Hopedale's Hometown Dentist

Smalltown Dental offers teeth cleanings, emergency exams, extractions, fillings, fluoride treatments, and more.

We’re a family-friendly office serving Hopedale, IL, and surrounding areas, including Delavan, Minier, Stanford, and Green Valley, IL. Whether you need general, cosmetic, or pediatric dentistry services, we’ve got you covered.  

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Family-Friendly Care

At Smalltown Dental, we pride ourselves on using modern methods and equipment. We provide personalized services to every patient who comes to our office.

These are just some of the services you can get at our Hopedale location:

In order to provide nothing but the best for our patients, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures.

These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations. When you visit our office, you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care.

Pediatric Dentistry

It’s important to establish good dental care habits from a young age. That’s one of the reasons we endeavor to create a family-friendly atmosphere. In fact, our patients comment on how much they love our office’s small-town feel. This makes it easier to get people of all ages comfortable during treatment.

Because we care about our patients on a personal level, we make it easy to feel at home here. We have a kind and compassionate team that creates a welcoming environment. When you come to Smalltown Dental, you will feel like you’re among friends.

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Smalltown Smiles Membership Plan

Some patients wonder how they can pay for their dental care without insurance. Worry no more! Smalltown Smiles is our membership program, designed to help you get the plan that best suits your needs. You can use it to get cleanings, exams, and routine x-rays at no additional cost. No more worrying about:  

  • Deductibles
  • Waiting Periods
  • Annual Maximums
  • Denials of Claims
  • Pre-Approvals

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Meet the Team

Smalltown Dental Hopedale

Dr. Karen Hutchison, DDS

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Dr. Karen Hutchison, DDS

Doctor

Dr. Hutchison attended Northwestern Dental School and did her General Practice Residency at the University of Chicago and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Hutchison is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and Peoria District Dental Society. She enjoys meeting different people from many walks of life and turning a fearful dental patient into one who is no longer afraid to come to the dentist! She also enjoys educating patients about their dental health and options available to meet their dental needs. She and her husband Mark have a son Jonathan and daughter-in-law Peyton living in northern California and a son Joel that works at OSF as Physical Therapy Rehab technician while working on MBA degree. Dr. Hutchison has had the privilege of going on several mission trips to provide dental care in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. She also enjoys teaching a Ladies’ Bible Study, reading, and baking.

Dr. Pete Smidt, DDS

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Dr. Pete Smidt, DDS

Doctor

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:

  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Peoria District Dental Society
  • Illinois Academy of General Dentistry
  • Tazewell County Dental Clinic
  • International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals

Dr. Smidt is committed to furthering his education in dental surgery, dental implants, and root canal therapy through regular continuing education courses, including:

  • E4D Technologies
  • Engle Institute
  • The Pankey Institute
  • Spear Education

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


Shaynah

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Shaynah

Hygienist

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

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Janelle

Hygienist

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.

Nikki

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Nikki

Hygienist

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

Melissa

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Melissa

Dental Assistant

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.

Tori

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Tori

Business Team

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

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Lorie

Business Team

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.

Allison

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Allison

Business Team

Allison began her career in the dental field as a dental assistant but found her niche on the business side of the office which ultimately led her to wanting to further her education in Human Resource Management at Western Illinois University. Outside of work and school, she is a mom of two. She enjoys family time, fitness, and being outdoors. Her favorite part of working in the dental field is meeting new people and making connections.

Jessica

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Jessica

Business Team

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

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Vanessa

Business Team

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

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Tess

Business Team

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

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Luke

Business Team

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.

Vanessa

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Vanessa

Business Team

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.

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