Meet the Team

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.   

When you call our office you will be greeted by Lori L, Lori C, Toneta, or Rita. Rita Kerrigan began with our office in 1981 after studying Mid-Management at Ball State University.  In 1991, after 10 years of being a dental assistant for Dr. Donnally, Rita became our office manager.  Lori Litton will greet you with a smile,  she is a welcome addition as Dr's scheduler. Lori was a longtime employee of Teal Automotive.  Many of you know Lori Clark as our former hygiene assistant, her employment with us dates back to 1987.  She then left to work at Stoneridge returning in 2004.  Lori is now our hygiene coordinator.  When your conversation involves hygiene Lori will be the one scheduling your appointment. Toneta Bailey, our financial coordinator, has been with us since 2014. She will assist you with any insurance or payment question that you may have.  She comes to us from a career in banking and insurance. 

Your first appointment with our hygiene staff will get you acquainted with Marilyn Laux, Lori Thien or Chrissy Hart.  Marilyn Laux worked in this office during high school, and returned in 1987 after being employed as a hygienist for 12 years.  Lori Thien graduated from FRHS then after graduating from Rhodes State College she came to our office in 1998 as a hygienist.  Also graduating from Rhodes State College is Chrissy Hart. Chrissy began her career as a hygienist in 1998 and joined our office in 2004.

When you arrive for your appointment with Dr. Banta you will meet Jackie Patterson who became Doctor's chairside assistant in 1987.  She had been employed previously with 3D, a former local retailer. Randi Ferguson is an expanded duties assistant who joined our practice in 2021, after graduating from Ivy Tech Expanded Functions program. Andrea Ford also has joined the practice, she has been a long time expanded assistant in the Indianapolis area and has recently returned to her Jay County roots. If your lucky you may see Claudia Caster who started working in our office right out of high school. She was then employed at CTS until coming back to become an expanded duties assistant in 1986. She and Marilyn are trying to fully retire but the patients just won't let them.


This team serving you has a combined 257 years in dental service.  If you include Dr. Banta, we offer you 293 years of experience!