Meet Our Team

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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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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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James Horst

DDS

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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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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.…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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Carley

Business Team

Carley is currently pursuing her business administration degree. She has 15 years experience in customer service and patient relations. Carley has experience working in the medical field, banking, and customer service. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her three dogs. In her free time, she…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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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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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.…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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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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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…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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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 building Christine and her husband, Corey, have a son, Jason. When away from work, she…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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Rachel

Business Team

Rachel has been working for Smalltown Dental since September 2021. Before starting with the company, she was a barista for 3 years and loved it! She is currently attending ICC to graduate in 2022 with an associate degree in General Studies. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends…

Available at the Following Locations:   Peoria, IL (Willow Knolls)

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