Meet Our Team

Dr. L. Eric Anderson, DDS


Dr. Anderson grew up on a family farm in Tampico, Illinois. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1994. In 1999, he graduated from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry, receiving awards in multiple disciplines of dental practice. In 2006, he received certificates in Advanced Practice Management from Kellogg School of Business. With a strong passion for education, Dr. Anderson has served as an adjunct associate professor at the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry.

In August of 2000, Dr. Anderson bought the dental practice of Dr. William E. Nelson, which currently operates in West Des Moines. Dr. Anderson strives to provide the latest in diagnostic technology for his patients. In November of 2014, Anderson Dental Group installed 3-D Cone Beam Radiography in the office. This technology is an incredible tool for placing implants, diagnosing root canals, and examining all areas of the mouth with a 3-D view!

2015 brought big changes for Dr. Anderson, as he purchased the dental office of Dr. Howard Belsheim in Adel, Iowa. Dr. Anderson is excited to bring his passion for dentistry to the patients of Adel Dental Group!

Dr. Anderson and his wife, Diana, have four children that keep them very busy. As a family, they enjoy motorcycles, travel, camping, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends!

Dr. Ames Cross, DDS


Dr. Ames Cross graduated from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry. He completed his undergraduate degree at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa where he studied biology and graduated magna cum lauda. He was born and raised in Urbandale, Iowa.

Dr. Cross had specific training during his dental training at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines and completed a rotation with a focus on geriatric populations in the Special Care Clinic at the University of Iowa. Dr. Cross is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has also enjoyed volunteering with the Iowa Mission of Mercy.

Dr. Cross is happily married to Mallory Cross, also an Urbandale native. They are expecting their first child in June of 2015. In his free time, Dr. Cross enjoys spending time with his wife, their dog, Bauer, and his extended family. Hockey has always been one of Dr. Cross’s greatest passions and he continues that passion by participating in the Des Moines Men’s Hockey League. He also enjoys golfing, cooking, exercising, and hunting.

Dr. Rachel Reis, DDS


Dr. Rachel Reis is a 2003 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa and moved to the Des Moines area after graduating. Dr. Reis is a member of the American Dental Association and Iowa Dental Association. She completed rotations at pediatric focused practices while in dental school and has volunteered with Iowa Mission of Mercy.

Dr. Reis and her husband, Jim, moved to Adel in 2013. They have two young sons, Benton and Tyson. The boys are starting to get involved in sports and activities in the community which will keep them busy for years to come. Rachel enjoys golfing, running road races and cheering on Iowa collegiate sports in her free time.


Practice Manager

Diana has enjoyed working in the dental field for over 20 years, and is very proud to be involved with a team that is committed to its skill and knowledge. Each team member possesses a particular area of expertise to make sure each patient’s experience here at Anderson Dental Group is a pleasant one.

Diana’s experience becomes readily apparent to patients as she is able to articulate all the services here at Anderson Dental Group. Her infectious smile and passion for helping people show, as she ensures patients feel good about their overall experience. Whether it is a question regarding a particular treatment, confusion about insurance benefits, or assistance is needed scheduling appointments, Diana is a great resource.

Diana and her husband, Eric, have 4 beautiful children that keep them very active! As a family they enjoy traveling, golfing, boating, walking, and spending time with family and friends.


Business Manager

While Dawn’s main focus is to keep the practice running smoothly, she especially enjoys the time she spends with patients. Dawn began working with Anderson Dental Group in 2003, and absolutely LOVES her job, the staff, and the patients! Prior to joining Anderson Dental (and the “dental industry”), she gained a wide variety of experience in the business sector – through various credit, human resources,and operations management roles.

This will be an exciting year at Dawn’s house! Not only will Dawn & Jay celebrate their 30th Anniversary, but their daughter Megan will be getting married, their son Bryce will graduate from ISU and their daughter Jaymie will graduate from high school. Lots of celebrations – and we count our blessings every day!



