Dental Staff

Dentist in Chesterton, IN

Our Precision Dental Center team maintains the highest levels of accreditation and pursues ongoing education and training to stay on top of the latest trends in dentistry.

John Balon, DDS

John Balon, DDS

Dr. Balon grew up in this community and graduated from Chesterton High School in 1999. His love for this town and the people in it brought he and his wife back home to raise their family. Dr. Balon is determined to change the way you feel about dentistry and is passionate about how dental health can affect your overall well being. 

Dr. Balon and his wife (Kristin) were both raised in Chesterton, Indiana and graduated from Chesterton High School in 1999.  Dr. Balon received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he also minored in Chemistry. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the Indiana University School of Dentistry while on the Dean’s List for academics. Dr. Balon has been practicing dentistry since his graduation in 2007.

Since graduating from dental school, Dr. Balon and his wife have spent time in both Fort Wayne and Philadelphia, while Kristin pursued her Doctorate in Psychology. Family and community brought them back to Chesterton following the completion of her degree Kristin (Dr. Balon) is currently a practicing Psychologist in Northwest Indiana.

Since moving back to the area, Dr. Balon and his wife have had two daughters and a son. The family enjoys the outdoors and frequently visits the parks throughout the Chesterton community. They are excited to raise their young family in such a beautiful and friendly community.

Dr. Balon is passionate about dentistry and committed to life long learning. He has received extensive training in implants, endodontics (root canals), oral surgery, sedation dentistry (DOCS), full mouth rehabilitation (with Dr. Frank Spear), and cosmetic dentistry. His passion for learning is evident in the broad spectrum of services that he provides and enjoys. He obtained his fellowship in the International Dental Implant Association. This is achieved through intensive implant instruction, several thorough case presentations, and an extensive examination over comprehensive implant dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, and Northwest Indiana Dental Society.

Dr. Balon currently serves on the board for the Young Dentist Commitee representing younger dentists in our dental society. He is also a member of The Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana, where select dentists participate in continuing education and case presentations.

Dr. Balon takes great pride in improving the way people feel about themselves and strives to change the way people feel about dentistry.  We welcome you to come in and experience how the Precision Dental Center Team can help you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you have always wanted.

John Balon, DDS

Mark Jurek, DDS

Mark Jurek, DDS

Dr. Jurek was raised in Dyer, Indiana where he graduated from Lake Central High School in 2007. From there, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Purdue University with a minor in Psychology. He then received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry and has been practicing dentistry since 2015. Dr. Jurek has pursued countless hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school to continue his education in implants, endodontics, and children specific dentistry in order to give his patients the best and most current dental care.

Dr. Jurek understands the anxiety that many people experience from going to the dentist so he makes patient comfort and bad jokes priorities. Dr. Jurek takes pride in treating each patient as an individual and focuses on listening to their specific needs and dental goals. Dr. Jurek really enjoys treating children to help them get over the fear of seeing the dentist.

When he is not caring for patients, Dr. Jurek enjoys hiking the Dunes with his longtime girlfriend Cilestia, golf, Chicago sports, and playing with his golden retriever Thor.

Dr. Jurek is active in his dental community. He enjoys being a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, Northwest Indiana Dental Society, and the Study Club of NW Indiana – Master Series. He is also AAFE certified in Botox and Dermal Fillers.

Laurie (Team Leader)


Laurie has lived her whole life in Northwest Indiana and really enjoys all that it has to offer.  She began working as a dental assistant while she was still in high school and knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the dental field. Laurie became an expanded functions dental assistant and continued with her passion into hygiene, which she has been doing now for 21 years. She has used her broad dental knowledge to expand her expertise into the front desk aspect of her career. Dentistry is a constantly evolving field and she is proud to be a part of it and the Precision Dental Center Team. We are extremely fortunate to have her expansive knowledge as part of our team. When outside of the office, Laurie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, and hiking.

Cami (Hygenius)


Cami was born and raised in Chesterton. She graduated CHS in 2011 and has loved being in the area. She took an interest in dentistry in 7th grade. Cami had a bad dental experience as a child and wanted to make a difference with people in making sure they have the optimal dental care. Cami enjoys being around people and making them laugh. “You don’t always have to be serious, laughter makes situations more acceptable and pleasant”. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dental hygiene at IUN. Cami truly loves what she does and would be at Precision Dental Center everyday if she could. She loves to give tips to patients in helping them have a healthy, happy smile. In Cami’s free time she loves spending time with her family friends, and of course her dogs. Cami also enjoys being active so she can splurge on of course cavity free treats.

Megan (Hygenius)


Megan graduated from CHS in 2012 and has lived in Chesterton her entire life. Her passion for Dental Hygiene started when she was in 6th grade and by time her senior year at CHS, she was enrolled in Porter County’s Technical Careers Dental vocational program. As her education grew, so did her passion for the field. Megan holds patient education as a top priority and enjoys giving each patient personalized recommendations and guidance. She finds it extremely important to deliver a relaxed and open experience to where the patient’s needs and concerns are of upmost importance. In her free time she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends and being outdoors.

Danielle - (NINJA) No I'm Not Just an Assistant :-)


Danielle started her career as a massage therapist and found a strong passion for dentistry after having and an orthodontic treatment. She pursued this passion by attending Everest College for dental assisting followed by expanded functions dental assisting training. Danielle has been a dental assistant for 9 years and takes great pride in her work. Danielle loves what she does and takes pride in making patients feel at home in our office. Danielle enjoys sedation dentistry and caring for anxious patients to make sure they feel comfortable while they are with us. When not caring for patients, Danielle enjoys yoga, being outdoors, and spending as much time with friends and family as possible.

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