Ben Peterson, DDS
Dr. Peterson grew up in Cedar Falls, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2004. He continued his academic pursuits at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry where he graduated in 2008. Dr. Peterson worked as an associate dentist for seven years prior to purchasing the practice of Dr. Tom Zisko in 2015 and then partnering with Dr. Baker in 2017.
Dr. Peterson believes in giving back to the community and has held several volunteer positions throughout the years. He has worked with the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic as well as the Iowa Mission of Mercy providing free dental service to people who otherwise could not afford it.
In his free time, Dr. Peterson enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends. He and his wife Emily are the proud parents of three children Max, Greta, and Liesl.
Kevin Baker, DDS
Dr. Kevin Baker is a native of Canton, Ohio and attended Ohio University for his undergraduate studies. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2009. After dental school, he completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Iowa Hospital Dentistry Institute. After completing his residency, he worked for two years at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, becoming the Assistant Chief of the Dental Service. He entered private practice in June of 2012 when Dr. Bruce Heilman transitioned his practice to Dr. Baker.
Dr. Baker thoroughly enjoys educating and providing practical solutions to patients regarding their oral health care needs. Dr. Baker is a member of the American Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association and the Des Moines District Dental Society, where he serves as past President. When he is not treating patients, he is spending his time in continuing education to ensure that he is up to date on the current research, trends and technology in the dental field. He also volunteers his time with several local community organizations.
Dr. Baker and his wife, Christa, have two children, Anna and Drew, whom they adore. Dr. Baker spends most of his free time with family activities but also enjoys many hobbies including fishing, hiking, skiing, running and mountain biking.
Karin Lancaster, Office Manager
Karin joined our office in 2017. She currently lives in Dexter, Iowa with her husband Marvin. She is originally from Pacific Grove, California and received her education at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA and also her dental training at Lakeland Medical/Dental Academy in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys camping, dogs, reading and traveling.
Meredith Fayram, Scheduling Coordinator
Meredith joined our team in 2020. She currently lives in Ankeny and has a diverse background in dental office administration. Her family lives in Iowa including parents, siblings and her two nieces which she enjoys spending time with. She has a boyfriend, Dan, and a cat, Nalah. She mostly enjoys relaxing and spending quality time at home with family.
Allita Doster, Dental Hygienist
Allita is originally from Harlan, Iowa, and currently lives in Ankeny with her husband, Craig. She attended the University of Iowa for her dental hygiene education and has been with the practice since 1981. She has a son John, a daughter Allise, and a son-in-law Aaron. She attends Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. She is a member of the University of Iowa I-Club and is an avid Hawkeye fan and football season-ticket holder. She loves dogs including her pug Pepper and also enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, needlework, walking and spending time with her family.
Lorrie Lengel, Dental Hygienist
Lorrie and her husband, Mark, live in Maxwell, IA. She has been a full-time dental hygienist in the practice since 2001. She is originally from Adair, Iowa and she received her dental hygiene education at DMACC. Lorrie’s daughter, Jess, is married to Rob and they have two sons, Justin and Tyler. Her second daughter, Ashleigh, is a RN at Mercy Medical Center and lives in Des Moines. Lorrie attends St. Mary’s Church in Elkhart and has become an avid exerciser at Farrell’s in Ankeny. She is a huge animal lover and has three dogs and one cat at home. She enjoys going to her grandsons’ sporting and school events, gardening, reading, and watching Notre Dame football.
Holly Hansen, Dental Hygienist
Holly is originally from Des Moines and currently lives in the Urbandale/Johnston area. She joined our practice in 2018. She completed her dental hygiene training at DMAAC, Ankeny Campus. She has two rescue dogs and enjoys time outdoors and camping. She also enjoys art and being creative, travelling and learning about other cultures and languages, and time with friends and family. She is always on the go and is a big Hawkeye Fan.
Lisa Reynolds, Dental Assistant
Lisa lives in New Virginia, IA with her husband Pat. She has been with the practice since 2009 and received her dental assisting training at DMACC in Ankeny in 1993. She enjoys time with her dog Millie. She is a huge fan of the Iowa Barnstormers where she regularly attends games and can sometimes be caught ringing the cowbell to cheer them on. She is also an Iowa State Cyclones fan.
Joan Haywood, Dental Assistant
Joan and her husband, Chris, live in West Des Moines and have two children, Morgan & Christopher, as well as four grandchildren. Joan attended the San Antonio College of Medical & Dental Assistants and joined the practice in 1996 as a full-time dental assistant. Joan and Chris attend Experience Church in Des Moines. She and her husband also have a home-based network marketing business. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, singing, acting, photography, videography and, most of all, creating memories with her grandkids.
Michaela Beal, Dental Assistant
Michaela joined our team in 2018 after she complete her dental assisting training at DMACC. She is originally from Pleasantville, IA. She is married to her husband Caleb and they live in Des Moines. Together they own an ice cream shop and stay busy especially in the summer. She is close to her parents and also has three younger sisters. Her hobbies include watching Alabama Crimson Tide football with her Dad as well as watching movies, taking family vacations and playing volleyball. She actively attends Pleasantville Baptist Church.