Our Team

Jerger Pediatric Dentistry

At Jerger Pediatric Dentistry, we are dedicated to the highest quality of care. Our staff is made up of individuals with specialized pediatric dental knowledge, experience, and skills. We use the highest quality technology in a family-friendly environment. Our Mission is to have a smile on the face of every child we see. 

One of our top goals is to provide professional and friendly dental care for your child from their infant years into early adulthood. We work hard to teach them proper dental hygiene and promote regular dental checkups to keep your child’s mouth happy and healthy. 

We look forward to meeting you and your family in person, but until then, please take a moment to look through our staff photos in order to get to know us!

Meet Our Team

Dr. Bret Jerger

Dr. Bret Jerger

I am a lifelong resident of Decatur, IL, and am committed to the health of children in my community. After completing my residency at Riley Children's Hospital, I began working with my father, who established Jerger Pediatric Dentistry in 1966. I have been practicing pediatric dentistry in Decatur since 1995. Together, we have provided care to Central Illinois for over 50 years.

I enjoy helping to create beautiful smiles for our young patients while getting to know them and watching them grow up. My biggest goal is to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere where children have a positive first impression of dentistry.

EDUCATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

Bachelor's Degree – Indiana University
Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Indiana University
Pediatric Dental Residency – Riley Children's Hospital/Indiana University

In addition to my pediatric dental education, I have also completed four separate year-long orthodontic training courses.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois Pediatric Dental Society
  • Indiana Pediatric Dental Society
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Decatur District Dental Society
  • American Orthodontic Society
  • American Association of Functional Orthodontics
  • International Association of Orthodontics
  • St. Mary's Hospital Decatur, IL
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentist Representative on the Illinois Access to Care Committee

Currently, I am serving as chairman of Give Kids a Smile and National Children’s Dental Health Month for Central Illinois and was awarded by the Illinois State Dental Society for success of these events in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE

My wife, Tracey, and I have two daughters, Cailin and Ashton. My time outside of work is spent with my family, whether I’m coaching one of my girls’ sports or being a proud parent in the stands, cheering them on. I also enjoy keeping active by jogging and playing golf.

As a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, I am involved in my community through their various outreach programs, and I also sponsor many events throughout our community.

Nichole - Dental Hygienist

 Nichole

One of our skilled hygienists, Nichole has been with us since 2002. She is a graduate of Parkland College and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 

Nichole loves making each child's first dental visit a fun and exciting experience. Originally from Mount Zion, she enjoys shopping, walking, and swimming.

Tina - Dental Hygienist

 Tina

Dental hygienist Tina has been with us since 2000. She received her education at Kaskaskia College and Lakeland College. 

Tina love that she can work with children and patients with special needs each day and provide each of them with a happy and positive experience. 

Tina's hometown is Mount Zion, and outside the office, you can find her spending time with her family, running, biking, and gardening.

Cassie - Dental Assistant

 Cassie

Cassie received her training from the Professional Careers Institute and has been with our practice since 2008. She loves our fun working environment and particularly enjoys seeing the enjoyment on each patient's face following their treatment!

Decatur is Cassie's hometown, and when she's not at work, she loves to spend time with her husband and their two sons.

Cindy - Dental Assistant

 Cindy

Cindy trained at SIU and is certified in nitrous oxide, coronal polishing, and pit/fissure sealants. She has been with our practice since 2002. 

Cindy loves working with the kids, helping them have a good dental experience, and seeing them leave with a smile on their face. 

Cindy's hometown is Decatur, and when she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her kids, camping, and sitting by the fire with her family.

Shelby - Dental Assistant

 Shelby

A more recent addition to our team, dental assistant Shelby received her training at Midwest Technical Institute. She especially loves working with our special needs patients. 

Shelby's hometown is Cerro Gordo, and when she's not working, she enjoys going to the beach and scrapbooking.

Loretta - Patient Coordinator

 Loretta

Loretta, one of our patient coordinators, has been with our practice since 1998. Her favorite part of her job is meeting our patients and their families. A Decatur native, she enjoys eating out, seeing movies, and spending time with friends and family.

Penny - Financial Coordinator

 Penny

Penny is our financial coordinator and has been with our practice since 1998. She has a degree in practice management from Parkland College. 

Her favorite thing about working here is how the dental team is like a family and how this camaraderie creates a welcoming atmosphere for our patients and their families. 

Originally from Moweaqua, Penny loves to spend time with her children and her grandchildren and ride motorcycles with her husband.