Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


 

Dena

Dena

Dental Hygienist

I graduated from SIU-C in 1987 with my degree in dental hygiene, and have been fortunate to work on and off in dentistry ever since. Here at Patterson & Parsons, I encourage our patients in their homecare management to help them achieve the best possible oral health. I chose dentistry as my career because I wanted to help people, and I appreciate that I get to do that each and every day I’m in the office.

My husband Dan and I have been married for 33 years. We have three grown children, a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and we are currently blessed with one grandson and another on the way! We are thankful to live near family and friends in Tuscola, where we enjoy camping, hiking, and car racing.


Kennedy

Kennedy

Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Parkland College with my Associate’s in Applied Science in 2015. In June of that year, I joined the Patterson and Parsons team as a dental assistant/hygienist, where I helped the doctors with fillings, crowns, root canals, and many various procedures, as well as doing hygiene. Working with this team has been nothing but rewarding. The doctors, as well as my other peers, are incredibly amazing because they truly care for the patients and their needs. I love being able to be there and help patients achieve goals with their oral health. 

I am originally from Villa Grove, but live in Atwood with my husband and my two dogs, Olaf and Sadie. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, crafting, painting, and exercising.


Shann

Shann

Office Administration 

Welcome to the practice! I am the face you will meet at the front desk. I have worked in the dental profession for 29 years, first as a certified dental assistant and now at the front desk. I am happy to answer your questions, plan for upcoming appointments, help resolve concerns, and make your visit with us a positive one. We understand that the dental office can be a stressful environment for some. My primary goal is to alleviate as much stress as possible and help you have an amazing dental experience!

I have two daughters and one sweet dog, Charlotte. When I am not working, I enjoy quilting, cooking, and spending time with my family and dear friends.


Barb

Office Administration, Dental Hygiene

My career as registered hygienist began in 1983. I was introduced to dentistry while finishing high school in Manchester, New Hampshire. I trained as a dental assistant in a family dental practice in New Hampshire. I returned to Illinois to enter the dental hygiene program at Lakeland College in Mattoon, Illinois. The best part of my job is definitely my patients! They have become a part of my life as I have been in practice for more than 30 years. Dr. Aaron and Dr. Nikkole allow the staff to utilize all our skills and education to provide excellent care for our patients. 

I have lived in the country on a small hobby farm outside of Tuscola for more than 30 years. I have one son who also lives and works in Tuscola. Showing quarter horses has always been my passion outside of dentistry, and I have served as Vice President for the Illinois Quarter Horses Association for 25 years. I enjoy the outdoors and like to travel to warm destinations when time permits.


Carrie

Dental Hygienist

I went to school at Lakeland Community College in 2005. Before joining Patterson and Parsons, I had the opportunity to work at a variety of offices in Springfield, Terre Haute, Paris, and Danville, gaining experience in the best ways to help patients maintain oral health. I love talking with the patients, keeping them relaxed, and making their visit as pleasant as possible. Along with our doctors and the rest of our team, I am committed to doing my best for our patients.

My husband Greg is a basketball coach in Arcola. We have two spunky daughters, Olivia and Lyla, who keep us laughing continuously. In my spare time, I enjoy woodworking! I love building furniture and challenging myself to create pieces for our family and friends.


Shann

Deanne

Dental Assistant

With more than 20 years of experience in the dental field, I joined Drs. Patterson and Parsons in 2018 excited to help our patients achieve a higher level of oral health. Patient care and comfort is my number-one priority, whether I’m assisting during a procedure or going over after-care instructions. I feel blessed to work for and with amazing doctors and staff, and look forward to coming to work every day.

My husband Curt and I live in Villa Grove. We have four grown children, four grandchildren with another on the way! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, working out and shopping!


Breanna

Dental Assistant

I attended Parkland College for my Associate’s in Applied Science, earning certification as a Registered Dental Hygienist. In my role here as a dental assistant, I work with patients to review their medical history, take radiographs and impressions, sterilize instruments, and clean operators. I also inform patients of procedures and proper oral hygiene care, and provide materials and instruments to our doctors for each procedure. Working as a part of this team has been a blessing. Our excellent communication and trust allow us to work together to provide the best experience to our patients.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with the lights of my life: my three children. When we’re not at one of their sporting events, you can find us watching a movie at home. I also like fishing and reading!

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