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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 – Office Manager

Micki joined Excel Dental Studio in June of 2015. She loves to help people. “I treat people the way I want to be treated. Making patients feel comfortable from their first phone call to our office and helping them achieve their dental goals is why I have been in the dental field for over 20 years. We have fantastic patients which makes my job easy!” Micki is a married mom of 3 and 2 fur babies. She enjoys traveling, cooking, football, and spending time with her family.

Brittany – Business Assistant

Brittney has been part of Excel Dental Studio since January of 2019 as a business assistant. She has been in the dental field for over 10 years and loves to help maintain healthy smiles. The reason she entered the dental field was due to a personal experience in braces at a young age. Brittney has been married to her husband Michael since May 2017. She has two pug fur babies that are her pride and joy, Emma and Earl. She loves traveling all over the world, crafting, scuba diving, and cooking. Brittney is very happy and blessed to be a part of the Excel Dental Studio staff.

Joy – Licensed Dental Hygienist

Joy has been a hygienist at Excel Dental Studio since June of 2015. She graduated from Indiana University Northwest 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, quilting, and travel.

Denise – Registered Dental Hygienist

Denise has been with Excel Dental since the beginning. Denise has been working as a dental hygienist since she graduated from Indiana University in 1998. Denise is passionate about educating her patients about oral health and how it affects their overall wellbeing. She is dedicated to expanding her skills with continuing education and holds a license to administer local anesthetic. Denisecaresfor 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.

Nicole – CDA, EFDA

Nicole joined the Excel Dental team in October of 2012, after graduating from Indiana University Northwest. She currently holds a certificate in dental assisting and expanded functions. She joined the dental field because she recognized how important a healthy smile is to an individual’s confidence. Nicole and her husband enjoy spending time with their two dogs Bella and Finley. Nicole’s favorite hobbies include traveling, shopping, and working out. Nicole loves being a part of the family at Excel Dental Studio.

Ashby – EFDA Dental Assistant

Ashley joined Excel Dental in May of 2019. She has been in the dental field for over 12 years. In addition to being an EFDA, Ashby also teaches Dental assisting. She loves making patients feel comfortable and confident. Ashby and her husband reside in Lowell, IN with their four wonderful children who keep them very busy! In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, dancing, meditating, reading, and dining out with friends.

Holly – Registered Dental Hygienist EFDA

Holly has been with Excel Dental Studio since August of 2019. Holly started out 9 years ago as a dental assistant, where she moved up to an Expanded Functions assistant, and then went on to Dental Hygiene school. She has been practicing Hygiene for 3 years and is now an instructor in the program where she graduated from. She is very education-oriented and is always looking to expand her skills. She loves the opportunity to make the “nervous” patient more comfortable and ease their fears of coming to the Dentist. In her free time, she loves to travel, fish, and cook. She has an 18-year-old daughter who is currently pursuing her dreams of becoming a doctor at Washington University in St. Louis. Holly is very grateful to be working with such a good team and looks forward to her future with the office.

Kylie – Licensed Dental Hygienist

Kylie is the newest member of the Excel Dental team. She began her scholastic journey in 2016 working as a dental assistant for two years. She enjoyed the experience so much, it led her to choose a career path and apply for dental hygiene school. She spent the next four years pursuing her education at Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in dental Hygiene in 2020. Her goal is to provide the best quality of care and create a comfortable environment for every patient. Outside of hygiene, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, and shopping. Kylie is very excited to be apart of the Excel Dental team!


I joined the Excel Dental Studio in February 2022. I have been a part of the dental field since 2012 when I graduated from Indiana University Northwest.

I have a certificate in Dental Assisting, expanded functions, coronal polishing and sealant placement, and hold my dental radiology license. What lead me to the dental field was people’s smiles. I love being a part of brightening someone’s smile and giving them that confidence back along with giving them the best possible care and education on how to maintain a healthy smile I can.

I am a married mom of 3, and in my free time, I love camping with my family, doing fun things with my kids, watching reruns of my favorite shows, shopping, and having date nights with my husband. I am so happy and thankful to be a part of the Excel team where you get that old-school dental family feeling as soon as you walk through the door.


I joined the Excel Dental Studio team in November 2020. I have been in the dental field for 10 years. I graduated from Kaplan College as a certified dental assistant in 2012 and have continued expanding my skills by obtaining my radiology license and coronal polishing and sealant certification. I love being a part of the Excel team and providing the highest level of care and compassion for all of our patients.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking at the dunes, cooking, and gardening.

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