BRYANT BURKETT, DDS
Bryant Burkett, DDS, was raised in Rushville, Indiana and graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelors in Science in General Health Sciences in anticipation of going to dental school. Dr. Burkett attended and graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Burkett is a member of the First District Dental Society, the Indiana Dental Association and the American Dental Association where he continues his dental education alongside his fellow Evansville dental peers. He has worked alongside with several local dentists including many of our area specialists developing some very strong relationships which better serves his patients comprehensive care.
Dr. Burkett met his wife Audrie (who is originally from Evansville) while attending Purdue University. They have been married for five years and they have one daughter. They are parishioners at St. Benedict Cathedral. Dr. Burkett is also a member of the Knights of St. John Commandry 282 in St. Wendel. During his spare time, Dr. Burkett enjoys playing golf, working around the house, and spending time with his family.
JOYCE ABLOG, DDS
Joyce Ablog, DDS, has enjoyed good relationships with her patients for over 20 years. She helps overcome apprehensions with education and communication, and always wants her patients to feel welcomed and relaxed.
Dr. Joyce graduated from IUPUI – Purdue School of Science with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1994.
She keeps abreast of the latest innovations with continuing education, traveling across the country to learn from leaders in the latest advancements in dental treatment, technology through workshops, seminars, consulting and industry trade shows.
- ‘Evansville Courier & Press’ – Reader’s Choice Awards – ‘Best Dentist’ (Gold) – two time winner
- Opencare.com – Patients’ Choice Winner
- Evansville Awards Program – Best of 2016 Evansville ‘Dentistry’
- University of Southern Indiana (Dental Assisting Program) – Commencement speaker
Dr. Joyce and her husband Sean (the practice manager) have been married for over 20 years and moved to Evansville in 1995. They regularly support a wide-range of non-profit organizations and ministries in the greater Evansville area. During spare time, they enjoy travel, sports (Indianapolis Colts), movies, music, attending church, and spending time with friends and family.
Dental Associates began as a multi-group practice established in the late 1980’s. In 1995 Dr. Joyce joined the practice (west side office) in 1995. In 1998 she purchased the west side office. The office started out with 1200 square feet, 3 chairs, herself, Sean and one assistant. Fast forward to October of 2015 when we opened our new office at our current location on Pearl Drive. We now have an amazing new facility that is over 2800 square feet, where we have 6 chairs, and an amazing veteran team which give our patients a new and enhanced dental experience that will serve them, us, Evansville’s west side and the tri-state area for the next 20 years and beyond.
Our practice focuses on relationships of all types as it is the core of what we have built our practice on. Whether that is dentist/staff to patient, staff to staff, or with our vendors and suppliers or patient’s employers and insurance companies, we strive to maintain and grow those relationships to better serve the needs of our patients.
One particular type of relationships that we have nurtured over the years is our relationships with the dental specialists of the community who we partner with to provide the best quality of care to our patients. We work in concert with these professional specialists to get our patients in as quickly as possible and communicate the needs of our patients.
The backbone to our practice is our incredible staff! We use a ‘team approach’ and work well together. Our consistency, continuity, and familiarity among each other are some of our biggest assets in providing the level of award-winning service people have come to expect at Dental Associates West.
Team Member Biographies
NAME: Sean W.
POSITION: Practice Manager
BEGAN WORKING AT DENTAL ASSOCIATES WEST: 1998
GRADUATED FROM: Graham High School
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO INTO DENTISTRY: When I met my wife (Dr. Joyce), she was in dental school at the time and when I proposed to her, I knew that dentistry was going to be part of our lives.
WHAT ABOUT DENTISTRY DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST: Providing our patients with a comprehensive and positive dental experience by providing exceptional customer service and by being prepared and thorough in our work through communication and patient education. I feel blessed to work with an amazing team who takes pride in their work and sincerely want to help our patients. I also have enjoyed advocating for our industry and our patients whether among our peers, insurance companies, lobbying at the statehouse on dental/medical/insurance related issues or presenting a case to the American Dental Association.
INTERESTS: With my free time, I enjoy design/drafting (homes), movies, traveling, music, watching / attending sporting events (Ohio State & Indianapolis Colts) and playing cards.
PERSONAL: I am originally from Ohio and spent 4 years in the Army most of which I spent in Texas (as well as serving 9 months in Desert Shield & Storm). After my time in the Army, I returned home where I began working for Bally’s Health Clubs in Columbus in which I later transferred to Indianapolis where I met (and married) Joyce. We moved to Evansville in 1995 and before buying the practice, I was a hotel sales manager for the newly opened Casino Aztar hotel. I also own a business development consulting company as well as being a co-founder of a business event planning and training company.
NAME: Holly M.
POSITION: Front Office Coordinator
BEGAN WORKING AT DENTAL ASSOCIATES WEST: 2000
GRADUATED FROM: USI – Dental Assisting Program
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO INTO DENTISTRY: My smile has always been important to me and I wanted to work in a field where I could assist others in improving their smiles as well.
