Dr. Nishir Kumar was born in Muncie, IN and raised in Richmond, IN. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Indiana University with a minor in Psychology, as well as a graduate degree in Biology. He attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.
His favorite past time is listening to music and playing his guitar, as well as going to concerts and sporting events. He also enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants.
Dr. Valarie Barnes is from Biloxi, Mississippi and grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, before receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. She then completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Following graduation, Dr. Barnes completed a 1 year General Practice Residency program at Meharry Medical College, where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Barnes comes from a family of healthcare providers and strives to provide compassionate comprehensive care.
Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, and the Cincinnati Dental Society. When Dr. Barnes is not practicing she enjoys spending time with family, engaging in outdoor activities with her son, and staying active.
Dr. Chad was born in Ravenna, Ohio. He earned his undergraduate degree (BA), from Hiram College and completed his dental degree (DDS) and orthodontic training (certificate and Master’s in Science in Oral Biology) at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Chad has been in private practice since 2004 and finds developing relationships with his patients and parents on their smile journey most rewarding. Dr. Chad enjoys giving back including time spent volunteering at Akron Children’s Hospitals’ Craniofacial Center and with the Give Kids a Smile Program. Dr. Chad has served as a part-time associate clinical professor at The Ohio State University Division of Orthodontics as well as written and lectured on both professional (dental/orthodontic) and personal topics (educational experience and cancer journey).
Dr. Chad is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and member of the College of Diplomats, as well as an active member in many professional organizations such as the AAO, GLAO, OAO, CSO, ADA, ODA, and MCDS. He is a past President of the Cleveland Society of Orthodontists and former member of the Schulman Study Group.
Dr. Chad is married to Jennifer, his wife of over 20 years, whom he met at Hiram College. They have two children. Faith, who stays busy academically and socially while participating on the high school gymnastics team and coaching gymnastics. Our youngest Lance is involved in scouts, competitive gymnastics, and caring for his red crested gecko (Rusty). Dr. Chad enjoys being active and most often you will find him on family walks and hikes with Ruby, their Bernese Mountain dog. Dr. Chad also dedicates time to fundraisers for cancer, such as Stewart’s Caring Place and Pelotonia.
Lori has been with Dr. Ress since 2004. Starting out as Chairside Assistant and then moving to the Front Desk/Office Manager position gives her a lot of experience in the office. She will be the friendly face that will be greeting you upon arrival for your appointment and also will be there to answer any insurance/billing questions you might have. She, along with the other staff, work hard to make your dental experience a pleasant one right from the very first phone call.
Karen joined our team in 2017. She brings with her 30 years of experience in the dental field. Her past experience is in the field of cosmetic dentistry and dental office management. Karen adds a bubbily flair to our staff. Her warm and friendly personality is a comfort to our staff and most definitely to our patients.
Gina is a full time hygienist at our office. She graduated from Shawnee State University and has been with Dr. Ress since 2002. Her caring touch makes her excellent at her job. She stays busy with her 4 beautiful daughters.