Dr. Tom Surber is a lifelong resident of northwest Indiana. He became interested in orthodontics at a young age, thanks to his experience with his own orthodontist, Dr. Carter, in the mid-1960s. Dr. Surber obtained his baccalaureate degrees in the sciences from Indiana University Northwest and Valparaiso University. He completed his DDS degree and received his postdoctoral certificate of orthodontic specialty at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, an institution recognized for its clinical dentistry and orthodontic education. He has been practicing orthodontics since 1980 and is the man behind Orthodontic Affiliates’ clinic design and decor.
Dr. Surber has different interests beyond orthodontics. He is a commercial, multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot and excels in the field of music. He plays the piano and pipe organ, was a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus, and is currently a vocalist for a church choir. Dr. Surber is also interested in scuba diving, boating, water and snow skiing, exotic cars, auto racing, and computers.
He lives with his wife and children in Valparaiso, Indiana, where they are active members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. He and his family support Valparaiso University’s musical arts education and the local community as a whole.
Dr. Randy Schmidt was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. He graduated from Chesterton High School and obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from Indiana University in Bloomington. He was accepted into Indiana University School of Dentistry after only three years of undergraduate work for his exemplary academic performance.
In 1981, Dr. Schmidt received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from IU’s dental school, graduating with honors and distinction. He was also inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. At his graduation, he was awarded the Senior Operative Dentistry award granted by the dental school professors for his excellence in clinical skills in Operative Dentistry.
Graduating at the top of his class afforded Dr. Schmidt the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming an orthodontist, and he was soon accepted into Indiana University’s school of orthodontics. In 1983, Dr. Schmidt graduated receiving not only his orthodontic certificate but also his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) doing research, writing, and defending his thesis prior to graduation.
Through the efforts of Dr. Schmidt, Orthodontic Affiliates established itself as a regional treatment center for temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ.
Dr. Schmidt is an avid reader and enjoys working out, alpine skiing, organic gardening, landscaping, trout fishing, computers, and riding his Harley. His knowledge and love of sports makes him a great volunteer coach for the youth in his community.
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