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 has been happily married for 31 and a half years with two children and one very cute grandchild. She loves traveling, camping and spending time with her family. She attends Faith Church in Dyer, IN.

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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 / “Quarter Back”

    Geralyn has college experience at IUN and Columbia College and brings 23 years of dental experience. She is married with 2 children. Her hobbies include concerts, antiquing and “shopping shopping shopping!”

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    Hygiene Manager

    Jillian helps keep daily patient flow efficient and strives to educate patients and their parents on daily home care. She takes great pleasure in helping them to achieve optimal oral health. Jillian has been in the dental field since 2000 including 7+ years in pediatrics. She graduated from The Institute of Design & Merchandising in 2005 with a degree in fashion design. She’s married and has two beautiful daughters. When not working her passions are shopping and spending time in the great outdoors with family, friends and their two dogs.

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    Hygiene Assistant

    Joanna graduated from Northwest Indiana in 2009 and has certifications in Dental Assisting. She’s the proud mother of 4 wonderful boys; they are very active in a variety of activities and excel in life, they keep her constantly on her toes! Joanna loves writing, rock climbing, camping, fishing, paintball and skydiving. She volunteers as a religious education coordinator at her church, as well as in activities that benefit the needy and fundraising for local civic groups.

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    Hygiene Assistant

    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, biking, hiking, swimming, camping, hammocking, yoga, surfing, skydiving and extreme sports! There is no shortage of fun in her personal and professional life!

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    Hygiene Assistant

    Sarah is her name and teeth are her game! Sarah is excited to have joined our dental family, she works with our hygienists by trying to give our patients a pleasant and lasting experience by making them feel at ease. Sarah has 12 years of experience in many aspects of the dental field and is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association. She feels patient and parent education is key in maintaining good oral health. Sarah loves to joke and make people laugh. In her free time she enjoys attending her nieces’ and nephews’ sporting events, spending time with her family, friends and adopted fur pup, Penny!

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