Jacquetta is a graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science ― Dental Hygiene. She regularly supplements her education by attending continuing education courses. She and her husband, Brad, have three children ― Kelsey, Whitney, and Noah ― and eight grandchildren. When away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, boating, reading, and traveling. Jacquetta loves the personal interactions with her patients. She loves the personal touch she adds to their experience while caring about and educating them during their visit.
Jessica earned her Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene from Illinois Central College. Through continuing education, she regularly augments her expertise. She is married to Alex and has a son Ryan and daughter Maisie. In her spare time she enjoys camping, playing video games, reading and spending time with her family. She looks forward to working with her patients and helping them to improve their oral health.
Katie is a graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene. Her certifications and extended training include:
Katie is married to Matt and together they have 3 children. Lexie is a nurse living in Bloomington and newly married. Her younger 2 kids still live at home, Ellie is a full time college student and Tate goes to Morton High School. She has a cute dog named Kit and a playful cat named Bitty. She spends most of her free time with friends and family, loves to be outside, loves baking and LOVES watching her son play baseball! Katie enjoys helping patients feel relaxed and comfortable while teaching them how to properly care for their teeth and gums.
Janelle is a graduate from Illinois Central College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science-dental hygiene. She has been working as a hygienist for 13 years. She has a passion for making each dental visit comfortable and educational for her patients. She finds her job rewarding when patients walk away from an appointment, confident with their smiles, and properly educated on how to maintain healthy oral hygiene.
When away from the office she enjoys life, in rural Tremont, with her husband Brent and four children, Londyn, Tyra, Cason, and Clay. Some of her favorite family memories are centered around the outdoors; whether that be camping, boating, being at the beach, or hiking in the mountains.
Ashley attended Illinois Central College where she received her Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene. She then continued her education by receiving special training in anesthetic treatment, soft tissue lasers, Zoom! whitening and nitrous oxide. She has been working in the dental field for 14 years and loves getting to know her patients on a personal level. She is also passionate about teaching patients about their oral health and how to maintain a beautiful smile. Ashley is married to her husband Tim and they have 2 children, Reed and Reese. In her free time, Ashley enjoys baking, crafting, going to her children’s sporting events, canoeing and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Ali has been working side by side with patients as a Dental Hygienist since 2013. What she loves most about her occupation is helping patients enjoy their dental experiences in a positive and fun environment. When Ali is not working at the dental office, she enjoys cheering on the Green Bay Packers, traveling to Vegas with her husband, and having snuggles sessions with her two boys (Bobby and JJ) and two cats (Monty and Moe). Ali’s goal as a Dental Hygienist is having patients leave with a smile on their face, feeling educated, and wanting to come back to their next appointment.
Ashley has been a dental assistant at Morton Dental Center since the summer of 2018. She is thankful to be able to work at an office that’s patient-centered and has a friendly team. Ashley is married to her husband Brett and they have two daughters, Jovie and Jayda. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family.
Cassie completed her Dental Assistant Certification at Midwest Technical Institute and is certified in CPR. As a dental assistant, she works chairside with the doctors and provides great care for our patients. Cassie is married to her husband Ryan and she has a dog, Ellie. In her spare time, she enjoys DIY projects fixing up their home, spending time outdoors, reading, and of course shopping! Making patients feel confident, comfortable, and happy with their smile is always her goal.
Caitlin completed her Dental Assistant Certification at Midwest Technical Institute in 2020 and is CPR certified. What she loves most as a Dental Assistant is working alongside the doctors, as well as meeting and providing for the patients. In Caitlin’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her two goldendoodles: Cash and June. At the office, Caitlin enjoys connecting with the patients everyday and making sure each one of them leaves with a smile on their face!
Rebecca has been a Dental Assistant for almost 7 years. She has 2 children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves cooking and shopping. What Rebecca loves most about the dental field is educating patients and taking care of them.
Stephanie graduated from Illinois Central College with a certificate in Dental Assisting. She has been a part of the dental field for 29 years. She has several years of experience as a Dental Assistant, but loves her role on the Business Team. Stephanie and her husband Chad, have three kids: Mason, Alec, and Lydia. Stephanie’s time away from the office is spent with her family. Stephanie loves helping the wonderful patients at Morton Dental Center and looks forward to working with her great co-workers.
Susan earned her bachelor's degree from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and puts her business skills to good use as Treatment Plan and Appointment Coordinator. She brings years of medical office experience to her position. Susan enjoys the people she works with at Morton Dental Center, as well as our patients. Her friendly and helpful demeanor is evident in her communication with patients, in the office or on the phone. Susan and her husband have three daughters: Delanie, Natalie, and Gabby. She enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Becky graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Dakota and has been in the dental field for 15 years. She is proud to work at Morton Dental Center and enjoys listening to the patients' needs and concerns; which she makes a top priority. She also finds it rewarding to work with such an amazing staff that focuses on bringing happy, healthy smiles to all of their patients. Becky enjoys spending time with her family: Scott (Husband), Rachel & Nicole (Daughters), and son-in-law Jon. She also enjoys reading, dancing, gardening, traveling, and most importantly – meeting new people!
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!
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:
She 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nakela is a Dental Assistant here at Smalltown Dental. She previously was a Dental Technician at Dental Arts Laboratory. Nakela graduated from Dunlap Highschool in 2017 & is currently study Social Science at Illinois Central College. “I love how Smalltown Dental treats their employees & value their patients. “My experience here has truly been great. “I enjoy being a Dental Assistant because I get to meet so many amazing people every day, my goal is to give them the proper care & treatment that they deserve.” Nakela will not hesitate to make you laugh or put a smile on your face. Outside of work Nakela enjoys traveling, shopping and watching TV shows. She also enjoys movies & listening to Podcasts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
* 6:00am by appointment only on Thursdays