We have been serving patients in Belleville and surrounding communities with quality oral health care for 40 years. Dr. Michael Smith, and Dr. Emmanuel Salar have established and warm and friendly environment staffed with an amazing team that puts your needs first.
Our staff has decades of combined experience in dentistry, each with unique talents, and many have been with us for more than 15 years. We work hard together behind the scenes to bring you a seamless, stress-free dental experience. Above all, we know how to make your visits pleasant and enjoyable; we love sharing a laugh, a smile, or listening to what your kids have been up to lately. We treat teeth, but most importantly, we treat people.
We all look forward to welcoming you to the office of Michael Smith, DMD, and getting to know you and your dental needs. Please call us at (618) 235-5141 to schedule an appointment to meet us, but until then, please get to know the wonderful people who will be serving you.
Dr. Michael T. Smith
Dr. Michael Smith was raised in New Melle, a small town in Missouri. He attended St. Louis University High School, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and finally SIU School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 2011. Dr. Smith joined Dr. Feder in 2013 as an employee and decided to invest his future in Belleville by purchasing the office in 2017.
He joined the Illinois Army National Guard in 2008 and is currently a major serving as the Illinois State Dental Officer. Dr. Smith spends his duty weekends in Springfield, Illinois screening soldiers from across the state for dental problems and administrating the national guard’s statewide dental health program.
Dr. Smith enjoys spending time restoring his 1860s home, where he lives with his wife and children. He is also interested in fitness, healthy eating, woodworking, automotive repair, and meeting the office’s IT needs.
Dr. Thomas J. Feder
Dr. Thomas Feder was raised in O’Fallon, Illinois by his parents, Paul and Elizabeth. He is the second oldest of four children. His father was a dentist in O’Fallon, and his great uncle, Nick, was a dentist in Belleville.
Dr. Feder attended St. Clare Grade School, Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville Area College (now Southwestern Illinois College), and St. Louis University School of Dentistry. He spent three years in the United States Public Health Service, two of which he was assigned to the United States Coast Guard. He started his dental practice in Belleville more than 40 years ago. After many long years of service to the community, he has made the decision to fully retire!
Tom is married to Linda, and they have four sons, Ryan, Paul, Kyle, and Drew. The family resides in Belleville. He served twelve years on the Belle Valley School Board and has taught Sunday school at St. Peter’s Cathedral. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and playing tennis.
Dr. Emmanuel Salar
Dr. Emmanuel Salar attended A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Missouri School of Dentistry in St. Louis, where he achieved his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. During his schooling, he received numerous awards, including the Missouri School of Dentistry Excellence Research Award, the Quintessence Award for Research Achievement, and the Missouri School of Dentistry Class President Award.
Dr. Salar recently joined Dr. Smith and Dr. Feder as an associate dentist in 2020 and looks forward to having the opportunity to help his new patients and put a smile on their faces!
A native of Portland, Oregon, Dr. Salar enjoys many activities during his free time, including 3-D modeling, design, and printing, fixing small motors, and working on cars. He also enjoys fishing, hiking, and any other activity that takes him outdoors.
Dawn is trained as a certified dental assistant and also helps patients as our office manager. She enjoys working in our dental practice, where we genuinely care about our patients and a staff that works hard to provide excellent care and the best possible experience for everyone who walks through our doors.
A native of Belleville, Illinois, Dawn has been with our dental team since 2001. In her free time, you’ll find Dawn spending time with family and hiking, camping, and crafting.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Carol has been providing expert dental hygiene care to our patients since 1981. She grew up in Granite City, Illinois and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Carol loves helping our patients and learning about their families, many of whom have become friends over the years. She also enjoys working with such a fantastic team of professionals.
Carol and her husband Gary have been living in Maryville for 35 years, and she values spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. In her free time, you might find Carol traveling, boating, baking, or reading.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Laura attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she received an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Education from SIU-C.
A valued member of our dental team since 1982, Laura loves helping patients understand the value of their oral health and helping them achieve it through their routine visits with us. She enjoys the one-on-one time she spends with her patients and getting to know them as people.
In her free time, you’ll find Laura baking, reading, babysitting her grandchildren, and spending time with family and friends.
Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Cheryl received her dental hygienist training at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has been a member of our team since 1988. She loves the fun, energetic atmosphere of our office and enjoys meeting new patients and helping them with their oral health.
A native of rural Mascoutah, IL, Cheryl enjoys country line dancing and spending free time with her family and pets.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, we welcomed Shannon to our dental team in 2001. As one of our skilled hygienists, she enjoys educating our patients about their oral health and making mouths happy.
After hours, you’ll find Shannon spending time with her family and watching her kids play sports.
Tammy is our newest addition to the practice, but she comes with many years of experience. She has hit the ground running and we are excited to have her as part of our practice!
Katherine is a native of Freeburg, Illinois and joined our dental practice in 2011. She received her assistant training at Advanced Dental Careers and enjoys her co-workers and getting to know our patients.
Outside of work, Katherine likes to spend time with her family.
Beth received her dental assistant training at Advanced Dental Careers. She has been working with Dr. Smith and Dr. Feder since the end of May 2014. Beth loves interacting with our patients and is happy to be working in a profession where she can help people.
A native of New Athens, Illinois, Beth currently resides in Smithton with her husband Lucas, and their Old English bulldog named Tonka.
Front Desk Coordinator
Maria attended Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree. She is a native of Collinsville, Illinois and has been with Dr. Smith and Dr. Feder since 2015. Maria loves working with her patients and our team to provide the best possible dental experience and ease any fears or concerns they have with each visit.
Outside of work, Maria loves to take her kids kayaking and camping and also enjoys gardening and landscaping.
Brianna attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where she studied biological sciences. She has been with our dental practice since 2017 and enjoys working with people she can learn from, and who will push her to take on new and challenging opportunities
In her free time, Brianna enjoys traveling, shopping, hiking, watching Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.
Olivia joined our dental team in 2019 and is one of the smiling faces you’ll see at our front desk. She loves meeting and getting to know our patients and helping soothe their anxiety about dental visits. Olivia also values working with such great coworkers.
Olivia was born in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and in her free time, she loves cooking, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.