Meet The Team

Evansville, IN Dental Care - Evansville Family Dentists - Franklin Street Dentistry

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health.  We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs.  As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication.  Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.


Franklin Street Dentistry would like to welcome Dr. Michael Sontz and team to our family!  

Cary Price

Dental Hygienist

Cary Price, dental hygienist,  has been with the practice since day 1 in 1997.  She is a 1995 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene.  Cary remains active in the local chapter of dental hygienists.  Cary brings a “can do” personality to the office and excels in patient care and communication.  She was selected as Evansville’s “Outstanding Employee of the Year” in 1997.

Cary and her husband David, who were married in 1981, live in Rockport (Yes, she drives 45 minutes to work everyday.) and together they have two sons.  Evan, who was born in 2003 and Nolan who was born in 2007.  Cary enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

Diane Barnes

Dental Hygienist

Diane Barnes, dental hygienist, started her career in the dentistry field in 1996 and has been with our office since 1998.  She is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and Dental Hygiene Education.  She also holds an Associate’s Degree in Dental Assisting from the same university.  She has served as an instructor in the Dental Hygiene clinic at the university and is active in the local professional dental hygiene association.

Diane was born and raised in the Evansville area.  She has been married to her husband, Tony, since 1983 and together they have 3 sons:  Josh, Zach, and Colton. Diane loves to run, you'll be able to catch her at all the local races and even in some surrounding larger cities running.

Diane Layman

Dental Hygienist

Diane Layman is a hygienist in our practice and has been a part of the team since 2002, she started in dentistry in 2001.  Diane (goes by “Dee Dee”) is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and Health Sciences.  She has participated in the local chapter of OVDHA 11 years.   Diane has worked as a dental assistant and as a dental front desk receptionist.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Dental Assisting and specializes in knowing about all facets of an operating dental office.
Diane is a native of Evansville and continues to live on Evansville’s west side with, Bill, her husband since 2004.  Together they have  twins:  Quinn and Max who were born in 2011. The twins keep her busy with different sports and school activities!

Deana Schenk

Dental Hygienist

Deana Sills is a hygienist in our practice and has been a part of the team since 2010 .  She is a 2009 graduate of the Henderson Community College and has a degree in Dental Hygiene.  She remains active in the local dental hygiene association and is heavily committed to ongoing continuing education courses, she also participates with the Franklin Street Events Association to keep us active in helping keep Franklin Street wonderful!

Deana is an Evansville native and lives in Darmstadt, she is a past president of the local Dental Hygiene Association! She recently married her husband, Brennan Schenk in September of 2016! She manages our offices Facebook page and would love for you to like it and keep up with our office happenings and good oral hygiene tips or facts!

LauraLee Paulson

Dental Hygienist

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LauraLee graduated from ISUE in 1977 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She worked for Dr. Teare, DDS for 36 years until his transition to retirement in January 2016. She joined Franklin Street Dentistry in January 2016 and stayed with us after Dr. Teare's official retirement in December 2016. LauraLee has served as secretary, Vice President, President and continues to remain an active member of the Ohio Valley Dental Hygiene Association. She also serves on the USI Dental Advisory Board.

LauraLee and her husband David, both born and raised in Evansville were married in 1979. She has a stepdaughter Amie who has two children. She and David have two married daughters, Angela and Ashley and two grandsons!  LauraLee loves the outdoors, sports and spending lots of time with family, especially her two grandsons who are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life!

Carol Claybourn

Dental Hygienist

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Carol is a 1975 graduate of the ISUE dental hygiene program. She joined our team in January 2016 when Dr. Teare spent the last year of his career with us and retired through our office. She is an active member of OVDHA, the local hygienists association, having served as Past President, past USI Dental Advisory Board member, and other capacities. During her 42 year career, Carol has worked in 5 offices, the first position lasting 29 years!

A lifelong Westsider, Carol has been married to her husband Jim since 1974. They are blessed with 2 sons and daughters-in-law, J.P. and Katie, Brian and Keri, and a grandson Parker, born November 2015. Carol enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching football and basketball, ballroom dancing, and serving as a Bible study leader and other opportunities at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Paula McDaniel

Dental Assistant

Paula McDaniel, chairside dental assistant, has been in dentistry for over 25 years and has been on our team since 2007.  Paula has worked in 4 different practices and has had a wide range of roles.  Her “get it done” attitude is critical to the efficiency of our office and she excels in her attention to detail on a daily basis.  She maintains her national x-ray certification.

Paula lives in Lynnville (35 minutes) with her husband Tom, whom she married in 1994.  They have 2 sons:  Tristen, born in 1996, and Hunter, born in 1998.  Paula enjoys managing her Longaberger business and making trips to Patoka Lake but spends most of her spare time following the boys’ athletic teams.

