Meet Our Fort Wayne Doctors

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
2019: Afdent Awarded Michiana's Favorite Dentist for the 19th time

Dr. David M. Allen, DDS | Dental Care in Fort Wayne, IN

David M. Allen, DDS

Since 1985, I have served the dental needs of the Tri-State area. I'm a 1984 graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

I believe that it is important for new patients to have time to be heard – to express their goals and concerns. By such active listening, I involve the patient in the decision making process at each step of the initial consultation. My goal is to explain various treatment options the patient may have and detail the benefits of each approach.

I'm married and have two children. My family and I enjoy downhill skiing, traveling, and bicycling.

Achievements
Graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry
Distinguished Alumnus at Indiana School of Dentistry
Mission work through UMCORE - built houses for Hurricane Victims
Participates in the Give Kids a Smile Program through the ADA

Memberships
Member of The IDA (Indiana Dental Association)
Member of The ADA (American Dental Association)
Member of The AGA (Academy of General Dentistry)
Member of The IKDDS (Isaac Knapp District Dental Society)

Certifications
Certificate In Advanced Orthopedics, Orthodontics Cephalometrics and T.M.J. Therapy
Certificate In Practical T.M.J. and Orthodontic Therapy
Certificate In Maxillo Facial Orthopedics
Certificate In Fixed Orthodontic Therapy
Certificate In The Bimlar and Sassouni Cephalometrics Analysis
Implant Dentistry Continuum Chicago - Implant Education

Dr. Timothy L. Alford, DDS, MSD | Dental Care in Fort Wayne, IN

Timothy L. Alford, DDS, MSD

Before joining Afdent I had a family dentistry practice in Frankton, IN for 9 years. I then established an orthodontic practice in Anderson, IN for 25 years. I am also an Associate Professor at the IUSD graduate orthodontic residency program.

I am also very involved in foreign mission work, with over 55 trips to the country of Haiti. My activities there included participation in construction projects, along with many different medical and dental missions. My wife and I founded Operation Rosie, whose purpose is to bring children to the US for surgeries that they cannot get in Haiti. We have personally brought back 16 children to the US and into our home for life saving surgeries.

I also helped organize and construct a Hospital in St. Ard, Haiti, which today employs over 40 Haitians including physicians, dentists, nurses, lab techs, and x-ray techs. I presently support 6 children in full-time education including tuition, books, and uniforms. I love to read, cook, run, and sports in general.

Education
Certificate in Orthodontics: Indiana University School of Dentistry (1993)
Masters in Science in Dentistry: Indiana University School of Dentistry (1993)
Doctorate of Dental Surgery: Indiana University School of Dentistry (1982)
Undergraduate Degree: Butler University (1978)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association
Madison County Dental Society
American Association of Orthodontists
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics
Indiana Association of Orthodontists
Edward H. Angle Orthodontic Society-Midwest
Indiana University Orthodontic Alumni Association
Hoosier Orthodontic Forum
Fellow American College of Dentists

Serving the Community
Past Frankton Lions Club
Past Madison Christian Church (Deacon, Elder)
Past President Anderson Country Club Board of Directors
Current South Meridian Church of God (past member missions board)

Areas of Expertise
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Orthodontics
Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Bryan Braasch, DDS | Dental Care in Fort Wayne, IN

Bryan Braasch, DDS

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.

Education
Doctorate Of Dental Surgery: Indiana University School of Dentistry
Bachelor of Arts: Wabash College

Areas of Expertise
Areas of Expertise
General Dentistry
Neuromuscular Dentistry (TMJ)
Oral Surgery
Endodontic Dentistry (Root Canals)
Esthetic Dentistry
Tooth Whitening

Dr. Richard Dziak, DDS | Dental Care in Fort Wayne, IN

Richard Dziak, DDS

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.

Education
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

Dr. Richard Dziak, DDS | Dental Care in Fort Wayne, IN

Maria Ghori, DDS

I grew up in Maryland. After living in Baltimore, Boston, Louisville and El Paso, I now calls the warm and inviting town of Fort Wayne her home. I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. I continued my education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore obtaining a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

I strive to give my patients an easy, stress-free experience with the highest level of patient care. I am excited about the field of dentistry and always looking to improve my skills through various continuing education courses and staying current with developing technologies. I pride myself on personalized and caring dental treatment and love working to help people improve the function and esthetics of their smiles.

