Holton Family Practice

Meet the Team at Holton Family Dentistry

At Holton Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of dental care available. We have been a part of the Holton community for years, and we look forward to serving even more patients as the area continues to grow.

Whether you require a routine examination and cleaning or you are seeking treatment because of a dental emergency, we can serve as your trusted dentist. Our practice offers a full range of services for your entire family, including general and preventive care, extractions, root canals, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative treatments. We provide compassionate and consistent care for everyone from your youngest family members to the most senior.

We invite you to take a look at our biographies below so you can get to know us before your appointment. We can’t wait to get to know you and set you on the path to a lifetime of good oral health. And we look forward to seeing your smiles!

Dr. Carrie Peterson, DDS

Dr. Peterson attended the University of Kansas as an undergraduate. After graduating from KU she attended the University of Missouri—Kansas City, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

She is a member of the Kansas Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Peterson serves on the board of the Heartland Dental Study Club. She volunteers for Kansas Mission of Mercy and has served as a board member of the local planning committee for the KMOM event in her area of the state. She also donates time to the organization Kansas Dental Lifeline.

Raised in a small town in western Kansas called Hugoton, Dr. Peterson has always enjoyed the community of Holton and all her patients here. She enjoys dentistry because she enjoys seeing families, patients of all ages. She especially enjoys how dentistry is a combination of science, health, and art.  Dr. Peterson is the mother of three children: Beau is in middle school while Presley and Claire are in elementary school. She and her husband Heath stay busy spending time with their children and their various activities. They also attend a lot of KU sporting events. In what little spare time she has, Dr. Peterson enjoys running, reading, and travelling. 

Dr. Benjamin P. Rutherford, DDS

A graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Rutherford earned his dental doctorate at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. This Topeka native has been with the practice since 2010. He is active in lifetime learning through continuing education as a board member of the Heartland Dental Study Club and is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Kansas Dental Association.

He enjoys the tight-knit, family feel of the Holton practice team as well as creating relationships with the patients of the practice. He also loves seeing many of the children of the practice grow up over the years.

Dr. Rutherford spends most of his free time helping get all of his three children to whichever sporting practice or game is currently on the schedule. This proud father loves seeing them improve each week. He stays active with exercise and golf when he has the time.

Dr. Derek Michael, DDS

After completing his degree in Biology at Emporia State University, the Osage City native attended the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Michael's commitment to excellence was evident while in dental school as he completed a competitive honors rotation in restorative dentistry where he spent extra time learning more advanced skills and technologies. 

Dr. Michael’s favorite part about being a dentist is getting to know about the person behind the smile while providing them with the best, and most comfortable care possible. Keeping abreast of the latest advances in dental treatment options, materials, and technology are a top priority of Dr. Michael and the practice. He stays up to date by attending many hours of continuing education annually, and participates as a member of the American Dental Association, the Kansas Dental Association, and the Topeka District Dental Society.  

When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Michael enjoys spending time with his new wife and their growing family, their dog, Maclin, and completing DIY house projects. He also loves to find time to attend most Kansas City Chiefs’ games and to get in a few rounds of golf when he can.  

Candice Williams

Registered Dental Hygienist

Candice is a graduate of the Mississippi Delta Community College. She was honored with the Colgate STAR (Student Total Achievement Recognition) award for her work within the Mississippi Delta community.

She loves living and working in Holton, especially getting to know more about her patients by listening to their stories and experiences.

Candice is originally from Topeka and grew up in Oakland, a small community in northeast Topeka. She moved to Colorado for a few years until she met her husband, who is from Mississippi. The couple lived there for six years while he finished school and they got married and had their son Brysen. After deciding to move back to Kansas, they had their second son Bridger, and Candice started working for Holton Family Dentistry.

She and her husband enjoying sharing all the fun places, things, and experiences the world has to offer, and they hope to impart that feeling to their two sons.

Katie Luna-Lee

Office Assistant

With Holton Family Dentistry for more than six years, Katie received her training on the job. This Topeka native enjoys working with patients of all ages, and she also enjoys the variety her job has to offer. Katie is a "jack-of-all-trades," working in the front office as well as assisting the doctors with patient care.

Outside the office, she likes spending time with her husband and two daughters. Katie also coaches youth softball and basketball.

Josie Jenson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Josie is a native of Topeka, KS. She worked in all areas of a dental office while in college.

Josie earned her Registered Dental Hygienist degree from Flint Hills Technical College. She loves the warm atmosphere of Holton Family Dentistry. Treating all members of a family, getting to know the entire family, and watching her patients grow up are her favorite parts of being a dental hygienist.

She loves helping patients feel more confident about their smiles. Josie enjoys spending time renovating her old farmhouse and planning her upcoming wedding. She owns three dogs, and also recently embarked on the 'adventure' of owning 35 chickens!

Aimie Heitzman

Dental Assistant

Aime, who considers Holton to be her hometown, received her education at Perpetual Help University in the Philippines and Highland Community College in Atchison, Kansas. She loves her work at Holton Family Dental, particularly assisting the doctors and working with children.

When she is not at work, Aimie spends time cooking, gardening, and visiting the nursing home.

Bri Shelly

Dental Assistant

Bri is a native of Hiawatha, KS. Growing up, she spent many hours in the dental chair as a patient. Between getting dental treatment and orthodontic treatment, Bri had personal knowledge of a vast array of treatment possibilities. This firsthand experience peaked her passion and curiosity for the dental field. She understands the positive impact good dental care can have on a person's life. As a clinical chairside assistant, her favorite part of the job is getting to know the patients. 

When she isn't at the office helping to create beautiful smiles, Bri enjoys spending time with her family and her new puppy Millie. Bri also enjoys shopping with friends.  

Tere Bunck

Office Manager

Tere has a long history in this dental office in Holton, Kansas. She has many special relationships with our patients in Holton. While she has been the office manager of Holton Family Dentistry for 9 years, she has been with the practice much longer. Tere enjoys both the people she meets in this community, as well as the people with whom she works. Originally from Horton, Kansas, she loves spending time with her family as well as cooking, reading, and gardening. Her favorite role is being a "grammie" to her five adorable grandchildren. 

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