Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

Meet the Team at Topeka Dentistry

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

Owner, Dentist

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's in Human Biology and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry with a DDS degree.

She has been practicing dentistry for ten years and has been with us for ten incredible years. 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

Owner, Dentist

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 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!

Jodi Hauschild

Office Manager

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 are about to be grandparents. We like to spend time
outside, especially attending sporting events.

Karissa Noel

Scheduling Coordinator

Originally from Wellington, CO, Karissa attended both Poudre High School/Homeschool and Colorado State University College before joining us in September of 2019.

When she's not working, you can find Karissa spending time with her family, doing anything outdoors related, and country swing dancing.

Sara Jeffers

Scheduling Coordinator

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 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.

Baylee Lewis

Front Desk

Originally from Meriden, KS, Baylee has been with us for ten months. 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 four kids and enjoying outdoor activities. 


Dental Assistant

Lyndi has been with us for 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. 

John Rutherford

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!

Ashley Sass

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 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 four 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!

Paige Blackwell

Hygiene Assistant

Paige will have been at the practice two years by August 2020. She loves the on-the-job training that comes with working in the dental office, especially seeing patient's lives change right in front of her eyes because of the fantastic dentistry that our staff creates. A dental team like ours is hard to come by, and we really make our patients feel comfortable and at home.

In her spare time, Paige enjoys spending time with her friends and family, eating good food traveling, and shopping. 

Jacqueline “Jay” Johnson

Dental Assistant

Jay has been working and training with us for a year and a half, and we look forward to many more!

She loves that she continually gets to meet new people as well as learn new things about dentistry daily. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as with her new puppy, Nova.

Jay loves being outside and tending to her plants and flowers.

Josie Jenson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Josie has received her education and training from Flint Hills Technical College. She has worked with us as an assistant for about three years before she started as a hygienist. She's been a hygienist for a year now.

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 fiancé love to go wild bird hunting with their GSP, Sam. They are getting married in September, so she's currently spending a lot of spare time planning her wedding. 

Bethany Hamel

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 high school and 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.



Barbara Rusnak

Registered Dental Hygienist

Originally from Overland Park in Kansas, Barbara went to JCCC for Dental Hygiene School and studied for two years at Kansas State University. She has been with us for 22 beautiful years, and she loves helping people obtain healthy oral hygiene, along with meeting a lot of great people who become great patients and great friends!

Outside of the dental office, Barbara loves hanging out with her husband, daughters, and sons-in-law, boating and spending time at the lake, along with visiting her Kansas City family!

Vicky Thompson

Insurance Coordinator

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.

Katie Luna-Lee

Chair side assistant

Katie has been receiving on-the-job training with us for the last eight years. She loves being able to do office work for the Holton office two days a week and work hands-on with patients at Topeka Dentistry two days a week. She loves that she gets to meet and work with patients of all ages, (especially when it comes to Invisalign,) and the fun team and environment we have here at Topeka Dentistry. 

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Becca Townsend

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, and even though she's just started, 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. 

A Healthy smile is just a click away.
The staff at East Topeka Dental are the best!

I used to stress about going to the dentist. No more. The staff at East Topeka Dental are the best! They are great to patients and are very good about making sure I know everything they are doing in my mouth and ensuring I don't have any favorite part.

- Jeffrey D.

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