Meet Our Awesome Valparaiso Team


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.


Lacey – Dental 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!



Ashley – Dental Assistant

Ashley is an awesome dental assistant with 8 years of experience in oral surgery and general dentistry. She enjoys getting to know her patients while watching and helping them grow along their own dental journey. When not in the office, Ashley loves spending time with her husband and is a full-time mom to two boys.





Christine – Dental Assistant

Christine graduated high school in 1997 and started dental assisting right after that. She has 3 children, loves animals, and is an animal activist – along with being vegan. Christine always tries to have fun no matter what she’s doing!






Lauren – Dental Assistant

Lauren has been working in the dental field for over 10 years. She completed the dental assisting program at Indiana University Northwest in 2005 and is EFDA certified. As a member of the Smiles by Arnold team, she looks forward to helping all of the wonderful patients with their dental needs. Away from the office, Lauren enjoys camping, spending time with her two dogs, and rooting for all Chicago sports teams.




Lucy – Dental Hygienist

Lucy graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2007 with concentration in photography. Then in 2010 she graduated with a degree in dental hygiene. In hygiene school she received the “Golden Scaler Award” for her superior clinical skills. Her gentle manner and clinical skills make patients feel welcome and comfortable during their cleaning appointments. Outside of the office, Lucy enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends. Along with being social, she enjoys kayaking, motorsports and outdoor adventures.



Natalie – Dental Hygienist

Natalie is a life-long Chesterton resident and mother to three wonderful sons. She earned her dental hygiene degree from IUN in 2006. In her free time, she enjoys distance running, hiking, cheering on her boys in all of their sports, watching live music, and spending time with close friends and family.

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