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Kathleen Hayes LDH, Business Coordinator

Kathleen is a licensed dental hygienist with Advanced Dental Concepts and serves as the business coordinator. Kathy is a 1991 graduate of Indiana University Northwest where she received her LDH degree. Kathy is the wife of Dr. Hayes and has been a member of Advanced Dental Concepts since it's inception in 2004.

Kathy and Dr. Hayes have 3 wonderful children and she enjoys spending quality time with her family and loves the relationships she has built with our team and our patients.

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Monica, Regional Manager

Monica is originally from DeMotte and has been involved in dentistry for over 25 years, first joining our staff in 2013. She received her education from Indiana University Northwest School of Dentistry and is a licensed dental radiographer. She was a dental assistant for 17 years. Her favorite part of her job is able to Interact with patients.

Monica and her husband Dave have two kids named Taylor and Tristan. When she has free time, she enjoys photography, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

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Jenna, Team Leader

Jenna first joined our office in early January of 2019. She received her education from Kaplan University, becoming a Certified Dental Assistant with training in OSHA, CPR, and radiology. Her favorite part of this position is being able to meet so many new people and help give patients back their smiles too.

Originally from Lansing, IL, Jenna now lives in Hobart. She and her husband Ryan have four children and two dogs named Luke and Leah. Outside of work, she spends quality time with her family, goes to the beach, travels on road trips, camps, and enjoys nighttime fires under the stars. She has a very adventurous spirit and has always wanted to go skydiving!

Kristina, Dental Hygienist

Kristina, Dental Hygienist

Kristina hails from Hobart originally, and she completed her dental education at Indiana University Northwest. Today, she is in her 1st year of working for Advanced Dental Concepts and enjoys every minute of it! She loves meeting new people through her position and being able to help them become the best version of themselves. Kristina has a very large family that consists of five siblings, 12 nephews/nieces, and over 150 cousins! In her spare time outside of the office, you can usually find her using her photography talents (usually for family photos and weddings) and going on mission trips with her church. She also loves traveling and has been to nine different countries so far – she even lived in Romania for one summer.

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Samantha, Dental Hygienist

Samantha has worked in the dental field for over 20 years, and she loves seeing how our patients’ overall health improves as we enhance and protect their oral health. She has a Certificate Degree with Honors in Dental Assisting as well as an Associates in Dental Hygiene, both from Indiana University Northwest.

When not at the office, she enjoys taking nature walks and going fishing with her husband, daughter, and stepson. She is also active in her church and teaches Sunday School for 2-year olds.

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Laura, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Laura is a relatively new member of our team, but she already loves the amazing people she works with every day. She attended Ivy Tech Community College for her education and has her Associate’s in Dental Assisting, as well as certifications in CPR and coronal polishing. Originally from Chesterton, she is married with four daughters. Her hobbies in her free time include staying active, doing yoga, drawing, and painting. She’s actually been involved in the medical field for over a decade so far and spent several years as an EMT and volunteer firefighter!

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Veronica, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Veronica joined our practice in 2020, and she brings 24 years of experience to our team. She says one of the best parts of her job is educating our patients and watching them apply that knowledge to improve their oral health. In addition to being EFDA certified, she is also certified in dental X-rays, coronal polishing, and CEREC.

Veronica loves to go hiking, fishing, and hunting, and she can’t wait for bow and muzzleloader season each year. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, she likes to hang out with her adult daughter, who is a nurse.

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Brandon, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Brandon has been in dentistry for about 8 years, 4 of which have been spent at our practice. Nothing makes him happier than helping a patient feel good about their smile. He received his initial dental training at Everest College and obtained his certifications in EFDA and dental radiology shortly afterward.

Brandon grew up in a military family that moved around a lot, so he was actually born in Germany. These days, he likes to spend his free time traveling, camping, going on hikes, or just hanging out with his husband Chris and their cat, Mugsy.

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Taylor, Front Desk Administrator

Taylor has been in the dental industry for two years, and we rely on her and the other members of our office team to keep our patients and staff organized every day. A native of Griffith and graduate of Griffith High School, she is engaged, and she and her fiancé have two boys. On the weekends, you’ll find Taylor spending time with her family, camping, or laying with her Pitbull, Mollie.