our amazing team of professionals

We stay up-to-date on procedures and technology, attend continuing education courses and train on the latest technology to meet and exceed the level of treatment you should expect to receive.

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Kurt M. Halum, DMD, P.C.

Dr. Kurt M. Halum’s goal is to provide a pleasant visit to the dental office promoting the establishment of trust and confidence in children that lasts a lifetime.

Dr. Halum is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist originally from Munster, Indiana. His vision is to serve as a premier provider of patient-focused dental care for infants, children and teens through compassion, skill and teamwork.


  • St. Thomas Moore – 1977
  • Munster High School – 1981
  • Indiana University Northwest – BS Chemistry 1985
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry – D.M.D 1991
  • Loyola University- Pediatric Dentistry 1992
  • Mott and Hurley Medical Center – Pediatric Dentistry 1993
  • Group Practice – 1993 to 1994
  • Cranio-facial Cleft Palate Team – University of Chicago 1994 to 1997
  • Dentistry for Children – 1995 to Present

Dr. Halum has kept up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care.

Dr. Halum is happily married with three children and enjoys reading, exercising, learning and traveling.

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Denise, L.D.H.


Denise is happy to work in an office where children and their parents walk in smiling and share how much they love coming to Kurt Halum Dentistry for Children. Her goal is always to ease their fear and apprehension, especially for children with special needs. Enabling them to relax and diminish their fears or anxiety gives her a great sense of accomplishment. Denise has been a hygienist since 1992 and enjoys spending time with her two sons, family, traveling with friends and her rescue dog Sasha.

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Tricia, L.D.H.


Tricia attended Bishop Noll Institute and later graduated in 1992 from IUN as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Tricia has been a hygienist for almost 25 years! Her motto in practice is to treat her patients like family. She’s a kind, patient and caring professional and is always learning to be a better clinician for her little patients! In her downtime, Tricia enjoys boating, skiing, golf and tennis.

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    Front Desk / Insurance Coordinator

    Alison is happily married and has two children and four grandchildren that are her world! She loves traveling, camping and spending time with her family.

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    New Patient Coordinator / Front Desk

    Lisa graduated from beauty school in 1986 but has worked in the dental field for over 20 years! She enjoys spending time with her family and cruising on her motorcycle with her husband.

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    Front desk/Recare Coordinator

    Renee joined our team in 2018. She has been married for 30 years and has 2 beautiful daughters. She has lived in Munster for 20 years and has had multiple jobs but has been passionate about dentistry for the last 14 years! She enjoys working with our patients and making the schedule work for everyone! Outside of working in pediatrics, she also enjoys hiking, knitting and spending time with family and friends!

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    Hygiene Manager

    Erin was born in northern Wisconsin and has been active in the dental field for over 10 years! She spends a lot of time with her children doing outdoor activities!

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    Office Manager

    Nicole started working for Dr. Halum in 2007 while in school for her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She graduated in 2010 but recognized her passion for pediatric dentistry and stayed working in pediatrics! She’s proud to have worked for such a caring doctor for over a decade! She specializes in traumas, special needs children, rehabilitating traumatized children and helping Dr. Halum fix teeth and tissue. She enjoys working both clinically and administratively. When not working, Nicole goes adventuring! She travels frequently and enjoys many outdoor activities such as snowboarding, wakeboarding,¬† mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, camping, hammocking, snowmobiling, surfing, skydiving, extreme sports and riding her motorcycle! There is no shortage of fun in her personal and professional life!

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    Doctor’s Assistant

    Christina has been dental assisting since 2009. She has a passion for helping people and making them smile! She is a mother of two beautiful girls Mikayla and McKenzie. That makes her love being around children even more. When she is not expressing her passion for pediatrics she enjoys playing with her dog Ariel and working out.

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