Dentist Office Just for Kids

It’s important for people to get good dental care starting at a very young age. Along with establishing good dental habits, this ensures that their oral health is protected while they’re still learning how to properly take care of themselves.

Dr. Elisa Roth operates out of this location, along with an expert team of hygienists, dental assistants, and patient relations experts. Smalltown Dental Kids provides personalized dental care for children from infancy to 18 years of age. Many patients comment on our hometown feel, which we believe makes it easier to get kids comfortable.

Learn more about the office, as well as why so many parents trust us to ensure their children have beautiful, healthy smiles.

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Pediatric Dentistry

Baby teeth are important. Along with ensuring that your child can eat and speak properly, they also ensure that there’s appropriate space for your adult teeth to grow in. Our office takes your child’s oral health seriously, which is why we offer many pediatric dentistry services, including:

  • Teeth Cleanings - Regular cleaning ensures the health of your children’s teeth and gums.
  • Sealants – This service helps protect children’s teeth, especially the hard-to-brush molars.
  • Mouth Guards – If your child is playing sports, mouth guards can protect their teeth.

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Meet the Team

Dr. Elisa Roth, DDS

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Dr. Elisa Roth, DDS

Doctor

A native of Morton, Dr. Roth graduated from MHS in 1999. She attended Augustana college and graduated in 2003 with a major in biology and a minor in biochemistry. Dr. Roth then went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 2007. While completing her undergraduate degree, she was awarded a scholarship under the Navy's Health Professions Scholarship Program and was commissioned to the United Stated Navy Dental Corps upon graduating from dental school. During her two year residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Dr. Roth was awarded a NuSmile resident research award for her research project "The impact of chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplantation on the developing dentition." Little did she know that her topic would directly impact her own child's life. Dr. Roth completed her commitment to the US Navy after serving for ten years in Naples, Italy. Dr. Roth is actively involved in organized dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Roth and her husband have two boys; Graham and Jude. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, running, painting, traveling, and spending time with her 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


Kinsey

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Kinsey

Hygienist

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

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Julie

Hygienist

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.

Alaina

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Alaina

Dental Assistant

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.

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.

Angie

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Angie

Business Team

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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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.

Haylie

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Haylie

Business Team

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.

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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