I wanted to be a dentist since I was about 10 years old. Now more than 50 years later, I'm more excited about dentistry than ever. I love being a dentist.
I graduated from Ball State University in 1971 and Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1975. Not many days have gone by in my 38 years as a dentist that I have not read an article or studied a technique about dentistry that has allowed me to keep current in order to better serve my patients.
I especially love the artistry of dentistry and the ability to create beautiful smiles. The materials, techniques, and treatment options that we're now able to offer our patients are wonderful.
Dentistry, however, should not first be about fixing teeth, which we can certainly do very well, but it's as much about partnering with patients to see a better, healthier, more valuable way to get through life by preventing problems. That's a real service. Prevention and education are the keys.
I am a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, First District Dental Society, a founding member of the Select Study Club, part of the Seattle Study Club, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation).
My family includes my wife, Sandy, and four wonderful children. My two boys, Ryan and John, are charter boat fishing captains in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. John is married to Stephanie. My daughters, Sara and Wesley, are both teachers. Sara is married to Brian, and they have our two wonderful grandsons, Owen and Liam.
When I'm not at the office or spending time with my family, Sandy and I enjoy traveling, photography, cooking, gardening, and rummaging around art and antique stores. Even though I don't get to go as much as I'd like, I absolutely love to fish.
I feel very fortunate to have been blessed with great parents, to have a wonderful family, and to have the privilege of working in a profession that makes a difference. Again, I love being a dentist.
Dr. Nicholson was raised in Jasper, IN and graduated from Jasper High School. After high school, she attended Ball State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 with a B.S. in Biology and Minors in Chemistry and Psychology of Human Development. Upon graduating, she was accepted into the Indiana University School of Dentistry. While in dental school, she was a member of ASDA (American Student Dental Association) and actively participated in the Seal Indiana Program and volunteered at the Student Outreach clinic. She graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree in 2013.
Dr. Nicholas began practicing at the Smile Center in 2014. She is very passionate about continuing her education and has since completed advanced training in sedation dentistry, Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Dr. Nicholson has also traveled to Haiti and Guatemala on medical/dental service trips and she hopes to continue with charitable works, both locally and abroad. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, and First District Dental Society.
Dr. Nicholson is married to Andrew Nicholson. They have three children, Adam, Aela and Adler. In their free time, they enjoy spending time with their three dogs, Loki, Toby, and Maya. They also enjoy spending time outdoors with family and friends.
"I love being able to help patients with their dental concerns and working together to find a plan that best suits everyone involved. The main goal for all of my patients is to have a beautiful, healthy smile for life."