Dental Team at Hammer and Van Zant Family Dentistry

Family Dentist in Elizabethtown KY

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Dr. Brian C. Hammer

Dr. Brian C. Hammer is our founding father. He arrived in the Louisville area as a 5-year-old when his family moved here shortly after the arrival of George Rogers Clark. He grew up in the Louisville area, graduated from Jeffersonville High School and completed his undergraduate college education at Indiana University Southeast on the north side of the Louisville area. He went on to graduate in 1980 with his DMD degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and began his practice later that fall in Radcliff.

In 1998, he moved his practice to its current location on Ring Road in Elizabethtown. He and his wife Jill reside in Elizabethtown, and their two grown children also live nearby in the Louisville area. Says Dr. Hammer, "A lot has changed over the 30 years since I started this practice, and there are so many exciting changes ahead in the field of dentistry. What a truly wonderful time this is, both for dental patients and for everyone working in the field of dentistry!"

Dr. Russ Van Zant

Dr. Russ Van Zant has received recognition as one of the Best Dentists Across The Commonwealth 2011 by Kentucky Monthly magazine. He has been with our practice since 1999 upon his graduation from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He moved to Elizabethtown in 1983 and is a graduate of Central Hardin High School. He is married and has 3 children. Dr. Van Zant is proud to to be living and working in the community where he grew up. He enjoys time with family, sports, music, and exercise.

Angie Bryan

Angie Bryan serves as the Office Manager for our dental practice. She has worked in our office for over 20 years, and her job includes working with scheduling, insurance, and many other office activities.

Kristy Bacon

Kristy Bacon has worked in the practice for more than 8 years. She has worked as an EDDA (dental assistant), and currently is an insurance and patient care coordinator.

Holly Howell

Holly Howell graduated from Lexington Community College hygiene school in 1999. She has been a dental hygienist for 11 years, and began working in our office over 8 years ago.

Danette Powers

Danette Powers has been a dental hygienist since 1990, upon graduating from Western Kentucky University hygiene school. Danette has completed a lot of classes and training since hygiene school. She is state certified in periodontal laser therapy (non-surgical periodontal treatment). She began working in our practice in 2010.

Tami Noble

Tami Noble is an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant (EDDA) and has been working in the dental field since 1996. She began working in our office in 2000, and besides assisting, her duties include managing supplies and overseeing laboratory cases.

Terri Harper

Terri Harper has been a dental assistant for 25 years. She has much experience as an educator for aspiring dental assistants and in all types of dental procedures, including oral and periodontal surgery.

Erin Disselkamp

Erin has been a dental hygienist since 2009 when she graduated from the dental hygiene program at Western Kentucky University. She has worked in our office occasionally filling in since graduation, and she joined our team more full-time in 2015.

Aimee Medders

Aimee is a graduate of Bluegrass Community and Technical College's Dental Hygiene program where she was the recipient of the Proctor and Gamble Award of Excellence and Clinical Honors. She resides in Elizabethtown with her husband and two young children. Aimee works in our office part-time.

Hammer and Van Zant Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown KY

Education, Education, Education

In this world of digital technology, it seems that a lot of our knowledge today will be outdated tomorrow. Dr. Hammer, Dr. Van Zant, and our staff are constantly attending educational classes, seminars, and webinars to keep up on the rapidly changing technologies. The following is a list of just some of our advanced training and professional affiliations:

  • Dr. Van Zant has been recognized in Kentucky Monthly magazine as one of the Best Dentists From Across The Commonwealth, and as a Top Dentist in America
  • Both Drs. Hammer and Van Zant have associate fellowships in the World Clinical Laser Institute.
  • Both Drs. Hammer and Van Zant have taken Invisalign Clear Essentials Training.
  • Both Drs. Hammer and Van Zant have 3M ESPE Espertise MDI (mini dental Implant) Certification.
  • Both Drs. Hammer and Van Zant and our EDDAs (Expanded Duty Dental Assistants) Tami Noble and Teri Harper have taken several days of in office training for the E4D Dentist System and have spent days in training at E4D University in Dallas, Texas. They have all had the E4D Dentist Elements Training at E4D University in Dallas, TX.
  • Dr. Hammer, Dr Van Zant, all of our hygienists, and our EDDAs have had Dexis Digital Imaging Certification training.
  • Drs. Hammer and Van Zant are both members of the American Dental Association (ADA), The Kentucky Dental Association (KDA), and the Louisville Dental Society (LDS).