Vicki Thomas, Office Manager

Vicki manages the overall operation at Thorsheim & Ceraso, and we just couldn’t do what we do without her. With a Bachelor of Science in Marketing with an Associates in Nursing, Vicki understands both the clinical and administrative sides of the practice, making her a great fit for her position. She’s been with us since 1988. She says that Drs. Thorsheim and Ceraso are great dentists, and she loves being able to take care of the day-to-day operations so they can serve patients. When she’s not working, Vicki enjoys reading, exercising, traveling, and spending time with her family, which includes her daughter, sister, nieces and grand-nephew.

Melanie Trusty, Office Coordinator

Melanie has an Associates Degree in Nursing, and she’s been with our dental practice since 2001. She enjoys the state-of-the-art practice, and she’s good at anticipating the dentists’ needs. Melanie is married with two children and enjoys spending time with family and watching sports.

Donna Acheson, Registered/Certified Dental Assistant

Donna comes to us from Corydon, Iowa, and she’s got over 30 years of experience in the field.  Donna graduated from DMACC with a degree in dental assisting. She has been practicing since 1983 and joined Thorsheim & Ceraso in 1992.  She takes pride in the fact that she works for a dental practice that provides such a variety of services and uses the latest technology in caring for the patients. She enjoys being a dental assistant because she gets to help patients improve their smiles and their health. During her free time, Donna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, and walking.

Julie Yungclas, Registered Dental Hygienist

Julie has been with our practice since 1988, and she’s been in the dental field for over 28 years. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa. She loves her coworkers at the office of Thorsheim & Ceraso, and she says that many of the patients have been coming to our practice for so long that they feel like family. She keeps her own mouth in tip top shape, making her a great fit for the field. Julie has two children, Sam and Jack, and she loves spending time with them and the rest of her family. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends.

Jody Butler, Registered Dental Hygienist

Jody has her degree from Prairie State College. She started out as a dental assistant and enjoyed working in the dental field so much she went back and got her registered dental hygienist license in 1990. Jody first became interested in dental care while receiving her orthodontics as a child. She is CPR certified and has a local anesthesia permit. Her patient philosophy is to “brush and floss the teeth you want to keep”. She enjoys scrap booking, bike riding, and spending time with her husband, grown children, and grandchildren.

Michelle Rasool, Registered Dental Hygienist

Michelle has an Bachelors and Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She loves working with people and educating them on their oral health. She belongs to the ADHA and the ADEA. In her free time, she enjoys working out, biking, hiking and being around family and friends.

Taylor Porter, Registered Dental Assistant

Taylor is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College who chose to go into dentistry because she’s always been interested in teeth, and because she loves to help people perfect their smiles. Taylor is always excited to meet new patients and build strong relationships that result in successful treatment plans. When she is not around our office she likes to spend her time doing outdoor activities or watching movies with her family and friends.

Kendall Corbitt, Dental Assistant

Kendall loves working with people. She loves to be busy and wearing scrubs everyday. In her free time she stays active, watches sports, and hangs out with friends.

Monica Nielsen, Dental Assistant

Monica has her dental assisting degree from Des Moines Area Community College. She went into the dental field because she loves teeth and loves taking care of hers. She always loved going to the dentist and couldn’t believe people are nervous to go. She wants to help patients feel more comfortable so they can enjoy it as well. Her in free time, she enjoys hanging out with her two cats and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys watching movies.


At the West Des Moines dental practice of Thorsheim & Ceraso, we provide friendly, professional service for you and your family. We serve Des Moines, West Des Moines, Waukee, Norwalk, Clive, and all surrounding communities. For your general, cosmetic, restorative, and sedation dentistry needs, call us today to schedule your local dentist appointment.