Meet the Doctors

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Peter D. Smidt, DDS

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
  • International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals

  • Engle institute
  • Learn Digital Dentistry.com
  • planmeca

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 and his wife, Jen, have 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 Cardinals.


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Erika K. Grimm, DDS

Dr. Erika Grimm completed her pre-dental studies at Purdue University before continuing to the University of Illinois at Chicago to earn her doctor of dental surgery degree.

Dr. Grimm is a member of the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Peoria District Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics

  • Engle institute
  • Learn Digital Dentistry.com
  • planmeca
  • Hornbrook and Montgomary
  • Dentist-2009
  • Alumni-2009

Dr. Grimm regularly supplements her knowledge through continuing education courses, including:

  • The Hornbrook Group Center for Advanced Continuing Education
    – Comprehensive Aesthetics Program
    – Full Mouth Rehabilitation Program
  • E4D Technologies ― Mastering Digital Dentistry: Smile Design
  • AAFE Advanced BOTOX® and Dermal Filler
  • The Pankey Institute
  • Learn Digital Dentistry.com

Dr. Grimm is married to Ron and has a step-daughter, Nicole, a son-in-law Matt, and two grandchildren: Lotus and Zen. When she’s away from the office, she enjoys traveling, sailing, hiking, listening to live music, reading, and doing yoga.


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Jim 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 of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Horst has worked for the last five years with Associates in Dentistry at both their Canton and Peoria locations. Dr. Jim enjoys all aspects of general dentistry including root canal therapy, extractions and crowns/bridges.

Dr. Jim is a member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Peoria District Dental Society
  • Illinois State Dental Society

Dr. 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.

Meet the Team

Beth Olehy - Registered Dental Hygienist

Beth

Registered Dental Hygienist

Beth graduated from Illinois Central College with her Associate Degree in Applied Science ― Dental Hygiene. Over the years, she has added to her knowledge with an abundance of continuing education courses.

Beth is married to Ed, and they have two children, Shea and Drew. Away from the office, she enjoys running, reading, baking, working out, and watching sports.

Beth enjoys visiting with different people throughout the day. She loves getting to know them and helping them on their road to better dental health.


Jacquetta Menold - Registered Dental Hygienist

Jacquetta

Registered Dental Hygienist

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 Elliott - Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica

Registered Dental Hygienist

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.


Christine Best -Registered Dental Hygienist

Christine

Registered Dental 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 enjoys bike riding, 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.


Katie Roley -Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie is a graduate of Illinois Central College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene. Her certifications and extended training include:

  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Local anesthesia
  • OSHA

Katie is married to Matt and together they have 3 children. She spends a lot of her free time watching her kids participate in their many activities (baseball, soccer, track, basketball). She also enjoys taking vacations (especially to Arizona & Florida). She enjoys cooking, baking, sports and walking.

Katie loves helping patients feel relaxed and comfortable while teaching them how to properly care for their teeth and gums.


Kristie Boeker -Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristie is an Illinois Central College graduate with an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene and is certified in CPR. She has also been a part of the dental field for 18 years.

Kristie is married to Jason and together they have 3 children – Sylvie, Cal, & Scarlett. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, exercising, cooking and shopping.

Kristie loves the constant flow of new people, conversation and patient interactions. She also loves working for 3 doctors who value their staff and encourage them. She especially loves and respects each patient and looks forward to caring for them with kindness, respect and education.


Janelle Sauder -Registered Dental Hygienist

Janelle

Registered Dental Hygienist

Janelle graduated from Illinois Central College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Dental Hygiene and has over 10 years of dental experience. Her certifications and trainings include:

  • Local anesthesia
  • Nitrous oxide sedation

Janelle enjoys education and encouraging patients. It is rewarding for her to see patients walk away with confidence in their smile and dental health. She is committed to putting the patient and their care first.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, Brent, and their four children: Londyn, Tyra, Cason, and Clay. She enjoys the outdoors where you can find her boating, camping, or anywhere else she can spend time with family.


Ashley Chambliss - Registered Dental Hygienist

Ashley

Registered Dental Hygienist

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 10 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, boating, four-wheeling, canoeing and spending time outdoors with family and friends.


Laura Baer - Certified Dental Assistant

Laura

Certified Dental Assistant

Laura is a graduate of Illinois Valley Community College. She frequently augments her knowledge with continuing education courses. Recently, she completed a course in CPR certification. She has been involved in the dental profession for over 20 years.

Laura is married to Mark, and they have a son and a daughter (both of whom are also married). She also has four fantastic grandchildren. In her spare time, Laura enjoys baking, gardening, boating, and spending time with family.

Laura loves how everyday is different and looks forward to working with her dentists and co-workers. She enjoys connecting with the long time patients and meeting new faces throughout the day. She also likes to help people feel more comfortable about the whole dental experience.


Mollie Norton - Patient Coordinator – Dental Assistant

Mollie

Dental Assistant

Mollie graduated from Premier Dental Technologies. She has been in the dental profession for over 10 years. Her certifications and training include:

  • ZOOM!™
  • E4D
  • Coronal polishing

Outside of work, Mollie enjoys spending time with her family and two children, Benett & Emersyn.

Mollie loves building personal relationships with each patient. She enjoys helping them to build confidence in their smile.


Hayley Kerker - Dental Assistant

Hayley

Dental Assistant

Hayley completed her Dental Assistant Certification at Midwest Technical Institute 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 ZOOM!™ Whitening
  • Certified in Sealants and Coronal Polishing
  • Continuing Education in E4D Technologies - Mastering Digital Dentistry: Smile Design
  • Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jarrett, and their 3 dogs, Hunter, Mollie and Gracie. She likes country music concerts with friends and being outside with her dogs.

