The Dental Studio of Iowa

Meet the Team at The Dental Studio of Iowa

At The Dental Studio of Iowa, our goal is to treat you with warmth, friendliness, and genuine respect for your concerns. Our team understands the value of excellent oral health, and we want to help you see how dramatically your life can improve when you don't have dental problems to hold you back.

We believe that dentistry should be a collaborative process, so we don't just tell you what treatment you need; we'll show you what's happening with your oral health, explain why a certain approach is necessary, and help you understand how it will benefit your long-term oral health.

Please take a few moments to learn about our exceptional team of professionals, then call us at (515) 331-1600 to arrange an appointment!

Dr. Connor Elmitt

Dr. Connor Elmitt first moved to Johnston in 1993. After graduating from Johnston High School in 2007, he attended the University of Iowa. While pursuing his degree, Dr. Elmitt lettered in track and field and was recognized as an All-Academic performer.

He received early admittance into the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and graduated in 2014. During his time in dental school, he was awarded the American Academy of Oral Medicine Award, given to the senior student showing the most promise in Oral Medicine. He also earned the Delta Dental Foundation Award for Excellence in Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry for demonstrating exceptional clinical proficiency and understanding of the complex oral health needs of the elderly and medically compromised patient.

Following graduation, Dr. Elmitt returned home to Johnston to practice dentistry. After four years working as an associate, he teamed up with his classmate and friend, Dr. Jonathan Karch, to start the Dental Studio of Iowa. He has seen Johnston grow over the past 25 years and is excited to be able to give back to the community that helped to raise him by offering comprehensive care in an advanced, yet comfortable way. Dr. Elmitt enjoys the clinical aspects of dentistry, but the most rewarding part of his profession has always been the relationships with the people he is privileged to serve.

Outside of work, Dr. Elmitt prefers to spend his time with his family and friends, most of which are still located in and around the Johnston area. He and his wife Becky have one son, Bradley, and a daughter, Ellie. Dr. Elmitt is a member of the Johnston Rotary Club and serves as a volunteer coach for the Johnston High School Boy’s Track and Field Team.

Dr. Jonathan Karch

Dr. Jonathan Karch was born in Johnston and raised in the Des Moines area. He completed his undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering and psychology at the University of Iowa. He then remained in Iowa City to obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Karch and his son

Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Karch and his wife moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he practiced as a hospital dentist providing comprehensive and emergency care to the Native Alaskan and Native American populations at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Dr. Karch also made regular trips to the Aleutian island of Atka to provide care to the residents of one of the most remote communities in the United States. He still maintains his Alaska dental license and makes occasional trips to work (and play!).

Upon the birth of their first child, the Karch family returned home to Johnston. Practicing dentistry in Des Moines, Dr. Karch had the opportunity to work in great practices alongside excellent providers but always knew he wanted to establish a practice in Johnston that embodied all the principles he values.

Dr. Karch ensures that every aspect of your visit will be individually and specifically tailored to provide the most comfortable, relaxing, and productive experience possible. The compliment he values most is an anxious patient describing their dental experience as the best they’ve ever had. He understands the dental office is not always the most exciting place to be and goes the extra mile every day to change that perception.

Dr. Karch loves the continual technological and material advances in dentistry and the benefits it allows him to provide his patients. As such, he annually obtains at least five times the required amount of continuing education hours. He’s a proud member of many organizations committed to achieving excellence in dentistry including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Iowa Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Karch met his wife Danielle at the University of Iowa while she was completing her doctorate in pharmacy. Dr. Karch and Danielle are the proud parents of four little ones: Hudson, Violette, Lawson, and Hayes. They reside in Johnston and enjoy spending their time biking, camping, traveling, and spending time with family. 





Office Manager

Lori, our Office Manager, is usually the first smile you will see when you arrive at The Dental Studio of Iowa. Lori was born and raised here in Iowa and studied at Iowa State University. She then moved to the western suburbs of Chicago, before moving back to Iowa in 1995. She now resides in Johnston, Iowa where she has raised her 3 children - who are all in the area! Lori has been with the practice since we opened our doors back in December of 2018 and she enjoys being able to greet and interact with all of the patients that come in. She also loves being able to see the before and after results of smile transformations!

Outside of work, you can find Lori spending time with her husband and their three, soon to be four, grandchildren. She also enjoys cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones and spending time at the lake. 

Lori's Professional Memberships:

  • Public Member of the Iowa Dental Board (Third Term)



Front Desk

Courtney grew up in West Des Moines and joined the Dental Studio of Iowa dental team in 2020. 

Since she works both clinically and in the front office, she has the unique opportunity to really get to know our patients. She loves making them feel comfortable in the dental office and happy with their smiles.

When Courtney is relaxing, you will find her with her family and pets, participating in game nights and enjoying the nice Iowa weather.



Dental Hygienist

Whitney is one of our newest Dental Hygienist's at the Dental Studio of Iowa! She is originally from Postville, Iowa and studied Dental Hygiene at the Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. Her favorite part about working at our practice is the opportunity to meet new people everyday and help them overcome their dental fears.

Whitney now resides in Ankeny, Iowa and enjoys spending her free time with family, traveling, and working out!


Dental Hygienist

Chelsey recently joined The Dental Studio of Iowa team after graduating from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge with her degree in dental hygiene.

A native of Maquoketa, IA, she values building relationships with her patients and giving them a great dental experience.

When she is away from the dental office, you can usually find Chelsey reading, traveling, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.


Dental Assistant

Ashley, one of our Dental Assistant's, is originally from Des Moines, Iowa and graduated from the Des Moines Area Community College in 2008. Ashley has been with our practice since December of 2018 and she enjoys every opportunity to communicate and take care of patients at The Dental Studio of Iowa! 

When Ashley isn't working, you can catch her spending her free time outdoors, either kayaking, gardening, or hiking. She also likes to spend time with her family and friends, playing board games, and puzzles. 

Ashley's Certifications:

  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Certificate
    • Level One Dental Assistant Expanded Functions - 2016
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Certificate
  • Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certified 


Dental Assistant

Beth has been with The Dental Studio of Iowa as a Dental Assistant since the beginning of 2019. She is originally from Hudson, Iowa and studied Family and Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University. Her favorite part about her job is getting to know each patient and helping them look and feel their best!

When Beth isn’t at the Dental Studio of Iowa, she can be found spending time with her friends, family, and her German Shepard! She also enjoys traveling, horseback riding, sailing, and cooking. 



Dental Assistant

Shanda grew up in a small town in NW Iowa called Everly before attending Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, graduating in 2009.

Since she started in 2020, Shanda’s favorite part of work is getting to know the patients and seeing their smiles after their care is complete.

When she’s away from the dental office, you can find Shanda doing anything outdoors with her family. She spends a lot of free time attending her kids’ activities and going to the lake.


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The Dental Studio is absolutely wonderful!

The Dental Studio is absolutely wonderful! I had been looking for a new dentist and I am glad that I ended up here! From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted right away and offered snacks while you wait. Dr. KArch and his assistant Beth are so kind and fun to talk to! From my first consultation to my crown and filling, they made me feel comfortable and that none of my questions were silly. They make sure you are numb and totally comfortable before any work is done. Great chairside manner and I appreciate that! I would highly recommend them to anyone!!!

-Lesley E.

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