Professional, experienced, outgoing, and dedicated to helping you - at Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics, we know what you look for in an orthodontist, and since 1994, we've been proud to serve our patients with the kind of orthodontic care that they expect and deserve.
Dr.'s Puntillo, Crane & Gardiner are dedicated to using the most advanced orthodontic techniques to help you achieve the beautiful smile you've always wanted. Our team looks forward to caring for you throughout your orthodontic experience.
We invite you to visit our practice for a complimentary orthodontic consultation, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please feel free to contact one of our three beautiful orthodontic offices in Crown Point, Schererville, or Merrillville to schedule an appointment.
Providing quality orthodontics to Crown Point, Schererville, Merrillville and Valparaiso and all surrounding Indiana areas.
Over the last 20+ years, it has been truly rewarding to witness the significant changes that occur in a patient’s self-confidence following orthodontic treatment. I feel blessed to positively influence the lives of those around me through the creation of beautiful smiles. Facial appearance is an important aspect of every person’s character and self-esteem.
Our entire team understands that the treatments we provide have a significant impact on our patients’ lives. We are committed to meeting the challenges presented to us to produce a high level of care and a positive experience for all the patients we serve.
EDUCATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science – University of Notre Dame
Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Indiana University School of Dentistry
Master of Science in Dentistry – Indiana University School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics
Orthodontic residency – Indiana University School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics
Part-time clinical instructor – Indiana University School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics
I attend numerous conferences on an annual basis to assure we can continue to provide our patients with the highest level of orthodontic care. As an orthodontic technology leader, I have presented at a number of orthodontic conferences, including the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session in 2013 (Philadelphia), 2014 (New Orleans), and invited for 2015 (San Francisco). Our office was featured by the AAO in an article that highlighted the paperless orthodontic practice.
American Association of Orthodontists
American Association of Orthodontists, Committee on Technology (CTECH)
American Association of Orthodontists, alternate delegate
Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, director
Indiana Association of Orthodontists, past president
Indiana Association of Orthodontists, director
American Board of Orthodontics, Diplomate
Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association, delegate
Northwest Indiana Dental Society, past president
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
I am a native of Northwest Indiana and live here with my wife Mary Carol, our children, Caroline, Charlie, and Elizabeth, and our Yellow Lab, Maisy. I enjoy attending and participating in my children’s activities, playing golf, and attending Notre Dame sporting events. I partner with several organizations dedicated to helping kids from low-income families receive braces. I am a past director of the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana.
Orthodontics is a unique profession because we improve a person’s oral health, smile, and self-confidence in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Being an orthodontist is truly a dream job and something I have worked very hard to achieve. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to come in to work every day and improve people’s smiles.
EDUCATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude – University of Notre Dame
Doctor of Dental Surgery with high distinction – Indiana University School of Dentistry
Master of Science in Dentistry – Indiana University School of Dentistry
Orthodontic specialty certificate – Indiana University School of Dentistry
Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
As in any healthcare industry, orthodontics is constantly evolving. Our practice is committed to staying on the cutting edge and providing the most advanced care possible. I regularly attend continuing education courses to hear topics on the latest orthodontic techniques, 3D radiography, impressionless digital imaging, and clear aligner therapy technology.
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association
Northwest Indiana Dental Association, director
American Association of Orthodontists
Indiana University Orthodontic Alumni Association
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
Pierre Fauchard Academy
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE
I currently reside in Valparaiso with my wife Kristen, our daughters, Lilly, Ruby, and Lexy, and dog, Ginger, the Basenji. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, basketball, and traveling.
I am here to handle all relations and referrals between the general dentists and our office. I also manage all social media sites, coordinate all office events and parties, and organize patient contests and promotions. I’ve had the pleasure of being a member of this team since 1997, and I still learn something new every day! I enjoy being challenged on a daily basis to be the best I can be.
I am married to my wonderful husband Scott, and our blended family consists of 1 son, 3 daughters & 3 granddaughters. In my free time I like to go Kayaking & Fishing, host get-togethers, and spend time with my family and friends.
Director of Treatment Coordination
As a Treatment Coordinator, I welcome new patients to our office and assist our doctors during a patient’s initial visit. I explain the process of the placement of the orthodontic appliances and what to expect at the visits, work out financial arrangements for our patients, and schedule their next appointments.
As a Director, I oversee the practice's other Treatment Coordinators.
My favorite parts of my job are meeting new people, watching the kids grow up, and seeing the end result of their orthodontic treatment: a beautiful smile!