Elizabeth Vollrath

Dental Assistant

Elizabeth Vollrath has been a dental assistant with our office since 2013.  She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Dental Assisting and a degree in Health Administration.  After graduating the Assistants program she passed the DANB exam, earning her a CDA (Certified Dental Assistant), Elizabeth also has her Expanded Functions certification.  Elizabeth is a Past President of the local dental assistants organization called The Evansville Dental Assistants Society, she is on the education committee of the Indiana Dental Assistants Association and also on the University of Southern Indiana advisory board.


Elizabeth is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana but has decided to stay in Evansville since graduating from USI.  She enjoys being outdoors, going to local sporting events and cheering on the Colts and Cubs.  Elizabeth also loves going to concerts, the local Bazaar on Franklin Street and keeping up with all the festivities that are happening on Franklin St.  She travels a lot to visit all of her nieces and nephew!

Nicole Siscel

Dental Assistant

Nicole is the most recent addition to our team. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in May of 2015 with an associate's degree in Dental assisting. After graduation she passed all three sections of the DANB exam giving her the title Certified Dental Assistant. Nicole is also certified in coronal polishing and expanded functions, she makes sure to stay up to date with all of her X-ray certifications and CPR.  Nicole is currently the Secretary of the local dental assistants organization called Evansville Dental Assistants Society!

Nicole is originally from Boonville Indiana and is currently living in Newburgh!  When it comes to activities outside of work Nicole loves anything and everything to do with the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. She also brings her dog Bella with her almost everywhere she goes. Nicole is also going back to school at USI to further her dental education and pursue a degree in dental hygiene!

Lisa Roberts

Dental Assistant

Lisa has been working in dentistry since 2005 and is the newest addition to our team, she started with our practice in January of 2016! She maintains her X-ray certification and CPR certification and is committed to continuing education courses.

Lisa and her husband, Scott, have been married since 2006! They are both lifetime residents of Evansville and reside on the East side. She has three little children, Olivia, Grayson and Waylon who keep her very busy. She enjoys traveling, camping with her family and volunteering at her church!


Jennifer Brown

Front Desk

Jennifer Brown is part of the front office administrative team and currently serves as Hygiene Coordinator and manages our confirmation and texting system.  Jennifer has been in dentistry since 1973 and has been a part of our practice since 1997 (since day 1).  She is a 1972 graduate of ISUE and holds a degree in Dental Assisting.  Jennifer was recognized as Evansville’s “Outstanding Staff Person of the Year” in 1998. 

Jennifer and her husband Jack have been married since 1974. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  Jennifer loves to travel but puts a priority on spending time with her grandchildren.

Lori Kappell

Front Desk

Lori Kappell is a part of the front office administrative team and has worked two stints in our office since 1999.  She currently serves as an insurance and financial coordinator but also worked as a chairside dental assistant for several years.  She has a wide knowledge of dentistry and has worked in the field 20+ years.  Lori is committed to the office vision of delivering high quality dentistry with an emphasis on customer service. 

Lori and her husband Dwayne have been married since 1982. They are proud parents of their grown daughter, Erin,  and son-in-law, Brad, who is serving in the United States Marines.  Recently, Lori was blessed with a grandson and spends as much time as possible with him.

Tamy Smith

Front Desk/Hygienist

Tamy Smith holds multiple roles in the office as a dental hygienist, front desk team member as well as occasionally assisting.  Tamy earned her dental hygiene degree in 1998 from USI where she was also a cheerleader.  She has worked with our office intermittently since 1997.  Tamy’s compassion and positive attitude contribute to her goal of making the dental office a pleasant experience for all patients.  

Tamy resides on Evansville’s West side with her husband J.D. (married since 1999) and their three daughters, Amity, Avery and Anika.  Her children are very active in gymnastics, basketball, softball and volleyball.  In her limited spare time, she enjoys boating, ATV riding, genealogy research, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kali Conkling

Front Desk

Kali Conkling is part of the front office administrative team and has worked two stints in our office since 2005. She currently serves Dr. Coordinator but also worked as chairside dental assistant for years.  She has been in the dental field since 2005. Kali maintains her x-ray and CPR certification.

Kali and her husband Michael are true West Siders. Kali and Mike were wed in 2009, they raise three active girls. They enjoy being foster parents and spending time with family.

Rachel Miles

Front Desk

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Kristi Fulton-Day

Front Desk

Kristi recently joined our practice in January of 2017! We were so happy to have her join our team! Kristi is a great addition to our front desk! Although she is fairly new to the dental field she has spent the last 14 years on the Clerical Administrative side of the medical field. We are looking forward to Kristi's future with our office!

Kristi was born and raised on the West Side but currently lives in Newburgh with her husband Greg. Kristi married her Sweetheart, Greg, on May 7, 2016. Kristi has 3 grown children: Emilee, Adam and Isaac. Her marriage to Greg allowed Kristi to gain 5 more adult children and 9 grandchildren with one more on the way! Kristi's heart is on the West Side along with the majority of her large family. As the saying goes, "You can take the Girl out of the West Side but you can't take the West Side out of the girl!" She loves to travel, enjoys boating, dancing and spending time with family and friends. She loves to spend her spare time at the lake which she refers to as her "Happy Place!"

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