Willow Knolls’s Hometown Dentist Office

Looking for dental care in Willow Knolls? You’ve come to the right place. At Smalltown Dental, you can get a variety of different services, including dental cleanings, emergency treatment, fillings, extractions, mouth guards, and fluoride treatments. Whatever services you’re looking for, we’re ready to assist you. At this location, you’ll find Dr. Richard Moon and a team of hygienists, dental assistants, and patient relations experts.

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General & Cosmetic Dentistry

The Smalltown Dental philosophy comes down to two things: we want to ensure that our patients are comfortable while getting the most advanced dental care available in the area. While we’re proud of our modern equipment, many patients comment on how at ease our hometown atmosphere makes them feel.

At our Willow Knolls office, you can get the following kinds of treatment:

  • General – Our Willow Knolls office offers cleanings, as well as a variety of restorative services.
  • Pediatric – Good dental care starts young. Make sure your child’s oral health is at its peak.
  • Cosmetic – Dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Our cosmetic service is for you.

Whether you’re looking for a minor cosmetic treatment or you need serious dental work, you’ve found the dental facility that's here to help you. On our site, you can learn more about the services we offer.

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Meet the Team

Smalltown Dental Willow Knolls

Dr. James Horst, DDS

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Dr. James Horst, DDS

Doctor

As a Peoria-area native, Dr. Jim Horst is happy to be providing his community with exceptional dental care. Dr. Jim completed his pre-dental course work at Illinois Central College and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana before earning his doctorate of dental surgery degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Jim enjoys all aspects of general dentistry including root canal therapy, extractions and crowns/bridges.Dr. Horst is a member of the:-American Dental Association-Illinois State Dental Society-Peoria District Dental SocietyDr. Jim and his wife, Michelle (who is also a practicing dentist) have a son, Joshua and daughter, Nora. In his free time he enjoys visiting with his very big family (including 15 nieces and nephews most of whom reside in the Peoria area), cooking, trail running, wood working, watching old movies, and following the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs.

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

Christine

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Christine

Hygienist

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

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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!

Keri

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Keri

Hygienist

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.”

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!

Selena

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Selena

Dental Assistant

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!

Kalli

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Kalli

Dental Assistant

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!

Jen

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Jen

Dental Assistant

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.

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.

Alysa

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Alysa

Business Team

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

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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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