Meet Our Team
Debra, 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.
Samantha, EFDA & Team Lead
Samantha’s duties at Children’s Dental Center and Indy Implants are many as an expanded functions dental assistant. On any given day, she may be educating patients on dental health, performing operative procedures, polishing teeth and charting.
A native of Anderson, IN, Samantha graduated high school from Anderson High in 2006. She attended Kaplan College to achieve a Dental Assisting Diploma in 2007, got her radiology license and became certified through Ivy Tech's Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program and Coronal Polishing and Caries Prevention Course in 2011. Samantha pursued a dental career in response to her own dental journey. “I was always embarrassed about my smile,” Samantha said. “I had braces four times, so I wanted to help others be confident in their smiles.”
Samantha has worked in the dental field since 2007 and says the best part her job is the appreciation for everyone’s 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,” Samantha said. “It’s great to show them that the dental office is not a place to be scared of since we are here to help them, not hurt them.” She also enjoys the team driven and family atmosphere amongst the CDC staff.
Samantha currently lives in Anderson, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, and son, Vance. Her greatest achievement is becoming a mommy to Vance in January of 2017. The family has two “fur babies,” Kane and 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 taking their boat to the lake.
Jennifer, Licensed Dental Hygienist
Jennifer has been around dentistry for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Fishers, Indiana and her father was a dentist. Like him, Jen has always been interested in the profession. At Children’s Dental Center she enjoys providing her young patients with a positive experience and educating them on the benefits of sound dental hygiene. Helping to instill a desire in her patients to take good care of their teeth and mouth is also a challenge Jen willingly takes on.
Jen earned a Bachelors of Art from Depauw University and her Associates in Science from Indiana University School of Dentistry. As a Registered Dental Hygienist she takes X-rays, seals and polishes patient’s teeth, and she educates the children about how to best care for their teeth. Jen has over 25 years of experience as a Dental Hygienist and truly finds pleasure spending her day with patients and working alongside the amazing team at Children’s Dental Center.
When Jen is away from her Children’s Dental Center family she enjoys spending time outdoors walking her dog and seeing her own family including her two daughters, dog and extended family and friends. The Monon Trail is her favorite local place to visit. Jen’s interests also include reading, fitness classes, studying the Bible, and running. And finally, if the Chicago Cubs are playing—Jen’s rooting them on!
Vicki, Patient Coordinator
As our business assistant, Vicki completes a variety of tasks to ensure our office runs smoothly. On a day-to-day basis, Vicki schedules appointments, makes confirmation calls, fields patient questions and coordinates the financial needs for Children’s Dental Center.
Vicki is a Huntington, IN native, who graduated with a degree in marketing and distribution management from Indiana University. Vicki wanted to move into the dental field after her previous roles in sales and administration. She said, “As a child, I loved going to the dentist and the feeling of clean teeth.”
Vicki joined our practice in 2016. When it comes to working at Children’s Dental Center, Vicki said she really enjoys the fun atmosphere amongst co-workers and the wonderful, friendly families she sees each day. Residing in Fishers now, Vicki loves relaxing by the pool with a good book and spending time with her family. Vicki and her husband, Jon, are parents to Max (18) and Maddie (16), as well as their black lab, Bonnie (9). She considers her children her greatest achievement and her parents her greatest admiration. “They taught me to be a kind, loving and generous person, regardless of what you receive in return,” Vicki said. Vicki has been a member of the St. Louis de Montfort parish for 19 years.
Kris, Patient Coordinator
As our business assistant, Kris works to ensure our office runs smoothly every day. Kris greets patients with a friendly smile, schedules appointments, makes confirmation calls, fields patient questions and coordinates the financial needs for Children’s Dental Center. She loves interacting with our patients and their families each day.
Kris is a Carmel, IN native and has lived in Fishers for the past 25 years. She holds a marketing degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Kris is excited to begin a career in the dental industry because it’s a friendly and caring atmosphere, and she has great memories of taking her three children to visit the dentist when they were growing up.
Kris joined our practice in 2019. She enjoys learning new things about the dental industry each day, and that she gets to interact with so many patients and families, as well as her co-workers every day. When not working, Kris enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, traveling, walking her dog Champ, and spending time with her three children (with two daughters and one son, she has a house divided among Indiana and Purdue!). She considers her children her greatest achievement and her mother her greatest admiration.
As an expanded functions dental assistant, Kaci Koons loves the collective team relationship and their ability to work well together at the Children’s Dental Center. Certified Dental Assistant, Kaci, first became interested in the dental industry because her best friend was doing it - and Kaci has loved it ever since.
Her upbeat personality and caring attitude make her the perfect fit for working with the children at the Children’s Dental Center. Residing in Alexandria, IN, Kaci has been working in the dental field for over 13 years.
Not having gone to the dentist until she was 16 years, Kaci understands the importance of regular dental visits and proper oral care - perhaps better than anyone! Her past experience is what motivates her to educate the young patients at the Children’s Dental Center to maintain excellent oral hygiene as a lifelong goal.
In her spare time, you may find Kaci at Starbucks reading a great book. She also enjoys watching her three sons play sports and going camping.
Jamie, Licensed Dental Hygienist
Hailing from Jackson, Michigan, Jamie shines smiles and educates patients on dental health as a registered dental hygienist at Children’s Dental Center. With over 23 years of experience in the dental field, Jamie has been interested in dentistry from a young age.
“I always loved science and wanted to help people. A smile is the first thing people notice.”
To Jamie, the best part of her job is making connections, helping kids overcome their fears at the dentist, and watching them become proud of their smiles. “I love easing fears, anxiety, and helping kids overcome sensory and special challenges.” Her favorite part about working at Children’s Dental Center is the friendly and professional staff.
“Everyone works as a team to create a positive experience.”
Jamie earned her associate degree in science at Parkland College, and her bachelor’s degree in health at the University of St. Francis.
When not working, Jamie loves being outside with her boys, Eli (10) and Knox (7), at Hamilton county parks; hiking, playing, and exploring. She also enjoys family dinners, going on “donut dates”, and watching her sons play sports. Her greatest achievements include juggling a career and motherhood as well as create a desensitization program for kids at Children’s Dental Center.
The charitable organizations Jamie’s involved in include Gigi’s Playhouse (Down syndrome achievement), Carter’s Play Place - “play beyond boundaries”, and Best Buddies. Jamie admires all parents who have children with special needs.
Morgan, EFDA & Regional Director of Operations
Indianapolis native, Morgan, has over five years of experience in the dental field. As an Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Morgan assists the dentists in various procedures as well as placing fillings, prepping and polishing teeth, and more.
“A smile is worth a thousand words. I want to help people smile and feel good about their dental health.”
Morgan’s favorite aspects of her job are helping kids overcome their dental fears and “working with the amazing doctors and staff at Children’s Dental Center.”
In her free time, Morgan enjoys relaxing with her husband and friends as well as her dog, Severus. She also spends time reading (and rereading) the Harry Potter book series, hanging out at Spencer Farm Winery in Noblesville, and volunteering with the Pitbull Angel Program at the Hamilton Country Humane Society.
Shelby joined our team as a dental hygienists September 2021, with broad experience and a passion for quality care.
As a young child she was fascinated with going to the dentist, sparking her passion for the dental field early in life. While attending the University of Southern Indiana, Shelby entered the dental hygiene program and quickly fell in love with dentistry.
As a hygienist, she strides to build long lasting relationships with her patients, to provide them with knowledge for the best at-home-care, and to ensure they receive the best care during every visit.
Directly after completing the Ivy Tech-Anderson Dental Assistant Program, Jazlyn joined our clinical team as one of our Expanded Functions Dental Assistants. For her, being part of someone’s dental journey and making an impact on how they care for their teeth is what drove her to the dental field.
Jazlyn loves to go on weekend trips with her family and friends, planning new experiences and relaxing after a day of work.
Jewels, Patient Coordinator
As part of our administrative team, Jewels helps coordinate our O.R. cases, check insurance and help patients with their visits. Her interest in business and the dental field inspired her to seek a career in patient care.
Outside of work, Jewels loves to spend time with her friends, watching action movies, and listening to music.