I always tell my patients that my staff is not here by accident, they were chosen. And most of them have been here for quite a while and I am proud of that, because there is a lot of different places they could go work. You know, dental hygienists and dental assistants are in high demand. I hate to say that they're like family, because I'm sure everybody says that, but they really are. If you stop and think about it, you spend more time with these people than maybe you do with your wife or your family at home, because you're here ... I'm here between 40 and 50 hours a week. And they make it fun to come to work, and I try to do that for them too. I mean I want them to be comfortable here. They know that they can count on me. They're happy here and you can tell when you walk in the door. And so am I of course, but you know it's rewarding to walk up the stairs and see your name on top of the door. It comes with a lot of responsibilities, and one of my biggest responsibilities is to take care of my employees so they have the confidence to do what they want to do in their life.
Our caring team at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC creates the warm atmosphere in our Crown Point, IN dentist office, where vintage charm meets state-of-the-art dental technology. They take time to listen to your concerns and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Whether they are scheduling your appointment, cleaning your teeth, or assisting you with payment, our team provides service that exceeds your expectations!
An Indiana native, Helen graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a degree in science and dental hygiene. Later she received her license in massage therapy. She has been a member of our team since 1995. She has a great ability to relate to patients and strives for perfection when it comes to their needs and dental care. She is interested in travel and photography and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
An active member of her church, she loves volunteering. She is also a member of the local women’s philanthropic organization Tri Kappa. She lives in Crown Point, IN with her husband.
Ann grew up in Hobart, IN, where she graduated with honors from Hobart High School. She was president of her Indiana University Northwest dental hygiene class, and she received the Edward J. Farrell Award for academic excellence upon graduation in 1993. She served as vice president of the Northwest Indiana Dental Hygiene Association. She started out as a dental assistant in 1989 and has been a hygienist since 1993. She joined the Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC team in 2008. She returned to IU Northwest to earn her dental anesthesia license in 2015.
Ann is meticulous in taking care of her patients. She loves making them comfortable and making them laugh. Ann lives in Crown Point with her husband and her son. They are all avid Disney fans and enjoy traveling together.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Toni has enjoyed helping patients achieve their best smiles since 1995. She’s been married to her husband, Rob, since 2001. They have a dog, Stormy. Her hobbies include long-distance running and movies.
Rose attended the Southeastern Academy of Travels & Tourism. She enjoyed her time traveling, and still does. She has been using her leadership and customer service skills in the dental industry since 2002. She’s been with the practice since 2004 and ensures daily operations in our office run smoothly. She enjoys being around people and working with our talented team.
Rose lives in Crown Point, IN with her husband and two children. An active member of her church, she is one of the vice presidents in her ladies’ auxiliary. She is fluent in Macedonian and is great at party planning, cooking, and baking. She treasures her time with her family and friends.
Nikolina studied computer technology at Purdue University Northwest and joined the Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC team in 2011. She enjoys interacting with patients and always greets them with a smile. Born and raised in Indiana, Nikolina now lives in Lowell, IN, with her husband and two daughters. She has been married since 1997. Away from the office, she loves spending time with her family, especially if it involves baking, cooking, or gardening.
Annette has been a dental assistant since 1988 and has worked with Dr. Van Buskirk since 1994. She has an associate’s degree in dental assisting and is X-ray certified. She enjoys building relationships with patients, soothing the nerves of those who are fearful, and improving smiles. In her free time, she likes gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Jill was born and raised in Griffith, IN and still lives there with her husband and three children. She attended Indiana University Northwest and has worked at Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC since 2005. She enjoys spending time with patients and getting to know them. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her kids, traveling, and being outdoors.
Raised in Indiana, Sara graduated from Crown Point High School in 2009. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Northwest dental assisting program. She has been part of our team since 2013. She finds being a dental assistant an incredibly rewarding career and enjoys being part of improving patients’ smiles. Away from the office, she likes spending time with family and friends, especially when it involves fishing, baking, or playing video games.
Chuck has been a member of the Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC team since 2007, providing support services for the rest of the staff and also for the health fairs the team participates in. A Crown Point, IN native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from DeVry University and spent 25 years as a technical sales representative in the military defense industry. He holds a real estate broker’s license in the state of Indiana. An avid cyclist, Chuck enjoys any outdoor activity and once rode 117 miles in a single day. Why? Because it was there! He also performs charity work through his Lions Club chapter.