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

Dr. Roger Pecina, DDS

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

Matthew Bueter, DDS

Dr. Matthew Bueter, DDS

I grew up locally in Elkhart and pursued my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2011. I have been with Afdent since 2012.

My wife and I have two beautiful girls. I spend much of my time with family and enjoy an active lifestyle including soccer, cycling, volleyball.

Education
Doctorate Of Dental Surgery: Indiana University School of Dentistry (2011)
Undergraduate: B.S. in biochemistry from Indiana University – Bloomington (2007)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association

Awards / Certifications
Certification in Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Certification in Both Traditional and Mini Implantology

Areas of Expertise
General Dentistry
Crowns and Fillings
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Oral Surgery
Traditional and Mini Implants
Denture Fabrication
Endodontics
Oral Conscious Sedation

Gregory Diedrich, DMD

Dr. Gregory Diedrich, DDM

I am a graduate of A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health. I completed my pre-clinical education in Kirksville, Missouri in 2015 and my clinical experience in St. Louis in 2017. Upon graduating with my Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), I was proud to receive awards for excellence in endodontics (root canals), aesthetic dentistry, and oral surgery.

Education
Doctorate Of Dental Medicine: A.T. Still University – Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health (2017)
Undergraduate: B.S. in Human Biology from Michigan State University (2013)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
Missouri Dental Association
Greater St. Louis Dental Association
Greater Chicago Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association

Serving The Community
I feel strongly about caring for the needs of the community I serve here in the Mishawaka area and beyond. While working on my certificate in public health I created multiple outreach programs in different areas of Missouri. In addition I volunteered time at the Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) from 2014-2017. I plan on volunteering in my new home state at the next Indiana Mission of Mercy.

Areas Of Expertise
Full Mouth Rejuvenation Neuromuscular Dentistry (TMJ)
Esthetic Dentistry
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Oral Surgery Smile Makeovers
Crowns and Bridges
Oral Sedation Dentistry
General Dentistry
Tooth Whitening

Richard Dziak, DMD

Dr. 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.

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

Caitlin Ferguson, DMD

Dr. 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.

Education
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)
Orthodontics
Cosmetic Dentistry

Byron Moore, DDS

Dr. Byron Moore, DDS

After joining Afdent in 2011, I was immediately impressed with our Patient Friendly approach to dentistry. I enjoy working with our amazing and talented staff to bring the best dental care in Michiana. My wife and I have two beautiful twins. In my free time I enjoy Cubs baseball, my 1976 Jeep CJ5, and heading to the beach in the summer.

Education
Doctorate Of Dental Surgery: Indiana University School of Dentistry (2004)
Undergraduate: University of Southern Indiana (2000)

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association
Northwest Indiana Dental Society

Serving the Community
Cub Scouts Den Leader

Areas of Expertise
General Dentistry
Implant Dentistry
Mini Dental Implants
Oral Surgery
Root Canals
Oral Sleep Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Cosmetic Dentistry

Austin Pletcher, DMD

Dr. Austin Pletcher, DMD

I was born and raised in Osceola and attended Penn High School. After graduating I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Indiana University – Bloomington. I continued my education at the University of Louisville where I received my Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching Star Wars, and following Colts Football.

Education
Doctorate of Dental Medicine: University of Louisville
Undergraduate: B.A. in Biology from Indiana University – Bloomington

Associations / Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association
North Central Dental Society

Serving the Community
Volunteering and giving back to the community is very important to me, especially the Mishawaka and surrounding areas as I have called this area home throughout my childhood. While attending the University of Louisville, I was involved with Smile Kentucky! all four years, a program that reinforces proper oral hygiene to the children in the greater Louisville area by informational school presentations and by providing free dental exams.

Areas of Expertise
Full Mouth Rejuvenation
Neuromuscular Dentistry (TMJ)
Esthetic Dentistry
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Oral Surgery
Smile Makeovers
Crowns and Bridges
Oral Sedation Dentistry
General Dentistry
Teeth Whitening

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