Meet Drs. Carrie Peterson & Ben Rutherford
Drs. Carrie Peterson and Ben Rutherford work hard to provide excellent dentistry to each of their patients. They welcome all patients of all ages to our Topeka, KS dental office.
They understand that each patient faces unique oral health challenges, anxieties, and questions. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all in dentistry, which is why they believe in educating our patients and recommending conservative treatments to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.
Our knowledgable and experienced doctors and dental staff are committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive dentistry in a pleasant and comfortable environment—whether you're a brand-new patient or have been with us for decades.
Our top priority is helping our patients achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.
We invite you to read on and get to know our dedicated dental team.
Dr. Carrie B Peterson, DDS
Although Carrie was born in Texas, she was raised in Southwest, KS. She has lived in Lawrence since 2000 and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors Degree in Human Biology and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry with a DDS degree.
She has been practicing dentistry since 2009. Carrie loves helping patients become more confident with an improved smile.
Outside of the office, Carrie loves spending time with her family. She and her husband have three busy children; their activities and schools keep them very busy!
Carrie does enjoy running, cooking, and reading when she has a few moments of free time. She also enjoys volunteer work—donating time to Kansas Mission of Mercy, a free, two-day dental clinic across the state each year, and serving on the planning board when the event was held in Topeka.
Dr. Peterson donates her time to KS Dental Lifeline, Donated Dental Services, and to her children's schools as well.
Dr. Benjamin Rutherford, DDS
Dr. Rutherford was born and raised right here in Topeka, so he's always willing to give out recommendations if you ask. He earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Washburn University in 2004, and his DDS from the University of Missouri in Kansas City 2008. Dr. Rutherford graduated in the top 10 of his dental class, and he's always continuing his education and training.
When he's not working, you'll find him spending time with his wife and three children. All of his children are active in sports, and they spend lots of time making that a possibility. He also likes to exercise and play golf when possible.
Feel free to ask questions about his education, training, or golf game!
Dr. Derek R. Michael, DDS
It was a conversation with a dentist while in college which sparked Dr. Derek Michael's interest in dentistry and prompted him to change his career path. After completing his degree in Biology at Emporia State, the Osage City native attended the University of Kansas City School of Dentistry. His commitment to excellence was evident while in dental school he completed a competitive honors rotation in restorative dentistry.
Dr. Michael's favorite part about being a dentist is getting to know about the person behind the smile while providing them with the best, and most comfortable care. Keeping abreast of the latest advances in dental treatment options, materials, and technology are a top priority of Dr. Michael and the practice. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Kansas Dental Association, and the Topeka District Dental Society.
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Michael enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, their son, and family dog, Maclin. Dr. Michael spends a great deal of time completing DIY house projects. However, he does find time to attend most Chiefs' games and to get in a few rounds of golf when he can.
Jodi discovered her love for dentistry when she started dental assisting in 1985 with the original owner of this practice. After a few years and different positions, she became office manager in
Jodi definitely considers this community her home. Many of our patients have become friends. She enjoys the way our team works together to care for our patients.
When not working, she loves spending time with family and friends. She and her husband and have two daughters and a grandson. They like to spend time outside, especially attending sporting events.
Originally from Oklahoma City, OK, Vicky moved to Topeka with her family in 1976. She graduated from Shawnee Heights High School and has been with us since May of 1981.
Vicky loves continuously meeting new people through this practice and catching up with patients that have been part of Topeka Dentistry for as long as she's worked here.
Originally from Humboldt, Kansas, Sara received her education from Humboldt high school, along with medical insurance billing and coding from Allen County community college.
Sara has been working with us for over 15 years. Topeka Dentistry feels like home for her. She has met so many great people working here, from her awesome co-workers to the amazing patients. She enjoys seeing and helping people every day. Sara truly loves her job and feels blessed.
When not working, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter and watching her daughter play sports, particularly softball. She enjoys getting back home to visit family as much as they can and spend time in the country and the outdoors. Family time Is priceless.
Originally from Meriden, KS, Baylee has been in the dental field for several years. She has a lot of fun meeting new people and developing friendships with patients and other staff members.
When she's not at the office, Baylee can be found spending time with her family and four kids and enjoying outdoor activities.
Tami serves as our receptionist and one of our business office specialists. She is originally from Topeka. Tami has years of experience in the dental field, which allows her to really assist the patients of Topeka Dentistry. She was a certified expanded functions dental assistant and worked many years chairside as a dental assistant and receptionist. Tami loves to greet our patients and to see them happy and smiling! Tami's hobbies include spending time with family and friends, watching TV shows and movies, and watching the sunrise and the sunset. Tami is also fluent in sign language and enjoys helping the hearing impaired.
Nicole is a veteran in the dental field. She completed the Certified Dental Assistant program at Flint Hills Tech School. She has been in practice for decades as both a dental assistant and a lab technician. She has accumulated a great deal of experience within oral surgery offices. She especially enjoys surgery and has been excited about the dental implant technology offered at Topeka Dentistry. Nicole enjoys helping patient transform their smiles and how that can enhance a patient's life. She also feels satisfied that her skills can help alleviate pain. Nicole enjoys coming to work each day to help patients and she enjoys seeing her co-workers. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending time at home with her family.
