watching television shows.
Born in India where she received her Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology, Raji has been working in the dental field for over three years. Her background and education have provided a unique set of skills beneficial to the dental field. When not at the office, she spends her time dancing and working out, but primarily enjoys entertaining and cooking large meals for all her family and friends.
Amie has been a dental assistant since 2016. She has enjoyed working as part of the business team at Smalltown Dental and getting to know all the patients and being able to assist when she is needed. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her young son spending time outside and hanging out with her family.
Prior to joining the Smalltown Dental Business Team in November 2021 Tami was an orthodontic assistant for 2 years and an orthodontic manager for 1 year. She is CPR certified, DANB Certified in Radiology and Infection Control. Her dental assisting certification came from Midwest Technical Institute, she as well has a bachelors degree from Eastern Illinois University. Tami looks forward to continuing her education in her dental career while being a support system to her Smalltown Team Members. When not working with Smalltown Dental she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is a people person at heart and truly enjoys bringing joy to people helping making their smiles beautiful.
Tori has been assisting for 4 1/2 years. She is CPR Certified and completed her Dental Assistant Certification at Midwest Technical Institute. She really enjoys building relationships and getting to know each patient on a professional and personal level. Tori’s expanded functions include: -Nitrous Oxide Sedation-E4D Technologies-ZOOM!TM WhiteningShe is married to her high school sweetheart Seth, and together they have a daughter, Skylar. Tori loves spending her free time with family, friends, being outside, and shopping.
Lorie began her dental career as a Dental Office Manager in Tennessee before transitioning to dental sales at DAL in Peoria IL in 1992. She became a Field Sales Consultant with Henry Schein Dental in 1999 and decided to leave in 2019 to pursue her passion of public speaking. Her book, Link to Hope was published in February 2019. Lorie is an inspirational speaker, sharing her story with the goal of helping women realize they can survive the deepest forms of loss. Today, Lorie lives in Canton, IL with her husband, Steve.
Angie was a 20-year business owner in the service industry where customer satisfaction was her top priority. She is dedicated to making our young patients have the best experience coming to the dentist and wanting to come back! Angie began her career with Smalltown Dental at Morton Dental Center business team and is so excited to now be leading the Kids team as practice manager. She is always eager to learn new things, and loves taking on new challenges in the dental world. In her free time, Angie loves traveling to new places. A few of her favorite attractions are: Mexico, Jamaica, Niagara Falls, and Lake Tahoe. Her daughters are her greatest joy and she spends most of her free time at their sporting events or with friends.
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Alysa graduated from Midwest Technical Institute as a Dental Assistant. She then worked as a dental assistant and a receptionist for 5 years before coming on with Smalltown Dental. Driven by her own dental experiences, Alysa strives to make patients feel more comfortable and at ease in the dental office. Alysa loves hunting, fishing, and spending time with her husband, son and 2 dogs.
Jessica is a graduate of Illinois Central College in Applied Science-Dental Hygiene. She worked as a hygienist for the past 9 years and is currently working on a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene Education and Management. Jessica is married and has a daughter. She enjoys time with family, camping, and being outdoors.
Vanessa Buchheit is the Chief Operations Officer for Smalltown Dental and has devoted nearly 20 years to the dental industry. Before becoming a COO, Vanessa spent years developing dental teams by working side-by-side with them in a national consulting role. Using her real-world professional experience coupled with her mastery of the business, Vanessa can ensure that our operations at Smalltown Dental support superior patient care and maintain employee satisfaction. In her free time, she loves traveling and spending time with her family.
Tess graduated as a Global Scholar from Bradley University with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. She enjoyed playing soccer at Bradley and studying abroad in England and Italy. Her experience lies in branding, content creation and graphic design. Her professional life has taken her all over the country from working in CGI Illustration for Caterpillar in Peoria to on-mountain marketing for Vail Resorts in Colorado. She also remote-built a design campaign for a series of restaurants in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. In her free time, she loves coffee tasting and traveling with her husband, Stephen and son, Cash.
Luke graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University and has been in the medical field serving as a manager for 13 years. He is also the president of the 7309 Knoxville Condo Association. In his free time, Luke is the Morton Potters Boys Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach and has been in that role since 2006. Luke is a member of Morton Rotary and a chairman on the Gameball Run committee. Luke is married to his wife Erin and they have 2 children, Briggs and Kenzie. He enjoys hunting and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Haylie graduated from Illinois Central College with an Associate Degree in Arts and Science. She has many years of experience in customer service and also taught preschool previously for several years. Haylie enjoys spending time with her family and watching sports. She also loves to travel and volunteers for various organizations. Haylie has completed a handful of mission trips to Guatemala since 2015 and even led a trip with friends and family.
Adam is a native of central Illinois. He attended Illinois Central College and Bradley University. With a background in both healthcare management and insurance, Adam has transitioned over to the dental field for the last several years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cycling, and playing with his dog.
Vanessa started with Smalltown Dental as Business Team in Tremont, IL then transitioned to practice manager at Smalltown Morton. She then grew to be the practice manager at Smalltown Kids as well and is now the Regional Manager. Vanessa has enjoyed the opportunity to meet all the teams, build relationships with so many team members and grow within the company. Prior to that she has experience as an office manager in a chiropractic office and an orthodontic office. She was also the co-founder and CFO at Aerial Athletics for 6 years. Vanessa is married to her husband Mark and his 2 kids keep them busy with basketball, baseball, and softball. Vanessa and Mark volunteer frequently with community events and St. Jude. In her small amount of free time Vanessa also loves to travel and spend time with family & friends.
Jessica has worked in medical administration and insurance billing for close to 20 years. Her 3 kids are all spaced at least a decade apart in age ranging 25-2, always keeping her on her toes! She enjoys cooking, playing darts, and spending time with friends and family.
Macy is currently attending Western Illinois University where she is studying sociology and business administration. She is engaged and enjoys spending time with her 2 sisters and 2 nieces. She is proud to be from Mackinaw and loves attending sporting events. Macy is excited to help all of our patients add a smile to their day!
Drew was born and raised in central Illinois. He has been in the dental field for over 12 years. Drew is certified in Oral Conscious Sedation. When he is not in the dental office, Drew enjoys spending time with his daughter camping, fishing and canoeing. He loves music and enjoys collecting vinyl records, cooking, and playing the harmonica in his spare time. Drew looks forward to coming into work at Smalltown Dental every day. He says he has been lucky enough to make lifelong friends with his coworkers!