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Lauren S. Weddell, DDS, MSD

Dr. Lauren was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in Carmel, Indiana. She attended Carmel High School, where she participated on multiple state champion women’s cross country and track teams and graduated in the top of her class. She later received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Indiana University-Bloomington, graduating with highest distinction, and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lauren graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2007. Her interest in children inspired her to continue her studies at Riley Hospital for Children. She received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and her Master’s Degree in Pediatric Dentistry from Indiana University School of Dentistry. During her residency, she was honored with the Arthur Klein Research Award and the Ralph E. McDonald Scholar Award for outstanding performance. In November of 2011, Dr. Weddell became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

She enjoys staying active, running, watching movies, and spending time with her family, including her husband, Josh, their sons, Nixon, Oliver, and George, and their new puppy Miss Foxy Brown!

Memberships
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Indiana Dental Association
Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry
Indianapolis District Dental Society
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Hospital Affiliations
Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry, Riley Hospital for Children
Hospital Privileges/Staff, Riley Hospital for Children, Riley Outpatient Surgery Center, IU North


James A. Weddell, DDS, MSD

Dr. Jim retired from his full-time faculty position in Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry and Riley Hospital for Children after over 30 years of service! Dr. Jim has published numerous articles and book chapters in dental and medical literature and has lectured on a variety of pediatric dental topics in the United States and South America. Dr. Weddell is an advocate for infant health care and is past chairman and co-chairman of Indiana’s Healthy Baby/Healthy Mother Coalition. Dr. Jim graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and completed his pediatric dental residency and post-doctoral fellowship in Cerebral Palsy at Riley Hospital for Children. He enjoys helping children, teaching, and spending time with his family. Dr. Jim is married to his wife, Karen Fischer DDS, and has three daughters, Jami Weddell, Nicole Weddell DDS, and Lauren Weddell DDS, and six grandchildren.

Education
BS Degree, Indiana University
DDS Degree, Indiana University School of Dentistry
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry
Residency, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
MS Degree in Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cerebral Palsy, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children

Memberships
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Indiana Dental Association
Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry
Federation of Special Care Organization
Indianapolis District Dental Society
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Hospital Affiliations
Past Director of Pediatric Dentistry, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry


Nicole K. Weddell, DDS, MSD

Dr. Nicole was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Carmel, Indiana. She attended Carmel High School. She ran track and cross-country at Carmel High School. Dr. Nicole chose the field of pediatric dentistry because her father, Dr. James Weddell, founder of Weddell Pediatric Dentistry, inspired her. He taught her clinical excellence, hard work ethic, responsibility to community, and the importance of loving your job. She enjoys working with kids and having fun everyday on the job interacting with patients, families, and staff.

Dr. Nicole enjoys working with the Hispanic community allowing her to keep up her Spanish. She lived and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, for one year during college. She traveled to Calnali, Mexico, all four years of dental school to provide dental treatment to needy children. During her residency she travelled to Mexico to provide dental treatment under general anesthesia to needy and medically compromised children.

Dr. Nicole works in private practice and has hospital privileges at Riley and IU North. Dr. Nicole to married to Dr. Sam Tancredi. She enjoys spending time with her growing family- Maureen, Tony & Elise. She loves to walk and swim with her golden retriever, “Puppy” and yellow Labrador “Lucy.” Dr. Nicole and her family are loyal IU basketball, Colts, & Pacers fans!

Education
BS Biology, Indiana University
BA Spanish, Indiana University
MS Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
DDS, Indiana University School of Dentistry
MSD, Indiana University School of Dentistry/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
Oral Defense: Health Literacy Level of Hispanic Caregivers in Relation to Child’s Caries
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children

Memberships in Professional Societies
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Indiana Dental Association
Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Vice President
Indianapolis District Dental Society

Hospital Affiliations:
Riley Hospital for Children Hospital Privileges in Pediatric Dentistry
IU North Hospital Privileges in Pediatric Dentistry


John R. Emhardt, DDS, MSD

Dr. John was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Lawrence Central High School, where he participated in soccer, hockey, volleyball, baseball, and golf. He also played tennis in college and coached tennis at the Washington Township Tennis Program at North Central High School. .

Dr. John graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and earned his Master’s Degree in pediatric dentistry and certificate at Riley Hospital for Children/Indiana University. While in his residency, Dr. John served as chief resident and completed research entitled, “Factors Related to Failed Pediatric Dental Appointments under General Anesthesia in a University Hospital Based Residency Program.”

Dr. John enjoys working with children with developmental and intellectual disabilities as well as children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. In 2010, he traveled to Eldoret, Kenya, where he provided fluorosis screenings and oral health education, organized a community-based sealant program, and worked with medically compromised and intellectually and developmentally disabled children.

He loves spending time outdoors—mountain biking, hiking, and golfing. He is also an avid Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indy Eleven, and Arsenal fan!

Education
BA Biology, DePauw University
MS Biology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
DDS, Indiana University School of Dentistry
MSD, Indiana University School of Dentistry/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
Minor: Psychology
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, Indiana University School of Dentistry/James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children
Oral Defense: Factors Related to Failed Pediatric Dental Appointments Under General Anesthesia in a University Hospital Based Residency Program

Memberships in Professional Societies
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association
Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry

Hospital Affiliations:
Riley Hospital for Children Hospital Privileges in Pediatric Dentistry
IU North Hospital Privileges in Pediatric Dentistry

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