Lyndi has been with us for over five wonderful years. Her favorite part of her job includes the variety of each day, patient, and cases—but by far what she loves most about her job is helping to give someone back their smile!
Outside of work, she likes spending time with her family and friends, watching her kids play sports, working out, and playing and watching volleyball.
Katie has had many positions in the dental office. She loves being able to have a variety of responsibilities in the office. She loves that she gets to meet and work with patients of all ages, (especially when it comes to clear aligners,) and the fun team and environment we have at Topeka Dentistry.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Karlee has been a wonderful addition to the practice. She enjoys being a part of such a caring and fun team. Karlee has previous, specialized experience in assisting during oral surgery procedures. She loves getting to know all of our patients and helping them to have the best experience possible. Karlee enjoys raising her very busy family. She enjoys staying active and traveling the world.
Kelci, a Topeka native, joined our practice after a long history in restaurant management. Her ability to multitask and her cheerful disposition have allowed her to be successful within the practice as both a hygiene department assistant and a clinical chairside assistant. She has discovered her passion for dentistry and plans to attend FHCC to study dental hygiene. Ensuring that patients receive the best care and have the best dental experience is her priority at Topeka Dentistry. She loves learning new things and acquiring new skills. Kelci's hobbies include going to the gym, spending time with her boyfriend, and drinking cocktails.
Topeka Dentistry is honored to have Tisha as a clinical chairside assistant. Since being in the dental field starting in 2001, she has amassed a great deal of experience assisting the doctors while providing exceptional dental care and filling different positions within the front office. Tisha understands each role in the office and how those roles impact the patient experience. Her favorite thing about practicing in her hometown is positively impacting the health and smiles of our patients. When not working, Tisha enjoys spending time with her family.
Topeka Dentistry is lucky to have Veronica as our dental hygiene department assistant. Her credentials are impressive as she is nitrous oxide and Nomad certified. She provides support to our hygienists and our patients, ensuring a smooth appointment. Born in Durando, Dgo Mexico, Veronica particularly enjoys helping overcome the language barrier that exists for our Spanish-speaking patients. She remembers how difficult is can be to not understand English and translating fills her with joy. "Making patients smile" is the favorite part of her day. Veronica enjoys going home to her family. She spends her time cleaning her house and listening to music.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Ashley received her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Washburn University and Johnson County Community College. She is proud to have earned the Distance Learning Teacher of the Year award.
Ashley has been with us for over 13 fun-filled years; she loves the people she gets to interact with and taking a patient from bad oral health to excellent oral health.
She lives on a farm in the Leavenworth area with her husband and five kids. You can often find her outside on the weekends with the cows or horses. There are avid runners in her family, so if they are not out on the farm, they are at a race somewhere almost every weekend!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Bethany was born in Escanaba, Michigan, where she lived until she was 11 when her family moved to Clay Center, Kansas. She graduated from Clay Center high school, where she met her now-husband!
She spent two years at Kansas State University in Pre-health and two years at UMKC School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program, earning a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene.
She loves spending time with her husband, Logan, and two boys, Miles and Whitt. They like to take their two Labrador retrievers on walks and play outside. They also love visiting their families on the weekend and going to KSU sporting events through the fall and winter.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, John received his education from Concorde Career College (Associates), Minnesota State University (Bachelors), and he is working on his Masters in Health Administration.
John has been with our practice since October 2016, and we look forward to many more years with him!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Like others on our dental team, Becca was born and raised right here in Topeka. She graduated in May 2020 from Flint Hills Technical College with an Associate's of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree. She is now enrolled at Wichita State University to complete her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.
Becca has been with us since June of 2020, she's already encountered many amazing patients and had the opportunity to help educate them on improving their oral health and give them confidence in their smiles!
Becca loves to mix it up, and outside of the office, she fulfills her passion for travel—her favorite place to travel is anywhere with a beach! She also likes to relax by binge-watching shows, shopping, and playing golf.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Josie has received her education and training from Flint Hills Technical College. She worked with us as an assistant before she became a registered dental hygienist.
Josie loves getting to interact with patients and help them with their oral health and smile. She also loves seeing families grow up and forming a bond with them.
In her spare time, she has three dogs, a Great Dane, a Boxer, and a German Shorthaired Pointer. She and her husband love to go wild bird hunting with their GSP, Sam.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Trista was born and raised in Topeka and is happy to help the people of her hometown achieve oral health was a dental hygienist with Topeka Dentistry. She started her career in dentistry with roles in the business office and as a dental assistant many years ago. After attending Shawnee Heights High School and Washburn University, she earned her associates degree in dental hygiene. Getting to know her patients and helping them achieve the best oral care are Trista's favorite things about working in the dental field. She stays busy when not at work by spending time with her kids and attending their sporting events.