Red Oak Dental Center

Terry J. Gillespie, D.D.S.







New Patient & Insurance

General Dentistry







     We are always very pleased and excited to see our patients and we welcome new patients into our practice.                                  

 Karen Crouse, Michelle Cooper, Molly Thomas, Kira Deitchler &     Dr. Terry Gillespie.  Combined we have served over 75 years in the healthcare field.

                           MEET THE STAFF


     Dr. Terry Gillespie has been practicing dentistry in Red Oak for 40 years.  His children are: daughter Cameo Sidoruk, her husband Kendall, their children Ellie, Mia, Hudson & Ayla; son Doug, his wife Holly and children Gower, Eve, Blythe & Graham; son Thomas and son Sam.

      Dr. Gillespie received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry.  He has also received a Mastership and Fellowship in the American Endodontic Society, Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, belongs to the American Association of Functional Orthodontics and the Mid-America Orthodontic Society. 

      Giving back to his community is second-nature to Dr. Gillespie.  He has been an active member of the local Kiwanis Club for over 20 years and has served on the school board and theatre board and is currently on the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group board.  He is a member of the United Methodist Church and the Elks Lodge. 

     "I love driving down the tree-lined lane each day to my office with the Wilson Park as a beautiful backdrop," says Dr. Gillespie.  "There I get to meet with and serve the wonderful people of Southwest Iowa.  I've also enjoyed working with many wonderful and hardworking staff members over the years.  I love dentistry and feel privileged to be a dentist with the opportunity to practice in this area."                                               


       Michelle Cooper, a registered dental assistant, has worked 20 years with Dr. Gillespie.  She is also certified in expanded functions for dental assisting.

 Michelle grew up in Villisca, graduated from Villisca High School and is still a big supporter of her hometown.  "I am proud to live in Iowa," she says.

She enjoys hanging out with her dog, Maggie Mae, as well as working in her yard and gardening.  She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews & attending their school functions.  If you take a ride in her truck, you'll be listening to country exceptions.  She loves going shopping-especially antiquing!

     "I really enjoy getting to know our patients," says Michelle.  "I have known many of them for years and have built a relationship with them.  I like being a part of the team at the Red Oak Dental's a great feeling to go to work every day and have fun!"


     Karen Crouse is the office manager and has worked 7 years with Dr. Gillespie.  She is a native of the area as graduating from Stanton High School.  She and her husband Dan have three grown children.  SueAnn and twin sons, Michael and Nicholas.  "Helping people is something that we feel strongly about in our family," says Karen.  With Dan a previous DARE Instructor, SueAnn and Nicholas both pursuing teaching and Michael an EMT we stay very active in people's lives.              

When Karen is not working you will find her in her kitchen baking.  She loves to bake- especially during the holidays.  She also likes to spend time with family & friends, go to theatre productions, find bargains while shopping, watch movies, and traveling.

     Karen is a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, volunteers at the Performing Arts and Education Association and is the captain of our Relay for Life Team.  

     "Having been a person with dental needs, I know exactly what patients are feeling when something is not right.  I love it when we treat the patients and the satisfaction the patients have when the work is completed.  It is great working with people that care so much about the patients and go the extra mile to make the experience at the dental office as enjoyable as possible." 


   Molly Thomas is a graduate of Red Oak High School and attended Iowa Western Community College.  She loves country music, animals and farm life.  She lives outside of Emerson with her family.


   Kira Deitchler is the newest member of our team.  She is a dental hygienist and graduated from Iowa Western Community College.  She lives in Omaha and enjoys spending time with her dog and boyfriend.