Columbia Dentist Staff

Meet Our Friendly Columbia, MO Dental Office Staff


The first thing you'll notice when you walk into our Columbia family dental practice is the incredibly friendly and inviting atmosphere. Members of our staff have been hand-picked to provide you the best possible experience during your visit to the dentist. Learn more about our team below.

Kerri Smith, Office Manager
Kerri graduated the Office Technology program from Job Point in 1995 and has been with MMDC since 1996, starting out as a receptionist and working her way up to office manager. Over the years she has built many long lasting patient and staff relationships. Kerri is a huge patient advocate and works very hard and being a liaison between the patients and the insurance companies.
Donna Moore, Receptionist
Donna has been with our practice since 1999. She is great with scheduling patients and answering phones. She works very hard to make sure our schedules are perfect! She is a team player willing to help out in any area of the practice. She has been married for 20 years and has 2 children and 3 granddaughters (she calls them her grand DIVAS).
Lisa Lauer , Dental Assistant since 1997
She has some college and certification of expanded functions from Nichols Career Center. Lisa is extremely good with going over Hygiene instructions with all of our patients. She also works hard at keeping our equipment in good working order. She has been employed with Mid Missouri Dental Center since 2001.
Karen Black, Dental Assistant
Karen has worked in the dental field as a dental assistant for 17 years. Her main love is working with children. She has always worked in a pediatric setting. She has been with Mid Missouri Dental Center for 11 years. She is married and has two children, one son and family (2 granddaughters), who lives in Tampa, Florida. She also has a daughter and family (1 granddaughter and grandbaby on the way) who live here in Columbia.
Tawnie Vandeloecht, Dental Assistant
Tawnie is very personable and loves to talk. She has been with been with Mid Missouri Dental for over 6 years. She loves working with children. She has been married to her best friend for two years and just had a beautiful baby girl in July 2013
Lauren Dillender, Dental Assistant
Lauren has been with Mid Missouri Dental Center since 2008. She is certified in expanded functions. She enjoys working with children. She laughs and has a great time with the kids that come into our office. In her free time she enjoys fishing and loves to play pool. She has three dogs at home that love to play and keep her on her toes.