Dr. Shane Harmon

Dr. Shane Harmon ’10 recently joined Advanced Dental Concepts in Dyer, Indiana, as one of its newest dentists.

Harmon started practicing in the Region right after graduating from the IU School of Dentistry, spending almost eight years working out of a private practice in Michigan City.

He joined the team at Advanced Dental Concepts in April, drawn in by ADC owner Dr. Danny Hayes’ vision for a professional, compassionate, and flexible dentistry that does all it can to help their patients have the best experience possible.

“I approach everyone in a really non-judgmental way, I want to meet you where you’re at,” Harmon said in a report published by Portage Life. “Sometimes that means doing everything, other times it’s focusing on something they need right now. I just try to be flexible, accommodating, and give the patient as much or as little as they’d like.”

Helping to meet that need of his patients is part of why Harmon entered the field in the first place – combined with an early interest in science and health, as well as a strong relationship with one of his family’s own dentists.

 “I really enjoyed chemistry, biology, and those types of science classes so medicine seemed like a good fit,” he said. “When I got toward the end of college, I started looking more into the medical field and came across all these doctors who said they didn’t enjoy what they did and enjoyed dentistry more. I had an orthodontist my family was close to growing up, so I was drawn to that, and the more I looked at it the more I liked it.”

Harmon is a 2010 graduate from Wabash College, and a 2014 doctorate recipient from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. While at Wabash, he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. He was an independent and a member of Independent Men’s Association and ran on the cross country team.