Bonnie is a Speedway, Indiana native who graduated high school and completed several years of college and technical school while being in the workforce. She has accumulated over 55 years of business and administrative experience as well as continuing her education. Bonnie had been a patient of the practice for many years, and when opportunity arose for her to join the team as Business Coordinator, she was happy to take on the responsibility and whip the office into shape!
Bonnie enjoys an active lifestyle; with friends and family; she can often be found playing cards, reading, walking, and enjoying anything to do with outdoor sports or auto racing.
Jerri, currently an Indiana resident & college graduate, is one of the practice’s front desk specialists. She expertly handles accounts (receivable and payable), patient insurance questions, insurance claims, etc. Jerri’s accounting and financial skills make her uniquely suited to help patients who require financing, and her personality makes her an excellent fit when she is needed for other patient care.
“I was basically pulled in off the street,” says Jerri, who has now been in the dental industry for 13 years. “I didn’t plan to work in a dental practice, but it turned out to be a terrific fit for me and my skills!”
A native of Speedway, front desk specialist Kellie has lived in Avon for the past 18 years. A graduate of IUPUI and Indiana Dental Academy, Kellie spent 3 years working in endodontics as a dental assistant before joining the Newman practice. “I enjoy being part of a profession that helps change peoples’ lives by changing their smile,” she says. “Everyone here genuinely cares about the patients and the staff is like one big family!”
Kellie has been married to her husband for 7 years. She is proud to claim three children as well as one stepdaughter and a son-in-law, who recently made her a proud grandparent! In her spare time she watches her daughters play softball and dance; works with Down Syndrome of Indiana; and participates in the Indianapolis Buddy Walk every year in honor of her son.
Granger, Indiana native Libby is one of the practice’s front desk specialists. She attended DePauw University to study Kinesiology, Sports and Exercise Science, and is currently applying to dental school. Libby decided to pursue a career in the dental field after many dental appointments due to missing teeth. “I grew to love the atmosphere of the dental office,” she says, adding, “Having a healthy, confident smile is so important!”
When Libby isn’t greeting patients or doing insurance work at the office, she’s teaching a fitness class or engaging in another athletic activity - like kickboxing, weightlifting, running or cycling. She also enjoys cooking for family and friends and playing guitar or piano with her dad.
Holly, originally from Speedway, attended IUPUI and is now our Scheduling Coordinator. She majored in General Studies and has 13 years of customer and management experience. Holly enjoys working at our practice because the environment is always positive. She adds that "seeing a formerly self-conscious personal walk away feeling confident with their results and their smile is extremely rewarding!"
In Holly's spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her niece and three nephews. Her favorite weekend activities include going to concerts, hiking outdoors, and reading.
Dental Assistant Daphne chose to go into dentistry to create perfect mouths - and to see the smiles on the patients’ faces. Originally from Spartanburg, now living in Indianapolis, Daphne studied to be a pharmacy tech at Kaplan College and has been in the dental field for nearly 2 years. “I’m hardworking and reliable,” Daphne describes herself. “I love working with patients in the terrific work atmosphere that we’ve created here.”
When she’s not assisting with patient care, Daphne enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing camping and trails, and cooks for fun. She’s also an avid supporter of the American Red Cross.
Dental assistant Heather is an Indianapolis native, and studied under a technical program at Kaplan College. She assists the doctor, does inventory and orders supplies for the practice. “I’m a people person,” she says of herself. “I always wanted to work in a profession that let me interact with people, and now I get to do that and help them learn about dental hygiene, too!”
Heather and her boyfriend have been together for 3 ½ years; they are currently sharing their first apartment with their puppy, Quinn. When she’s not working, Heather spends time volunteering with Best Buddies and enjoys shopping, dancing and spending time with family.
Dental assistant Jessica says she always knew she would end up in the medical field. The Indiana Dental Academy grad remembers getting to work in a dental office in high school: “I loved it!” she says. “I’m a team player and I love to help people. That’s exactly what is so great about working here - everyone has the same goal and we are a team.”
When Jessica isn’t assisting the doctor with patients, checking inventory or ordering supplies, she spends time with her husband and newborn son. They enjoy taking walks together with their dog near their Westfield home. Jessica also spends spare moments supporting Best Buddies and Down Syndrome of Indiana.
Katelynn grew up in a small southwestern Indiana town and is new to the Indianapolis area. She graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and received her certifications in Dental Assisting and Expanded Functions. Growing up, Katelynn dreamed of working at a dental office. Her ambitions intensified while spending time in various dental offices, specifically to get her teeth straightened. She says "the results from my own dental treatments reinforced my desire to help others gain beautiful, healthy smiles."
Katelynn lives with her boyfriend and their Belgian Malinois puppy, Niko. When she is not working, she enjoys shopping, traveling, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and training Niko in personal protection and obedience.
Kelli is an Indianapolis native, and is a technical program graduate of Kaplan College. In her role as dental technician, Kelli assists the doctor with a variety of dental procedures, helps keep patients comfortable, and teaches oral care. “I was always interested in dentistry,” says Kelli. “There is something new to learn each day! I love working at Newman Family Dentistry because everyone is so committed to making patients happy.”
When Kelli isn’t at the practice, she’s engaged with supporting the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, AADA, Best Buddies, and the Indy Heartwalk. She also loves singing, dancing, or just sitting by the pool and relaxing.
An Indianapolis native, Tricia is the practice’s dental assistant coordinator. A graduate of the Professional Careers Institute’s Dental Assisting Program and Expanded Duties Course, Tricia assists the doctor and manages the other assistants. “I love art and science,” she says. “Dentistry is like a blend of both!”
When she isn’t helping the Newman practice run like clockwork, Tricia spends time with her husband, Joe and their dog, Arthur. She loves cooking, crafting, gardening, traveling and photography, and is involved with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Lifebridge Community, and Outreach, Inc.
Dental hygienist and Avon resident Amanda attended the IU School of Dentistry and graduated with an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2013. She performs dental cleanings, examines patients’ mouths for signs of oral disease, and educates them on how to take care of their teeth and gums. “I loved going to the dentist when I was growing up,” she says. “Now I get to try and make that same experience great for my patients.”
Amanda also enjoys spending time with friends and family, caring for her animals, and being outdoors. Amanda is passionate about the ASPCA and the Humane Society.
Hannah became a dental hygienist out of compassion and desire to help others. She is now 6 years into a rewarding career. “I like working at Newman Family Dentistry because of the fun atmosphere and the great people here,” she says. Hannah has a BS in Public Health Dental Hygiene from the IU School of Dentistry and is also certified to administer local anesthetic.
Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.
Concern for her own oral health led dental hygienist Tawnya to pursue a career as a dental tech during her time in the Army National Guard. Tawnya is currently the State Dental Sergeant for the Indiana National Guard and is also certified to administer local anesthetic. She returned home from training and applied for a dental hygienist program. Today she has 14 years in the dental field under her belt, 8 of those as a dental hygienist.
“I enjoy the relationships I’ve built with the patients over the years,” says Tawnya. “I have a genuine concern for people and their health!” Tawnya recently married her best friend, and the happy couple is hoping for children to come along soon.
As a dental hygienist at Newman Family Dental, Victoria works to enhance patient care and make every patient feel comfortable. She has an associate’s degree in applied science, and a work history encompassing 31 years in the industry.
When she’s not working, Victoria supports several charitable organizations, including the American Heart Association, the Susan B. Komen Foundation, and the Humane Society.