Our history is tied to the beginnings of dentistry in Northwest Indiana. Dr. Maurice Avery Sr. began practicing dentistry in the region in 1907, before transferring the practice to his son, Dr. Maurice Avery Jr. in 1932. Dr. Avery Jr. practiced for nearly half a century before selling the practice to Dr. Dennis Deeb, who had proudly served the community until Dr. Lukasik acquired the practice in 2018.
Nearly half of our patients have been part of the practice for 20 years, or more, with some being original patients of Dr. Avery Jr. My philosophy is to continue with the same level of care and trust that has built the foundation of our practice for over 100 years.
Dr. Christopher Lukasik
"I love the aspects of my profession that make me a scientist, an artist, and an engineer, but most importantly, I enjoy the companionship that takes place everyday between members of our team and the patients who are part of our practice."
Dr. Christopher Lukasik attended Indiana University Northwest where he studied chemistry. He was the only member of his dental school class to be accepted to dental school after three years without having received a degree.
Dr. Lukasik went on to attend the Indiana University School of Dentistry on a scholarship where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS). Because of Dr. Lukasik’s dedication to excellence, he received numerous awards including:
- Excellence Award from the Indianapolis General Dentistry Study Club for clinical proficiency and excellence in academics
- American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Merit Award
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon member, Theta Theta Chapter, a dental honor society whose membership is limited to the top 12% of the entire graduating class, who, in addition to scholarship, have demonstrated exemplary traits of ethical character and potential qualities of further professional growth and attainments.
Dr. Lukasik is dedicated to staying current with advances in dentistry through continuing education and membership in various associations including:
- The American Dental Association
- Indiana Dental Association
- Northwest Indiana Dental Society
- Dental Study Club of Northwest Indiana (chapter of the Seattle Study Club)
Dr. Lukasik is a native of DeMotte, IN, and enjoys spending his free time with his wife, two kids, four dogs, and two cats. You may also find him on the golf course with friends, managing the prairie naturalization of his home’s property, or tinkering in his workshop.
Alex is a native of Valparaiso and attended Indiana University Northwest. She has been part of the Southlake Dental team since 1994. As our veteran team member, Alex demonstrates her passion for the art of dentistry and enjoys interacting with our patients
Licensed Dental Hygienist
Jeanine is a native of Crown Point, IN and has been with Southlake Dental since 1999. She attended Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis where she received her Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene with distinction. Jeanine’s favorite part of her job is her patients, and she loves helping them smile!
Jeanine spends her spare time with her husband and their two daughters. They stay busy with their horses, dogs, and cats, and they also belong to 4-H and volunteer with animals.
Jeanne was brought up in Chicago Heights, IL where she attended Marion Catholic High School and Prairie State College.
When Dr. Lukasik was in dental school, he would shadow our office, and Jeanne has been with him since he started. She feels privileged to be a part of Dr. Lukasik’s team because he is very skilled, knowledgeable, patient, meticulous, and caring.
Jeanne is proactive about motivating, educating and promoting oral health to her patients. She loves making patients healthier by removing the infectious plaque and calculus from their teeth. Jeanne enjoys seeing them every six months to catch up on their lives and watch their families grow through the years.
As the mother of four wonderful children and three amazing grandchildren, Jeanne feels very blessed. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, going to the beach, and boating.
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Michelle has worked in the dental field for over 20 years and joined Southlake Dental in 2011. She holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science and is certified as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and in dental radiography.
Michelle enjoys helping our patients feel comfortable and at ease when they’re with us and loves seeing their smiles when they are happy with their experience at our office.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoys cooking, trying out different restaurants, painting, and crafting.
Dental Assistant/Front Desk
Val attended Robert Morris College and has been working in the dental field for 35 years. She joined the Southlake Dental team in 2016.
She enjoys interacting with our patients and helping them overcome their fears about seeing the dentist.