I am married to Eric. We have one daughter, Allison, and a dog, Rocco. In my free time, I like to read, watch movies, travel the Caribbean, and spend time with my friends and family.
Clinical & Supply Coordinator
I have been working in Orthodontics since 2005, and love seeing all the smiles that have been made. I joined the Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics team in February of 2011. I assist the doctors in the clinic doing wire changes, bondings, and debandings. We all do an excellent job making every patient feel comfortable. I love working with children and helping straighten their teeth to have a beautiful smile.
My husband and I have one son together named Evan, and I have one step son, Jake. In my spare time, I love hanging out by the pool, spending time on our motorcycle, watching the boys play sports, camping, and fishing.
I am here to make sure every patient and their parent understands the financial aspects of orthodontic care and to help find payment terms that work with their budget. Our practice wants to make getting a beautiful, healthy smile affordable I really enjoy meeting patients as they’re starting the treatment process and seeing their excitement. And it’s a pleasure to help our parents ensure they can afford treatment for their children.
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with husband, Phil, and our two Yorkies, Nigl and Cymon. I like to escape into a good book, do nail art, and spend time with loved ones.
I joined the Puntillo & Crane team in February of 2016 as a Clinical Assistant. My job is to change wires and assist the Doctors with treatment. I have worked in the orthodontic field since 2014 and I really enjoy working with children.
I am engaged to my wonderful fiance' Chad and I have one amazing little boy named Christian, we all enjoy shopping and venturing off to new places and exploring. Festivals are our favorite.
As a Clinical Assistant, I assist the doctors and interact and build relationships with the patients. My favorite part of the job is being able to see the excitement build in a patient while they inch closer and closer to the end of treatment. Each patient reacts different to the changes happening within them, being able to experience that change with them is heartwarming. Puntillo and Crane is such a professional office and everyone is treated equally with the utmost care.
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and my boyfriend, Nicholas. I love spending time outdoors and enjoying the gift God created. So far, life has been treating me well!
Hello, I’m Stephanie and I help Dr. Puntillo, Dr. Crane and Dr. Gardiner run the office as smoothly as possible. I usually am at the front desk and greet all patients, schedule all appointments, and answer telephones. Sitting at the front desk, I see and talk to all patients who come into the office. I love when the patients and parents tell us what is going on in their lives. I have worked with Dr. Puntillo since he opened the practice in 1994 and it is wonderful to see how much he has accomplished. All of our Dr's have strived to provide all our patients with the best orthodontic care.
I am married to my husband, Garret, and we have a beautiful daughter, Sydney, and our dog, Bella.
Financial Coordinator/Insurance Coordinator
I am the financial/insurance coordinator for Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics. I will work with you to offer multiple payment plans for you and your child to be on the way to a winning smile. I will also work with your insurance company to maximize your insurance benefit.
I have been with the practice since 2006. I have been married to my husband Chuck for almost 40 years. We have 1 son, Tim along with his wife Angela and granddaughter Caitlyn. We all love to travel, fish, hike and just spend time together.
Hello, I’m Becky and my job is to assist our doctors during a patient’s initial visit with our office. I explain the process of the placement of the orthodontic appliance and what to expect at the visits. I also work out financial arrangements for our patients and explain their insurance benefits. My favorite part of my job is meeting a new patient during their initial visit. I am gratified to see the significant improvement in self –confidence that our patients experience through orthodontic care. Everyday is a learning experience and I've learned so much over the years from listening to our great doctors.
I have been married to my husband since 1996 and we have three beautiful children. Most of my leisure time is spend with my kids and taking lots of pictures and scrap booking. I love to surround myself with photos of the people I love. Their beautiful smiling faces serve as a constant reminder of what is really important in this world.
Lab Coordinator/Clinical Assistant
I've been employed here at Puntillo & Crane since May of 1999. I am happily married to my husband Jim for almost 30 years. We have 2 beautiful daughters Jaclyn and Allison and of coarse a fabulous dog named Zoie.
I love to work out at the YMCA and my all time favorite class to take is spin.
I see the patient on their initial visit to our office and take some diagnostic records, including intraoral photos, as well as any radiographs the doctors may have ordered, and if you are ready for treatment a special digital scan instead of impressions. I also work in the lab, where I help prep digital models, print and send to the correct lab for appliances to be made. It's all very hands-on, which is something I really like! I get to interact with a lot of patients, and it keeps me busy! Our doctors and staff are very professional and helpful, and continue to learn new things as technology changes. We all work hard to make patients feel very welcomed.
