Robin Freeman, Practice Manager, Dental Sleep Coordinator
I have had the great pleasure of being a part of Dr. Jack's team for close to 30 years! 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.
For the past 4 years I've transitioned to being our Dental Sleep Coordinator full time, which is why you no longer see me at the front desk. Dr. Jack has made it his mission to screen all of our patients for sleep breathing disorders after we lost a few patients as a direct result of untreated sleep apnea. When he's doing the exam, he's also looking at your airway, tongue and teeth to see signs of possible breathing disorder. When he asks you if you snore or feel rested, he's not just being nosy! If he has any suspicions, he will send you over to my office for a more thorough airway evaluation and screening. This process has helped to get many of our patients tested, diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea that otherwise had no idea. A diagnosis does not mean an automatic love/hate relationship with a CPAP machine - there are alternative treatments using an oral appliance that work wonderfully for many people and Dr. Jack is the one who can make that for you. It's been very rewarding to know what we're doing improves the quality and saves peoples' lives.
My family still keeps me busy when I'm not at work. My husband and I have now been married for almost 39 years. Our big kids Blake (Kim) and Abbey (Will) are excelling in their chosen careers and we love nothing more than to spend time with them. Our five grandkids (Dallas 13, Wyatt 10, Bella 9, Carter 7 and Vivian 3) are growing up fast and make life so much sweeter. They are involved in everything under the sun and keep us all on our toes! I am truly blessed beyond anything I could have imagined.
Stick your head in my office and say "hi" next time you're in - I always look forward to catching up with you! If you need anything or have any questions about your sleep health, 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 Davis, 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 23 years ago and am happily married to my husband, Dennis. I have two beautiful daughters, Sarah and Allison. I also have a grandson, James, who is 8 and the light of my light! And I can't forget about our sweet little Maltese, Bo. When not in the office I love spending time with all of my family. Some of our favorite activities include biking, hiking, shopping and going out to dinners together.
Jennifer DeFosse, Dental Hygienist
I'm happy to say I've been apart of the Nicewander team for 18 of the 30 years I've been a dental hygienist! I filled in as a substitute hygienist one day and never left. I knew from day one I had found a very special office.
I'm originally from Bedford, where most of my family still live. As often as possible I get down there to love on my niece Clara (7) and my nephew Calvin (5). Speaking of love, I married the love of my life, John, this past March in Key West. We had a perfect wedding on the beach shared with our dear friends.
As for free time I enjoy reading, cooking and gardening while John and I together enjoy spending time with friends, working on house projects and traveling.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with most of our patients. After so many years you are not just patients, but friends. I look forward to working with you all for years to come!
Katerina Willis, Dental Hygienist
I grew up in Latvia and had a wonderful opportunity to come to the US in the late 90s. Since then my life has never been the same!The first several years away from home were hard but meeting wonderful people here made it all worthwhile.
Back home preventive dental care didn't exist, and the quality of dental treatments was very poor. Needless to say, I ended up with a lot of dental issues by the time I was a young adult. After being educated about my oral hygiene and making regular cleanings a priority, I noticed a huge difference and have not had any issues since. I realized I could apply my passion for improving oral health in others by becoming a dental hygienist.
I got my hygiene degree from IUSD and joined the forces at Dr Jack's office in 2009. I feel passionate about what I do and really enjoy connecting with people and changing their health for the better.
Now you know, if I give you a lecture on oral hygiene it's only because I care and know how much it matters. I've had every procedure available done on me, so ask away! - chances are, - I've been in your shoes:)
I enjoy coming to work and catching up with my patients (some have become good friends over the years) and working along such fun and gifted individuals. And just when I thought my life couldn't get any better, I met my husband, Kevin, and had my wonderful daughter, Anya, several years later. She is truly my "cherry on top". My life is too good to be true and it all started with me coming to this wonderful country.
Cherish Cates, Dental Hygienist
Abby Jackson, Dental Hygienist
Jenna Musser, Front Desk Coordinator and Billing Specialist
Hello! I’m Jenna and I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Nicewander and team in various positions for 8 years now. I graduated in 2004 from Walker Career Center and started working full time while going to IU East where I earned my degree. I started in 2011 with Dr. Nicewander as a dental assistant and helped at the front desk when needed. After learning and mastering insurance, I became full time up front. I took a short leave to stay home with my children until they were in school and am happy to be back again full time. I just can’t stay away! I’ve been married to my husband, Justin, for 10 years. We have two amazing children together, Makenna, (8) and Mason (5) and three furry children Zoey (lab), Demi & Ellie (both Dobermans).
When not in the office you will find our family camping or at the ballpark! Makenna has played softball for 4 seasons and Mason is wrapping up his first one! Our family loves camping all over the state in our camper where we can hike, boat and hang out with friends.
Kari Kuper, Patient Services Coordinator
When you walk in our practice, I am likely the first face you will see! Always looking forward to greeting our patients with a warm welcome. I have had the pleasure of working here for almost three years however have been around the practice for many, many more. I am Dr. Nicewander’s oldest daughter and absolutely love being able to work with my Dad every day. I graduated Indiana University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science/kinesiology and minor in nutrition. I left the corporate world when I was pregnant with my second child looking for a slower pace position that would allow me to fully concentrate on being a mother. Joining my Dad was the best move I could have ever made and count my blessings daily I am here!
My husband, Scott, and I will be celebrating 14 years of marriage this summer – times flies when you are having fun! Scott is a Chiropractor and owns his own practice, Premiere Performance Chiropractic. I am in the office three days a week allowing me two extra days a week to play with our kiddos! We have two daughters, Allie Jane (4) and Claire Ann (3). They are the light of my life and while they keep us busy have allowed my dream of always being a mom to come true. Our family wouldn’t be complete without Lilly, our 6 year old sweet pit bull/boxer rescue dog. On the weekends you will find our family playing outside no matter the season. We love the snow just as much as the summer sun! The girls have grown up and love our trips down to my parents’ cabin in Brown County. Its our happy place and we get there as often as possible. Our family is also very involved and serves most Sundays at our church, Mercy Road.