Robin Freeman, Practice Manager
I have had the great pleasure of being a part of Dr. Jack's team for more than 23 years and I look forward to spending another 10 or 15 more with him! Not many people can say that they truly love going to work everyday, but I am one of them! Sure, there have been moments that have been challenging, but seeing the smiling faces that come into our office every day makes everything worthwhile. I so much enjoy getting to know our patients and the relationships I've made over the years are priceless. I have learned that our patients like continuity and familiar faces when they walk in the door, and I plan to be that face for as long as Dr. Jack keeps me around!
As much as I love my job, my family still comes first! I've been married to my husband, Dan, for over 34 years. We've built an awesome life together and are now officially empty-nesters, with both of our children grown and married. Our son, Blake, is a journeyman electrician for Barth. He is married to Kim and together they have given us 3 of our beautiful grandkids. Dallas is 8, Wyatt is 5 and our only grand daughter, Isabella, is 3. Our daughter, Abbey, is married her college sweetheart, Will Bolden. They parents to our 4th grandchild, Carter West, who is 2 The grandkids have put a whole new dimension on things and enriched our lives in ways we never knew were possible! As a family, we love spending time together, whether it is on our boat at Lake Cumberland, camping, playing outside or watching one of the grandkids' sporting events. Of course, we all get together to watch the Colts win!
I look forward to seeing all of you at your next visit. If you need anything or have a question before then, you know where to find me!
Anette Brown, Expanded Dental Assistant
Hello! I'm your friendly dental assistant! I graduated from Walker Career Center in 1989 and went to South Bend Dental Arts to practice expanded duties. I really enjoy helping my patients create beautiful smiles. This career has allowed me to keep in touch with my artistic side, because smile design is definitely an art. I have been helping Dr. Jack put smiles on patients' faces for over 20 years. Together, we have made a lot of people very happy and confident with their new dental makeovers. One day, I'd love to have given every single patient in our practice the beautiful smile they deserve! Our office has become a second home to me and my co-workers and patients are like a second family, whom I love seeing every day.
My job keeps me very busy, but my home life keeps me hopping! My real family consists of my 4 children. Aubrielle is 16, Carlienna is 15, Jeston, age 14 and Shanye, age 12. Put these all together and I've got one happy, hectic home! Dare I even mention our two, sweet Shitzu dogs, Gizzy and Sissy? Our family enjoys the outdoors; camping, fishing and motorcycling. The kids are involved in school sports and other activities that keeps transporting them all very interesting!
Mary Clegg, Expanded Dental Assistant
I joined Dr. Nicewander as a Certified and Expanded Dental Assistant in 2005. I graduated from the University of Louisville, which is where I'm from and most of my family still lives. I always new I wanted to be in the medical profession, but didn't decide on the dental field until my second year of college and I'm so glad I was led in this direction. I take great pride in providing the best patient care possible and knowing that I helped to restore a patient to their optimal dental health is so rewarding for me. The dental field is ever changing and my job is a continual learning process. The technology and practices are always advancing and we strive to keep at the top of the field by taking advanced courses and attending seminars on a regular basis. One of the best things about being in Dr. Jack's office is getting to meet our great patients. You are all so nice and interesting and I enjoy spending time with you - even though my hands are in your mouth most of the time!
I moved to the Indianapolis area about 17 years ago. I have two daughters who have grown into beautiful young women and become my best friends. Sarah is 27 and is the mother of my first and only grandson, James. He is 3 years old and the light in my life! Allison is 25 and keeps very busy working. We all enjoy spending time together- shopping, going out to dinner and White Water rafting on our annual trips to West Virginia.
Jennifer Crane, Dental Hygienist
Hi, I'm Jennifer and I've been a dental hygienist for 23 years. Twelve years ago I was lucky enough to be a substitute hygienist for Dr. Nicewander and knew I had found my home dental office. I feel very privileged to work with a team that not only impress me with their talents, but have become my dear friends.
I grew up in Bedford, where all of my family still lives. Early on I knew I wanted a career in health care, and was fortunate to be guided towards dental hygiene. A few years ago I completed my Public Health degree primarily to open up the opportunity to teach at the dental school. Clinical dental hygiene is my preference since I love working with each patient and helping them with their individual needs. Helping someone get the healthy smile they want and deserve is very rewarding.
As for my free time, I enjoy keeping active biking, hiking, gardening, cheering on the Colts with friends and traveling. The rest of the time is spent with the two loves of my life - my neice Clara and my nephew Calvin.
I look forward to seeing and working with all of you for years to come.
Katerina Joseph, Dental Hygienist
I came to Indianapolis from Riga, Latvia in 1998 with a Bachelors degree in business. I had no knowledge of the dental hygiene profession since preventive dentistry did not exist in my native country (I had never even seen dental floss until I moved to the U.S. at age 21). Dentistry, to me, was always associated with pain and suffering, since regular check ups and cleaning were not done and anesthesia was not used. Needless to say, I accumulated a multitude of dental issues by the time I got here. With the help of some exceptional dental care that I received upon coming to Indianapolis, I was able to get my teeth and gums healthy. Additionally, I learned how to maintain my oral health by proper home care and regular cleanings. Through all the negative experiences I suffered, I learned how important preventive care was and decided to dedicate four years of my life to studying dental hygiene and learning how to instill its' importance upon others. Therefore, I never take prevention for granted. I always take pride in my work and will take the time necessary to educate my patients on ways to help them stay healthy for life. I believe: "If you want to feed a person for one day, give him fish; but if you want to feed him for life, teach him how to fish". It is such a great feeling to know you serve a purpose and improve someone's life on a daily basis! I can truly say that I look forward to seeing my patients and taking care of them every day I come to work.
I recently just purchased my first home and have been having so much fun making it my own! I appreciate art and music and have created some of my own art pieces. My mother still lives in Latvia, but visits me whenever she can and I have a sister who lives in Arizona. Although I have no family close by, I have many friends in Indianapolis who have become my surrogate family and we enjoy spending with each other.