Kyle R. Childers, DMD, MS & Team Orthodontics

Meet the Staff



AOA Team Certified Gold

We are proud to be an AOAC team certified practice. This designation is provided by a leading eduation and training program for the orthodontic profession. Extensive time, study, and testing are required to pass this program, and our practice has met the requirements for its team certification.  You are in qualified hands when you select our practice as your choice for  orthodontic provider.


Susan H.Susan H.

Susan joined Childers Orthodontics in 1999 and is a certified Orthodontic Assistant and the Suresmile coordinator.

She graduated from Benton Consolidated High School.

She and her husband, Randy, live in Benton. They enjoy traveling, especially to visit their three children and three grandchildren. Melissa is a real estate agent in Ft. Meyers and has two children. Cody is 6 years old and Kaylee is 4 years old. Zach lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his 3 year old daughter, Sophia. Jennifer, also lives in Kansas City.

Susan likes to cook, garden, ride bikes, go shopping and just relax at home with family and friends.

Her favorite thing about her job is seeing the beautiful smiles we create here at Childers Orthodontics and enjoying good times with her co-workers!



Stephanie has worked for Dr. Childers since 2006. She graduated from John A. Logan College Dental Assisting Program in 1999. She started as an orthodontic assistant, took over as Records Coordinator two years later, and became a Treatment Coordinator in 2012. She gets to know all of the observation patients who are seen every six months, until they are ready to begin treatment.

Stephanie grew up in Mulkeytown, where she lives with her husband, Aaron, and their kids, Maddy, Michaela, and Wyatt. Her brother, Davie, also lives with them. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and gardening.

The best part of her job is meeting new patients and making them feel comfortable at our office throughout their time with our orthodontic family.

Kim Kim

Kim began working for Dr. Childers in 1998 as a Scheduling Coordinator. She also helps with the patient’s insurance to maximize benefits and handle any issues that may arise. She lives in Benton, with her husband, Dennis, and dogs, Bill and Pumpkin. She has two grown children, Matthew and Allyson. Between her two children, she has three grandchildren. They are excited about being grandparents. She is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Kim enjoys seeing our patients when they come through the door. We have an excellent team who makes having braces a fun experience. Look for exciting events like our patient appreciation party, seasonal contests, and, overall, a family-like atmosphere.

Kim is a big Cardinals fan and loves shopping and traveling.


Susan F. Susan F.

Susan started with Dr. Childers in his second year of practice, back in 1992. Susan and her husband, Randy, reside in Benton, with their two cats, Scout and Charlie. They have two daughters, Brooke and Rachel, and two granddaughters, Mia and Kayla.

Susan enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her granddaughters. Her hobbies are boating, traveling, reading, and attending sporting events.

Susan loves orthodontics. She knows that orthodontics is not only cosmetic, but can be life changing for many people. She has seen Dr. Childers change transform many lives by creating a beautiful smile. She is proud to be part of that process.


Sherry Sherry

Sherry is originally from St. Louis but she has lived in Herrin for many, many years. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist and received that degree from SIU-C. She has been in the Ortho/Dental field in Southern Illinois for over 35 years. In March of 2009 she joined the Childers team as a Treatment Coordinator.

Sherry is married to Bill and they have two wonderful boys, Nicholas and Brendan. Their only “child” that is still home full time now is their dog, Buttons. Sherry loves fun times with family and friends, singing in the OLMC choir and playing in the handbell choir.

She loves introducing the new patients to the wonderful world of orthodontics and sharing the life changing smiles the Childers Orthodontics Team creates for them!


Sami Sami

Sami has worked as an assistant for Childers Orthodontics since 2009. She graduated from John A. Logan College in 2005. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist, as well as a Certified Dental Assistant, and has worked in the dental field since 2006.

Sami lives in Macedonia with her husband, Jason, and son, Hayden. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Most of her time is spent chasing her little boy!

She loves the fun atmosphere at Childers Orthodontics and seeing all the beautiful smiles created by Dr. Childers.


Misty Misty

Misty has worked for Dr. Childers since 1999. She graduated from John A. Logan College in 1999 and was fortunate to find her dream job upon graduation. She is a Certified Orthodontic Assistant. Working in the Orthodontic field is something Misty knew she wanted to do ever since she had her braces in high school.

