Red Oak Dental Center

Red Oak Dental Center

A Great Dentist is Great Dental Care

Prevention is the best medicine. The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly holds true when you’re talking about dental care. This is the checkup that can save your life….literally. You’re wise to make regular dental appointments for yourself and your family.

Our Services

This consists of a visual examination, periodontal probing (to evaluate your healthy gum tissue), x-rays, oral cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Your teeth will be cleaned so you can maintain healthy gums and teeth.

We offer a whitening system that you can do at home and you would be completely done in 2 weeks. This system is done at night while sleeping.

We offer natural-looking, tooth-colored composite fillings that will maintain a great smile without dark metal.

When teeth are too weak to hold a filling a crown is needed. When one or more teeth are missing a bridge is placed that spans over the area. Both, the crown and bridge are permanent and are made of natural tooth-colored porcelain.

When you choose to go this route, we can fit you with the proper appliance needed.

A sealant is a plastic coating bonded to the chewing surfaces of molars and pre-molars to protect teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The application is painless and usually lasts 4 to 8 years and can be reapplied at that time if necessary.

Braces are applied to teeth for crowded teeth, bad bites, jaws that are out of alignment and spaces between teeth.  Once you have had the braces on you will end up with a set of straight teeth and be happy to smile about it.

This disease begins as an infection of the gums, which is caused by bacteria in plaque. The infection will cause the gums to become swollen and tender and will pull away from the teeth. If this disease is not treated it will cause bone deterioration and will eventually cause tooth loss. To keep that great smile you will need to be sure to take care of this.

We perform root canals and restore teeth to natural look and function. Root canals are necessary when the root is exposed and causes you great pain.

Call (712)623-5404, e-mail, or use the contact form below to make an appointment.

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Terry Gillespie
Dr. Terry Gillespie
and wife Cindy live in Red Oak. He has been practicing dentistry in Red Oak for 45 years. His children are: daughter Cameo Sidoruk, husband Kendall, their children Ellie, Mia, Hudson, Layla and Colton; son Doug, wife Holly and children Gower, Eve, Blythe, Graham and Rue; son Thomas his mate Dorey and their daughter June; son Sam and wife Cali.

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, served on the school board and on the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group board.  He attends Faith Community Church and is a member of 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
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 with her cats, Milo, Miss Kitty and Millie as well as working in her yard and gardening.  She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews.  She also enjoys going shopping-especially antiquing & junking.

“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 Center…it’s a great feeling to go to work every day and have fun!”

Karen Crouse

Karen Crouse is originally from Stanton, Iowa but has made Red Oak her home for over 31 years. She is married to Dan and they have 3 grown children. She has been part of Dr. Gillespie’s team for 12 years and loves working with all of the patients and co-workers. You may see her around town when she is volunteering at the Red Oak Grand Theatre, Wilson Performing Arts Center or other various activities. In her spare time she loves to bake, travel and spend time with her family.

Kira Headley
Kira Headley
is a dental hygienist who has worked 6 years for Dr. Gillespie. She grew up in Henderson and attended Nishna Valley.  She then went to Iowa Western and received her dental hygiene degree.  She currently lives in Bennington, Ne with husband Brendan and their dog Max.

Brenda Baker
Brenda Baker
is originally from Clarinda, Iowa. She became a dental assistant in 1994 with a certification in radiology and Expanded Function certificate in 2005. Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband, Carl, and their daughter, Alli.


We are aware that dental services are not always planned. There are times when you may not have the money for the services.  When this happens you can apply for Care Credit. This is a simple thing to do. You can log onto their website ( before your visit or we will be more then happy to assist you with this process during your visit. Care Credit will let you know if you are eligible for credit through them. There are several options you can choose as far as paying back the money.  They offer 1 year interest free if paid off within the first year.  What a great deal that is. 



We are a Delta Dental Premier Insurance provider.

We are not a Medicaid provider.

We are not a provider for Wellmark/BCBS. If you have Wellmark or Blue Dental of IA then you will be responsible for the total bill as you will get reimbursed directly from Wellmark/Blue Dental.

If you have other insurance we will be more than happy to file the claim for you. You will be responsible for the amount that is not paid by your insurance carrier. This includes the difference that we bill and what the insurance says is allowed.

New Patient Forms

On your first visit you will have some forms that will need to be filled out. You can print the forms by clicking on the following icons.

Need to see a dentist?

Call 712-623-5404, use the contact form below, or click on the chat icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Red Oak Dental Center

1700 East Summit Street
Red Oak, Iowa 51566
P: 712-623-5404
F: 712-623-5231

Office Hours

Monday | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday | 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday | 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday | Closed

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM