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About Your Team

About Your Team

You can expect personal, one-on-one attention from our entire team. At Family Dental Care in Valparaiso we understand that each of our patients has unique wants and needs. That’s why we promote open communication, to understand what you are looking for in your smile, so we can design a care plan that is right for you. We take the time to explain your options, listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have.

Diane Gray
Dental Hygienist

Education: Indiana University Northwest

Years in Dentistry: 12 years

Hometown: DeMotte, IN

Family: I have been married 14 years, and I have three daughters: Lauren (21), Karlee (10), and Kelsey (7).

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, exercising, watching my kids’ sporting events/activities and coaching.  

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Gum therapy-I love knowing I am improving someone’s overall health while improving their smile.

Why Dentistry? I knew I wanted to have an occupation where I am able to help people and make their experience a more comfortable one while improving their overall health.




Crystal Kitchell
Dental hygienist

Education: Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

Years in Dentistry:  4.5 years

Hometown: LaCrosse, Indiana

Family: Husband, Ethan and son, Grafton

Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading, decorating my house and shopping for vintage items to decorate  

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Scaling lower teeth and polishing

Why Dentistry? I was always embarrassed to go to the dentist because I always had cavities, but loved getting my teeth cleaned. I want to make my patients comfortable coming in and not embarrassed about their smile. 




Lisa Vukin
Dental Hygienist

Education: B.A in Social Work/Criminal Justice (Purdue), A.S. in Dental Hygiene (I.U.N)

Years in Dentistry: 20 years

Hometown: Valparaiso, Indiana

Family: Daughter, Angelise

Hobbies: Weightlifting, running, scrapbooking, reading  

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Root planning- enjoy seeing the change and returning the gums to health.

Why Dentistry? Help people while utilizing my unique skills




Megan Rentschler
Business Assistant

Education: Business College for Accounting and Dental Assisting

Years in Dentistry:  9 years in dental assisting and business assistant

Hometown: Lake Village, Indiana

Family: Husband, Fred, Kids: Keisha, Kameron, and Keegan, and Grandson, Maverick

Hobbies:  Scrapbooking, Riding motorcycles with my husband and spending time with Maverick

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Orthodontics. I love changing smiles forever.

Why Dentistry? I chose a career in dentistry because I loved how I could help change lives and smiles. I love going through the process with the patients from start to finish.




Danielle Lodics
Business Assistant

Education: Bachelor’s in Arts and Specialization in Athletic Training, Masters in Higher Education  

Years in Dentistry: 4.5 years

Hometown: Vorhees, NJ

Family: Dan and Lori (dad and mom), Brandon (brother), Paul (boyfriend), Opie (dog)

Hobbies:  Watching sports, going to the movies, Colts, Bulls, Flyers, and Traveling 

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Treatment planning and financing the incredible procedures we provide at the office.

Why Dentistry? I value customer service and strive to provide excellent service to our patients. I love seeing our patients happy!




Maggie Knezevich
Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Education: Associates, Dental Assisting-IPFW, Certificate-Coronal Polishing and Fluoride, Certificate-Expanded Functions Certificate

Years in Dentistry: Since 2008

Hometown: Chesterton, IN

Family: I am 1 of 4 children to two great parents. I have a son, Jackson and a fur baby (cat) named MJ.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends

Favorite Dental Procedure: Anterior Fillings

Why Dentistry? When I began vocational classes back in high school, dentistry was something I not only picked up quickly, I enjoyed learning too. Now, I can help people every day and see amazing transformations in people’s lives.




Stephanie Glotzbach
Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Education: Indiana University Northwest

Years in Dentistry: 4.5 years

Hometown: Hebron, Indiana

Family: I live with my husband, Jeremy and we have three children all together, Tyler, Ian, and Trace.

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, shopping, and I love to bowl.  

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Esthetic procedures and extractions

Why Dentistry? I enjoy helping those who don’t like their smile, helping people get out of dental-related pain, and overall making patients happy. 




Libbi Porter
Expanded duties dental assistant

Education: Everest College

Years in Dentistry: 5.5 years

Hometown: Hebron, IN

Family: Dad- Marvin, Mom- Cheryl, Sister- Tammy, Brother- Trent, Sister in law- Heather, Nieces- Carsyn, Madalynn, Breckan, Nephews- Hunter, Logan, Easton

Hobbies: Everything that involves my nieces and nephews, reading, and taking photos.

Favorite Dental Procedure:  Placing fillings- mostly anterior fillings.

Why Dentistry? I love helping people and making them feel better about themselves and their smile. I love being around people and interacting with them. 




Cynthia Hernandez
Clinical Manager/Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Education: PHS Career Development Program, Numerous continuing education courses focused on dentistry

Years in Dentistry:  Since 1995

Hometown: Originally from Chicago, IL, and moved to Portage, IN when I was 9 years old

Family: I have two great kids. My daughter is Alize’ and my son is John.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending quality time with my loved ones, off roading, and home renovations  

Favorite Dental Procedure:  This is a tough one! I would say dentistry itself is my favorite. Being able to help patients reach their dental goals, whether it is a new smile, getting out of pain, or just being able to check “dentist” off their list. 

Why Dentistry? Dentistry kind of picked me. Long story short- I ended up in a dental assisting class that I really had no interest in, but once I started clinicals I really enjoyed it and I took to it very easily. I was doing my clinicals for the school and they offered me a position part-time and I have been in dentistry ever since. It was meant to be and I love what I do!