The Children's Dental Center opened in Fishers, Indiana in March of 2007. We are located minutes from I-69 and are easily accessible by residents of Central Indiana, including the areas of Indianapolis, Noblesville, and Carmel.
Michelle H. Edwards, DDS
For Dr. Michelle Edwards, pediatric dentistry is about more than dental health; it’s about creating a pleasant visit to the dental office promoting an establishment of trust and confidence in children that will last a lifetime. “My position is to help build a dental home, valuing prevention, early detection and treatment of dental disease in children,” she says.
Dr. Edwards grew up in Munster, IN, around multiple family members who worked in medical and dental fields. She attended University of South Carolina to attain a BA in psychology, and completed a 2-year hospital residency and obtained her Master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry from Indiana University at the Riley Hospital for Children in 2003, after which she served as an associate at a dental office on the south side of Indianapolis before deciding to start her own pediatric practice.
As a child, Dr. Edwards remembers trips to the dentist as unpleasant. “Our dentist was a big, unfriendly man with large hands,” she says. “I didn’t like going to the dentist at all. My goal with my own practice is to make it as place where children, even if they come in with fears or a nervous feeling, can leave with a smile on their face and anticipation of their next visit.” Her patients and their parents affectionately call her “Dr. Michelle.”
In professional circles, Dr. Edwards holds a Diplomate fromThe American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is a Fellow Member of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of both the American Dental Association and the Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
When she isn’t making her dental office more fun than the local Chuckie Cheese (according to a pint sized patient), Dr. Edwards is spending time with her periodontist husband, Michael and their three children at their Indianapolis home. The family enjoys playing golf together, fishing, sitting on the beach, and movie nights.
Kathleen Bradley, DDS
A native of Indianapolis, Dr. Kathleen Bradley knew from an early age that she wanted to work with children. She graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in 1998 and received a BS in Biology and minor in Spanish from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2002; subsequently earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2006.
Following her graduation from dental school, Dr. Bradley practiced general dentistry for seven years in first Denver, then Indianapolis. Her love of children led her to spend most of those years treating disadvantaged children with extensive and underserved dental needs. Her patients and their parents know her as Dr. Kathleen.
A strong desire to bring her young patients the highest quality of care inspired Dr. Kathleen to enter a 2-year residency in pediatric dentistry at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Her residency was completed in 2015, and she was immediately invited to join Children’s Dental Center.
Dr. Kathleen shares in Dr. Michelle’s mission to help families set the stage for a life-long commitment to oral health in a friendly and approachable manner. Together, they work to make each visit to The Children’s Dental Center a pleasant one, focusing on promoting an establishment of trust and confidence in children that can last a lifetime.
In professional circles, Dr. Kathleen is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, and the Indianapolis District Dental Society. She is also a life member of the Indiana University Alumni Association.
Dr. Kathleen and her husband, Scott, have three daughters: Julia, Lucy, and Ruby. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and visiting state and national parks with her family. Dr. Kathleen also has a black belt in taekwondo from North Indy Taekwondo Club, and encourages whole body health.
Meet the Team
Amy L. Brahm, Licensed Dental Hygienist
Hygienist Amy Brahm says working in a pediatric practice like Children’s Dental Center allows her to provide quality preventive care through routine dental cleanings, radiographs and fluoride treatments. She also educates patients and their parents on daily care measures to achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.
Amy grew up in southern Indiana in a small town near Santa Claus and moved around that region of the state before relocating to Indianapolis in 2012. She decided to go into the dental profession to help others and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2003 with a degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern Indiana. Amy was inducted as a faculty member of Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society and continues her education by attending Circle City Hygiene Forum's continuing education courses.
Of her chosen profession, in which she has spent 12 years, Amy says: “The best thing about my job is knowing that I can play a role in making a difference, whether I helped encourage a shy child to try something new and eased fears or provided a fun visit full of laughs and smiles.” Amy credits her parents with teaching her what is important in life and points to them as her inspiration.
When she isn’t working with her patients and their parents to maintain beautiful smiles, Amy can be found with her boyfriend, Jordan. The couple has a chocolate miniature pinscher, Dunkin, and a calico cat, Trixie. She also enjoys spending quality time with her godchild and niece, Kinsley Rose. A year away from responsibilities would definitely include world travel with Jordan to Europe, Hawaii, Australia, and Fiji.
Ashley R. Thurman, Dental Assistant & Team Coordinator
As Dental Assistant & Team Coordinator at Children’s Dental Center, Ashley Thurman helps train new employees, keep the daily patient flow at maximum efficiency, coordinates community events, schedules general anesthesia cases and assists Dr. Michelle in the OR with anesthesia patients.
Ashley grew up in New Castle, IN. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 2007, and dedicated her spare time senior year to attending the school’s vocational course for Dental Assisting. “I had braces when I was 10,” she remembers, “and just fell in love with dentistry!” After graduation, Ashley continued her education with Ivy Tech's Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program and Coronal Polishing and Caries Prevention Course, and became CPR and Radiology Certified.
