Meet Our Friendly Ida Grove, IA Dental Office Staff
The first thing you'll notice when you walk into Patera Family Dentistry is the incredibly friendly and inviting atmosphere. Members of our staff have been hand-picked to provide you the best possible experience during your visit to the dentist. Learn more about our team below.
JD Parks, Practice Administrator
Hi, my name is JD and I am the Practice Administrator. I am also the husband to the Doctor, however that does not get me any special treatment here. I joined the team shortly after Dr. Patera passed away suddenly in 2003 and continued to manage the practice while Dr. Parks finished dental school and transitioned into full time dentist. I have an accounting degree from Iowa State University and have taken my MBA classes at the University of Phoenix. I have over 13 years of experience in the accounting and tax industry and have management projects with some of bests companies in the country. Dr. Parks and I currently live in Ida Grove with our 4 children, Isabella, Andrew, Joshua, and Samuel. I enjoy sports of all kinds, but mostly enjoy a couple of rounds of golf every week. I also am a avid fan of Iowa State Football and wrestling and travel to as many games and meets as possible. If there is anything that we can do for you, please contact me directly.
Kelly Korner, Office Manager
I am the office manager at Patera Family Dentistry and have been a part of the team since April of 1982. I am also a registered dental assistant, so you may see me in all aspects of the office. My husband Scott and I have lived on a farm south of Ida Grove since we were married. Scott is actively engaged in farming. We have been blessed with three daughters, 3 son in-laws and 6 grandchildren! We share most of our free time with them. It is a great privilege to work with such an outstanding dental team.
Erin Aakhus, Dental Hygienist
I have been a member of this awesome team since December of 2010. I became a registered Dental Hygienist in May 2005 with a degree from the University of South Dakota. I grew up in Kingsley, IA and now live in Pierson. My husband, Jake is a contractor and we have 3 children. Bailey, Kira, & Wil. We also enjoy being grandparents to Rowynn & Jagger. I feel blessed to be part of such an outstanding office with a group who are also my friends!
Linda Boysen, Dental Assistant - Expanded Functions
I am Linda, one of the practice's Registered, Expanded Functions I and II assistants. I have been with the family for 30 + years. I worked with Dr. Parks's father. I have 2 daughters, Sydney and Savannah.
Ali Patera, Dental Assistant - Expanded Functions
I am Ali and I joined the team in July of 2005. I am a registered and certified dental assistant. I further continued my education to become Expanded Functions I and II certified. I graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1999. I received my dental training though Western Iowa Tech. I currently live in Ida Grove with my husband Grant and four children, Alexis, Blake, Addison and Sophia. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Barb Padavich, Registered Dental Assistant
I am Barb, one of the practice's Registered Dental Assistants. I worked with Dr Dan Patera for a few years, and then joined the practice in August of 2012. I graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School in 1994. I live in Galva with my husband, TJ, who is involved with agronomy sales. We have three children, Dylan, Paige and Carter.