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Lisa Pina-Awosika, D.D.S 

Dr. Lisa Pina-Awosika graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry-Doctorate of Dental Surgery. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Northwest.

Dr. Lisa stated, “Indiana University Northwest is where I attended undergraduate, where I determined my path towards dentistry, where I made many memories with classmates and professors, and now where I found my love to teach. What I like best about teaching is being able to share my knowledge, experiences and passion for dentistry; through teaching I am able to contribute to the new generations of my profession by hopefully inspiring them to practice dentistry with integrity, quality, and compassion. Finally, I enjoy creating memories with my students that they will remember when looking back on their IUN years and showing them even through the stress of their classes’ dentistry can be fun!”

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Lisa Borst, LDH, BSDH 

Lisa Borst received her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene in May of 2000 from Indiana University Northwest. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in June of 2015. Lisa joined the dental clinic faculty of the Dental Education in the Fall of 2014. She is currently teaching in the Dental Hygiene Clinic and Oral Anatomy Laboratory.

Lisa stated, “As a clinical instructor I enjoy developing the technical dental hygiene skills of the students. It is very rewarding to witness the growth of the timid dental hygiene student to the successful licensed dental hygienist. With my 15 years of private practice experience, I help educate the students on the important skills of not only the dental hygienist but the basic operations of the dental office. I enjoy spending time with my family and attending my sons’ hockey and lacrosse games. I like to participate in 5k runs and read in my spare time.”

Crystal BuntonCrystal Bunton, LDH, BSDH

Crystal Bunton graduated from Indiana University Purdue Fort Wayne in 2003 with an Associate of Science in Dental Laboratory Technology. In 2014, she received her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University Northwest and her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2016.

She currently teaches Dental Materials Lecture and Lab for first year dental hygiene students. She is also involved in teaching Clinical Practice clinic in the Fall Semester. According to Crystal, “My favorite thing about working at IUN is teaching and helping the students to achieve the skills needed to be a great hygienist.”

Cindy BushemiCynthia Bushemi, LDH, BGS 

Cynthia Bushemi is a graduate of the IU Northwest Dental Hygiene Program. While in private practice, she also furthered her education and received her Bachelor’s degree in 2014.

She has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice and became a clinical instructor in dental hygiene at IUN since 2010.

She really enjoys working with faculty as well as the students. Cynthia’s many years of experience in dentistry is an opportunity to expose the students to the real world aspects of the field.

Noreen CastleNoreen Castle, LDH, BGS 

Noreen Castle received both her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene and Bachelor of Science in General Studies from IUN in 2011.

She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from IUN. Noreen joined the Dental Education team in 2013. She is currently teaching Clinical Practice in the dental hygiene clinic, Dental Radiology Laboratory and Radiology Clinic for dental assistants. She also teaches Medical and Dental Emergencies and Therapeutics Oral and Written Communication and Introduction to Dentistry.

According to Noreen, “I enjoy teaching very much. My favorite part is the "Ah-Ha" moment when a student that was struggling with a concept finally understands it and their whole face lights up. I really enjoy being able to help the students and share my knowledge with them.”

Cinda FifeCinda Fife, LDH, BGS 

Cinda Fife completed her Bachelor's Degree in Continuing Studies in 2012. Currently, she is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dental Education department. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

According to Cinda, “My dental hygiene career has spanned 33 years as a practicing dental hygienist and educator. After graduating from the Dental Hygiene Program at Indiana University Northwest in 1982, I began working for many dentists in Northwest Indiana and as an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Northwest in 1987.”

Beth FitzgeraldElizabeth Fitzgerald, C.D.A, E.F.D.A 

Elizabeth Fitzgerald graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Indiana University Northwest in 2005. Following graduation, she completed her Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (E.F.D.A.) program. Elizabeth has been employed with Dr. Darryl Graden’s office for over ten years as a dental assistant.

In 2012, Elizabeth completed the Coronal Polishing and Caries Prevention program offered at IUN. She is currently a clinical instructor at Indiana University Northwest in the Dental Assisting program.

According to Elizabeth, “I have been with Indiana University Northwest for four years and loving every minute of it!”

Christopher GallChristopher Gall, D.D.S 

Dr. Christopher Gall received his undergraduate degree from Butler University. He graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry Class in 1992. Currently, he is practicing general dentistry in Griffith, Indiana.

Dr. Gall participated in the Dental Education Externship Program since 1992. He began lecturing at IU Northwest in 1994. Currently, he teaches the following courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and Infection Control, Dental Materials, Local Anesthesia.

Dr. Gall also offers a continuing education course in Local Anesthesia for dental hygienists.

He is the Past President of Northwest Indiana Dental Society, and an active member of ADA, IDA, Academy of General Dentistry, International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana.

Rosanne Garza, D.D.S

Dr. Rosanne Garza graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in May of 1989. She was temporarily employed for the Indiana State Board of Health, traveling as a dentist serving migrant children throughout the state. She was an associate dentist for over a year prior to establishing her private practice. For the past 24 years, Dr. Rosanne Garza practices at Gentle Dental Family Care in Griffith, Indiana. She became a Dental Education faculty member in May of 2014 as a clinical dentist teaching in the dental hygiene and dental assisting programs.

Lynn HolmLynn Holm, LDH 

Lynn Holm received her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1975 from Loyola University Chicago College of Dentistry. She joined the ranks of the Dental Education faculty in 1992. Currently, she is a clinical instructor in Clinical Practice I and Clinical Practice III.

According to Lynn, “A career in Dental Hygiene is rewarding and I am proud to be part of it. I enjoy fine-tuning the many skills this profession requires. Perhaps I can help each student feel pride in their accomplishments and they will carry out their duties to perfection.”

steve holmSteve Holm, D.D.S 

Dr. Steve Holm received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota in 1972. In 1976, he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry.

Dr. Holm was instrumental in establishing the Dental Education programs at Indiana University Northwest. He has been teaching in the Dental Education program since 1977. He currently teaches the following courses: Oral Anatomy and Physiology, Oral Pathology, Local Anesthesia for dental hygienists.

Patricia ImbodenPatricia Imboden, CDA, EFDA, LDH, BSDH

Patricia Imboden graduated from Indiana University Northwest with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1996. She completed the Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary program earning a certificate in 1996. In 2012, she earned her Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificate. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree in June of 2016.

Her dental career began in 1976 as a chairside assistant and continued to work as a dental assistant for 13 years, transitioning to expanded duties. She became an IUN adjunct dental faculty member in the Fall of 2002. She practiced for 19 years as a licensed dental hygienist. Her experiences include providing services in general practice while simultaneously working 15 years in a periodontal office.

Rita jablonRita Jablon, CDA, EFDA, RDH, LDH, MLS, LAP 

Rita Jablon is a Clinical Associate Professor. She is a graduate of Indiana University - South Bend Dental Hygiene program. Rita has worked in private practice as a dental assistant and as a dental hygienist. She joined the faculty at Indiana University Northwest in 1993 and in 1997 became full time. Currently, Rita is the Clinical Coordinator in the Dental Education program at IUN.

She teaches the following courses: Clinical Science I and Clinical Science II in the dental assisting program. In the dental hygiene program, Rita teaches Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene, Dental Hygiene Clinic, and Dental Health Education. In the past Rita has taught: Clinical Practice II, Community Dental Health, Radiology Laboratory, Introduction to Dentistry, and was the Extramural Coordinator for the Dental Education programs. Rita finds teaching to be the most rewarding in that she gets to share her passion for dental hygiene and dental assisting with not only her students but with her colleagues as well.

Kristy JohnsonKristy Johnson, CDA, EFDA 

Kristy Johnson graduated in the Dental Assisting Class of 1996. She has been a faculty member in the Dental Education department since 2012. She currently teaches the following courses: Dental Materials Lab; and Clinical Science Clinic.

According to Kristy, “My favorite thing about working at IUN is the satisfaction of watching the students learn, grow and master their skills.”

Donna Krause

Donna Krause, CDA, LDH, MPA

Assistant Dean, College of Health and Human Services, Clinical Associate Professor, and Dental Education Program Director

Donna S. Krause, CDA, LDH, MPA, is Assistant Dean in the College of Health & Human Services, a Clinical Associate Professor, and Director of Dental Education. Professor Krause graduated from the dental hygiene program at Indiana University Northwest with an Associate of Science degree in 1987. She continued her studies at Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health-Dental Hygiene in 1988. Then in1992, she earned her Master of Public Affairs degree with a concentration in Health Administration from Indiana University Northwest.

She is a Certified Dental Assistant and a Licensed Dental Hygienist with a Local Anesthesia Permit. She is a member of the American Dental Educators’ Association, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association. She served as President, Past-President, and Vice-President of the Northwest Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association. Currently, she serves as a board member for the Dental Hygiene Study Club of Northwest Indiana.

Her passion for teaching is exhibited in the numerous dental radiology courses she teaches to both the dental assisting and dental hygiene students. She is also the instructor and coordinator for the community course titled Dental Radiography for Office Personnel.

Cathy KroczekCatherine Kroczek, D.D.S. 

Dr. Catherine Kroczek received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 2000. She pursued her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2005 and completed her postdoctoral degree in Orthodontics in 2010.

She became a faculty member in the Dental Education Clinic in 2010

Dr. Kroczek stated, “What I like most in teaching are the students! I Enjoy watching their progress.”

Tom KroczekThomas A. Kroczek, D.D.S 

Dr. Thomas Kroczek received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1958. He pursued his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1961 and completed his postdoctoral degree in Orthodontics in 1963.

He joined the faculty in the Dental Education Clinic in 2012.

Dr. Kroczek stated, “What I like the most in teaching is that I enjoy being a coach to the students! Also, I like the interaction with patients of all ages.”

Dawn MarciniakDawn Marciniak, LDH, BSDH

Assistant to the Director 

Dawn Marciniak graduated in 2004 with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene and completed the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree in June of 2016.

She joined the Dental Education department in the Fall of 2014, teaching a component of the Dental Assisting Clinical Science I course. She is also a clinical instructor in the Dental Education Clinic.

Dawn stated, “The thing I like most about teaching is sharing my experiences with students.”

Terra NightingaleTerra Nightingale, LDH

Terra Nightingale received her Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University Northwest in 1997. She became a Dental Education faculty member in the Fall of 2014. She currently teaches Dental Radiology Laboratory and Radiology Clinic.

According to Terra, “What I love most about teaching is that moment when a student smiles because they completed something they didn't think they could or when "the light goes on" and they finally understand something. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my experiences in dentistry and enthusiasm for the profession! Then in turn, seeing the students’ enthusiasm.”

Dr. PuntilloDr. Charles Puntillo, D.D.S

Dr. Charles Puntillo completed his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1959 and graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry class of 1964. He taught at the University of Illinois Dental School from 1970 to 1978. He received a postdoctoral degree in Prosthodontics from the University of Illinois in 1975.

Currently, he teaches first and second year dental hygiene and dental assisting students in the Dental Education Clinic.

Dr. Puntillo stated, “The thing I enjoy most is the light in the students when they start to feel as if they are really learning the material.”

Lynette Martin-RicheyLynnette Martin-Richey, RDH, BS 

Lynnette Martin-Richey is a 2000 graduate of Pima Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program (Tucson, AZ) and obtained her Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University in 2013. She joined IU Northwest as Adjunct Faculty member in the Fall of 2014. She brings over 15 years of private practice experience with her and she teaches Clinical Practice II along with Community Dental Health in the Spring and formerly taught Dental Radiology Laboratory.

Lynnette enjoys investing in the future of dental hygiene and hopes to inspire future students to become community health-minded clinicians and life-long learners.

