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Dr. Diana absolutely loves to dance and sing, not particularly well but she loves it anyway. In fact, she has been known to sing loud and dance hard during a patient visit!
One of the thrills of her life came at a taping of the Ellen Degeneres Show where she danced (poorly) and sang (perhaps off-key) and apologized profusely to the lovely woman next to her for stepping on her foot repeatedly.
Dr. Diana is a lifelong Hoosier originally from Northwest Indiana. Her dental career started early when she became a dental assistant for an oral surgery group after high school. It was there that she found her passion taking old dental textbooks that the surgeons gave her and reading them after work. She believes that working at every level within the profession has given her a unique perspective on providing dental care.
Dr. Diana is proud to be named a Top Dentist the last five years in Indianapolis Monthly. She also is currently part-time faculty at the graduate pediatric dentistry program at Riley Children’s Hospital working with the residents in the operating room.
There is nothing that Dr. Diana loves more passionately in life than her two children, Finn and Whitney. She understands that all parents share that sentiment and believes that providing only the absolute best care is acceptable for your children.
Dr. Andrea and her husband, Jared, enjoy spending time with friends and family and volunteering. Together, they like going to country concerts and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats! They have two dogs, Rupp and Lex, both named after the home of the Wildcats. They have enjoyed living in Indiana over the past two years and all it has to offer! Dr. Andrea is excited to meet all of the Growing Grins families and provide excellent care for their children!
Dr. Andrea was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and has known since elementary school that her dream was to become a dentist! It is in her hometown where she completed her dental school education at the University of Louisville. Following dental school graduation, she completed a one year general practice residency at the University of Kentucky where she treated patients with complex medical histories and dental needs.
Following completion of her residency, Dr. Andrea worked in a predominantly children’s clinic, where she discovered her true passion was in treating children. She went back and completed a two-year specialty training in pediatric dentistry with Indiana University at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Michelle has worked in the pediatric dental field for over 15 years, 8 of those years have been spent with Dr. Diana. They are like a little old dental couple. Michelle is most gifted at helping parents navigate their child’s schedule to maximize dental care.
You can attribute the energy and competence of Growing Grins’ front desk to Michelle’s leadership. In fact she controls the ambiance of the office as well. All the music you hear while here is determined by her. If Michelle is feeling country... Country station it is! Outside of work you will often find Michelle at her happy place: Jim Dandy restaurant with her three girls!
Natalie has always had a thing for teeth - really! In fifth grade health class Natalie’s favorite part was talking about teeth. She remembers drawing a tooth structure for the first time and being so proud! Working in the field of dentistry was a natural for her.
Building on her love of children, Natalie started her career directly out of college in pediatric dentistry at the beginning of 2012.
Natalie & Dr. Diana have strongly different opinions of Taylor Swift but they’ve managed to push those aside to become friends. Away from the office you’ll find Natalie with her husband - she married her high school sweetheart - and their beautiful daughter.
Jenna joined our team after graduating from the Indiana University dental hygiene program in Fort Wayne. She currently is working on completing her last class for her bachelors degree. She has known since high school that her dream would be to pursue a career as a dental hygienist! Jenna takes great care and concern for your child’s oral heath by making each cleaning a special and unique experience.
Jenna is left-handed making her the yin to Dr. Diana’s right handed yang. Jenna’s two great loves in life are food and running. She recently completed the Chicago marathon and is currently eating through all that Indianapolis has to offer on the food scene.
Casey graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry. She has always had a strong bond when working with children and even worked on the side as a nanny while pursuing her college career. She can't wait to make a positive impact in your child's life.
On days off from Growing Grins, Casey loves spending time working out at the gym. She has an active life consisting of riding her bike, taking her dog, Opie, on walks, and playing multiple sports. Recently, Casey got married to her high school sweetheart, Ethan.
Khaila is a 2015 graduate of the Brightwood Dental Assisting Program. Before finding herself in the dental field, Khaila worked with children with special health care needs. She is the bright and smiling woman you first meet when you enter Growing Grins Pediatric Dentistry.
Khaila spends her weekend as a sports mom warrior. She can be found with her two kids, Kamya and Terris, on the soccer field, basketball courts, and baseball fields.
Heather recently joined our practice after graduating from Ross Dental Education. She has always been passionate about working with children and educating them about how to take care of their teeth. You are most likely to find Heather managing our hygiene bay ensuring that your child is taken care of well.
Heather is always smiling. ALWAYS. She also has the coolest headbands. Her son, Gage, is 4 years old and keeps her educated on all things trains. She enjoys reading and loves spontaneous adventures to new places!
Stephanie graduated from the dental hygiene program at Ivy Tech in 2016 and came to our office experienced in the pediatric field. Dental hygiene has long been her passion which made it easy to decide on her chosen career. However, she was excited to use all the education and knowledge learned from exploring childhood education and early child development early on in college in providing care to dentistry’s littlest patients.
Stephanie participates in ALL holiday decorating and is okay with Dr. Diana’s November 1st Christmas playlist for the office. She also is a classic music lover including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and vintage Taylor Swift.
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