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Monday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Our Team

Your Smile is Our Priority!

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, and graduated from Jeffersonville High School. Dr. Brian 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. Dr. Hammer, says, “A lot has changed over the 35 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 be living and working in the community where he grew up. He enjoys time with family, sports, music, and exercise.


Angie serves as the Office Manager for our dental practice. She has worked in our office since 1990.


Kaelyn is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She joined our team in August 2019. She attended Henderson Community College and graduated in 2008.


Tami 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.


Erin has been a dental hygienist since 2009 when she graduated from the dental hygiene program at Western Kentucky University.  She joined our practice in 2015.


Kristy has worked in the practice since 2001. She has worked as an EDDA (expanded duties, dental assistant), and currently is an insurance and patient care coordinator.


Patty has been a dental hygienist since 1998. She attended U of LSD and graduated in 1998. Patty joined our team full time in 2021.


Laccie began her career in dentistry in 2008 while living in northern Virginia. Her family moved to Kentucky in 2013 and she obtained her Expanded Duties Dental Assistant (EDDA) certification at the University of Kentucky in 2015. She has been with our office since May 2017.


Abbie is an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant. She received her training at The Medical Institute of KY- Bowling Green in 2018.  She joined our practice in February 2019.

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
● Tami Noble and Laccie Johnson have been to CEREC® training at the CEREC® Training Center in Alpharetta, GA
● Our staff has had in office training for the CEREC® Same-Day Crowns
● 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)

Visit Hammer and Van Zant Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown, KY today. To make an appointment, call 270.737.8828 or contact us today.


Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

2405 Ring Rd
Elizabethtown, KY 42701


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