Our Awesome Team at Valparaiso
Stacy Kocur, Office Manager
Stacy joined our team in 2013, and she brought a decade of dentistry experience with her. She loves working with the caring team to help our patients smile every day. A Highland native, Stacy loves spoiling her dog, Tootsie, cooking, watching the Cubs and Bears, and spending time with family and friends.
Kinlynn Gill, Dental Hygienist
With nearly three decades of dental experience, Kinlynn joined our team in 2004. Since then, she has worked hard to establish great professional relationships with her patients. In 1991, Kinlynn earned her dental assisting degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. In 1995, she completed her dental hygiene studies at Indiana University South Bend (IUSB), and most recently, Kinlynn gained her dental anesthesia permit form IUSB in 2011. She is dedicated to learning and growing in her profession to offer patients outstanding care. A native of Valparaiso, Kinlynn is happily married with two sons. She loves being a baseball mom, reading, and wine tasting.
Ashley, Dental Assistant
Ashley is an awesome dental assistant with 8 years of experience in oral surgery and general dentistry. She enjoys getting to know her patients while watching and helping them grow along their own dental journey. When not in the office, Ashley loves spending time with her husband and is a full-time mom to two boys.
Christine McDonald, Dental Assistant
Christine joined our team in 2017 with more than two decades of dentistry experience. She loves working in a field where there’s always something new to learn and new patients to get to know each day. In addition to her dental assisting certification, Christine is also certified in x-rays and Zoom! whitening. Originally from Lowell, she loves spending time with her kids, friends, and family members. She loves the outdoors, and Christine is a proud animal rights activist.
Lauren Keilman, Appointment Coordinator
Lauren is brand new to our office in 2017, but with more than a decade of dentistry experience, she is already helping our patients conquer their dental fears and learn to love visiting our dental office. She earned her expanded functions dental assisting (EFDS) certification in 2005 from Indiana University Northwest. Originally from Hammond, Lauren enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their two dogs, Piper and Penny. They like camping, watching and rooting for Chicago sports teams, and going to games.
Lucy Love, Dental Hygienist
Lucy joined our team in March 2017 bringing nearly a decade of dentistry experience to our patients. She loves working with people and getting to know them each day. She studied dental hygiene at Indiana University Northwest, she has a local anesthesia permit, and completes numerous continuing education hours annually. Originally from Chesterton, Lucy is the proud mother of one daughter. When she has the time, Lucy enjoys white water kayaking, dirt bike riding, snowmobiling, and lifting weights.
Natalie Griffin, Dental Hygienist
Natalie has worked with us for more than a decade off and on. She took some time to focus on her family, but she never stopped being dedicated to her patients. Now that she’s back in our office full time, Natalie is enjoying spending more time helping patients understand and improve their oral health. Natalie earned her dental hygiene degree in 2006 from Indiana University Northwest. She has held continual CPR certification since 1997, gained her local anesthetic license in 2011, and most recently, she gained her Zoom! whitening certification in 2017. A Chesterton native, Natalie enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Jason and her three sons, Troy, Sam, and Joey. She spends much of her down time cheering on her sons at various sports events, running half marathons, biking, hiking, dancing to live music, and relaxing with friends and family. Natalie is dedicated to fitness. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a former Zumba instructor.