Misty was born and raised for, the most part, in Southern Illinois. She lives in Benton with her husband Justin and their two sons. They have a close-knit family and really enjoy spending time together. They love to travel. Most summers you will find them all at the park watching the boys play baseball.

One of Misty’s hobbies is cake design. You name it and she has probably tried to make it out of cake. She once won a cake decorating contest on TLC and got to meet Buddy, The Cake Boss!


Michelle Michelle

Michelle began working for Dr. Childers in 2000 and currently holds the positions of Treatment Coordinator and Public Relations Coordinator.

She is a 1994 graduate of Southern Illinois University.

She resides in Herrin with her husband, Clinton, and their children, Kayla and Chase, and their Yorkie-poo, Brownie. She loves shopping with her daughter and watching her son play sports. She also enjoys traveling, reading, decorating, and spending time with family and friends.

She likes meeting new people every day and helping Dr. Childers provide a fun and caring atmosphere for his patients. Most of all, she loves helping people achieve the fabulous smile they want and deserve.



Jeanna started working for the Childers team in 2008. She started as a clinical assistant and is now the Records Coordinator. Jeanna graduated from John A Logan and is a certified Orthodontic Assistant.

Jeanna was born Pinckneyville and now lives in Herrin with her husband Aaron. Jeanna and Aaron have 3 children Landon, Emma, and Regan. She also has a sweet little dog named Lucy. She stays very busy cheering on her kids with at all their events, including golf, volleyball, basketball, and softball. GO TIGERS! In her spare time she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family.

Jeanna says the best part of her job is seeing the patients’ personalities change because of the confidence their new smile gives them. She also loves her co-workers and that it is okay for her to act silly at work.


Heather D.Heather D.

Heather joined the Childers Team in 2009 as a Scheduling Coordinator, but has worked in the dental field since 1994. Heather has worked as a Dental Assistant, Insurance Coordinator, Practice Administrator, and now Scheduling Coordinator.

Heather was raised in Carrier Mills, but now lives in Harrisburg with her husband Scott. Together they have two girls. Taryn is a Chemistry Major at SIUE and Tori is a student at Harrisburg High School. She also has a cat named Sneaky and a puppy named Izzy Bella. Heather likes to boat on the Ohio River, read, and spend time with family and friends.

Her favorite thing about her job is seeing the beautiful smiles Dr. Childers creates. It is also a plus that she works with a wonderful team of girls.


Glenda Glenda

Glenda joined Childers Orthodontics in 1999 as the Scheduling/Document Coordinator. She and her husband Ken, have two grown children. Lesley and her husband Matt have three children, Drew, Cailin, and Brooke. Chad and his wife Jacqueline have two children, Zion and Azure. Both families live in Nashville, TN. Glenda’s greatest joy is spending time with her kids and adorable grandchildren.

Her favorite pastimes include hanging out with friends, decorating her home, shopping antique stores, and motorcycle riding.

The best thing about working for Dr. Childers is seeing the beautiful smiles that are created. She is glad to be a part of this team!



Donica has been working with Dr. Childers since 2001. She is a licensed and certified Orthodontic Assistant, Inventory Specialist, and Executive Secretary.

Donica lives in West Frankfort with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Tymber. Her greatest joys are spending time with Tymber, traveling, going to the drag strip, and scrapbooking.

Her favorite things about Childers Orthodontics are Dr. Childers' desire to teach his team, his faith in their abilities, and the beautiful smiles that we create.


Heather B. Heather B.

Heather has been with the Childers Team since 2002. She began in the clinic and is now the Financial Coordinator. Heather is a graduate of Benton Cons. High School, Rend Lake College, as well as being a Certified Orthodontic Assistant.

She lives in Ashley, Illinois, has 4 children and a granddaughter. In her spare time, she enjoys riding 4-wheelers, hunting, reading and watching her kids play sports. Her favorite band is Aerosmith and she has seen them in concert A LOT.

Heather says the best part of being on the Childers Team is watching the patients grow up and achieve a smile that will last a lifetime!