Igor RistevskiIgor Ristevski, D.D.S 

Dr. Ristevski attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he received his undergraduate degree. Dr. Ristevski graduated with Highest Distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Psychology.

From 2007 to 2011 Dr. Ristevski attended Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he graduated with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery with High Distinction. Dr. Ristevski now practices at Accent Dental in Valparaiso, Indiana with Dr. Dean Boldin and Dr. William Arthur Lyzak.

Dr. Ristevski enjoys many sports activities, with avid interests in basketball, soccer, and golf.

In 2014, Dr. Ristevski became an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University Northwest Dental Education program where he serves as a clinical faculty member. As part of the program, Dr. Ristevski has the privilege to help students garner the necessary experience to become future oral healthcare providers. It is a rewarding opportunity to see personal and clinical growth of students throughout the course of the program as they work diligently to achieve academic success.

Janet TarkingtonJanet Tarkington, LDH, BS, MSHA

Janet Tarkington graduated with highest distinction from IU Northwest Dental Hygiene Program in 2011.

She obtained with highest distinction her Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Biology/Pre-Dentistry with a Minor in Chemistry from Purdue University in 2009.

She completed the Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree from Grand Canyon University in 2016 and recently acquired her online teaching course certificate from IUN. Janet is also a licensed American Heart Association's CPR Instructor for healthcare professionals and the general public.

A licensed dental hygienist with a Local Anesthesia Permit, she joined the Dental Education department as an adjunct faculty member in the summer of 2012 and works as a part-time clinician. Janet is a member of the Dental Hygiene Study Club of Northwest Indiana. She also serves on the IUN Alumni Association Board as the Dental Education school representative.

Teaching is one of Janet’s passions. She teaches innovative, fun, and interactive lectures in a style that is both student-centered and traditional. “I love to see our students grow professionally and become successful in their careers.” –Janet

She teaches the following courses:
Head & Neck Anatomy; Periodontics I and II; Oral Anatomy Lab; Microbiology & Asepsis Techniques; Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Clinic; Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management for the Dental Hygienist Online; Practice Management, Ethics & Jurisprudence for the Dental Assistant; Oral Pathology, Physiology & Anatomy I; Oral Histology & Embryology; Clinical Hygiene Practice; and Radiology Clinic

Kevin ThornsberryKevin Thornsberry, DDS 

Dr. Kevin Thornsberry received his DDS degree in 1978 from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago. After twenty- seven years of full time private practice, he joined Indiana University Northwest in 2006 as an adjunct clinical faculty member. He is also a dental consultant for a major U.S. dental insurance carrier.

He feels the dedication and enthusiasm of both faculty and students makes it a great Dental Education program which he is honored to be a part of.

Lynne WileyLynne Wiley, CDA, LDH, MSEd

Clinical Associate Professor 

Lynne Wiley grew up in Griffith, Indiana. She received her Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University Northwest in 1988. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 1994, and her Master of Science Degree in Education from Indiana University Northwest in 2007.

She is a Certified Dental Assistant, a Licensed Dental Hygienist with a Local Anesthesia Permit, and a Licensed Teacher in the State of Indiana with a Cooperative Coordinator Endorsement. Currently, Lynne is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Dental Education Department at Indiana University Northwest.

In addition, Lynne is the Treasurer of the Northwest Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the Dental Hygiene Study Club of Northwest Indiana. She is the coordinator for the Caries Prevention and Coronal Polishing Continuing Education Course for Dental Assistants at Indiana University Northwest.

Ronda WordenRonda Worden, LDH, BGS 

Ronda Worden graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies in 2015. She joined the faculty ranks in the Dental Education department in 2007.

She currently teaches Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene, and is the Clinic Support Manager.

Ronda stated, “What I like most about teaching or educating our dental hygiene and dental assisting students is that I enjoy helping the students reach their goals and making them the best dental hygienist/dental assistant that their profession has to offer.”

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