Darla | Office Manager
Darla attended Indiana University at South Bend where she studied Business Management and she has been part of the dental field since 2004. Darla’s hard work, enthusiasm, and ded-ication to her patients paved the way for others to see her as a skilled leader. “My passion for dentistry is driven by the excitement she sees from patients when they finally have that healthy smile they always dreamed of. It’s amazing to be a part of that!”
Darla is a busy mother of six children and whenever possible you’ll find her outdoors camping. traveling, or spending time at the beach.
Joshua | Treatment Coordinator
Although Joshua (Josh) was born in South Bend, he lived in Florida for nearly 28 years. He recently moved back to South Bend to be closer to his family and pursue a degree in business. Josh’s older sister was a major influence on him choosing a career in dentistry as she has been a dental assistant for many years. Driven to better himself, Josh’s passion lies in helping patients find a way to achieve their dental and health goals.
When Josh isn’t working hard to help patients achieve the smiles they have always wanted, you’ll likely find him hiking out in nature, watching movies, and spending time with his family and friends.
Sherrill | Insurance & Billing Specialist
An enthusiastic learner, Sherrill graduated from both Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Indiana University at South Bend going on to teach elementary education for approximately 10 years. Looking for another challenge, Sherrill entered the medical field where she worked for approximately eight years and then landed with us shortly after. Sherrill is our “bulldog” when it comes to getting insurance to pay the benefits you deserve. “I’ve always loved helping peo-ple and learning. I enjoy research and lending a hand to get to the root of the problem.”
Sherrill is a resident of South Bend where she lives with her husband and daughter. They love to spend time together cooking, enjoying nature, and having fun little adventures.
Ashley | Business Assistant
Ashley is originally from Tuscon, Arizona and it was there that she graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at Apollo College in 2010. She was fortunate enough to spend a number of years in general and speciality dental practices gaining valuable knowledge within the field. “There’s just so many reasons I love dentistry, but my biggest motivation is that I feel everyone deserves a beautiful smile.”
After having children of her own, Ashley moved to the Michiana area in order to be closer to her father. In her spare time she enjoys cooking for friends and family, crafting, and exploring the outdoors with her daughters.
Justy | Registered Dental Hygienist
Justy was born and raised right here in Michiana. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Den-tal Hygiene in 2021 from Indiana University. Justy has a passion for her work and enjoys help-ing her patients understand the vital connection between their oral health and the overall health of their bodies. “I just love to clean teeth!” she says with a big smile.
Justy is married to a South Bend firefighter and together they have three children, a boy and two girls. When not working, she loves to spend as much time as she can with her family and you will often find them at a beach or pool, or simply enjoying a football or baseball game.
Hayley | Registered Dental Hygienist
Hayley is a 2018 graduate of the dental hygiene program at Ivy Tech. She began her dental career in the greater Saint Louis area. While there, Hayley was able to gain valuable experi-ence working in both pediatric and periodontal speciality practices. Originally from South Bend, the pull to return home brought her back to the area. When asked what Hayley loves most about dentistry she said “I truly enjoy forming long lasting relationships with my patients and helping them achieve optimal health.”
Hayley is married and together they are parents to two beautiful girls and two Labrador Retrievers. In their spare time, they enjoy family time on the lake, traveling, and football!
Sam | Registered Dental Hygienist
Zeinab "Z" | Dental Assistant
Zeinab, or “Z” as she is affectionally called, is originally from Iraq. She immigrated to United States in 2017 with her two daughters in order to provide them with a better future and she is proud to say that her two daughters recently became US Citizens. “Z” has a Master’s Degree of Science in Statistics and Mathematics. When she first moved to the US, she was a substitute teacher until she decided to go into the dental field. In 2022, “Z” graduated from Ross Medical Education Center with a certificate in dental assisting. While in dental assisting school, “Z” came to work with us as our Sterlization Technician. We all quickly fell in love with her infectious smile, eagerness to learn, and her positive attitude. As soon as “Z” graduated she was offered a dental assisting position within our office.
“Z” was inspired to go into the dental field because of her personal journey to restore her dental health. When you meet “Z” she will quickly try to make you feel more at ease and loves seeing the reaction from her patients when their dental work is complete.
“Z” loves spending time with her daughters, traveling, and exploring all that the US has to offer.
Sarah | Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Sarah graduated in 2011 from Ross Medical Education Center with a certificate in dental assisting. Her passion for learning, led Sarah to obtain certifications in Expanded Functions, Coronal Polishing, and Fluoride Application. Her love of dentistry began early in childhood and now Sarah enjoys helping patients achieve their dental goals while making their visit a pleasant one.
Sarah is married and has two daughters, and one beloved fur baby. She enjoys music, theatre, and especially loves comedy.
Michelle | Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
For as long as she can remember, dentistry has been a passion for Michelle. She will proudly tell you that she has been an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant for over 30 rewarding years. Michelle prides herself in ensuring that all patients feel relaxed, well cared for, and treated like family.
The core of Michelle’s life is her family and enjoys time spent with her three adult daughters and two fur babies. She loves to relax in the serenity of her garden, caring for her plants and watching them grow. An adventurer at heart, Michelle openly embraces the opportunity to ex-plore new horizons when called.
Wayne | Denture Technician
Wayne is our in office full and partial dental technician. He began his dental career in 1960 as a young boy at the South Bend Dental Lab, Inc. working beside his father for nearly next 25 years. His many years of experience along with his eye for detail fit allowed Wayne to evolve into the master technician he is today. He is a meticulous perfectionist and believes that full and partial dentures don’t have to look like “false teeth”. Wayne works along side the dentist rather than sitting in a laboratory. He has a passion for creating natural looking smiles that compliment our patients’ facial features as well as meets their functional needs.
Wayne has been married to his wife for over 30 years and have raised three daughters and one son. When not working, he enjoys street rods and Harley Davidson’s. Wayne regularly participates in car shows and cruise-ins regularly.