Meet Our Dentist


Dr. Gregory F. Ceraso


Education and Expertise:

Dr. Ceraso graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and practiced general dentistry in Leechburg, Pennsylvania for the next 17 years. During that time he also practiced as a staff member at The Central Medical Hospital Facial Pain Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 10 years performing extensive dental reconstruction of accident victims, cancer patients, and other facial pain patients. Dr. Ceraso also held a one-year part-time teaching position at the General Practice Residency at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pennsylvania until relocating to Iowa in 1995.

Professional Affiliations:

Dr. Ceraso is a member of the American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, where he is currently qualified for the fellowship exam, The International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointengration, The American Equilibration Society, and The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Ceraso attended and graduated from the Kois Center, where he has received extensive post-graduate training in treatment planning, implants, periodontics, removable prosthetics, and occlusion.

Professional Profile:

In addition to the staff position at Central Medical Hospital, Dr. Ceraso also held a staff position at Allegheny Valley Hospital while in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to public seminars, he has lectured extensively to other dentists on temporomandibular joint therapy, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and all-porcelain CAD/CAM restorations.


Since 1995, Dr. Ceraso has been practicing general dentistry in West Des Moines, Iowa, where he has concentrated on cosmetic and reconstructive, periodontal, and implant dentistry.


Dr. Jill McDermott Saunders


Education and Expertise:

Dr. Jill McDermott Saunders graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008. She then went on to achieve her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2013.

Upon graduation Dr. Saunders spent her first few years working in Newton, Osceola and at Westown Pediatric. Dr. Saunders joined Dr. Debra Thorsheim and Dr. Greg Ceraso at TC Dental partners in 2016. She was mentored by them in many facets of dentistry, and loves calling West Des Moines home.

She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is active in continuing education with the Spear Institute. She is also a West Des Moines Leadership Academy graduate- class of 2020.

Dr. Saunders enjoys improving patients’ oral health and enhancing their smiles. Dr. Saunders philosophy is “patients first”. She treats her patients as she would her own family members.  Jill loves to stay active. She enjoys running, reading, live music, and spending time with her husband Ryan and son Wesley.


Dr. Stephanie Turner


Education and Expertise:

Dr. Turner grew up in Urbandale and graduated from Urbandale High School in 2004. She was a National Alumni Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drake University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology. Dr. Turner then went on to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2012.  While in dental school, Dr. Turner was involved with the American Association for Dental Research and the Student Research Group.  She presented her work evaluating the ICDAS classification system at two national meetings.

In the ten years since graduating from dental school, Dr. Turner has practiced in many different settings throughout the United States, including private practice, public health, and pediatric dental clinics. In 2018, Dr. Turner and her family returned home to Urbandale to be close to extended family and friends.  Dr. Turner serves as the current President of the Des Moines District Dental Society. Dr. Turner and her husband, Reid, stay busy chasing after their three boys: Blake (7), Bennett (7) and Bradley (4).

Dr. Turner attends Northpoint Church in Johnston, where she volunteers in the nursery and on the refugee welcome team.  In her free time, Dr. Turner enjoys baking bread, golfing, and watching movies with her family.