Dr. Lori Trost & Team

Dr. Lori Trost, DMD | WelcomeDr. Lori Trost graduated from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1982 and the Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine in 1986.  She is a Fellow in the International Academy of Dental Facial Aesthetics and the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.  Dr. Trost is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and a Board Member of the American Association of Cosmetic Orthodontics.

She has authored many articles on cosmetic and aesthetic topics, and has presented numerous lectures and hands-on seminars nationally and internationally for dental organizations, universities, and study clubs.  She also serves as an independent consultant and clinical researcher for many dental manufacturers.

She appreciates spending time with her husband, Ed, and their two children – Daniel and Caroline.  Dr. Trost enjoys reading, photography, traveling, and is a classical pianist.

View Dr. Trost’s lectures and publications.

Our exceptional, friendly team is our greatest asset. All of our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.

We love what we do, and it shows on our faces. It seems we’re always smiling around here. You’ll find our staff is friendly and up-beat–and we’ll do our best to make your visit comfortable, and even fun. And all the while we’ll be providing you with the highest quality dental care. Don’t be surprised if your appointment is the best ever!

Karen | Registered Dental HygienistKaren is a Registered Dental Hygienist and “office veteran” with the practice since 1998 and in the dental field since 1986. Her knowledge, clinical skill, and patient care are best demonstrated by returning patients who “love” their cleaning and request her “oral hygenius care”.  Karen is a columnist for RDH magazine, feature writer, and product evaluator for many dental companies. She is a lifetime Waterloo resident.  Don’t be surprised if you hear her say, “A healthy smile makes my effort worthwhile!”

Fun Facts:  Karen has been honored with an Award of Distinction – given yearly to an outstanding hygienist by RDH Magazine!  She is also a black belt, plays the violin, and loves to paint. 

Tami | Dental AssistantTami is the coordinator “extraordinaire” of hygiene care. She has been involved in dentistry since 1994 serving many capacities including chairside assisting in a specialty practice working only with implants, crowns, and bridges. Tami is affectionately known as the office “Floss Queen” and has worked with Dr. Trost for ten years.   She absolutely looks forward to flossing you and your family!

Fun Facts: Family time is at the top of Tami’s fun list.  She loves to walk on the beach, stay away from spiders, read books, play with her pint size dog, and drink Starbucks!   

Britani | Registered Dental HygienistBritani graduated from Lewis and Clark Community College in 2009 with a Registered Dental Hygiene degree and has been with our practice since March 2011. She brings her enthusiastic attitude for dental hygiene and educational experiences to patient care. Britani also administrates our office Facebook page and timeline. She currently lives in Maryville, IL with her husband, but hopes to one day become a Monroe County resident.

Fun Facts:   Her hobbies include reading thrillers and mysteries and welcomes any book recommendations! Make sure to ask Britani about her office Christmas party experience… she won the “eating challenge”.

Marilyn | Financial CoordinatorMarilyn is the office financial coordinator and brings over 20 years of experience with her to our dental workplace.  She has been with Dr. Trost since 2002 and serves as the primary liason between insurance filing and all things financial. You will experience extraordinary customer service with a friendly smile from her. Marilyn loves getting to know patients and does everything in her power to make coming to the dentist a positive experience!

Fun Facts:  She is married to Jim and they have three grown children, and one grandson – her “little buddy”. She has lived in Waterloo for ten years!  Ask her how many quilts she has made… 

Dr. Lori Trost | Mary ShieldsMary is our Patient Care Coordinator and rejoins our team. Mary’s background is in healthcare marketing and communications. She resides in Waterloo with her husband, Jim and three teenagers. In her free time, she spends it enjoying her family and friends, and her two labs, Albert and Drake.

Fun Facts:  Mary and her family deer hunt – Ask her about her many hunts with her children.

Dr. Lori Trost | CaseyCasey is a Dental Assistant and has been working with our team for almost 2 years and has found the experience to be very rewarding. She enjoys getting to know each of our patients and putting them at ease with her sunny smile and caring attitude – helping to make their visit as pleasant as possible. In her “spare time”, Casey is also a Certified Nursing Assistant and works at Oak Hill caring for the elderly. One of her favorite quotes from a memorable resident that continues to put a smile on her face is – “When I was young and in my prime I could kiss any ole time and now I am old and my lips are cold and I can’t get a kiss to save my soul”! Casey’s free time is spent riding four wheelers, mudding, Jeeping, swimming and boating along with spending time with her family, friends, and black lab.

Fun Facts: Ask Casey about how she met her boyfriend!

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915 North Main Street, Suite 2
Columbia, IL 62236
Phone: 618.281.6161
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