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Meet the Staff - AOA Team Certified Team - Orthodontists IllinoisWe are proud to be an Academy of Orthodontic Assistant Certified (AOAC) team certified practice. This designation is provided by a leading education and training program for the orthodontic profession. Extensive time, study, and testing are required to pass this program, and our practice has met the requirements for its team certification. You are in qualified hands when you select our practice as your choice for an orthodontic provider in Southern Illinois.

Find out more about our amazing team members below. For more information, contact us here.

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Michelle began working for Dr. Childers in 2000 and currently holds the positions of Treatment Coordinator and Public Relations Coordinator.

She is a 1994 graduate of Southern Illinois University.

She resides in Herrin with her husband, Clinton, and their children, Kayla and Chase, and their Yorkie-poo, Brownie. She loves shopping with her daughter and watching her son play sports. She also enjoys traveling, reading, decorating, and spending time with family and friends.

She likes meeting new people every day and helping Dr. Childers provide a fun and caring atmosphere for his patients. Most of all, she loves helping people achieve the fabulous smile they want and deserve.


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Sherry is originally from St. Louis but she has lived in Herrin for many, many years. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist and received that degree from SIU-C. She has been in the Ortho/Dental field in Southern Illinois for over 35 years. In March of 2009 she joined the Childers team as a Treatment Coordinator.

Sherry is married to Bill and they have two wonderful boys, Nicholas and Brendan. Their only “child” that is still home full time now is their dog, Buttons. Sherry loves fun times with family and friends, singing in the OLMC choir and playing in the handbell choir.

She loves introducing the new patients to the wonderful world of orthodontics and sharing the life changing smiles the Childers Orthodontics Team creates for them!


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Stephanie has worked for Dr. Childers since 2006.

She graduated from John A. Logan College Dental Assisting Program in 1999.

She started as an orthodontic assistant, took over as Records Coordinator two years later, and became a Treatment Coordinator in 2012. She gets to know all of the observation patients who are seen every six months, until they are ready to begin treatment.

Stephanie grew up in Mulkeytown, where she lives with her husband, Aaron, and their kids, Maddy, Michaela, and Wyatt. Her brother, Davie, also lives with them. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and gardening.

The best part of her job is meeting new patients and making them feel comfortable at our office throughout their time with our orthodontic family.



Denice has over twenty years of experience at Childers Orthodontics. Denice has worked for Dr. Childers since 1993 and is a certified Dental Assistant and a Certified Orthodontic Assistant. She moved from Southern Illinois in 1994, but returned the next year to continue working with Dr. Childers and marry her husband, Michael. Denice and Michael have three children. Grace, 16 months later Josie, and ten years later, Jake. They have 2 dogs, CeCe and Bella, and an adopted stray cat they call Kitty Kitty.

Denice stays busy going to her children’s sporting events. She also enjoys snow skiing, boating, jet skiing, running, a lazy day poolside and an occasional good book. Denice also loves DIY projects.

Denice’s favorite thing about working with Dr. Childers and his awesome team is their sincerity to offer the best experience from the moment a patient walks into the office. Denice truly believes there is NO other office in the world that can compare. She loves to watch orthodontics change a person’s self-esteem.


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Misty has worked for Dr. Childers since 1999. She graduated from John A. Logan College in 1999 and was fortunate to find her dream job upon graduation. She is a Certified Orthodontic Assistant. Working in the Orthodontic field is something Misty knew she wanted to do ever since she had her braces in high school.

Misty was born and raised for, the most part, in Southern Illinois. She lives in Benton with her husband Justin and their two sons. They have a close-knit family and really enjoy spending time together. They love to travel. Most summers you will find them all at the park watching the boys play baseball.

One of Misty’s hobbies is cake design. You name it and she has probably tried to make it out of cake. She once won a cake decorating contest on TLC and got to meet Buddy, The Cake Boss!


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Susan joined Childers Orthodontics in 1999 and is a certified Orthodontic Assistant and the Suresmile coordinator.

She graduated from Benton Consolidated High School.

She and her husband, Randy, live in Benton. They enjoy traveling, especially to visit their three children and three grandchildren. Melissa lives in Ft. Myers Florida and has two children. Cody and Kaylee. Zach lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his daughter, Sophia. Jennifer, also lives in Kansas City.

