Pediatric Carmel Dentistry
Meet the Team
Carmel Pediatric Dentistry team photo
patient & creative

We absolutely love the staff at Carmel Pediatric Dentistry! They are so patient and creative when cleaning kids teeth! They have the best waiting room and a very organized front office. The Dentist are very educated and thorough. We did have a tooth emergency and we called their emergency line which went straight to the dentist on call. If you’re looking for a ped dentist office that the kids will be excited to go to this is the one for you! I’ve recommended them to all my family & friends.

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Dr. Katie and Dr. Laura of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Katie

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

“Being a mom of 4 little ones, I know how challenging and overwhelming a dental visit can be. My goal is to create an atmosphere where both children and parents feel comfortable. There is nothing better than having a child come into the office fearful and tearful and leave happy and confident.”

Dr. Katie of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Katie of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry

Falling in Love

A native of Terre Haute, Dr. Katie Nichols was born and raised in Indiana. She graduated from Butler University with an undergraduate degree in Biology. She went on to attend Indiana University School of Dentistry where she graduated with honors. She then completed a 2-year pediatric dental residency program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Along the way, she fell in love with treating children from infants to adolescents including children with special health care needs.

creating confidence

Having experienced the stress that a dental appointment can cause a parent and child, Dr. Katie set out to make that experience different. She wanted to create an atmosphere that would build trust and confidence while making the dentist fun. She loves to use her “magic air” and sing songs to create a unique experience with personalized education, care, and attention for every child.

memberships and certifications

Dr. Katie is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Indiana Dental Association. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry with privileges at St. Vincent’s Carmel Hospital and IU North Hospital. She is CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified to provide the safest patient experience possible. Always looking for ways to grow her dental skills, she pursues continuing education, podcasts, books, and conversations with colleagues.

beyond dentistry

Outside the office, Dr. Katie loves spending family time with her husband, Scott, and their four children, Nolan, Knox, and twins – Collin and Nora. You can catch them riding on a bike trail, traveling around, or in a warrior pose. They are also engaged in their community through their local church and the Butler Alumni Association. Go Bulldogs!

Dr. Katie family photo

Dr. Laura

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

As a mom, I know the importance of seeking the best care for your child. My goal is to make sure each child has a positive experience while providing excellent care that creates healthy smiles for a lifetime. I can’t wait to welcome you into our family.

Dr. Laura of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Laura of Carmel Pediatric Dentistry

training for her calling

Dr. Laura Goode was raised in Noblesville, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Continuing her education, she completed her Doctorate degree at Indiana University School of Dentistry. She continued to pursue clinical training and completed a general practice residency at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. Realizing her love of caring for children, she completed a pediatric dental residency program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

pursuing different

As a mom of two, she understands the desire to have the best dental care for your child. She strives to provide that care by creating a personalized, positive, and educational experience for each child. She looks forward to providing resources to maintain healthy smiles and building relationships with each family.

memberships and certifications

Dr. Laura is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentistry (ISPD). To provide the safest patient experience, she is both CPR and Pediatric Advanced LifeSupport (PALS) certified. She stays up to date with continuing education to provide the best treatment options for patients.

home life

When she isn’t seeing patients, Dr. Laura enjoys family time with her husband, Ryan, and their sons, Owen and Ethan. They enjoy golfing, boating, and spending time with family and friends. They also love to travel and cheer on the Indiana Hoosiers.

Dr. Laura family photo

Dr. Donny

Grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. His undergraduate studies led him to Fort Wayne, IN, where he met his wife, Rhea, while playing college soccer together. His academic career allowed him and Rhea to live in various parts of the country including Florida, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

Dr. Donny is privileged to work with children and be a part of their growth & development. He strives to arm children with tools and knowledge to prevent dental disease. With an easygoing personality and quirky dad jokes, children are relaxed and have fun during their dental visits.

Following the completion of his pediatric dental residency at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Dr. Donny and his family decided to move back to Indiana to be closer to family and establish roots.  In his free time, Dr. Donny enjoys everything sports-related, especially, soccer and golf, and values his family time with Rhea and their two children, Vera and Leo.


Undergraduate Studies: Indiana University Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
Masters in Biomedical Sciences: Barry University, Miami, FL
Dental School: LECOM School of Dental Medicine, Bradenton, FL
Pediatric Dentistry Residency: Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Denver, CO


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
Indiana Dental Association

Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Meet our Front Office Team and Assisting Team

We can't wait to meet you & your child

We look forward to meeting you. Call (317) 846-3496 or request an appointment online to set up your first visit. We’ll be in touch soon.