Meet the Doctor
L. Gary Painter, DDS
Dr. Gary Painter earned his undergraduate degree at Purdue University, then graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years, and continues to expand his education in the dental field by regularly attending continuing education courses that keep him current on new advances. Dr. Painter is a member of the American Dental Association, and he has received advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, snoring and sleep apnea treatment, and TMJ therapy. He strives to treat each patient as an individual and help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.
Dr. Painter is originally from Hoagland, Indiana and graduated from Heritage High School. He has been married to his wife, Judy, since 1983. They have five children – three daughters and two sons – and four grandchildren. Dr. Painter is an avid cyclist; he rides every day and has raced all over the USA. He has won the National Time Trial championship four times, and has won state championships in a number of states. Dr. Painter holds the national record in the 40 kilometer in both the 55-59 and 60-64 age groups! He also represented the USA at the World Championships and won the World Championship for his age group in Perth, Australia in August 2016! He is currently on the Fort Wayne Outfitters cycling team.
Meet Our Team
Our dental team at Tooth Acres Dentistry is committed to helping you improve your smile in a warm, friendly atmosphere. We work hard to ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Each of our team members is highly trained and knowledgeable, and we are glad to assist you however we can. We welcome you to contact our dental office in Fort Wayne, Indiana to learn more about us and to schedule your visit with our caring dentist, Dr. Painter. We look forward to getting to know you!
Tammy — Office Manager
Tammy has worked in the dental field for 25 years. She has experience as a Dental Assistant, Patient Coordinator at the front desk and Treatment Coordinator. Her knowledge in all of these departments makes her a great fit as our Office Manager. She has a passion for all aspects of dentistry. She joined our practice in 2016 and absolutely loves it! She really appreciates being part of such a high quality and caring dental office. Tammy enjoys informing patients about their treatment needs, answering questions, and putting them at ease. She helps the office team run smoothly and efficiently. Tammy spends her free time doing activities with her family and friends.
Crystal – Patient Coordinator & Financial Specialist
Crystal has been with our dental practice since January 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University. She really enjoys interacting with our patients and being a part of the Tooth Acres team. Crystal utilizes her background in finance to help design plans that allow patients the ability to accept their dental treatment. She and her husband have 4 children. Crystal spends her free time with her family and loves to travel.
Tonya – Patient Coordinator & Insurance Specialist
Tonya earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in management and has been part of our dental practice since January 2013. She loves making patients smile and enjoys getting to know our patients and their families. Tonya helps our patients by working with dental insurance companies to answer any questions they might have regarding their insurance. She and her husband, Lee, have four very active children. Away from the office, Tonya enjoys spending time with her family, taking family vacations, and exercising. She also loves watching her sons play travel soccer.
Nancy – Patient Coordinator
Nancy joined our office in 2015, bringing with her 17 years of administrative dental experience. Prior to that, she was an international senior buyer with Mattel. Nancy enjoys interacting with patients, helping them understand and obtain their dental benefits, and bringing smiles to their faces. She appreciates being part of a dedicated and enthusiastic dental team. Nancy has two children and four grandchildren, with whom she spends most of her free time. She enjoys reading, crafting, and shopping! Please come into the office to see Nancy, along with the rest of our amazing dental team.
Pam- Patient Coordinator
Pam has worked in the dental/medical field for over 15 years. During her teens she lived in South America off and on for about 4 years, and loved it. She says that meeting new people is the best because there is always something to learn from them. Pam tries to find something in common with each patient so they feel more at home in our office. She loves talking to our patients! Outside of work, Pam’s biggest joy is spending time with her three beautiful granddaughters.
Brittney — Registered Dental Hygienist & New Patient Coordinator
Brittney graduated from the Mott Community College dental hygiene program in 2015. At Tooth Acres Dentistry, she attends to new patients by making sure they feel comfortable and confident with their new dental home. With her degree in Dental Hygiene, Brittney also cares for patients’ oral health and all their dental needs. Creating valuable relationships with patients and easing any fear patients may have regarding their dental treatment makes Brittney a great addition to our office! In her free time, Brittney enjoys staying active and spending time with friends and family.
Lisa – Registered Dental Hygienist
Lisa graduated from IPFW with her degree in dental hygiene in 2011. She has been working in the dental field for six years. Lisa was born and raised in Fort Wayne and she is happily married and has two young boys. Lisa loves to meet new people and make her patients comfortable while also encouraging patients on their road to a beautiful healthy smile.
Sarah – Registered Dental Hygienist
Sarah has been with our practice for six years. She attained her Dental Assisting Certificate from IPFW in 2005 and her Hygiene license in 2008 from Indiana University South Bend. She takes pride in her work, providing excellent and gentle teeth cleaning. She also goes the extra mile to educate patients in oral health and disease. Her main goal of making patients to feel comfortable and confident in her work makes her a natural asset to our practice. She enjoys spending time vacationing at the lake with her husband and three children and is commonly found shopping in local shops.
Amanda – Dental Assistant
Amanda completed the Dental Assistant Program at Ross Medical Education Center in 2009. She has enjoyed working as a dental assistant for 8 years now. She enjoys making patients smile after each visit! She was born and raised in Northeast Indiana. She is happily married with 2 daughters. In her spare time she travels to visit her girls, as both are forging their paths in this world.
Charu – Dental Assistant
Charu completed her Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery in 2008. She practiced in India for seven years with her father in his practice, and in 2016 began assisting in Fort Wayne. While assisting, she is pursuing her doctorate in dental surgery. Charu got married to her husband in Fort Wayne in 2015. She loves Fort Wayne because it is very nice and quiet compared to her home town, which is the capital of India. Charu enjoys cooking, especially traditional Indian dishes!
Kristy – Hygiene Assistant
Kristy graduated from IPFW’s Dental Assisting Program in 1993. She first worked as a dental assistant and patient coordinator before joining Tooth Acres Dentistry. She was born and raised in Fort Wayne. She and her husband, Mark, have raised two boys together. Kristy enjoys gardening, cooking, music, and spending time with family and friends at Lake George.
Lindsey – Marketing Director
Lindsey joined Tooth Acres Dentistry at the start of 2017. She grew up locally, calling Fort Wayne home. Lindsey graduated from IPFW with a major in English, a writing concentration, and a minor in media production. She keeps visitors up-to-date via Facebook and Twitter, and designs the office’s newsletter and signage. She especially enjoys working on fun projects, like the office’s quarterly giveaways and Barnfest. Her favorite after-work activities include reading books and playing board games with her husband, Tyler.