Glen Ave's Hometown Dentist Office

Need dental care? We want to make the experience as comfortable as possible. That’s why we pair high-quality dentistry with our small-town touch.

Dr. John Perisin practices out of this office. He and the team offer a variety of services, including dental cleanings, extractions, fillings, emergency exams, dental implants, and fluoride treatments.

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General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Have you been to the dentist recently? Along with getting your teeth cleaned regularly, periodic dentist visits allow us to check in on your general oral health, ensuring that you don’t have:

  • Gum Disease
  • Discolored Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Damaged Teeth
  • TMJ

There are many different services you can get at our office, encompassing general, pediatric, and cosmetic dentistry services. This includes but is not limited to teeth whitening, extractions, fillings, mouth guards, and crowns.

Whether you’re coming in for your regular cleaning or you need an emergency exam, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re ready to assist you.

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Smalltown Smiles Membership Plan

We know some patients worry about how they’ll be able to afford dental care without insurance. Our membership plan has you covered!

When you sign up for Smalltown Smiles, you can get cleanings, exams, and routine x-rays at no additional cost. Stop worrying about deductibles, waiting periods, annual maximums, denials of claims, and pre-approvals.

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Meet the Team

Smalltown Dental Glen Ave

Dr. John Perisin, DDS

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Dr. John Perisin, DDS

Doctor

Dr. John Perisin was born and raised in Peoria, IL. He attended Illinois State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine where he completed his Doctorate.

Dr. Perisin is a member of the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Peoria District Dental Society

Dr. Perisin is committed to furthering his education in dental surgery, implants, and orthodontics. He has advanced certification in Invisaglin and completed implant training at the Q-Implant Marathon practical course. Dr. Perisin and his wife Kelly have one daughter Brianna and a Goldendoodle named Molly. In his spare time, Dr. Perisin enjoys riding motorcycles, home improvement projects, working out, and spending time with his family.

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


Lauren

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Lauren

Hygienist

Mary Beth

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Mary Beth

Hygienist

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!

Kayla

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Kayla

Hygienist

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.

Erinn

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Erinn

Hygienist

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

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Kelly

Hygienist

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!

Justine

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Justine

Dental Assistant

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

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Madeline

Dental Assistant

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.

Tami

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Tami

Business Team

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

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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.

Cheryl

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Cheryl

Business Team

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.

Adam

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Adam

Business Team

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

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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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