I think I decided to go into dentistry because I kind of liked the arts and crafts and I kind of liked the science and that was a great combination of the two of them together. My dad was a dentist, and I liked watching what he did and it just seemed like a good fit for me. I think helping people, whether it be someone coming in, in a lot of pain and we can get them out of pain, or someone coming in that's just unhappy with their smile and we can just life changing, that can change how they look, how they talk, how they eat, how they feel.
Continuing education, I have done hundreds of hours of implant and orthodontic training and I really enjoy doing both of those in addition to all the general dentistry that I do as well. I think patients can benefit coming here because we refer very little out. So, once the patient comes in, unless there's just something out of the ordinary that we need to deal with, with a specialist, we're going to see them start to finish. Everything from doing the orthodontics, to placing implants, to restoring teeth, to extractions, root canals, and then just general upkeep and cleanings and maintenance.
In this day and age where we have a lot of cookie cutter dental offices, this is a family feel at our office. Our staff has been here for quite some time. We keep our patients, we treat them as well as we possibly can. We make them feel as welcome as we can. We accommodate whenever we can. It's just a comfortable environment and we truly care about the people that come in. They're not numbers, they're people.
Dr. Michael Krischke grew up one of 10 children on the northwest side of Chicago. He decided to become a dentist because he loves both science and craft. After graduating from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, he earned his DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
He started a practice in northern Illinois, where he lived for 17 years before meeting his wife and relocating to Indiana in 2007. He joined our practice in 2009. He enjoys performing a wide range of dental procedures at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC, including placing and restoring dental implants, extracting teeth, beautifying smiles with orthodontics, providing facial rejuvenation treatments such as Juvéderm®, and restoring smiles with dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.
Dentistry allows Dr. Krischke the opportunity to help people maintain and obtain life-changing smiles.“I feel as though I get along with my patients because I truly care. I listen. I put myself in their position, and with understanding and compassion, I work with them to achieve their dental goals. I think by listening and by showing concern, I can make the experience as comfortable as possible. I think this approach works with both adults and children. I enjoy taking a broken-down mouth and transforming it into something both the patient and myself can be proud of.”
Dr. Krischke lives in Crown Point, where he enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks. He also enjoys traveling, going out for a nice meal, and spending time with his loved ones.