Meet the Staff

A little bit about who we are.

Valerie Martinsen Seifert, DDS

Dr. Valerie Martinsen Seifert grew up in LaPorte, Indiana. She graduated as a Valedictorian from LaPorte High School where she was involved in numerous organizations and sports teams. She went on to Valparaiso University where she played soccer for the Crusaders and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Seifert attended Indiana University School of Dentistry and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2007. While at IUSD, she was an active member of Delta Sigma Delta, an international dental fraternity, and a contributing author to its publication, Desmos.

In the fall of 2007, she opened a private dental practice in LaPorte and has reveled in serving her community through dentistry. Over the past 15+ years, Dr. Seifert has experienced tremendous growth and has created an extraordinary practice. After marrying in 2017 and changing her name, Dr. Val rebranded her practice as Maple City Dentistry beginning in 2018. The new name and brand reflect the practice’s commitment to continue to grow and better serve the oral health care needs of its patients.

Dr. Val is a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Northwest Indiana Dental Society and the past President of the LaPorte County Dental Society. She is a past President of the Northwest Indiana Dental Society, and is a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, on track for fellowship in 2023.  She is a mentor with CDOCS and helps to train other dentists in CEREC cad/cam technology.

She is a graduate of the American Dental Association’s Institute for Diversity in Leadership. She participated in the Indiana Dental Association’s AIR Leadership Program in 2014-2016 and is now a mentor and chairperson of the program.  With a focus on mental wellness in dentistry as well as leadership, mentorship and diversity, equity and inclusion, she serves on numerous committees and task forces for the IDA and in the House of Delegates for the IDA and ADA.

Outside the office, Dr. Val is committed to community service and dedicates her time to various organizations including Big Comedy LaPorte and the LaPorte County Family YMCA. In her free time she loves spending her time cooking in her kitchen or running, biking and hiking outdoors with her husband Jason and two stepsons.

Devon S. Ramaswamy, DDS

Dr. Devon Ramaswamy grew up in the Denver suburb of Littleton, CO. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a BS in Biomolecular Science with distinction. He went on to obtain his DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Following dental school, he completed a General Practice Residency at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN. Through this program, he received advanced training in complex prosthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and managing medically compromised patients.

During his residency in Indianapolis, Dr. Devon participated in the Indiana Dental Associations’s AIR Leadership Program where he met Dr. Val and found his way to Maple City Dentistry.

Dr. Devon values creating lasting relationships with patients, and firmly believes that everyone deserves a healthy smile. He prides himself in creating a comfortable dental experience.

Since finishing his formal education, Dr. Devon has been an active member of national and local dental organizations. He considers himself to be a lifelong learner. He has specific interests in digital dentistry and individualized oral health education.

Outside of the office, Dr. Devon can be found playing tennis, golfing, or exploring the Chicago food scene.

Shane Harmon, DDS

Dr. Shane Harmon earned his undergraduate degree on full academic scholarship from Wabash College in 2010. He then attended Indiana University School of Dentistry and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2014.  Dr. Harmon believes that learning does not stop at graduation and is always striving to advance himself and his dentistry. He understands that anyone who graduates can be a dentist, but it takes years of dedication and education to be truly skilled in the art and science of dentistry. Dr. Harmon has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education with a special focus on oral surgery, dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, and full mouth cosmetic dentistry. 

Most notably, Dr. Harmon graduated from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxicourse, a continuum comprising over 300 hours of surgery and implant training.  He also completed the curriculum of the prestigious Misch Implant Institute, a pillar in the history of Implant education whose founder literally wrote the textbooks on implant dentistry.  He is currently finishing his studies with the Kois Center in Seattle which focuses on comprehensive science-based post-graduate education in dentistry.  Dr. Harmon has traveled all over the world both to learn skills, and to use his skills to give back to those in need. 

As a result of his commitment to advancing his education, Dr. Harmon was awarded Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry in 2022.  This honor, which is earned by completing a minimum of 500 hours of approved education beyond the normal dental degree and passing a comprehensive examination, is only earned by 5% of dentists.  Dr. Harmon plans to continue advancing in his profession, striving to earn one of its highest distinctions, Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Harmon’s professional affiliations include the Academy of General Dentistry, La Porte County Dental Society, Indiana Dental Society, American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Harmon has resided in the La Porte County community for a decade and enjoys spending his free time with his family, traveling, and working out.  You are likely to see him out on the road training as he is an avid cyclist, runner, and triathlete who has competed in nearly every type and distance of race including completing 2 full-length Ironman triathlons and several marathons.

Mary Hucksted

 Dental Hygienist

Sandra Wireman, LDH

Licensed Dental Hygienist

Missy McCormick

Dental Hygienist

Rhonda Mendoza

Office Manager

Ariel Brewer

Appointment Coordinator

Kayla Kranz

Receptionist 

Susan Pawlak

Front Desk Coordinator

Andrea Gonzalez

Dental Assistant

Nicole Hartsburg

Sterilization Assistant