Denice has over twenty years of experience at Childers Orthodontics. Denice has worked for Dr. Childers since 1993 and is a certified Dental Assistant and a Certified Orthodontic Assistant. She moved from Southern Illinois in 1994, but returned the next year to continue working with Dr. Childers and marry her husband, Michael. Denice and Michael have three children. Grace, 16 months later Josie, and ten years later, Jake. They have 2 dogs, CeCe and Bella, and an adopted stray cat they call Kitty Kitty.

Denice stays busy going to her children’s sporting events. She also enjoys snow skiing, boating, jet skiing, running, a lazy day poolside and an occasional good book. Denice also loves DIY projects.

Denice’s favorite thing about working with Dr. Childers and his awesome team is their sincerity to offer the best experience from the moment a patient walks into the office. Denice truly believes there is NO other office in the world that can compare. She loves to watch orthodontics change a person’s self-esteem.



Amber started working in the dental field while she was still in college and graduated from John A Logan College in 1999 as a dental assistant. She joined the Childers Orthodontics team in 2012.

Amber was born and raised in Marion and she married her high school sweetheart, Aaron. Her mother-in-law was even her kindergarten teacher! Amber and Aaron have three children: Taylor, Hayley, and Logan. They also have a dog named Cooper. Amber enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, cooking, and traveling with her family.

The fun and laid back environment is what Amber enjoys best about her job. She also loves working with her patients to achieve a brand new smile. She thinks her coworkers are the best ever!



Yvonne joined Childers Orthodontics in 2013 as a Scheduling Coordinator. She attended Dental Assisting School in Irving, Texas, where she received her dental assisting certification. She has worked in all aspects of dentistry, with orthodontics by far being the most rewarding.

Yvonne moved to Southern Illinois with her husband Greg, of twenty years, from Hewitt, Texas. Together, they have two children, a son, Charles who is 17, and a daughter, Marisa, who is 15. They both attend Carterville High School. She also has a little Pug by the name of "Lady Bug", which she adores. She loves attending all sporting events that her children are involved in, as well as shopping and family time.

She is very honored to have had the opportunity to join Childers Orthodontics, as the environment is incredibly positive. She has been given the chance to work with and meet some wonderful families.



Brooke started working for Dr. Childers in 2012. She was a patient of Dr. Childers and in the Dental Assisting program at John A. Logan when she was offered a job. She is now a Certified Orthodontist Assistant.

Brooke lives with her best friend in Eldorado, IL. She loves working out, shopping, and going to Church at Crossroads Bible Church. Summer is her favorite season by far! She loves to be outside fishing, boating, or just laying out.

At a young age, Brooke knew she wanted to work in the dental field. While she was a patient, she knew orthodontics interested her the most. She never thought her dream job would come so soon. She loves working for Dr. Childers, along with all of her great coworkers.



Heidi joined Childers Orthodontics in 2013 as a lab technician and Social Media Coordinator.

Heidi is a graduate of Sesser-Valier High School and attended Rend Lake College. She lives in Thompsonville with her husband Andrew, and their three dogs, Gauge, Remi and Luke. Heidi enjoys spending time outside, helping her husband on the farm, deer & waterfowl hunting, fishing, riding 4wheelers and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with her family and acting silly with her nieces and nephews. She loves to serve others and help those in need.

Heidi is excited to work for Dr. Childers because he is very passionate in what he does. He truly cares for each of his patients and has built a great team to work with.

Fun Fact: It has always been a dream of Heidi’s to become a country singer. She has already recorded two CDs and is in the process of recording her third one.

Inspirational: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."



Savannah has worked as an assistant for Dr. Childers since 2012. She graduated from John A Logan College in 2010. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist as well as a Certified Dental Assistant. Working in the dental field has always been her goal, although she never thought she would fall in love with orthodontics the way she has.

Savannah grew up in West Frankfort and now lives in Herrin with her husband, Cody. They enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and attending church. Spending time with family is also very important to Savannah; together she and Cody have eleven nieces and nephews. There is never a dull moment with all of those kids around!

Working with patients of all ages and seeing the transformations are some of Savannah’s favorite things about her job. She loves looking at the before and after pictures and seeing the great results that Dr. Childers provides for every patient.


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