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Meet the Team

Dr John Emhardt

Dr. John Emhardt

Dr. John grew up in Indianapolis, IN, and received his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University. He attended Indiana University Dental School in Indianapolis where he discovered his passion for pediatric dentistry.

He continued his dental education by completing his pediatric dental residency at the Indiana School of Dentistry and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. During his residency, he was selected to participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and during his second year, he served as Chief Resident. Upon completion of his training, he received the prestigious Ralph E. McDonald Scholar Award for his outstanding performance in pediatric dentistry.

After his residency, Dr. John was selected for the Indiana Dental Association’s AIR Leadership Program and now serves as the chairman of the Infant Oral Health Subcommittee for the Indiana Dental Association. He is part-time faculty at Riley Hospital’s Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program, and he is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. John serves on the local Girls, INC board, the Indianapolis Tennis and Education Board as well as the Indiana University Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Board.

Dr. John and his wife, Kaitlin reside in Carmel, Indiana. They have one daughter, Madison, and two dogs, Miley and Penny. John and Kaitlin met playing tennis and Kaitlin is a kindergarten teacher who shares a love for serving and working with children. They enjoy staying active outdoors, spending time with family, and learning how to parent a one-year-old.


Jeanette Whalen

Jeanette is our office manager and is well versed in front office coordination. If you ever have a specific insurance question or scheduling conflict, please ask for Jeanette when calling!

She began her career in the pediatric dental field over 30 years ago on the East side of Indianapolis.  She loves to interact with our young patients and families. She will be happy to assist you and your family in any way to make your experience a great one!

Jeanette and her husband Steve have been married for 34 years and she has two children Lynnette and Bernadette and two grandchildren. She feels fortunate to have lived in Shelby County for the last twelve years. She loves spending time with family and friends and she enjoys sewing, hiking, camping, and pretty much anything outdoors.


Diana Thomas

Diana is our Dental Hygienist who graduated in 2014 from Ivy Tech in Anderson.  She truly finds it rewarding caring for our patients, easing their fears, and setting them up for a lifetime of great oral hygiene. She found her passion in pediatric dentistry since graduating.

Diana moved to Shelbyville in 2009 after marrying the love of her life Daryl Thomas. Together they have 3 daughters named Mia, Ezri, and Giselle.  Diana enjoys spending time with family, baking, going to church, and tackling extreme DIY projects like building their home from the ground up!

Britney Plymate

Britney Plymate

Britney is one of our amazing dental assistants who also helps at our front desk. She has worked in the dental field for over 13 years, with experience in general, oral surgery, and 2 years as an orthodontic assistant. She is excited to now call Emhardt Pediatric Dentistry her home.

Britney lives in Fairland, IN with her husband Tim, daughter Taylor, and son Tucker. Britney and her family love spending time with friends cooking out, around a campfire, or at a racetrack. They are proud members of the Fairland community where Tim serves as a volunteer firefighter.