Meet the Dental Team at The Dental Practice

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When you arrive for your appointment, you will feel relaxed and at home immediately. With a friendly staff, caring dentist, and inviting facility, you will know you’re in good hands. Our experienced staff will use their knowledge and skills to make your dental treatment as easy and painless as possible. Each member of our staff at The Dental Practice goes above and beyond to make sure you have a comfortable dental experience and leave our office smiling!

Meet Our Doctors


The Dental Practice

Dr. Steven G. Rabedeaux, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Rabedeaux was born and raised in Iowa. His father was a dentist who started this practice in 1957. He received his undergraduate BS from the University of Iowa. He went on to earn his DDS from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1984. He practiced with his father until 1991. Dr. Rabedeaux and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 33 years and have three children. Jen, their oldest, is a teacher in Minneapolis and is married to Gabe Greener. The two welcomed their first daughter in June 2017. Michelle graduated from college with her doctorate in May 2017. She then married Ryan Wall in August 2017. The two reside in the Twin City area. Brad graduated from the University of Iowa in the spring of 2016. He formed his own construction business, “Rab Works” right after graduating.

The Dental Practice

Dr. Jacob Parsons

Dr. Parsons grew up in Loveland, Colorado but felt drawn back to his roots in the Midwest.  He studied Biology at Northwestern College (Iowa) and then obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2014. He furthered his education at the University of New Mexico’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency. This program expanded his skills to include dental implant placement, wisdom tooth removal, denture fabrication, root canal therapy, hospital dentistry, pediatric care, and special needs dentistry. After residency, Dr Parsons spent two years at an inner-city clinic in Albuquerque, NM serving patients of all ages. He is currently pursing a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and is active in local and national dental associations. Dr. Parsons and his wife, Jennifer have two sons Aiden and Eli and will be welcoming a little girl in March.

Our Hygienists


Jeri Graham

Hygienist

Jeri has been with The Dental Practice team since 2000. She is a University of Iowa Dental Hygiene graduate and has been practicing hygiene since 1983. She’s been caring for patients in the Newton area for over 30 years. Jeri and her husband Tom, live on a farm near Grinnell. They have twins, Catelyn and Christian. Catelyn is a alumni of UNI in Therapeutic Recreation and is continuing her studies to be a Child Life Specialist. Christian is studied Ranch Management in Oklahoma and has an internship on a ranch in Nebraska. Jeri enjoys her flower gardens, antiques, scrapbooking and critters on the farm. She treasures time spent with family and friends.

Maria Maharry

Hygienist

Maria has been with The Dental Practice team since 2007. She is a University of Iowa Graduate and has been a dental hygienist since 1994. Maria and her husband Doug have five children. Olivia is a senior at The University of Iowa and a member of the Air National Guard, Paul is a sophomore at The University of South Dakota, twins Adam and Luke are seniors at NHS and plan to attend The University of Iowa and Sophia is 10 years old and excited to be an only child in the fall. Maria’s husband Doug works at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance and their family resides in Newton. Free time is rare for Maria, but she enjoys golfing, walking and spending time with her family.

Paige Heuermann

Hygienist

Paige has been with The Dental Practice team since 2016. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdepartmental Studies Health Science in 2014. She continued her studies at DMACC, where she graduated from the Dental Hygiene program in 2016. She was born and raised in Des Moines, where she currently lives with her husband, Kase and their son Holden. Kase works for Nationwide Insurance. Paige and her family enjoy spending time outdoors with their dog, Asher and spending time with friends and family.

Our Dental Assistants


McKenzie Cogley

Dental Assistant

Kenzie has been with The Dental Practice since September 2015. She graduated from TeachTech Newton; Dr. Rabedeaux’s school dental assisting. Kenzie is a certified and expanded function dental assistant, which allows her to provide a variety of additional patient services. Kenzie is currently in the Dental Hygiene program at DMACC in Ankeny. She will graduate with her degree in dental hygiene in the spring of 2019. Kenzie enjoys working on her farm in Colfax and spending time with friends and family.

Ashley Smith

Dental Assistant

Ashley has been with The Dental Practice team since 2007. She completed her education at Kirkwood College in 2006. Ashley is a certified and expanded function dental assistant, which allows her to provide a variety of additional patient services. Ashley and her husband Nathan were married in January 2018. They enjoy many activities including working out, hunting, spending time with family, volunteering and their miniature dachshund, Tobi.

Chris Heck

Dental Assistant

Chris has been with The Dental Practice since 2001. For the first several years she worked in the business office and in 2003 she became a registered dental assistant. She is now our hygiene assistant. Chris and her husband John spend most of their free time riding their motorcycle with family & friends. John is a bus driver for the Newton Community School district. They have four children; Josh, Sara, Shelly & Todd. They also have 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Erin Doonan

Dental Assistant

Erin has been with The Dental Practice since September 2015. She graduated from TeachTech Newton, Dr. Rabedeaux’s school for dental assisting. Erin is a registered and expanded function dental assistant, which allows her to provide a variety of additional patient services. Erin has a son Lane and the two of them enjoy four wheeler rides, playing outside and tending to their goats. In her free time, Erin enjoys going for walks with her dog Ellie and volunteering at the Animal Rescue League.

Riley Van Gilst

Dental Assistant

Riley has been with The Dental Practice since 2017. She completed her education at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. Riley is a certified and expanded function dental assistant, which allows her to provide a variety of additional patient services. Riley and her husband Daniel live on a farm in Newton with cows, pigs, their dog, Maizy and cat, Jasper. Daniel and Riley enjoy spending time with their friends and family, motorcycling, and being on the farm.

Joy Gonzalez

Dental Assistant

Joy joined The Dental Practice in June 2017. She graduated from TeachTech Newton, Dr. Rabedeaux’s school for dental assisting and is now a registered dental assistant. Joy moved to Newton from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she is from. She and her husband, Rafa enjoy spending time friends and family, biking and boating in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Kennedy Gulling

Dental Assistant

Kennedy joined The Dental Practice in June 2018. She graduated from Vatterott College in Des Moines and completed her final clinical rotation at our office. Kennedy is a certified and expanded function dental assistant, which allows her to provide a variety of additional patient services. Kennedy enjoys kayaking, rollerblading and spending time with her friends and family.

Our Office Staff


Dana Anderson

Business Office

Dana Anderson has been with The Dental Practice team since 2012. Dana and her husband Andy, who works for Skokan Construction, have two daughters Makatlyn and Khyrssa. When not at dance class for the girls the family enjoys spending time outdoors and with family and friends.

Ashley Hartgers

Business Office

Ashley has been with The Dental Practice since June 2018. Ashley grew up in Alvin, Texas. She moved to Newton in 2008 and graduated from Newton High School in 2011. She has experience in medical insurance, scheduling and reception. Ashley and her husband, Justin enjoy being outdoors with their black lab, Drake and spending time with family and friends.