Meet the Team!
Merrillville, IN Dentist
We have an amazing staff that is ready to assist in your care. My team has decades of experience – rest assured you are in good hands. They share the same passion for excellence with our patients as I do.
Micki is one of the newest members to the Excel team. She has been in the dental industry for over 20 years. Her knowledge, experience and great nature make her a wonderful fit to the team. She is one of the friendly faces that will greet you upon your visit. Micki is married and has three children, she loves the Bears and the White sox. Micki really enjoys cooking, camping, football and any kind of activity with her family.
Joy – Registered Dental Hygienist
Joy is the newest hygienist to join the Excel Dental team. She graduated from Indiana University Northwest in 2009 at the top of her class. One of her favorite parts of being a hygienist is providing care to her patients with a smile and a positive attitude. “I cater to cowards. I don’t want anyone to be nervous or uncomfortable in my chair.” Joy is a married mom of two, and outside of the office she enjoys photography, knitting, and travel.
Denise has been working as a dental hygienist since she graduated from Indiana University in 1998. Denise is passionate in educating her patients about oral health and how it affects their overall well being. She is dedicated to expanding her skills with continuing education and holds a license to administer local anesthetic. Denise cares for all her patients with the utmost respect, patience and empathy. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, biking and reading. Denise feels very lucky to work with such a smart and compassionate dental team lead by Dr. Bahl.
Paula is a graduate of Indiana University School of Dentistry. She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for several decades and still loves it! In addition to her Hygiene license, she also holds a permit for Dental Anesthesia. “The benefit of working in a family practice is you really get to know your patients. For some of my patients, I saw their children and am now seeing their grandchildren!” Paula feels it is vital to her career to attend continuing education, to keep her dental knowledge up to date. “I am fortunate to work in an office where the dentist values continuing education and empowers us to be our best. This always benefits the patients! It is important to Dr. Bahl to use technology in the office so we are able to educate our patients. If patients are given information, can see x-rays and photos, they can be well informed to make decisions about their dental health. It is a satisfying feeling to know you have helped a patient whether to improve their dental health and smile, make them feel comfortable and at ease in the dental chair, or boost their confidence!” Paula is the mother of two sons, both attending Indiana University in Bloomington.
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling,antiquing, decorating, crafts, movies, history and cooking. Paula continues to volunteer as a “Latin Mom” with the Crown Point Classical Association and the Latin Club at Crown Point High School.
Nicole joined the Excel Dental team in October of 2012. She graduated from Indiana University Northwest with her Dental Assisting Certificate. Nicole is a Certified Dental Assistant and EFDA. She joined the dental field because she enjoys helping patients maintain a confident smile. Nicole and her husband are big sports fans and enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Hawks. Her favorite season is Fall, she loves to be outside. Nicole’s favorite hobbies include dining out and shopping. Nicole is excited to continue her education with Dr. Bahl and the rest of the wonderful staff at Excel Dental Studio.
Kristy has been at Excel Dental Studio since 2014. She is a dental assistant and has her radiology license. Kristy enjoys helping patients maintain a healthy smile. She lives in Crown Point and loves spending time with her son. She is an avid fitness lover and enjoys weight lifting, yoga and running.