Dr. Stokes, Dr. Harmon, and their children welcome you to be treated like one of the family
at Michigan City Dental, P.C.!
Faye C. Stokes, DDS
Dr. Faye Stokes was born and raised in Michigan City. She joined the staff at Michigan City Dental, P.C. in 2002 as an assistant to her father, now retired Dr. Thomas Stokes II. Under his supervision, she learned from his over 35 years of experience and advanced education. She went on to earn her undergraduate degree focused in Nutrition Science as a prestigious Indiana University Cox Scholar and Honors Scholar, and then to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2014, also at Indiana University. While studying dentistry she met and fell in love with her study partner, Dr. Shane Harmon. Together they returned to Michigan City Dental P.C.
Dr. Stokes is committed to a holistic, patient-centered approach to dentistry. With her degree in nutrition, additional minors in psychology, biology, and chemistry, and her additional training through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics she combines an understanding of a patient’s dental and medical needs with their desires for achieving a healthy and beautiful smile.
Dr. Stokes is skilled in computerized 3-D scanning and design, combining artistry with science so that her patients can have a comfortable experience while being an active part in the planning and design of their smiles. As an Associate Fellow of the Academy of GP Orthodontics, she has trained over the course of several years to utilize braces and clear aligners to help growing young smiles and to restore well-loved smiles.
As a mother of two, Dr. Stokes includes children’s dentistry as a wonderful part of her practice. Children’s dentistry involves an understanding of teeth as well as growth and emotional development. It’s always fun to empower our youngest patients in the care of their healthy bodies.
Dr. Stokes’s community involvement includes a long history of being a mentor for the Non-Traditional Employment for Women Workshops provided by the A.K. Smith Center for young girls in our community. Michigan City Dental P.C. has been a member of the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce for over 70 years and Dr. Stokes has sat on its Board of Directors. Dr. Stokes has served as the President of the LaPorte County Dental Society and is a current member of the Northwest Indiana Dental Society, the Indiana Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
Shane L. 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, right before joining his wife Dr. Faye Stokes at Michigan City Dental, P.C. 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 is currently studying with the Kois Center in Seattle which focuses on comprehensive science-based post-graduate education in dentistry. He is also studying with the Misch Implant Institute, the premier implant education organization whose founder literally wrote the textbooks on implant 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.
Dr. Harmon’s professional affiliations include the Academy of General Dentistry, La Porte County Dental Society, Indiana Dental Society, American Dental Association, DOCS Sedation, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
In his free time, Dr. Harmon is an avid cyclist and triathlete. He has competed in nearly every distance of race over the years including completing 2 full-length Ironman triathlons and several marathons.
Thomas C. Stokes II, DDS
Dr. Thomas C Stokes, II also graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and served Michigan City for over 35 years promoting leading-edge cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In addition, he served as an on-site instructor for Indiana University Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs, before retiring from formal practice. Dr. Stokes completed programs at Columbia University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York, earning him certificates in Health Counseling.
While no longer actively treating patients, Dr. Thomas C. Stokes, II is still an important part of our team, acting as a consultant and coordinating treatment.He also spends time with Michigan City Rotary, he serves on the board of directors of Northwest Indiana Dental Association, and he is a competitive windsurfer, windsurfing on Lake Michigan and elsewhere in the United States.
Dr. Christopher Chiappetta
Dr. Christopher Chiappetta is known by patients and staff as Dr. Chris. He is a Chicago native. He played baseball for the University of Illinois while doing his undergraduate degree. He followed with his doctoral degree, graduating in 2006. He has spent most of his career caring for patients in the greater Chicagoland area. He has also spent several years working with children in the school system. Dr. Chris enjoys spending time with his rescue dog Hazel, who he got from PAWS rescue in Valporaiso. We are lucky to have his years of clinical expertise and his caring personality!
Dr. Sonia Bennett
Dr. Sonia Bennett is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. She holds degrees from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Biology, Environmental Studies, and Chemistry. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2014 from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where she worked alongside Dr. Stokes and Dr. Harmon. Upon completion of their degree she was awarded for special achievements in oral surgery and dental implants.
Following dental school, Dr. Bennett travelled to California to train in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of the Pacific and Highland Hospital / Kaiser Oakland medical centers. Dr. Bennett was fortunate to receive surgical mentorship from a number of preeminent oral and maxillofacial surgeons, with a particular interest in oral rehabilitation with dental implants, reconstructive surgery, and pediatric care.
During residency, Dr. Bennett was honored to be the Chief Resident and she was selected to join a team of specialists providing remote care to children with cleft lip and palate in Puebla, Mexico.
Dr. Bennett is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is licensed to provide IV sedation and general anesthesia to her patients. When Dr. Bennett is not operating, she loves exploring the outdoors with her husband and two young children, experiencing local food and art, and riding horses on her local farm.
- Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Member, American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Member, Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Member, American Dental Association
- Member, Indiana Dental Association
- Member, Northwest Indiana Dental Society
- Staff Privileges, Northwest Health – Porter Hospital
Michigan City Dental began as a small dental practice started by Dr. Wayne Dunlop in 1952. He rented out a suite in a building on 10th street until he was joined by Dr. John Daher in 1958. The photo shows Dr. Wayne and Jeri Dunlop (L) and Dr. John and Maureen Daher (R) enjoying time together that year. Both doctors have since passed on, but we continue to hear wonderful stories about them from our longtime patients.