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Welcome to the Northwest Indiana Dental Society

The Northwest Indiana Dental Society (NIDS) is a non-profit professional organization for member dentists in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. NIDS is a local component of the tripartite association of the Indiana Dental Association and the American Dental Association. NIDS provides monthly continuing education meetings throughout the year, access to community service, leadership opportunities, a voice for legislative advocacy in organized dentistry, and a fostering of professional and personal relationships.

General Membership Meeting Dates

​NEW LICENSE REQUIREMENT - OPIOIDS.  Please join us for our first Opioids course at Avalon Manor with Dr. Matt Miller from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.  We will also welcome the new IUSD Dean, Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch to speak to our group.

Trends in Smoking.  Please join us at Teibel's in Schererville for an update on smoking trends with Carol Jahn, RDH, MS.  We will also welcome the Indiana University Northwest hygiene and assisting students to give out our NIDS Scholarships.  

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020
All the way from California, we welcome Janice Hurley and her Dental Image and Clinical Etiquette program.  Join us at Avalon Manor, Merrillville, to find out how your office can create a great impression and give the best service possible to your patients.   This will be a morning program with breakfast buffet included.  

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020     
The Heston Supper Club in LaPorte will welcome our group for a discussion with one of our very own, Dr. David E. Peters from TMJ Treatment Centers.  He will present  a TMD Discussion to our group and we will enjoy a fantastic meal, as always.  

Executive Council Members 2018-2019

President - Chris Crane, DDS, MS
President Elect - Valerie Seifert, DDS
Vice-President- Rachel Dunlop, DDS
Treasurer - Annette Williamson, DDS
Secretary - Jamila Miller, DDS
Trustee - Mark Mihalo, DDS
Immediate Past President - Herb Yekel, DDS

Executive Director - Amanda Pickett

Below are links to the Meeting Flyers and other ​opportunities.....


Dr. Jeff Stolarz
Dr. Jeffrey Stolarz has his practice located in Whiting, IN.

Is there a place you would like to travel to that you have never been to?  I would love to and plan to go to New Zealand.  It is a gorgeous country with such natural beauty.  Everyone I know who has traveled there absolutely loves it.

What is something no one knows about you? I am a concert and classical pianist.  I was a young child and started playing by ear.  I studied formally from age 6 until age 21.  I have competed and given several concerts over the years.  Ironically, I do not have a piano in my home!  I plan to get one soon.

Who is the greatest love of your life?  My Grandma Stolarz.  She was the epitome of unconditional love and mutual respect.  She passed away a few years ago at the age of 95.  She was an angel.

What would you be if you weren't a dentist? I would have been an airline pilot.  I took flying lessons at age 15 and solo'd on my 16th birthday.  That was 30 days before I could drive a car by myself!  I am still an avid flying enthusiast.

What is the one thing that you cannot leave the house without?  Chapstick.

When and where are you the happiest? I am happiest on the beach and in the warm ocean, floating in the waves.  I am in awe of the vastness of the sea.

What is your favorite vacation destination?  I love the Greek Isles.  I have no words for the beauty and the sea is a color that can't be described.  It is truly a magical place to me.  I have traveled back to Greece several times and have made wonderful friends and wonderful memories each time I go.  

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?  I would come back as a yellow lab to a loving and caring family.

Where would you like to live? I would love to live in Sydney, Australia.  I spent my 40th birthday there and have been enamored of Australia since.  I often dream that I am flying there again.

What do you most value in your friends?  I am blessed with such wonderful friends.  They share common values.  I value most their honesty, sincerity and loyalty.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED? Contact Amanda Pickett, Executive Director at Northwest Indiana Dental Society at 219-769-3504 or

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Wondering why you should become a member?  Here are some of the benefits from the ADA.
Reasons to Join ADA / IDA / Northwest Indiana Dental Society

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Did you know that you can get a $100 gift card for referring a Non-Member to our society?  
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