Meet the Doctors
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.
Alyssa Fisher, DDS
Dr. Alyssa Fisher received her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University with a Minor in Communication. She graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in May with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Fisher is excited to practice in the community where she grew up. She was raised in Roanoke, Indiana and graduated from Huntington North High School. Many of her extracurricular and church activities as well as summer jobs brought her to Fort Wayne.
Dr. Fisher married her husband, Ryan, in 2015. During her free time, Dr. Fisher enjoys the outdoors, riding on bike trails, and traveling. She also has an appreciation for music and art. Growing up, she learned to play flute, bass guitar, and piano. Her love of art and creativity are what inspired her to pursue dentistry. Dr. Fisher has a passion for volunteerism and service trips. She desires to give others a reason to smile through personal relationships and a professional life.
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!
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.
Jennifer – Patient Coordinator
Bio Coming Soon!
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.
Sarah – Registered Dental Hygienist
Sarah has been at our practice since 2010. 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.
Kristen- Registered Dental Hygienist
Bio coming soon!
Gisell- Registered Dental Hygienist
Gisell grew up in the small town of Walton, Indiana. Her passion for dentistry started in high school when she collaborated with local hygienists to arrange a dental education day for the children in her elementary school. After graduating from Lewis Cass High School, she moved to Fort Wayne to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her mission is to provide her patients with quality and comforting care as well as educating them on their oral health. To further this mission, Gisell has hopes of helping others outside the community by one day participating in mission trips around the world. In her spare time, Gisell enjoys working out, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her labradoodle; which is the only patient that won’t let her clean his teeth.
Gisell es bilingüe. Ella es una de las pocas personas en nuestra comunidad de higiene dental, que se puede comunicar con publico hispano. Uno de los objetivos de Gisell, es poder ayudar a todos aquellos que no van al dentista por miedo a no entender el idioma. Con su educacion dental, Gisell puede apoyarte a cumplir tus metas dentales. Con todo gusto, ella te ayudara a solucionar cualquier duda o pregunta que usted tenga.
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 10 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.
Heather – Dental Assistant
Heather grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and went to Northrop High School. She went on to complete a Dental Assisting Program through Ross Medical Fort Wayne and graduated in 2018. She has been working at Tooth Acres for a little under two years. Heather enjoys spending time with her friends and family. In Heather’s free time she enjoys going shopping and also loves trying new restaurants around town.
Shaun – Dental Assistant
Shaun is a graduate from Ross Medical Education Fort Wayne since 2017. He has enjoyed his work in the dental field so much he plans to continue his studies to become a Dentist. Outside of teeth, he enjoys being active by going to the gym and playing basketball. He loves collecting shoes with a collection of over 40 different pairs. He also enjoys spending time with his family, going to the lake and eating out at IHOP.
Olivia – Hygiene Assistant
Olivia grew up in Markle, Indiana and graduated from Huntington North High School in 2017. She then went on to complete a dental assisting program from the American Institute of Dental Assisting and received her dental radiology license in 2017. She is currently in college at Indiana University Fort Wayne for Dental Hygiene and will graduate in 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as playing tennis.