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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. 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

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? 
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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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