I enjoy spending time with my family and exploring the many festivals of Fort Wayne. I love going to work and looks forward to serving the Fort Wayne area for years to come.

Education
Doctorate Of Dental Surgery: University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dentistry (2011)
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science from University of Maryland-College Park (2007)

Associations / Professional Memberships
Academy of General Dentistry
Indiana Dental Association
Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Areas of Expertise
General Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry
Invisalign 
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Smile Makeovers
Crown and Bridge 
Endodontics
Dentures

Christopher Leonard, DDS

I have 30 years experience in clinical General Dentistry.  My focuses include extractions, fillings, root canals, crowns, dentures, implants, and occlusal restoration.

I have two children. My daughter is studying at Indiana University and my son is studying at IUPUI. I enjoy playing guitar and I’ve begun training in classical guitar.  I’m fascinated with storm chasing and plan to start my first adventure next year.

Education
Doctorate of Dental Surgery: Indiana University School of Dentistry (1991)
Undergraduate School: Indiana University, B.A. Chemistry (1987)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry

Areas of Expertise
Extractions
Fillings
Root Canals
Crowns
Dentures
Implants
Occlusal Restoration

Alan Prouty, DDS

I'm originally from Fox Lake, Illinois. I grew up playing football, baseball and wrestling.  My senior year in high school I served one term as village trustee where I got to experience local politics and serving the community first hand. I wrestled for two years in college and served as assistant wrestling coach at Truman College.

I enjoyed playing sports and coaching so much I decided to pursue a degree in physical education and minor in health. I taught high school for several years in Chicago Public Schools before attending dental school at IU. In teaching, I coached high school wrestling and girls tennis. In my spare time I enjoy weight training, cycling and yoga. I also enjoy playing golf and tennis.

Education
Doctorate of Dental Medicine: Indiana University School of Dentistry
Undergraduate: Northeastern Illinois University

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

Awards / Certifications
American College of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise

Serving the Community Activities
Student Outreach Clinic  (East Indianapolis)
South Dakota Missions Trip
Assistant Wrestling Coach Truman College

Areas of Dental Expertise
General Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentistry
Crowns and Bridges
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Oral Surgery
Dentures

Elisa Salazar, DDS

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.

Education
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
Dentures
Teeth Whitening

Julianne Sotomil, DMD, MSD

I graduated in 2008 with DMD degree and in 2017 I got my Masters in Prosthodontics. I currently serve in the U.S. Army Reserve. I taught at the IU School of Dentistry after graduation and was involved in implants treatment planning. In my spare time, I like to bike, run and swim, participating as a triathlete. I also likes camping, rock climbing and backing.

Education
Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD): Indiana University School of Dentistry, Prosthodontics Residency Program (2017)
Doctorate of Medical Dentistry: University of the East (2008)
Undergraduate: University of the East (2004)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
John F. Johnston Prosthodontic Society
American College of Prosthodontics
U.S. Army Reserve (2016 – Present)

Awards / Certifications
Postgraduate Certificate, Prosthodontics Residency Program

Serving the Community Activities
Prosthodontist at American Indian International Service Learning (2015-2018)
Mission of Mercy Indianapolis (2015, 2017)

Areas of Expertise
Prosthetic Dentistry
Dental Implants
Esthetic Dentistry

Shawn Yazdanmehr, DDS

Raised in San Diego, I attended UCLA to earn my B.S. in Neuroscience. I was drawn to the world of dentistry by both the artistically meticulous handwork and the opportunity to serve patients. I attended the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, the only remaining 3 year accelerated dental programs in the country. The Head, Heart, Hands curriculum at Dugoni shaped my training in the modern world of dentistry.

As part of the Afdent team, I am determined to provide high quality care, comfort, and service.  I am motivated to get my patients back on track with their oral health and making life changes that go beyond teeth.  In my free time, I enjoy playing the guitar, cycling, snowboarding, and exploring new cities and regions.

Education
Doctorate of Dental Surgery: University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (2020)
Undergraduate: UCLA (2016)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association

Areas of Expertise
General Dentistry
Temporomandibular Disorder
Myofascial Pain Management

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