Meet the Peru Team

Our friendly, dedicated, and energetic team is committed to working with you and your family to create a positive experience every time you visit our Peru orthodontics office.

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Top row left to right: Marcia, Laura, Dr. Shah, Dr. Imel, Joan, Tiffani
Second row left to right: Kym, Michele, Mary, Shelly, Carmin
Bottom row left to right: Laurie, Linda, Nici, Spring

peru il orthodontics team


Treatment Coordinator/Receptionist

Laurie was born and raised in Canton, Illinois. She has worked in the orthodontic field for over 15 years. Laurie enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing in Northern Minnesota every summer.



Joan was born and raised in the Illinois Valley area and now resides in Utica, IL. She graduated from Augustana College and has enjoyed working in the field of orthodontics and seeing all the beautiful smiles that leave Dr. Imel’s office. In her spare time, she loves to quilt, garden, read, and cross country ski when the weather permits.


Financial Coordinator

Shelly has worked for Dr. Imel for 13 years and is one of the financial coordinators. She attended Illinois State University and received her Bachelors in Business Administration. She was an assistant for 8 years and now schedules and does the financial contracts. She loves to see the beautiful smiles that result from orthodontics. Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and their yellow lab and two cats. Some of her favorite things to do are cheering on her daughter at sporting events, shopping, going to the beach and attending Chicago Cub games.


Treatment Coordinator

Mary is one of our Treatment Coordinators who has been with us for 21 years! Over those years she has enjoyed welcoming new patients and has loved helping provide fantastic smiles at Dr. Imel’s. In her spare time she enjoys following her favorite college teams- University of Illinois and Illinois State University. She also loves spending time with her grandkids and following them in their perspective sports. She also loves traveling with her husband, Jim!


Lab Technician

Laura is our in house lab technician and has been in the dental field for over 23 years. Laura enjoys spending her summers boating with her husband and their dog, Ruby. She loves to grillout and spend time in the garden. As an avid sports fan she loves to watch and cheer on the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks. She loves seeing the end results in orthodontics when the braces come off and she makes the retainers to keep their smile beautiful.


Clinical Assistant

Tiffani went to IVCC and received her Dental Assisting certificate. She has been in the orthodontic field for 13 years. Her favorite part of her job is greeting new patients and making them feel welcome in our office. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their one year old daughter. Her favorite role is being a Mom. Tiffani loves antique shopping in her spare time.


Clinical Assistant

Wanda has lived in the area her whole life, and the Illinois Valley area for over 19 years. She is married with 2 children. She and her family were patients before she started working for Dr. Imel and Dr. Shah as a clinical assistant. The professional and positive atmosphere of the office is what brought her to change careers and be part of this great team. To see confidence that we give to children and adults is truly rewarding. In her spare time, she is with her family. They are very active with sports, fundraisers and enjoying life.


Clinical Assistant

Kym was born and raised in Peru, Illinois. She has worked for Dr. Imel for 13 years and enjoys working as an orthodontic assistant. She has 3 children, 2 daughters and a son which includes a set of twins! All 3 in college! She enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her children and loves summertime! She is a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Blackhawks.


Financial Coordinator

Carmin resides in the Streator area. She started as an Orthodontic Assistant in 2010 and is now a Financial Coordinator providing assistance with financial contracts and insurance claims. Carmin enjoys following the activities of her two daughters, University of Illinois athletics, and vacationing annually to Disney World with her family.


Lab Technician

Marcia is a lab technician. She has worked in the orthodontic field for over 45 years. She loves her job, being with her co-workers and making beautiful smiles. Her hobbies are quilting, shopping and yard work. She also enjoys wintering in Mesa, Arizona with her husband, Mike.


Clinical Assistant

Jhordis is one our clinical assistants and obtained her certificate in dental assisting at IVCC. She has worked in the dental field for over 11 years. She loves seeing the improvement in patient’s miles throughout their treatment and being able to take part in giving them a perfect smile. Outside of work, she is a busy mom of two and enjoys reading and watching her kids play.


Financial Coordinator

Michelle has worked for Dr. Imel and Dr. Shah for 26 years. In 1990 she started as an assistant, then as a treatment coordinator and finally a financial coordinator. When not at work she loves to travel with her husband, Rudy and kids, Staci and Kipp. They have a Golden Retriever named “Murphy” who is center of the family’s life. The entire family loves going to Cubs games and cheering on the Hawkeyes.



Linda has been with us for 31 years. Her role as a receptionist has given her the opportunity to welcome many new faces into orthodontic treatment. Seeing the final results is always a special day. She enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and as much time as possible with her 12 grandchildren.


Clinical Assistant

Clarisse was a patient of Dr. Shah and Dr. Imel and now is excited about having a career working with them. She enjoys the patients and helping to make their smiles more beautiful. Spending time with her family is one of her favorite things to do, along with attending Cubs and Blackhawk games.


Clinical Assistant

Loran is a clinical assistant for Peru, IL. She is a music and coffee enthusiast and loves outdoor activities especially cycling. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Roxanne and traveling to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan for snowmobiling and cycling.

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