Meet Our Team

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

Available at the Following Locations:   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL

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Katie Henderson

DMD

Dr. Katie attended Millikin University for her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She enjoyed singing in the choir at Millikin. After her Bachelor’s degree, she completed her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at SIUE Dental School. In her free time, Katie enjoys running, playing the piano, and spending…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Becky

Dental Assistant

Becky is a dental is assistant who has been with us since 1991 and was at an ortho office for seven years prior to joining our practice. She has also taught dental assisting at ICC. She is married to Steve and they have three children, Nate, Andy, and Kaleigh with several grandkids to spoil. Becky enjoys…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Kia

Dental Assistant

Kia has been a dental assistant since graduating MTI in 2013. She has had additional training in placing sealants and has CPR certification. She lives in East Peoria with her significant other, Lamont and her German Shepherd, Luna. Kia enjoys running 5K’s with Luna and fashion and beauty. “I…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Molly Kutkat

DMD

Dr. Molly Kutkat grew up in Morton, IL and feels blessed to be treating patients in her hometown. She attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where she studied biochemistry before graduating Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine to fulfill her dream of becoming…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Joanna

Hygienist

Joanna is a registered dental hygienist. She graduated from Illinois Central College in 2018 with an Associates Degree in the Applied Sciences of Dental Hygiene. She grew up with two brothers and a sister. She has a love for animals, and currently has a pet cat named Flynn and a new kitten Pepper. In…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Jessica

Business Team

Jessica has worked in medical administration and insurance billing for close to 20 years. Her 3 kids are all spaced at least a decade apart in age ranging 25-2, always keeping her on her toes! She enjoys cooking, playing darts, and spending time with friends and family.

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Karen Nordstrom-Hutchison

DDS

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Dana

Business Team

Dana has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Western Illinois University. She and her husband have 3 teenagers that fill their calendar with sports, dance, and music activities. Dana volunteers by serving on the high school PTO and Pediatric Resource Center boards.

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Donna

Hygienist

Donna has been a dental hygienist for 25 years. She earned her Associates in Applied Science degree at ICC. She has a son that keeps her busy going to football and basketball games, which she loves. She also loves reading, travel, fitness, sporting events, fantasy football, Sunday Fundays and hanging…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Pamela

Dental Assistant

Pam has been assisting for 3 years. She is CPR Certified and completed her Dental Assistant Certification at Midwest Technical Institute. She enjoys helping patients and being a part of giving back their smile. She has one son and one daughter and 4 grandchildren and spends most of her free time with…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Jean

Hygienist

Jean is a registered dental hygienist with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and Associate Degree in Education from Illinois Central College. She also attended the University of Michigan for 2 years before moving to Illinois.  She supplements her education by attending continuing education…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Vanessa

District Manager

Vanessa started with Smalltown Dental as Business Team in Tremont 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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Sean Chechang

DMD

Dr. Chechang attended the University of Iowa for his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Physiology before earning his Doctor in Dental Medicine degree at Midwestern University. He has volunteered in events with TeamSmile and has completed a dental mission trip in the Dominican Republic.  Dr. Chechang…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Lori

Hygienist

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Ketra

Dental Assistant

Ketra has been in the Dental field assisting since 1998.  She is certified in coronal polishing and sealants.  She is a mom of two and loves spending time with family.  She has a passion for baking and event decorating.

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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John Perisin

DMD

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: American Dental…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave)

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Drew

Dental Assistant

Drew was born and raised in central Illinois. He has been in the dental field going on 11 years. Drew is certified in Oral Conscious Sedation. When he is not in the dental office, Drew enjoys spending time with his daughter camping, fishing and canoeing. He loves music and enjoyes collecting vinyl records,…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Morton, IL

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Luke Overcash

CIO

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Tess

Marketing Director

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Vanessa

COO

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Jessica

Hygiene Lead

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,…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Allison

Director of Culture and Employee Experience

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Lorie

Supply Coordinator

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Training Coordinator

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: …

Available at the Following Locations:   Atlanta, IL ,   Tremont, IL ,   Hopedale, IL ,   Morton, IL ,   Pekin, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville) ,   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls) ,   Peoria, IL (Glen Ave) ,   Smalltown Dental Kids

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Taylor

Hygienist

Taylor is a graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science-Dental Hygiene. She has a 5-year-old golden retreiver, Kuzy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, golfing, and spending time with Kuzy. Taylor has enjoyed getting to know all her patients, and strives…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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Lauren

Hygienist

Lauren is a 2015 graduate of ICC Dental Hygiene with an associates degree in Applied Science. Nitrous oxide, CPR and local anesthetic certified. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling, watching sports & binging TV. Lauren has an English Bulldog puppy…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL ,   Peoria, IL (Knoxville)

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Amber

Dental Assistant & Business Team

Amber has been a certified dental assistant for the past 10 years. She graduated from MTI and spent most of her years assisting in oral surgery. She has many certifications including: DANB Radiation Health and Safety, DANB Infection Control, CPR, First Aid, ADAA member, Anesthesia Sedation and…

Available at the Following Locations:   Morton, IL

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