    Hayley loves working with her team and is always striving for a higher standard of dental care. She works to ensure her patients feel comfortable during their appointments and leave feeling confident and happy.


Ashley Dully - Certified Dental Assistant

Ashley

Dental Assistant

Ashley is CPR Certified and completed her Dental Assistant Certification at Midwest Technical Institute. She enjoys caring for the patients at Morton Dental Center and focuses on making each visit a comforting experience.

Ashley's expanded functions include: ZOOM! Whitening, Coronal Polishing and Sealant Placement, Social Media Marketing and E4D technology.

Outside of work, Ashley loves spending time with friends and family. She is also an avid animal lover and enjoys attending concerts.


Ashley Koch - Certified Dental Assistant

Ashley

Dental Assistant

Ashley attended Illinois Central College where she became a certified occupational therapy assistant. She has received additional training in tongue and lip tie revision and works as a program coordinator. Ashley loves the friendly team here at Morton Dental Center and how patient-centered this practice is. Ashley is married to her husband Brett and they have a wonderful daughter Jovie.


Stephanie Coggins - Dental Assistant

Stephanie

Treatment Plan and Appointment Coordinator, Dental Assistant

Stephanie is a graduate of Illinois Central College. She routinely takes continuing education courses on clinical and business topics. She has been a part of the dental field for 27 years.

Stephanie and her husband, Chad, have three kids: Mason, Alec, and Lydia. Stephanie's time away from the office is spent with her children.

Stephanie loves helping the wonderful patients at Morton Dental Center and looks forward to working with her great co-workers.


Krystin Carey - Treatment Plan and Appointment Coordinator

Krystin

Treatment Plan and Appointment Coordinator

A graduate of Illinois State University, Krystin routinely adds to her knowledge through continuing education courses. Recent courses include:

  • Dentrix Business of Dentistry Conference
  • Illinois State Dental Society (front office training)

Krystin and her husband, Casey, have three children ― Ramsey, Knox, and Hutch. In her spare time, Krystin enjoys spending time with her kids, decorating, and cooking.

Krystin loves talking and interacting with all of the patients that visit Morton Dental Center and looks forward to helping them continue their journey to great dental health.


Courtney Dobbelaire - Treatment Plan and Appointment Coordinator

Courtney

Treatment Plan & Appointment Coordinator

Courtney is a graduate of Illinois Central College where she studied electronics technology. As a member of our business team, Courtney helps the office run smoothly and interacts with our patients in the front office. She is certified to coach volleyball and enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and reading. Her favorite t.v. show of all time is I Love Lucy.

Courtney loves being a part of the team at Morton Dental Center and enjoys seeing each patient leave with a smile. She strives to make every visit enjoyable and excels at making the patient feel comfortable.


Becky Ward - Practice Manager

Becky

Practice Manager

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!


Luke - Operations Manager

Luke

Operations Manager

Luke graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University and has been in the medical field serving as an office manager for 11 years. He is also the president of the 7309 Knoxville Condo Association. Luke is excited to transition to the dental field as the Operations Manager. 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.


Alexa Black - Lactation Counselor

Alexa

Lactation Counselor

Alexa is our certified lactation counselor who is passionate about helping moms with their babies. As a member of our team, Alexa brings a unique skill set to our practice in the way she cares for and helps nursing mothers and babies better connect following frenectomy procedures. Alexa is married to her husband Trevor and they have 2 children, Harper and Nolan. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her kids and family, hosting parties and going on a good shopping trip!

Our Philosophy

Lasting Relationships

What sets us apart from other practices around? The genuine, lasting relationships we build with our patients. We take a one-on-one approach to dentistry, taking our time to get to know you personally and understand your unique needs and desires. We love hearing about your life and catching up like true friends. You are our number one motivation for coming to work each day.


Patient Education

We not only want to be your dentist for life, we want you to enjoy excellent oral health for life. Because of this, we make patient education a priority. We will explain the details of your oral health in an easy-to-understand manner and answer any questions you might have. We will also explain the pros and cons of every treatment option, as well as provide recommendations for at-home preventive care. You will be well-informed and educated at every visit.


Family Atmosphere

Our patients often comment on how much they love the small-town feel we’ve created at our practice. Because we care about our patients on a personal level, we make it easy to feel at home here. We have a kind and compassionate team that creates a welcoming environment and family-friendly atmosphere. When you come to Morton Dental Center, you will feel like you’re among friends.


Quality Dentistry

Our practice may have a small-town feel, but the quality we deliver far exceeds that of many practices around us. We are dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care in everything we do. All of our doctors and team members work with accuracy and precision, pay attention to detail and utilize advanced technology to deliver superior results. They will never settle for less than their very best when it comes to your oral health care.


Honest Treatments

We truly believe in doing dentistry the right way, and we genuinely care about our patients’ individual needs. In every treatment and service we provide, you can count on us to be honest in our recommendations and to always keep your best interests in mind. We will never overtreat or push unnecessary care. We promise you will be in good hands.


New Technology

We know that dental technology plays a big role in the quality of your care, which is why we are always seeking to add new technology to our practice. We already have digital x-rays, lasers, iPads, paperless charting and E4D same-day crown technology, and we will continue to invest so we can provide you with the most advanced care possible.


We offer a wide range of dental services