Meet the Perry Team

The Perry Doctors

Dr. Jessica

Dr. Jessica Swanson, DDS

Dr. Jessica Swanson is a native of Davenport, IA. She attended the University of Iowa for both her bachelors and DDS degrees. During dental school she received three consecutive annual National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research awards and presented her research at the national conferences. She also was an active participant and eventual coordinator for the student mission trips to Jamaica through the Christian Dental Society. She graduated from the College of Dentistry in 2004 and has been an Invisalign provider since 2005. Dr. Jessica is committed to providing dental care to people with and without resources or access to dental care. She travels to Christian Dental Society clinics in Jamaica 2-3 times a year with teams of dentists and dental students to reach patients without access to a dentist. She is also active locally through the Dental Lifeline Network/Donated Dental Services and Iowa Mission of Mercy. When Dr. Jessica isn’t with her patients she can be found spending time with her husband Rob and three daughters, Madeline, Reagan, and Simone. She also enjoys cooking, running, reading, and travel.

Dr. Rob Swanson, DDS

Dr. Rob Swanson grew up in Ames and is happy to be practicing dentistry in his native area. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and has practiced with Swanson Dental since that time. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, and the Des Moines District Dental Society. Dr. Swanson has made continuing education a high priority in his career to help the Swanson Dental team stay current with the rapid advances in dental materials and technology. He enjoys attending dental conferences at both the state and national level. Dr. Swanson enjoys all areas of dentistry and in particular loves working with kids. He has been a certified Invisalign provider since 2013. He spends as much of his free time as possible with his daughters, along with playing golf, listening to live music, and cheering for both the Cyclones and Hawkeyes.

Dr. lona

Dr. Lona Kouri, DDS

Dr. Lona Kouri is originally from Sioux Center, Iowa and now lives with her husband and two children in Urbandale. Upon her graduation from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2004, Dr. Kouri received advanced hospital based training while completing a General Practice Residency at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Il. She has completed multiple dental mission trips to Jamaica in conjunction with the Christian Dental Society and donated her time in central Iowa through the Iowa Mission of Mercy, Stand Down and the Smile Squad. Dr. Kouri enjoys seeing patients of all ages and providing high quality care in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Dr. Kouri is a certified Invisalign provider. In her spare time, she can be found cheering for the Hawkeyes, biking, or traveling.

The Perry Team

Shannon Ballard
Front Office Staff

Shannon joined Swanson Dental Care in 2017 after being a registered dental assistant for 16 years. She enjoys helping patients and greeting them with a friendly smile. She has been married to her husband Jake for 17 years, and they have three children named Chloe, Isaac, and Eli. Shannon loves to watch movies with her family, attend Christian music concerts, and going roller blading, bicycling, swimming, or running.

Heather Richardson
Registered Dental Hygienist

Heather is a Perry native that graduated from Perry High School. She then completed the Dental Assistant program from Des Moines Area Community College and worked for several years at the Community Health Center in Des Moines. In 2012 she returned to DMACC and completed the Dental Hygiene program, and in 2015 she joined the staff at Swanson Dental Care. She enjoys practicing at home in Perry and helping people she knows on a personal level in the community. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her two kids, Addison and Bryceton. They like to ride bikes, swim, camp, watch movies, and play games.

Carolina Arceo
Registered Dental Assistant

Carolina is a graduate of the Des Moines Area Community College Dental Assisting program. She has an expanded functions dental assisting certificate and is bilingual in both English and Spanish. Carolina joined Swanson Dental Care in 2011. She loves spending time with her family, including her three daughters, and in her free time enjoys playing sports.

Areli Gonzalez
Registered Dental Assistant

Areli joined the Swanson Dental team in the summer of 2016 after completing the dental assisting program at Vatteratt College in Des Moines. Splitting her time between both offices has allowed her to work with the entire Swanson Dental team, and she is most proud to work for a staff of dentists who take the time to listen to each patient’s individual needs. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish. Areli has a 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son who both keep her very busy.

Nichole Onnen
Registered Dental Assistant

Nichole has had the pleasure of being a part of the Swanson Dental Care team since 2013. She graduated from the Des Moines Area Community College dental assisting program in 2013. Her favorite part of the job is being able to form relationships with patients and looking forward to them returning again soon. She spends most of her free time with her family, including her fiancé, Robert, her daughter, Lunabella, and her son.

Becky Kinsey
Registered Dental Assistant

Becky has been in the dental field for 20 years and has earned a certificate of expanded functions for dental assistants. She joined Swanson Dental Care in 2012. Becky has a genuine passion for taking good care of her patients. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and listing to live music.