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We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Orthodontic Assistant

I am an orthodontic assistant with 25 years of experience in orthodontics. I’ve built a great rapport with patients of all ages over the years, but I especially enjoy working with kids. My greatest joy comes from seeing how happy our patients are with their new, beautiful smiles.

I live in Lake Station, where I graduated from Edison High School in 1988. I have been married to my husband Jimmy for 16 years and have a daughter named Jade. Our family also includes two cats, Kitty Greyskull and her son Chunk, who run the house. I spend my off time with my toes in the sand, camping, grilling for friends and family, gardening, or reading.


Orthodontic Assistant

I assist Dr. Hurst with patient care, work to ensure the comfort of all patients, and maintain our office to keep a clean environment for our patients. My favorite part of my job is building relationships with people. When treatment is complete, it is always so amazing to share the moment and excitement with the patient. The past ten years have truly been incredible, mostly due to my awesome coworkers and Dr. Hurst, who is an amazing boss.

I have a great husband, Travis. We began dating our junior year at Chesterton High School and have been together a total of 16 years. We have a beautiful, precious little girl named Annabella, two dogs, and a cat. I love to walk outdoors and listen to music; it’s my peaceful place in life! All in all, life is good!


Certified Orthodontic Assistant

I have assisted Dr. Hurst with patient care and clinical procedures since 2000. I also take care of inventory and coordinate dental education school field trips and presentations. I always enjoy watching our patients progress through their treatment. It’s especially fun at the end of treatment to look back at initial photos or models and see the changes that took place. It’s great to see their transformation, and it makes me feel good about what we do here. 

My husband Denny and I have three grown children and two grandchildren, with another on the way! We share our home with our two cats, Jack and Bobby. They both have big personalities and are always making us laugh. Denny and I both enjoy the outdoors and share a love of nature. We like to go fishing and take walks in the woods. I also enjoy running and like to participate in local races. I also love to cook, bake, and garden.


Certified Orthodontic Assistant

I joined Hurst Orthodontics in 2007. In addition to being one of Dr. Hurst’s assistants, I am also the patient coordinator, so I contact potential and existing patients who are awaiting treatment and make sure their experience with us is as great as possible. I always explain what will be happening at their appointment and make sure they feel comfortable and at ease with their treatment plan. We are not like the usual orthodontic office; we believe that family comes first and treat our patients that way, too.

I have been married to my husband Michael for 29 years. We have three girls who have graduated from college. We all adore our rescue dog Maisie! Our family has really gotten into cosplay lately, and love to work on our costumes and attend conventions. I am also a volunteer for Exceptional Equestrians, a therapy horse program.


Insurance Coordinator

I spent the majority of my 12-year career as a certified orthodontic assistant and recently took on the role of insurance coordinator. Dr. Hurst and our team believe that all people should be able to afford a confident smile, so I work with each family to maximize insurance benefits and create a payment plan that is budget friendly.

I’ve been married for 24 years and have three children: one is married and two are in college. I also have two dogs. I spend my free time walking, running, and spending time with my family.


Office Manager

I am a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. I graduated from Boone Grove High School in 1986 and Purdue University in 1994. After many years in retail and banking, I joined Dr. Hurst’s practice in 1999. I enjoy the many facets of my job as an office manager, and most important, the relationships I’ve built with our patients.

I have several interests that keep me busy when I’m not in the office: cheering for the Purdue Boilermakers and Chicago Blackhawks, listening to music, reading, gardening, puzzles, and working on my Chevy HHR “Hank.” I especially enjoy spending time with my family and friends.


Orthodontic Assistant

I graduated from IUN’s dental assisting school and worked in oral surgery until the birth of my son. After taking time to be a full-time mom, I decided to re-enter the dental field and joined Dr. Hurst’s team! It’s been a few years since I’ve been back, and I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people: our patients, their families, and my team. We come together like family and have a great time creating beautiful smiles together.

I am married to my husband Victor, and we have a son, Christian, who’s in kindergarten! We also have two dogs, Harley and Oliver. I love spending time with my family, crafting, reading, and shopping at Costco.