We are fortunate to have a stellar team of professionals that puts your health first each and every day. Meet our staff!

Sue Szumlas Sue- Dental Hygienist

Sue became a member of our team in 2013 and she says she loves working with Dr. Word. She earned an associate’s degree in dental hygiene in 1982 from Southern Illinois University.

Sue is married with three adult children and one grandson.

Kristie Gibson Kristie- Patient Coordinator

Kristie brought significant business management and accounting credentials with her when she became a part of our team in July 2014. She has an associate’s degree in accounting from Anderson College and an associate’s degree in business management from Tri-County Technical College.

Kristie loves being part of our great team that focuses on putting beautiful smiles on our patients’ faces.

She and her husband Walker have two children, two cats and two dogs. When Kristie isn’t in the office, she’s busy on her farm taking care of horses and cows. She also raises Weimaraner dogs.

Heather Hubbard Heather Marie- Dental Assistant

Heather joined our practice in October 2010. She loves the opportunity to meet new patients and educate them about dental and oral health.

Heather is married to Jeff and they foster dogs that are awaiting their forever homes. When she isn’t working, Heather is working out; she loves Crossfit. She also enjoys spending time with her nephews.

Pamela Pam- Dental Assistant

Pam joined our practice in March 2017. She earned an associate’s degree from Greenville Technical College in 2004. She loves getting to know her patients and understands the individualized care they require. She also enjoys educating patients about the connection between a healthy lifestyle and optimal oral hygiene. Pam says that she is very excited to work for a truly compassionate and caring dentist.

Pamela and her husband, Jason, have two children. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family, running and working out.