Susan likes to cook, garden, going on bike rides, shopping and just relaxing at home with family and friends.

Her favorite thing about her job is seeing the beautiful smiles we create here at Childers Orthodontics and enjoying good times with her co-workers!


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Jeanna started working for the Childers team in 2008. She started as a clinical assistant and is now the Records Coordinator. Jeanna graduated from John A Logan and is a certified Orthodontic Assistant.

Jeanna was born Pinckneyville and now lives in Herrin with her husband Aaron. Jeanna and Aaron have 3 children Landon, Emma, and Regan. She also has a sweet little dog named Lucy. She stays very busy cheering on her kids with at all their events, including golf, volleyball, basketball, and softball. GO TIGERS! In her spare time she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family.

Jeanna says the best part of her job is seeing the patients’ personalities change because of the confidence their new smile gives them. She also loves her co-workers and that it is okay for her to act silly at work.



Amber started working in the dental field while she was still in college and graduated from John A Logan College in 1999 as a dental assistant. She joined the Childers Orthodontics team in 2012.

Amber was born and raised in Marion and she married her high school sweetheart, Aaron. Her mother-in-law was even her kindergarten teacher! Amber and Aaron have three children: Taylor, Hayley, and Logan. They also have a dog named Cooper. Amber enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, cooking, and traveling with her family.

The fun and laid back environment is what Amber enjoys best about her job. She also loves working with her patients to achieve a brand new smile. She thinks her coworkers are the best ever!


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Savannah has worked as an assistant for Dr. Childers since 2012. She graduated from John A Logan College in 2010. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist as well as a Certified Dental Assistant. Working in the dental field has always been her goal, although she never thought she would fall in love with orthodontics the way she has.

Savannah grew up in West Frankfort and now lives in Herrin with her husband, Cody. They enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and attending church. Spending time with family is also very important to Savannah; together she and Cody have eleven nieces and nephews. There is never a dull moment with all of those kids around!

Working with patients of all ages and seeing the transformations are some of Savannah’s favorite things about her job. She loves looking at the before and after pictures and seeing the great results that Dr. Childers provides for every patient.

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Kelsea has been a part of the Childers Orthodontics team since March of 2015.  She works as a lab technician and specializes in making the retainers that patients need in order to maintain their beautiful smiles.

Kelsea lives in Christopher with her husband Cory, their daughter Lily, and their two dogs, Harvey and Riku.  Kelsea enjoys watching movies with her family and seeing her favorite bands perform live.

The best part of her job is watching Dr. Childers give the gift of beautiful smiles to all of his patients, and she enjoys being a part of that process.


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Amanda joined Childers Orthodontics in 2017 as a Scheduling Coordinator. Although she has never worked in the dental field, she has previously been a patient of Dr. Childers with both Phase I and Phase II treatments.

Amanda recently moved back to Southern Illinois after living in Charlotte, NC where she was a flight attendant with American Airlines. She loved traveling and seeing the world, but she was ready to be back home with her family and friends. She now lives in West Frankfort with her significant other Alec, and their two pets Frannie and Frank.

She was so excited when she was told that she had received the job working for Dr. Childers because “She couldn’t wait to be a part of such a wonderful, caring staff!”

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Heather R.

Heather started working for Dr. Childers in 2016. She started in records, where she took pictures and x-rays for consultations. She later began training in the clinic as an Assistant.

Heather married her high school sweetheart, Eli. They both grew up in Benton where they still reside with their daughter, Hazel. They also have two dogs, Macy and Bruiser.

Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys shopping, cooking, and watching movies at home!

What she enjoys most about working at Dr. Childers office is seeing the familiar faces from the area, especially those from her hometown. She loves seeing the before and after pictures. Heather said, “The staff is funny, caring and have made my experience here very enjoyable! I hope to be here many years!”

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Breeze has wanted to work in the dental field since middle school. She completed the Dental Assisting program in North Carolina in 2018. Breeze starting working for Dr. Childers in August 2019 as a Records Coordinator and now works as a clinical assistant. She resides in Benton with her husband Marco and her sons Apollo and Lochlan. Breeze enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Phoebe. Breeze enjoys being outdoors.

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Meet the Staff