Rebecca graduated from Iowa Western Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2001. Her degree included receiving clinical training from Creighton University’s Dental School in Omaha, Nebraska. Rebecca was the Membership Chair for the Nebraska Dental Hygienist Association before moving to Central Iowa. She has been the Hygienist for Dr. Belsheim’s office, and now Adel Dental Group, since 2009 and enjoys building relationships with all of her patients!

Rebecca grew up on a farm in Southern Iowa. She and her husband, Cliff, have two sons, Bryson and Kaden, who keep them busy with 4-H, Cub Scouts, and Baseball. They are proud to call Adel their home! Rebecca enjoys being with her family and friends, woodworking, and “junking”.


Front Desk Personnel

Wendy has returned to Anderson Dental Group, previously as a Dental Assistant, and now as part of the front office team.  She is compassionate and understanding when welcoming our patients ensuring their needs are meet as well as making them feel at home.  Wendy is thrilled to be part of a practice that is highly focused on patient care, while assisting you with your scheduling needs.

Wendy is married to husband Dave for over 30 years, has two daughters that are married and live in northern Colorado.  She welcomed her first grandbaby in May 2016.   When away from work, she is passionate about her family and anything that has to do with nature, such as hiking, canoeing, gardening, and she teaches Yoga/Pilates at her local rec center and is also a natural wellness advocate.


Front Desk Personnel

Andi has been in the dental field since 1997. In 1997 she graduated from the Dental Assisting Program from Kirkwood Community College and is currently a registered, expanded function dental assistant. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, customer service and is proud to be a part of a highly skilled professional team. She is committed to ensuring patients have a welcoming experience, providing a smile to everyone. Andi is always willing to help you with scheduling needs or inquiries.

Andi is married to Charlie and they have two children, a daughter Ryen and son Will. Andi enjoys doing anything from sporting events, gymnastics, bike rides, crafts and anything with her family.


Front Desk Personnel

While spending the past approximately 28 years of her working career in pediatric, as well as, general dentistry, Nancy has grown to love the front desk dental position and the interaction with the patients. During the last 18 years, she worked for Dr. Belsheim. When Dr. Belsheim sold the practice and soon retired, she also considered retirement, however being so impressed with Drs. Anderson, Kouri, and Cross, she has decided to stay with the practice! Nancy and her husband Ron, originally from Greenfield, Iowa, raised three children, Tamera Hanson (Mark), Rhonda Wiggins, and Matthew Wiggins (Aly) all graduating from Dallas Center. They are very proud of their family, including 6 grandchildren. Eight years ago, Ron and Nancy moved from their acreage in the Adel-Dallas Center area to Urbandale, and in Nancy’s free time, if her grandchildren are not available, you will find her in the flower garden with her favorite shovel, planting something new or with some stones creating a new planting area.


Dental Assistant

Mary has been an expanded functions dental assistant since 2005! She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and is committed to ensuring patients have a welcoming experience! Her smile and laughter are contagious. She has lived in Adel for 10 years and has been married to Jerry for 10! They have an 8 year old daughter. In her spare time she loves to spend time at her parents farm riding horses or watching Jerry race.


Dental Assistant

Donna is a recent graduate from the DMACC Dental Assistant program. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Donna has two golden retrievers that go everywhere with her. She loves working in the Dental Community with Adel Dental Group and seeing new friendly faces everyday. She loves meeting new people and creating new relationships while focusing on patient care. Donna plans to go back to school someday to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene but for now enjoys being a Dental Assistant and expanding her knowledge for that field.

The Tooth Fairy!

Glittery Fairy

The Tooth Fairy is a special friend of Adel Dental Group!  She likes to help with events at the library, preschools, and you can even see her in the Sweet Corn Festival Parade.  She loves to read stories about going to the dentist or what to do if you lose your tooth!  If you’re interested in having the Tooth Fairy come visit your next event, please click here!