With 7 years of experience under her belt, Ashley says her workplace feels like a second home “I love the caring atmosphere provided for our patients as well as each other,” she comments, adding, “We believe in going above and beyond for our patients to ensure a happy and healthy visit, and that’s the best part of my job!”
When she isn’t working, Ashley spends time with her boyfriend Jon and her Wheaten Terrier, Manny, and enjoys going to Wineries or dropping in for Taco Tuesday at Friaco’s. She is proud of the home she owns in Noblesville, IN, but her idea of a perfect year is to move to Maine, run a bed and breakfast, eat seafood every day and learn to sail.
Debra Murdock, Business & Dental Assistant
For Business and Dental Assistant Debra Murdock, the Children’s Dental Center is a place she can use all of her talents. She is a certified dental assistant with a radiology license who can assist with procedures as needed, but spends most of her time behind the front desk interacting with patients and their parents.
A Fort Wayne, IN, native, Debra has lived in Fishers for the better part of the past 15 years. Her Bachelor's degree is in General Studies from Indiana University, but she says she had a strong desire to work with families and knew an instructor at Dental Office Training by Lynn, where she ended up studying dental assisting.
“I have a great deal of experience communicating with children and relating to parents,” Debra comments, pointing to years as a single mom, a substitute teacher, and a school volunteer. “When I was young, we didn’t have the benefit of a pediatric dental specialist, so I admit dental visits were anxiety filled. My kids love coming here, and the most rewarding part of my job is seeing all the children who have had a happy dental experience and are looking forward to coming back to see us again!”
When she’s not wearing double hats at work, Debra can be found at home with her three children: Regan, 15, Keely, 13, and Nolan, 11. They also have two rescue dogs, adopted from Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, which the family supports as their chosen charity. The foursome loves to travel, are planning an extended mid-western US trip, and hope someday to tour Europe, specifically Italy and Scotland.
Donna Berna, Dental Assistant & EFDA
For Dental Assistant and EFDA, Donna Berna, the job includes tasks integral to keeping the Children’s Dental Center schedule on track. She can be found in the background, preparing the patients trays for the day, getting rooms ready, sterilizing instruments; or chairside, polishing patient teeth, taking x-rays, and assisting the dentist.
Donna grew up in Michigan, but moved to Noblesville, IN, 21 years ago. “I always wanted to do something in medical field, and my high school had a dental assistant class,” she remembers. “So I signed up and loved it!” Donna attended Wayne County Community College for 4 years, went to Ivy Tech for certification in coronal polishing and caries prevention, and followed up with a course at Dental Office Training by Lynn for her Expanded Functions certificate.
“I love working with the children,” says Donna. “I love making them feel special, seeing them smile, and hearing them say they love coming here. I love that my coworkers are family, and we all get along. It's not going to work but getting together with family!”
When she’s not keeping the wheels running smoothly at Baby Tooth, Donna can be found with her family – husband, Michael; son, Michael Jr.; daughter, Abigail; and fur baby Poppy. Her favorite activity is going to the barn and riding her horse, and her least favorite is housework. Donna is also involved with From the Heart Rescue. A year off would be spent helping her mom and dad sell their house so they could move closer, with maybe a week or two spent on a vacation.
As a licensed dental hygienist, Elana says the best part of her job is knowing she is helping to create great smiles every day. Elana’s grandmother had oral cancer, and Elana says that that in part guided her to the field of oral health. “I knew from an early age that education was a large part of what I wanted to do with my life,” she says. “Being a hygienist brings the worlds of education and dentistry together.”
Elana is an Indianapolis, Indiana, native, holds an Associates of Applied Medicine in dental hygiene and a Bachelor’s with math and science concentration. She keeps up with continuing education on the Circle City Hygiene forum.
When she isn’t at work, Elana enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and her kitten at home, or training for her other life as a half marathon runner. “Testing my body’s mental and physical strength is challenging, but so rewarding!”
Samantha Sparks, EFDA, Surgical Assistant
Samantha Sparks’ duties at Children’s Dental Center and Indy Implants are many; on any given day, she may be educating patients on dental health; performing operative and polishing procedures; and charting and assisting in surgical procedures.
A native of Anderson, IN, Samantha graduated high school from Anderson High in 2006, attended Kaplan College to achieve a Dental Assisting Diploma in 2007, got her radiology license and became certified at Ivy Tech in Expanded Functions in 2011 and in caries prevention and coronal polishing in 2015.
“I was very self-conscious about my own smile as a child and went through braces 3 times,” she remembers. “I wanted to be a part of changing people's smiles and making them more confident.” With 8 years of experience, Samantha says the best part of the job is the appreciation for the hard work and the ability to change the way people view dentistry. “They come in and think something is going to hurt or something bad is going to happen. It’s great to show them that the dental office is not a place to be scared of. We are here to help them, not hurt them.”
Samantha currently lives in far North Anderson, towards Muncie and enjoys spending time with her long term boyfriend, Ryan and their two “fur baby” dogs (Kane & Gretzky). Samantha enjoys hanging out by the pool with family and friends and says her idea of a perfect weekend includes a Cincinnati Reds game or lying on the beach.