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!
What Sets Us Apart
Our Jerger Pediatric Dentistry team loves going above and beyond for patients. We enjoy getting to know the children who come to see us, and we’re proud of their dedicated oral health efforts, which is why we love featuring our young patients in our Smile of the Month Club. We also appreciate our community, and we sponsor and participate in numerous community events, like Give Kids A Smile Day. We provide excellent Decatur dental care and offer a range of services that includes laser frenectomies and special needs dentistry. We understand that each child is unique, and we are here to help your little ones enjoy outstanding oral health and beautiful smiles!
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.
- 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 ...See Complete Bio
I first came to the practice at 2 years of age as a patient. I have always loved interacting with ...
One of our skilled hygienists, Nichole has been with us since 2002. She is a graduate of Parkland ...
Dental hygienist Tina has been with us since 2000. She received her education at Kaskaskia College and Lakeland College.
Tina loves ...
Cindy trained at SIU and is certified in nitrous oxide, coronal polishing, and pit/fissure sealants. She has been with our ...
Loretta, one of our patient coordinators, has been with our practice since 1998. Her favorite part of her job is ...
Penny is our financial coordinator and has been with our practice since 1998. She has a degree in practice management ...
Kayla always makes sure that after an appointment our patients are eager to come back. Kayla is from Oreana and trained ...
Chris loves to greet the families as they come through our front door and getting to know them. Chris' hometown is ...
Jennifer is from Decatur and a graduate of Macarthur High School. What she likes most about her job is getting ...
Originally from Decatur and an Eisenhower High School graduate, Caitlin studied Dental Hygiene at Parkland College.
She loves working with kids ...