Meet Our Awesome Valparaiso Team


Shelley – Financial Coordinator

Shelly is the newest addition to our team. She brings with her 23 years of vast dental experience, ranging from specialty to general practice. She enjoys working closely with patients to help them achieve their dental goals.

When not interacting with patients, Shelly spends time with her husband and daughter, and is active in animal rights awareness and artistic expression.




Lois – Dental Assistant

Lois is a wonderful dental assistant with more than twenty years of experience. She enjoys meeting new people and spends every day helping patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Lois is terrifically well-organized and keeps things running smoothly. The joy of her life is watching her grandchildren, Lila and Luke, grow. In her free time, Lois likes to travel, entertain friends, and she loves to make desserts.



Jamie – Dental Assistant

Jamie has been in the dental field for over 13 years. She has experience in general dentistry along with a periodontal practice. Jamie enjoys the interaction with the patients, and getting to know them on a personal level. She finds it very rewarding meeting their dental needs, and seeing them smile. When she is not working she loves spending time with her two children, Zac and Syd. Jamie likes to read, cook, and spend time outdoors.



Kinlynn – Dental Hygienist

Kinlynn has been in the dental field since 1989. She worked in the field as a dental assistant before pursuing her career as a dental hygienist.

She graduated from Indiana University South Bend with honors in 1995. She loves to continue learning and is committed to furthering her dental knowledge to improve her patient’s oral health. She attends multiple continuing education courses each year to ensure that she is at the top of her field.

Her fantastic communication skills and caring attitude are what truly sets her apart. As the mother of two wonderful little boys, she also loves creating wonderful dental experiences for children of all ages.

Nicole – Dental Hygienist

Nicole grew up in Merrillville and started as a dental assistant while in high school in 1994. Nicole continued working as a dental assistant throughout hygiene school. She lives in Valpo with her husband, Mathew, and their two-year-old daughter, Addison. Nicole loves making her patient’s dental experience as pleasant and gentle as possible, and enjoys establishing lasting relationships with the patients. In her spare time, Nicole likes camping, being outdoors, going to concerts, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.



Kim – Dental Hygienist

Kim graduated in 1985 with a dental hygiene degree from Indiana University. Kim loves what she does and appreciates being able to make a profound difference in patients’ lives. Her kind heart, extensive knowledge, and gentle touch make her an outstanding dental hygienist. Outside of work, Kim is spending time with her three children, participating in or watching sports, or reading.



Lacey – Assistant

Lacey graduated from Crown Point High School in 1997. She moved to Kouts in 2001, and has been a dental assistant since 2002. Lacey is happily married, and is the proud mother of an 8-year-old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves to shop, enjoys playing golf, and going for motorcycle rides. She is a fantastic addition to the Smiles by Arnold & Associates team!

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