Dr. Lisa Shideler

Dr. Lisa Shideler comes from a family of dentists. Growing up in Valparaiso gave her the unique opportunity to spend a lot of time in her father’s dental practice. She graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1983 and moved on to the Indiana University School of Dentistry to become a dental hygienist.

She finished her program in 1986 and decided to continue her education to become a dentist. During dental school, Dr. Lisa served as an instructor for the dental hygiene students, and she also won several awards for clinical excellence in Prosthodontics and Periodontics.

She became the eighth dentist in her family upon her 1991 graduation from IUSD. She learned a lot in her first six years as a dentist in Valparaiso, working with her father and brother. In 1997, Dr. Lisa started her own practice and worked alone until 2005 when she combined her practice with Dr. Jim Arnold, forming Smiles by Arnold & Associates.

This merger has allowed her to continue providing excellent dental care for her patients while creating some more free time to pursue her other hobbies and interests. She enjoys tennis, golf, hiking, and travel. In fact, Dr. Lisa traveled to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2007, which was a major accomplishment. She also provided free dental care in a clinic over the course of several months in Africa.

Professionally, Dr. Lisa is a member of the American Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Association of Women Dentists. She has served on the Northwest Indiana Peer Review Committee and has also been a Board Member for the Northwest Indiana Dental Society. Additionally, Dr. Lisa is an active member of the Northwest Indiana chapter of the Seattle Study Club, where she continues to learn from international leaders in dental education.

Much of her success stems from her unwavering commitment to education and her consistent ability to put patients at ease while in her care. Patients are comfortable with Dr. Lisa because she is extremely gentle, authentic, and very skilled. Dr. Lisa is adept at all general dental procedures, and she is particularly effective with all types of restorative dentistry, denture fabrication, and sleep apnea treatment.

Dr. Lisa Shideler marked her 20th year as a practicing dentist in 2011. Time flies when she’s having fun!

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