WHAT ABOUT DENTISTRY DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST: Getting to know so many wonderful people and their families.
INTERESTS: Shopping, exercising, going for long walks, playing euchre but especially spending time with my family and friends.
PERSONAL: I am an Evansville native. My husband Trent (who recently received his PhD from the University of Cambridge) and I have 2 wonderful kids. Claire is our oldest child and she graduated this year and will attend college in St. Louis where she will play volleyball. Holden is our youngest and he is a wiz at solving Rubik’s Cubes (and is currently ranked in the top 500 nationally).
NAME: Julie G.
POSITION: Dental Hygienist
BEGAN WORKING AT DENTAL ASSOCIATES WEST: 2002
GRADUATED FROM: USI – Dental Hygiene Program (recipient of the prestigious ‘Rebekah Fisk Award’ – given by the Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association for greatest proficiency in overall clinical practice)
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO INTO DENTISTRY: To help patients achieve beautiful smiles
WHAT ABOUT DENTISTRY DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST: The relationships. From getting to know all of our amazing patients and developing long-lasting friendships with so many as well as my co-workers (we are like family). Also helping patients feel comfortable and having a great dental experience.
INTERESTS: Spending time with my family is where you will typically find me. When I take time for myself, I enjoy planting flowers and shopping. We are also very involved with our church.
PERSONAL: I was born and raised in Evansville and consider myself a ‘west sider’. I have been married for 8 years to my husband Allen who is an Evansville policeman (who was named ‘Police Officer of the Year in 2007 by the state of Indiana) and we have 2 incredible children: Libbyanne who is 5 years old and is involved in gymnastics and dance and our 3-year-old son Grant who will begin wrestling and t-ball.
NAME: Cindy B.
POSITION: Dental Hygienist
BEGAN WORKING AT DENTAL ASSOCIATES WEST: 2007
GRADUATED FROM: Indiana State University – Evansville (School of Hygiene)
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO INTO DENTISTRY: I chose to become a hygienist to help people with their dental health and create confidence with their smile. Hygiene also allowed me flexible time to raise my children.
WHAT ABOUT DENTISTRY DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST: I love working with children and getting to build relationships with our patients. I also enjoy getting to understand a patient’s needs and help them through the process with patient education and quality dental care.
INTERESTS: Baking, cooking, gardening and swimming are just some of my interest away from the office. I also help run my sister’s business (Jeanne’s Gelato) as well as helping my children run their businesses. I also try to find to write books.
PERSONAL: I was born in Indiana and have lived in the Evansville/Newburgh area most of my life. I am married to my husband Tom and we have 3 adult children (Alison, John & Lindsay).
NAME: Laura M.
POSITION: Dental Assistant (Expanded Functions)
BEGAN WORKING AT DENTAL ASSOCIATES WEST: 2006
GRADUATED FROM: USI – Dental Assisting Program (Class President) & ‘Expanded Functions’ Certification
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO INTO DENTISTRY: The joy of changing a person’s life by creating a beautiful and healthy smile is immeasurable. I have always been fascinated with teeth and the joy of changing a person’s life by creating a beautiful and healthy smile is immeasurable.
WHAT ABOUT DENTISTRY DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST: I am passionate about people and patient education. It is rewarding to be able to put a patient at ease and make them feel good about their experience.
INTERESTS: Away from the office I have a very active family life. I personally enjoy running and weight training, but a great deal of my time is spent with my family.
PERSONAL: I was born and raised in the Evansville area. I attended USI on a soccer scholarship. My husband Derek is a former National Guard (and combat) veteran who is now a computer engineer. We have two amazing children: Dree, our 14-year-old daughter who is an honor student and who recently finished second in the city track championships. Our youngest is our son Drayson who is 4 years old and is an aspiring superhero
NAME: Kori A.
POSITION: Patient Relations & Treatment Coordinator
BEGAN WORKING AT DENTAL ASSOCIATES: 2017
GRADUATED FROM: Bosse High School
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO INTO DENTISTRY: Dentistry chose me. I left USI when the opportunity to become an office manager of a dental office became available. From there I grew to love dentistry and the learning experience that came with it. After 18 years in the business, I was excited for the opportunity to join Dr. Ablog and her amazing team.
WHAT ABOUT DENTISTRY DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST: Getting to meet and know many amazing people and their families. Knowing that in some small way I play a role in helping patients by giving them a great dental experience by making it stress and worry free.
INTERESTS: Spending time at home with my family. I also enjoy the outdoors, fishing, boating and anything outside during the warm seasons.
PERSONAL: I was born and raised in Evansville by two amazing parents. I have an amazing 13 year old daughter (Briley) who keeps me on the move with sports, orchestra (in which she played for Evansville’s Honors Orchestra).