Meet the Team - Orthodontist Waterloo Columbia IL



Administrative Manager & Insurance Specialist

It’s fun to come into the office every morning knowing that I’m going to be spending time helping people from our community. I work at our front desk, handing all of our inbound calls and checking patients in and out at every appointment and schedule the next appointment. I also check insurance benefits, set-up payment arrangements, and assist our patients with flexible spending accounts and coordinating insurance benefits. Additionally, I manage our website, reply to emails, and handle our correspondence. I’m busy, but always have time for a quick chat with patients and parents!

Away from work I spend a lot of time with my family, including my sons, Griffin and Deacon, my husband Nick, and our two German Shorthaired Pointers, Penelope and Cash. I love running and dancing. In fact, I attended a professional ballet school. I’m also an active member of CROWN (Columbia’s Resourceful Organization of Women Networking).



Administrative Manager & Treatment  Coordinator

I do a little bit of everything in the office, I started working the dental field in 1982. I enjoy every aspect of helping our patients in their pursuit of a beautiful, healthy smiles. We have a great team that sincerely loves our patients and cares about giving them a smile that will last a lifetime. Dr. Jodi is fun and I like that our patients are happy to come in for an adjustment, pick new colors for their braces, and tell me about all the things they have been up to. I think we all bring something special to Hentscher Johnson Orthodontics and I’m excited to be a part of a team that is involved in the community.

I am very devoted to my family - My husband Jim, my children - Adrian and his wife Rebeca, Alyssa, Nicholas, and Reid) and my grandson Robinson Yadier. We have two dogs and 3 cats at home and when there is time I like to garden, spend time in the kitchen canning, and read. I also like to watch the Cardinals play baseball!



Scheduling Coordinator

Hentscher Johnson Orthodontics exemplifies what I think most patients desperately search for in a doctors office. Before I started here I had no idea an office could have such an uplifting atmosphere with welcoming and genuine staff members. This opportunity to build my career for the last year and a half has been one of the most valuable experiences within my professional progression. We truly do work together taking calls, completing consultations, recording information, and providing top of the line service in a family friendly environment.

I would definitely describe myself as a taco enthusiast considering Taco Tuesday is hands down my favorite day of the week. Aside from eating tacos I enjoy staying active, cuddling with my maltipoo Gatsby, and spending time with friends and family!



Administrative Assistant & Marketing Coordinator

I am new to field of Orthodontics. I am very excited to be working with Dr. Jodi and the team at Hentscher Johnson Orthodontics. I love coming to work everyday and seeing all the bright smiles from our staff and patients. The best part of my job is building a relationship with our patients while giving them the best care they deserve while they are at our office. I help with the front desk duties of answer phones, helping patients with their scheduling needs or any other help they may need with their accounts along with preparing the paperwork for their treatment. I also help the practice with their marketing and I couldn’t be more excited about this journey as I love being around new people and making them smile! I am also an active member of GLOW in Waterloo, IL and love meeting all the woman in the community.

Away from work I share my life with two amazing guys, my husband Brad and our son Brogan. Building a family has been one of the best journey’s we have been blessed with. We are an outgoing family that loves to be on the go spending time with our family and friends making lots of memories.



Clinical Assistant

I have been working on teeth since 2004. I fell in love with orthodontics on at my externship and have never wanted to do anything else! I really enjoy meeting new patients and getting to know them and their families throughout their treatment. Dr. Jodi and the team I work with is fantastic, we feel more like family! We are all here to help each other and make each patients experience a great one!

I enjoy spending time with my husband Mark (he is my best friend) and Lexi (my daughter who loves to play select softball) We spend lots of time together around the softball fields, Lexi has pithing and hitting lessons, Mark and I coach summer teams, and Mark coaches a select team! We have 2 small dogs at home and when were not at the ball fields we like hanging out at home watching Cardinals Baseball or pro softball on television (GO Florida Gators!!!). I also appreciate making crafts, horseback riding, hunting, and bonfires.



Clinical Assistant

I have been working in the dental field for 12 years. I started out in general dentistry and I'm fairly new to orthodontics, but will be with Hentscher Johnson team for a year in January. I absolutely love coming to work everyday, working with our team, and being able to be a part of changing patients smiles and working with them one on one.

I'm originally from St. Louis, but have lived in Waterloo for almost 5 years. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family-my husband Brandon and two boys Gus and Campbell. We love to play outside, go for walks, and hangout with our family and friends.



Clinical Assistant

I have been in the Dental Field since 2009. I am also a registered Dental Hygienist. I love educating patients about how to care for their teeth and the importance of maintaining their overall oral health while in active orthodontic treatment. Watching treatment progress and seeing before and after photos is my favorite part of my job. Watching patients see their teeth again for the first time after treatment is complete is amazing. Dr. Jodi is awesome, not only is she a great boss but the care she provides for patents is unmatched. I love the team too they are all truly invested in their patents and we do everything we can to help each other so the patients appointments all run smoothly.

Outside of work, I enjoy the summer it gives my husband Matt and I time to be together doing the things we love like spending time with our dogs (Bud & Charlie), Boating, and Jeeping!



Clinical Assistant

I have been an ortho assistant for two years. I did my internship at Dr. Jodi's office and loved doing ortho and can't imagine doing anything else.

Outside of the ortho office I am a hairstylist and have been doing that for 11 years. Otherwise, I spend time with my husband Doug and my three kids Austin, Lilly, and Jacob. We also have a dog namd jack. We love going swimming, boating or just enjoying time with one another.



Clinical Assistant

Watching the changes in our patients, as their new smile develops during treatment, is the best part of my work. I love, at the end of treatment, looking at the before and after photos and seeing how far each person has come. Patients’ smiles change, and their whole way of looking at the world changes, too. They’re more positive, they have greater self-esteem, and they laugh and smile all the time. I seat patients when they arrive for their appointments and provide assistance, chairside, while our doctor cares for them. I also sterilize our equipment, tools, and treatment areas, keep our offices clean and tidy, and maintain our dental equipment. Additionally, I help with school presentations for dental health awareness and orthodontic health month.

My home life is shared with Michael, my partner, son, Aiden and daughter, Logan. Spending time with my family is always my highest priority, and I love outdoor activities with them, even if we’re just hanging out at the pool.



Clinical Assistant

It’s incredible to watch a patient’s self-esteem and confidence build as their smiles change. Being part of that change, and getting to know each person during the treatment process, means I get really excited and am happy for them. Laughing with my patients is always a joy, and I love how they come in ready to share their latest adventures and jokes with us. I coordinate our clinical procedures, am a chairside dental assistant, and order clinical supplies. I also take photographs, X-rays, and impressions, handle our office contests, write our Facebook posts, and am in charge of Trivia Tuesday.

My life is shared with my two sons, Joe and Nick, and our family dog, Licorice. I enjoy summer outdoor activities, including traveling to the beach, following Cardinals baseball, and visiting the shooting range for target practice.


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