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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

Speaker: Jennifer Connelly presenting "Leading from Your Strengths to Enhance Team Effectiveness"
IDA President Dr. Dan Fridh to make brief presentation 
Teibel's, Schererville, 6:30 pm

Speaker: Casey Hiers presenting "What They Don't Teach in Dental School"
Heston's, LaPorte, 6:30 pm

Speaker:  Dr. Don-John Summerlin presenting "Pitfalls in Pathology"
The Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster, IN, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

2nd Annual Run/Walk for Oral Cancer Awareness
Details coming soon...

Executive Council Members 2018-2019

President - Herb Yekel, DDS
President Elect - Chris Crane, DDS
Vice-President- Valerie Martinsen Seifert, DDS
Treasurer - Annette Williamson, DDS
Secretary - Rachel Dunlop, DDS
Trustee - Mark Mihalo, DDS
Immediate Past President - Manoj Bahl, DDS

Executive Director - Amanda Pickett

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


Dr. Chris Crane
Dr. Christopher Crane practices at Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics, PC.

What would you be if you weren't a dentist?  I would be a pilot.  I love traveling and the science and technology associated with aviation. 

What trait do you admire most in people? Integrity.  It is the most important trait you can possess.

Daily Mantra?  It sounds trite, but I think it is important to live by the golden rule.  Whenever I am struggling to make a decision, clinical or otherwise, all I have to do is put myself in the other persons' shoes and it becomes clear.

What is something no one knows about you? My wife and I were in a Saturn car advertisement in 2009 that ran in several magazines, including People and Simple Living.  It must not have worked as Saturn went bankrupt!

Favorite guilty pleasure?  I love pizza way too much.

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?  Obviously, a smart phone.

If you could know the absolute truth about one thing, what would it be?  Not if there are aliens, but how many light years away are they?

If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be?  Notre Dame winning another national football championship (2019?)

Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could master several different languages.

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

Non-Members of the dental society can sign up for a trial membership from
October 1st until December 31st, 2018 and pay 0$. 
Get all the benefits of membership and pay nothing until the new year! 
Why not join now and take advantage of this amazing deal?

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

Ready to become a member and take advantage of all of the benefits of all three dental societies? 
Click Here to Start Membership Application

Did you know that you can get a $100 gift card for referring a Non-Member to our society?  
Use this link to send in your referral and help us increase our membership.
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