Meet your Peoria, IL Dental Team
Our goal at Valerin Dental is to exceed your expectations! We believe in educating our patients, allowing them to feel confident and comfortable with their dental health care decisions. We will work together as a team to achieve your healthiest, brightest smile possible!
Manny Valerin DDS, PC
Dentist in Peoria, IL
Valerin Dental Group
Following graduation of Dental School, Dr. Valerin served as a teaching assistant at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry, earning 2 teaching awards,The Student Goverment Teaching Award and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity Clinical Instructor of the year. It was then he rediscovered an interest for hospital based advanced dentistry and teaching. This brought Dr. Valerin and his family to North Carolina where he served as Chief Resident at Carolinas Medical Center Department of Oral Medicine. During this time he received the Lester Burket Award in the clinical category for his research on medications that affect bleeding after dental extractions during the Oral Medicine Symposium in Puerto Rico in 2005.
His post doctoral training has taken him and his family to UNC College of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, North Carolina for advanced training in radiology, the Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland for advanced training in facial pain and research at the National Institute of Health . He also received advanced training in hospital dentistry at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland.
Once completing his post doctoral training, Dr. Valerin and his family moved to Illinois where he served several years as a professor at the University of Illinois Dental School in Chicago. With Dr. Valerins hospital training and knowledge this has given him an edge to provide the best in comprehensive dentistry for the entire family as well as the safest methods in sedation dentistry for those with dental anxiety. He has now enjoyed private practice for over 12 years. He loves the relationships he has built with his patients and their families through private practice.
The decision to relocate to Peoria, Illinois was greatly influenced by the fact that his family has better access to health care for his daughter as well as allowing him the oppotunity to continue his teaching career part time while enjoying private practice. Dr. Valerin is a current faculty member at OSF Saint Francis General Practice Residency Program for General Dentists. He is excited to have the opportunity to pass along the knowledge he has gathered over the years spent at a Level 1 trauma center during his training career as well as his experience providing comprehensive dentistry through private practice.
Dr. Valerin has volunteered twice with his wife for the Illinois Mission of Mercy program providing free dental care to thousands in need and plans to continue this tradition, he was part of a missionary team providing dental care to under developed villages in Honduras, he volunteers for Dental Lifeline of Illinois and previously volunteered for the LaSalle County Health Department, American Red Cross and Give Kids a Smile Day. He is an active member in the Peoria District Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, American Dental Association, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, a Certified BLS Instructor through the American Heart Association, received the latest up to date training on OSHA/ HIPPA regulations and participates regulary in continuing education courses nationwide.
Dr. Valerin and his wife, Kristy, have three children. They enjoy the outdoors, mud running and obstacle courses, traveling, deep sea fishing, fresh water fishing,Ohio State football games and are currently learning to golf. However, any time spent enjoying friends and family are the best!
My name is Robin Bannister. My husband and I have been married for 31 years and have been blessed with five beautiful children, 1 son in law, 1 daughter in law and one really fun Grandaughter with a new Grandbaby on the way. I have been Dental Assisting since 1981 and still love it. I also am licensed with the State of Illinois as an Emergency Medical Technician since 2003. I have been with my office family Dr. CJ Bergschneider and Valerin Dental Group since 2003. My favorite part of my days are making smiles better.
Receptionist/ Patient Coordinator
Jamie is a Peoria native that spent several years in California before moving back. In her sparetime Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandbabies. The past several years Jamie and her husband have participated in the St. Jude Ride from Peoria to Memphis and they've both really enjoyed the experience and plan to continue it every year. She's been working with us for the past 8 years and we look forward to many more with her.
I attended ICC and received my degree from MTI. I've been dental assisting for 4 years and love it! I also have my Coronal Polishing and Sealant Certificate to do prophys and sealants on children. I am engaged and have 3 children. We enjoy going to waterparks, attending Rivermen games and keep busy with the kids sporting events.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Debbie is a Metamora native who attended ICC for her hygiene education. Twenty four of her twenty five years practicing hygiene, she practiced in the Chicago area. During her time in Chicago, Debbie was highly requested by patients for her gentle yet thorough hygiene services. Debbie is very pleased to be back in the Peoria area. Debbie has one grown son and sings on the worship team at Harvest Bible Chapel in East Peoria.