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Education and Continuing Education

I am a Chesterton native, having graduated from Chesterton High School in 1984 before obtaining my undergraduate education from Wabash College. I received my dental education at Indiana University School of Dentistry, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1992. I also earned my Master of Science in dentistry there in 1994.

The field of orthodontics is constantly changing, with new treatments and technology appearing every day. I can say without a doubt that I don’t treat patients the way I did 20 years ago! I continue my education every year, easily surpassing the state requirements, by taking courses in all areas of orthodontic technology. Currently, I am occupied with the clinical applications of lasers for orthodontics, accelerated orthodontic techniques, and lingual orthodontics, and how they can improve my patients’ outcomes.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • Northwest Indiana Dental Society

 

Q&A

How long have you been practicing orthodontics?

I have been practicing since 1994.

 

What is your hobby? 

Most of my freetime is spent bonding with and training my family's new puppy Frankie, if I am not swimming with my masters team!

 

What are the best parts about Hurst Orthodontics?

There is nothing I’d rather do than work as an orthodontist. I enjoy the daily interactions I have with my patients and their families, especially getting to know about their schools, travels, and hobbies. I am also grateful for the true team mentality I have with my staff. We all work closely with each individual patient to make sure a beautiful, functional smile is achieved.

 

What is your favorite post-braces application ice cream flavor?

My prescription is peppermint, and it has to be Valpo Velvet!

 

Best song to rock to out in the office?

You'll catch me belting along to In the Air Tonight by Phill Collins!

 

 

 

Education and Continuing Education

I am a Chesterton native, having graduated from Chesterton High School in 1984 before obtaining my undergraduate education from Wabash College. I received my dental education at Indiana University School of Dentistry, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1992. I also earned my Master of Science in dentistry there in 1994.

The field of orthodontics is constantly changing, with new treatments and technology appearing every day. I can say without a doubt that I don’t treat patients the way I did 20 years ago! I continue my education every year, easily surpassing the state requirements, by taking courses in all areas of orthodontic technology. Currently, I am occupied with the clinical applications of lasers for orthodontics, accelerated orthodontic techniques, and lingual orthodontics, and how they can improve my patients’ outcomes.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • Northwest Indiana Dental Society

In the Office

My team and I have worked together long enough to be able to anticipate one another’s needs. This makes for an efficient, smooth-running office environment. Our patients’ needs are our number-one priority. That being said, we also genuinely enjoy spending time together and making each other laugh: something our patients love about us!