I am married with no children but have plenty of nieces and nephews. I enjoy camping, hiking, and really anything that has to do with the outdoors. My involvement in the community includes a Bible ministry work.
As an assistant, I get the privilege to work with the patients and improve their smiles. I am responsible for prepping for additional braces, adjustments, taking x-rays and anything else the doctors request at each appointment. I am so happy to work with such awesome doctors and staff .
I am married to my husband Michael. We have two awesome boys Kendall and Dylan. We enjoy attending their sporting events and just spending time together. When I have extra time I love to read, exercise, cook, and shop.
Hello, I’m Carolyn and I take the records (photographs, x-rays, & impressions) for our new patients and those who have recently completed treatment. I also interpret for our Spanish speaking patients. I enjoy watching how our patients’ smiles transform along with the joy they express when their braces are removed. I love working with Dr. Puntillo and Dr. Crane because they take the time to answer patients’ questions in a thorough manner, and they create beautiful smiles!
I am married to my wonderful husband and we have two beautiful children and a small dog. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and engage in voluntary worldwide bible education program.
My job starts with greeting the patient, showing them around the office, informing them about orthodontics and making them feel comfortable, answering questions, going over financial arrangements, making appointments, and best of all, giving out Puntillo Points! The best part of my job is seeing the excitement when a patient first gets their braces. Working in different offices with different people is so fun; there are so many different personalities and everyone is so diverse. It makes me want to strive to do more!
I constantly remodel a Victorian house and built a koi pond that makes it feel like a little vacation retreat in my backyard. I have four cats and a son, Dakota who is my favorite person in the world. I recently got married and also acquired a German Shepard along with a husband, so life is full of changes!
I've been working with the Puntillo and Crane team for 3 years, but have been in the ortho field for 14!! I didn't expect to get into this when I was younger, but I absolutely love it. The work is fun, the patients are great, and my coworkers are amazing!
I have a 6 year old son named Orion, so when I'm not working, most of my time is spent with him. We LOVE the beach. In the summer, that's usually where you'll find us.
I also love reading (I'm always looking for something new to dig into) and music, especially if I get to go to a concert and enjoy it live.
The best part of my job is getting to know our patients and helping them along the way. When they begin treatment, they may not feel great about their smile. When they finish, with a beautiful smile, they are so happy! It’s wonderful to be part of their orthodontic experience. I greet patients and parents when they arrive, answer our phones, schedule appointments, and process patient information. I also call dental offices for patient records.
I enjoy spending time with my big, wonderful family, including my puppy, Maxwell. Some of my many interests include reading, baking, and candy making.
As a Records Coordinator I will be one of the first people you will meet coming in to our practice. I take digital photos and xrays for intial consultations.
I have 2 children and enjoy spending time outdoors with them. Any spare time after the kids and work, I love to read!
I'm a Clinical Assistant and love what I do!
While I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with husband, family and friends! I enjoy shopping and trying new places to eat!
I joined the P & C team in 2016! My job is to schedule appointments to work with our patients’ busy lives. I love seeing our patients go through the journey to a new smile! The best part is how happy they are when treatment is finished. It’s wonderful to be a part of such a great team, and to meet all our amazing patients!
When I’m not enjoying work at Puntillo & Crane, I love to spend time with my family and friends!
I am in charge of managing the day-to-day financial aspects of the practice. While this is my first experience in the orthodontic field, I’ve been doing accounting and bookkeeping for more than 25 years, and I have a BS in accounting from Calumet College of St. Joseph. I love working with everyone here because of the atmosphere and the team approach. Everyone is encouraging and supportive.
I’m married to Frank and I have three kids, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. I enjoy getting to know other parents of kids with special needs and encouraging and mentoring other autism moms. I volunteer for the Crown Point Music Boosters whenever I can, and I love seeing my kids play with the bands and orchestra. I also love getting together with friends and shopping.
I have had the pleasure of working in orthodontics now for many years but recently new to the Puntillo and Crane team. I love the joy that orthodontic treatment brings not just to the patient but to every family!
I have 3 teenagers and excited to celebrate 20 years of marriage to my husband Eric. I look forward to what my future holds here at P & C.
I really enjoy being a Treatment Coordinator at Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics! I am new to the orthodontic field but have always loved working with patients and helping them achieve their goals. My favorite part of my job is hearing how excited the kids are to get braces on and improve their smiles.
In my free time, I like to travel and spend time with my family. I have two kids and recently got a puppy named Hazel :)