Our Team

Our Doctors

John P. Ahler, DDS

Dr. Ahler graduated from Indiana University in 1997. As a general practitioner, Dr. Ahler travels to and provides services for 5 regional care centers, 3 County Head Start facilities, Saint Joseph College and various local schools. A range of services from bleaching, orthodontics consultations to soft tissue and oral surgical procedures are offered by Dr. Ahler and his Hillcrest Family Dental Center team. Dr. Ahler graduated from RCHS in 1983 and continues to remain active in the community as a Cub Scout Master, Rotarian and Knights of Columbus member.

Jack Drone, DDS

Hillcrest Family Dental Center would like to welcome our Dr. John (Jack) W. Drone to our practice. Dr. Drone grew up in Gillam Township in Jasper County, and attended West Central Schools. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Biological Sciences, and he earned a Master’s Degree in Biology from Purdue University. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Northwestern University and has been practicing all phases of general dentistry for 13 years.

Dr. Drone, his wife, Jana, and four boys, Tate, Graham, Beck, and Merrick are very glad to be a part of Jasper County again, and they look forward to meeting and helping the patients of Hillcrest Family Dental Center.


Our Dental Team

Abby, Hygienist

Abby grew up in Rensselaer and graduated from Rensselaer Central High School. She then attended Ivy Tech for dental assisting, IUPUI for expanded functions, and Indiana University Northwest for dental hygiene. Abby joined Hillcrest in 1999. She is currently part of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA). She currently lives in Rensselaer with her husband, Scott. They enjoy being around family and friends, riding bikes, walking, running, and working in their yard.

Andrea, Dental Assistant

Andrea has lived in Wolcott, Indiana, for 14 years. She graduated from Tri-County High School in 1997. Andrea has worked as a dental assistant at Hillcrest since August 1999. Her hobbies include coaching and playing softball. She and her husband, Chris, have a daughter and a son. Andrea and Chris have been married for over 15 years.


Dana, Dental Hygienist

A 2012 graduate of Indiana University Northwest, Dana started her career at Hillcrest Dental in July 2012. She grew up in Francesville, where she still resides. In her spare time she enjoys long bicycle rides through the countryside.

Dawn, Dental Assistant

Dawn has been a dental assistant and lab tech at Hillcrest Dental for eight years. She was born in Jasper County and has continued living there with her husband, Nolan, and their five children. She graduated from Rensselaer Central High School in 1992 and from Ivy Tech as a dental assistant in 2004. In her spare time Dawn and her family enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and camping.

Diane, Dental Assistant

Diane has worked at Hillcrest Dental since August 1998. She and her husband, John, have been married for 31 years. They have two grown children, Matthew and Stacy. When not at work, Diane enjoys running, biking, exercising, and golfing — but mostly spending time with her children.

Laura, Dental Assistant

On staff since 2001, Laura has lived in Rensselaer since 1999 with her husband. She has two children and enjoys traveling and music. Her favorite thing about being a dental assistant is helping patients and working with the rest of the Hillcrest team.

Lori, Scheduling & Front Desk

Lori manages scheduling and other front desk activities for Hillcrest. She has lived in Rensselaer with her husband Jeff and daughter Kara for 14 years, and has been a member of the Hillcrest team more than 10 years. Lori enjoys outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating and camping.

Pam, Dental Assistant

Pam is a dental hygienist for Hillcrest and a lifelong resident of Jasper County. She and her husband Chris have two grown children and a granddaughter. Pam started her career in high school with the health occupations class. She then went on to Ivy Tech for dental assisting, and participates regularly in continuing education to stay abreast of the changing technology in dentistry. She enjoys working with patients to help them achieve their goals for a beautiful smile.

Stefanie, Hygienist

A graduate of Rensselaer Central High School in 2005, Stefanie attended Indiana University Northwest with an Associates Degree of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2009. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. Stefanie joined Hillcrest in 2004, and has been a full-time hygienist since 2011. She, her husband and their son reside in Wolcott, Indiana, and enjoy being outdoors, shopping, home projects and spending time with family.

Susie, Front Desk

Born and raised in Rensselaer, Susie attended Ball State University and received her expanded duties dental assisting certificate from IUPUI in Indianapolis. She has two grown children, Josh and Abby, and also enjoys being a grandmother. Susie also enjoys playing golf, reading and gardening. She has worked and cared for patients at Hillcrest since 1977.

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    Monday: 7:30am-4:30pm

    Tuesday: 7:30am-4:30pm

    Wednesday: 7:30am-2:00pm

    Thursday: 7:30am-6:00pm

    Friday: 7:00am-2:00pm

    Saturday: By Appointment Only

331 East Amsler Road, Rensselaer, IN 47978