Meet Dr. Pecina,
the Doctor Who Changed the Way People Experience Dental Care

Dr. Roger Pecina is the founder of Afdent. A pioneer in the field of dentistry, he has changed the way thousands of people have experienced dental care.

His unique philosophy of organizing the entire dental office around his patients was well ahead of its time when Afdent first began serving the Michiana community over 40 years ago. This philosophy still positively impacts every patient visit today.

Here's What Dr. Pecina Has To Say About Providing Exceptional Dental Care:

"We listen to our patients and engage them in their care. We focus on your goals, and do our best to give you what you want when you want it. You may be visiting for fillings and decide right then that you want to talk about dental braces or teeth whitening. We're ready to do that, and many times can start treatment that same day."

"No two people are the same. No two mouths are the same. Everyone has unique needs, goals, concerns, and financial considerations. You'll never know what those things are if you don't ask. At Afdent, every patient has a strong voice in determining the right direction for their good oral health."

1977: Graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry
1978: Afdent opens as Affiliated Family Dentists on Ironwood Rd in South Bend
1985: Afdent moves to a 2,500 sq. ft. space on Grape Rd. in Mishawaka
2002: Afdent moves into new state-of-the-art 12,000 sq. ft. facility on Douglas Rd
2013: Roger S. Pecina Education Dental Hygiene Clinic opens at IUSB
2013: Afdent Immediate Care Center opens next to main office on Douglas Rd
2017: Afdent Awarded Michiana's Favorite Dentist for the 17th time

Bryan Braasch, D.D.S.

A Fort Wayne native, Dr. Braasch graduated from Bishop Dwenger prior to attending Wabash College where he received a BA in psychology with a focus in neuroscience. His formal dental training was completed at Indiana University School of Dentistry where he received a doctorate of dental surgery.

As part of the Afdent team, Dr. Braasch knows that providing patients with the care they need and the quality of care they deserve all starts with an open ear. By listening, we learn about your needs and concerns from day one and use this as the foundation for providing care that meets yours needs as an individual.

Dr. Braasch is an animal lover who also enjoys cooking, sculpting, and traveling.

Richard Dziak, DMD

I’m a graduate of Loyola Dental School and maintained a private practice in Chicago, Illinois for 28 years focusing on crowns, bridges, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In 1995 I moved to Northwest Indiana and in 2005 I joined Dr. Pecina at Afdent Dental in Mishawaka. I was in complete agreement with the practice’s philosophy of putting the patient first and was also very impressed by the friendly and professional clinical and office staff at Afdent.

I am married and the proud father of two lovely daughters. I give back to the community as a volunteer fireman and medical first responder. I also enjoy outdoor activities, bicycling, and traveling with my family.

Doctorate Of Dental Medicine: Loyola University (1977)
Undergraduate: B.S. from Western Illinois University

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
LaPorte County Dental Society

Serving the Community
Lt. on the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Dept. and Medical First Responder

Areas of Expertise
General Dentistry

Caitlin Ferguson, DMD

Although I grew up in South Florida my parents brought my family “home” every summer to Plymouth, Indiana. I found a “home” again here in Northern Indiana when I attended the University of Notre Dame to obtain my bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Pre-professional Studies. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2013, I completed a General Practice Residency at the Jesse Brown VA in Chicago.

I received orthodontic training through the United States Dental Institute and have been Invisalign certified since 2013. I found my dream job here at Afdent in 2016 and made Michiana my permanent home with my husband and two little girls. We love to spend time outside, read, and have dance parties in the living room.

Doctorate Of Dental Medicine: University of Florida (2013)
Undergraduate: B.S. from the University of Notre Dame (2009)
General Practice Residency: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago (2013-2014)

Associations / Professional Memberships
Academy of General Dentistry
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society

Awards / Certifications
Invisalign Certified (2013)
United States Dental Institute Ortho Training, Chicago (2017-)
Clinical Excellence Award from University of Florida
Student Servant Leadership Award (2013)

Serving the Community
Active Member of St. Pius X Catholic Church

Areas of Expertise
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Cosmetic Dentistry

Todd Kleinrichert, D.D.S.

