Dr. Valerie Lake
Dr. Lake grew up in Fort Wayne, and elected to return home to establish her dental career. She graduated from Snider High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Miami University (Ohio.) She attended Indiana University School of Dentistry, graduating in 2002. During her first few years in dentistry, she worked in private practice as an associate dentist while participating in numerous capacities within local and state dental societies. Dr. Lake accepted the position of Dental Clinic Director at Matthew 25 Health & Dental Clinic in 2008, where she developed strong ties to this one-of-a-kind free clinic in downtown Fort Wayne. In 2013, she was presented with an excellent opportunity to own her own dental practice – a longtime life goal for her. She acquired a lovely, well-established, family-friendly dental practice, on the southwest side of town, from Dr. Douglas Reed upon his retirement.
Dr. Lake enjoys giving back to her community. She continues to see patients at Matthew 25, on a volunteer basis. Furthermore, she has volunteered at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for over 10 years. providing dental care for animals when they develop dental problems. She is a proud wife and mother, and thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family. Dr. Lake and her family have a small farm northwest of Fort Wayne, with horses, dogs and cats. She also enjoys horseback riding, hiking, landscaping and she is an avid reader.
– Patient Coordinator
Elaine has worked in the dental field for 28years. She is from Auburn, Indiana. She attended IPFW! Elaine loves seeing the patients each visit, especially those patients who have anxiety coming in the office for the first time leaving happy and relieved.
Elaine loves spending time with her family and friends. She loves to travel with her husband. And she loves to play poker!
– Dental Hygienist
Barb grew up in Ohio and loved going to her dentist as a child. She has been a dental hygienist for 35 years. Barb loves making her patients smile, and helping them keep their smiles healthy.
– Dental Hygienist
Tammy has been a dental hygienist for over 20 years, and she is from New Orleans, Louisiana. Tammy graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in Dental Hygiene. She also has her MBA from Northcentral University in Arizona. In addition to working with the team at Dr. Lake’s office, Tammy teaches dental hygiene students in the Dental Education Department at IPFW.
Tammy loves getting to know her patients and their families, as well as her students. She loves educating her patients and students on dental health!
Tammy loves to cook, read, & swim! She loves spending time with her family! Her kids keep her quite busy with their schedules, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