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 we value the trust you have placed in us.
Cary Price has been with the practice since day one 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 dental hygiene chapter. 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 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 Bachelor’s Degrees 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 three sons: Josh, Zach, and Colton. Diane loves to run; you'll be able to catch her running at all the local races and even in some surrounding larger cities.
Diane Layman has been a part of the team since 2002. Diane (goes by “Dee Dee”) is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Dental Hygiene and Health Sciences. She has participated in the local chapter of OVDHA for over eleven 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 has been a part of the team since 2010. She is a 2009 graduate of 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 coordinates 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 and her husband, Brennen, stay busy with their son Rowen, who likes to keep them both on their toes! She also manages our office's Facebook page and would love for you to like it and keep up with our office happenings and good oral hygiene tips and facts!
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 daughters together, 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!
Carrie is the wife of Jonathan Straus and mother to three amazingly wild boys! She graduated in 1998 from Mater Dei, and she received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Southern Illinois of Carbondale. She and her husband, Jon, married in 2008. In 2010 the Straus family added twin boys, Reigns and Sterling, and in 2012, they added another wonderful boy, Nyles. The energized house keeps them on their toes! Carrie has been in the dental field nearly twenty years now, and she still loves what she does!
Celebrating 25 years as a practicing dental hygienist! In 1994, Carla graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She was certified as a dental assistant in 1991 and was the recipient of the Most Outstanding Clinician Award, awarded to the student who has achieved excellence in clinical skill and is competent in all aspects of clinical patient care. In 1993 she was the recipient of the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award; it is awarded to the student who has demonstrated clinical excellence in dental hygiene.
Carla married her husband, Brad, in 1999. Together they have three sons: Jackson, Grant, and Cooper. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, playing cards, and going on long walks with her sisters.
Mary has been with Franklin Street Dentistry since April 2018. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Southern Indiana and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. In an effort to stay up-to-date on the latest changes and recommendations in dentistry, Mary devotes a lot of time to taking continuing education courses and implements what she has learned in her daily practices. She is an active member of our local dental hygiene chapter.
Mary and her husband, Ryan, were married in 2010. They reside on the north side of Evansville with their two shih tzus, Eevee and Jasper. When she's not practicing dental hygiene or helping at her family's business, Mary enjoys baking, crafting, reading, and traveling.
Paula McDaniel has been in dentistry for over 25 years and has been on our team since 2007. Paula has worked in four 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 with her husband, Tom, whom she married in 1994. They have two 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.
Nicole 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, and she makes sure to stay up-to-date with all of her X-ray certifications and CPR.
Nicole is originally from Boonville, Indiana and is currently living in Evansville. 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.
Lisa has been working in dentistry since 2005 and started with our practice in January of 2016. She maintains her X-ray certification and CPR certification and is committed to continuing education courses. Her positive attitude can be infectious around the office!
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 children, Olivia, Grayson and Waylon, who keep her very busy. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, camping, volunteering at her church, and surrounding herself with family and friends!
Lexi joined our team in May of 2018 after graduating from the University of Southern Indiana's Dental Assisting program. She graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in 2016 and played softball there for three years. Outside of work, Lexi spends most of her time with family and friends.
She enjoys traveling, baking, being outdoors, boating on the Ohio River, and watching Cardinals baseball. She also loves her fur babies, Louie and Macy! Her boyfriend, Bo, proposed to her at the most magical place: Disney World! Together they will be busy preparing for an upcoming wedding!
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Southern Indiana's Dental Assisting program in April of 2018 but has been working in the dental field since 2016. She passed Radiation Health & Safety, Infection Control, and General Chairside through DANB, giving her the title Certified Dental Assistant. She is certified in expanded functions, coronal polishing, fluoride application, CPR, and also retains her Indiana Radiology License.
Kaitlyn grew up in Haubstadt, Indiana and is a 2014 Gibson Southern High School graduate. She now resides in St. Wendel with her goldendoodle, Willow. Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog. She loves country concerts, boating, camping, the Purdue Boilermakers, and the Green Bay Packers.
"I am thankful to be surrounded by a team who makes my job enjoyable, and I am proud to be part of a practice that strives to deliver excellent patient care."
Josie graduated from North Posey High School in 2015. She went on to further her education at the University of Southern Indiana and graduated in May 2018 with an Associate's Degree in Dental Assisting. Dentistry has been a fun experience from day one and the interaction with the patients is just one of her favorite aspects.
Josie is currently house shopping and waiting for the perfect house to come onto the market. Some of her hobbies include being outdoors and spending time with her friends, family, and especially her cat, Dazie!
Lori Kappell 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 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.
Front Desk/Dental Hygienist
Tamy Smith has worked with our office intermittently since 1997. Tamy earned her dental hygiene degree in 1998 from the University of Southern Indiana, where she was also a cheerleader. Tamy’s compassion and positive attitude contribute to her goal of making the dental office visit 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 is part of the front office administrative team and has worked two stints in our office since 2005. She currently serves as Doctor Coordinator but has also worked as a chair-side 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 Westsiders. Kali and Mike were wed in 2009, and they are raising three active girls. They enjoy being foster parents and spending time with family.
Rachael has been in and out of the dental field since graduating from Indiana University's Dental Assisting program in 1995. Rachael first worked as an assistant then transitioned to the front office. She has been with our office during two separate stints since 1998.
Rachael has been married to her husband and best friend since 1995. They have three daughters who keep them on their toes! She enjoys her time outdoors maintaining her lawn, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and, most importantly, being MOM to her three girls.
Kristi joined our practice in January of 2017. We were so happy to have her join our team, and she 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 three grown children: Emilee, Adam, and Isaac. Her marriage to Greg allowed Kristi to gain five more adult children and nine 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!"
Cathy has been in dentistry for over 42 years. She started in the dental field working for Dr. Eugene Brinker for 24 years, then she worked for Dr. Michael Sontz for 17 years before merging with our office in January of 2018.
Cathy was born and raised in Evansville, and she currently resides on the north side. She married her high school sweetheart, Steve, in 1976, and they have a daughter, Lauren, and a grandson, Everett.
She loves the beach and going to the Smokies! Her favorite thing is spending time with her family and especially taking care of her grandson!