At his parents’ suggestion, Dr. Kleinrichert was able to shadow their dentist for an entire summer in college. After seeing dentistry from the doctor’s perspective, he was not only hooked but also passionate about exploring this path. He enjoyed the technical aspect of treatment, but more importantly, he loved seeing how dentistry could change people’s lives by improving their smile and overall oral health.

What he enjoys most about his job is being able to treat the patients who avoid the dentist because of fear and convert them into patients who seek regular care and treatment. His passion is showing them gentle, compassionate dentistry, earning their trust, and having a comfortable successful outcome.

Dr. Kleinrichert is a native of Fort Wayne and he and his wife have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his daughters play soccer, working outside in the yard, reading, golfing, and spending time with his family. He hopes one day to be able to work side by side with his son who has plans to attend dental school in the next year. He is passionate about volunteering at Mathew 25 Health and Dental clinic in Fort Wayne and plans to continue serving others through dental mission trips.

Dr. Kleinrichert has a degree in Biology from Indiana University. He then attended the Indiana School of Dentistry where he graduated with distinction. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association Isaac Knapp District Dental Society, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

Megan Linstromberg, D.D.S.

Dr. Linstromberg grew up in Goshen, Indiana. She went to undergrad at Manchester College and obtained a degree in Biology-Chemistry. She then moved to Indianapolis to attend Indiana University School of Dentistry where she earned her doctor of dental surgery degree. Following dental school, Dr. Linstromberg completed a one year General Practice Residency at IU Hospital in Indianapolis. During this year she received advanced training in general dentistry.

Dr. Linstromberg is committed to helping all of her patients enjoy their dental experience and obtain their optimal oral health.She is proud to be a part of the Afdent team where patient centered care and quality dentistry truly are of utmost importance. Dr. Linstromberg is a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, and Isaac Knapp Dental Society.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys spending time at the lake, swimming and biking.

Elisa Salazar, D.D.S.

Dr. Salazar is from Grabill, IN and a graduate of Leo High School. She lives in Fort Wayne and is honored to work in the Northeast Indiana community in which she was raised. Dr. Salazar and her husband were married in 2016. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a proud owner to two rescue dogs, Lucy and Penny.

Doctorate Of Dental Surgery: Indiana University School of Dentistry (2017)
Bachelor of Science: Purdue University West Lafayette (2013)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association
Isaac Knapp District Dental Society

Awards / Certifications
Invisalign Certified (2013)
United States Dental Institute Ortho Training, Chicago (2017-)
Clinical Excellence Award from University of Florida
Student Servant Leadership Award (2013)

Serving the Community
Student Outreach Clinic
Looking forward to participating in Fort Wayne’s first Indiana Mission of Mercy

Areas of Expertise
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry
Endodontic Dentistry - Root Canals
Oral Surgery
Teeth Whitening

Justin Southward, D.D.S.

Dr. Southward enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming, biking, and running. Some of his hobbies include playing guitar, reading, hiking, traveling, and bird watching. He has 4 parrots who range from 3 to 20 years old. He grew up in a small town near Toledo, Ohio called Whitehouse and moved back to the Midwest to be closer to family and friends.

Dr. Southward graduated from John Carroll University and earned a Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences from Midwestern University in University Heights, OH. He also received his doctorate of dental medicine from Midwestern University. He has earned Invisalign and Laser Certification.

Dr. Southward enjoys the field of dentistry because it gives him the opportunity to provide long-lasting dental care to patients that they will be happy to smile about. He’s dedicated to treating patients fairly and equally while always listening to their concerns. Dr. Southward is glad to be a part of a team that is committed to these values and to providing quality, patient centered care. He is always seeking to better himself and his ability to provide outstanding dentistry to patients.

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