Dr. Tom Surber is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He attended St. Mary of the Lake Elementary School in Miller and graduated from Andrean High School. He attended Indiana University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry.
Dr. Surber matriculated to Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) in Indianapolis for his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. With a keen interest in orthodontics and as a former patient, Dr. Surber completed a two-year postdoctoral program at IUSD in the specialty of orthodontics and received his certification.
Outside of orthodontics, Dr. Surber has several other interests and hobbies. He is an amateur musician playing the piano and pipe organ. He is a past member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. Tom is a commercial, multi-engine instrument rated pilot. Other hobbies include fishing, boating, exotic cars, scuba diving, and snow skiing.
Dr. Surber and his wife Deborah, who have been married for 35 years, reside in Valparaiso, Indiana. Their son Dr. Timothy Surber is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Merrillville and Valparaiso, Indiana with Stevenson and Fairchild OMF. Their daughter Sarah is a doctor of physical therapy with advanced certification in manual skills. She practices in Carmel, Indiana. Tom and Debbie are active members of Immanuel Lutheran Church Valparaiso, Indiana.
Dr. Schmidt, being raised in Chesterton, Indiana, is firmly rooted in the heritage of Northwest Indiana.
Randall Schmidt is a graduate of Chesterton High School and a former patient of Orthodontic Affiliates founder, Dr. Gil Carter. Inspired to become an orthodontist, he completed his M.S.D. and D.D.S. from Indiana University, Indianapolis Medical/Dental Center along with his certificate of specialty in orthodontics in 1983. Dr. Schmidt ranked in the top of his class. Primarily through the efforts of Dr. Schmidt, Orthodontic Affiliates has established itself as a regional treatment center for temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ.
Dr. Schmidt is an avid reader with multiple interests such as organic gardening, landscaping, building, skiing, sports, and travel. Dr. Schmidt has incorporated and is in the process of developing the only salmon and trout organic commercial hatchery and fish farm in the Midwest. Dr. Schmidt’s passions are exercise, weightlifting, health, anti-aging, and longevity.
Dr. Schmidt resides in Valparaiso where he has been a resident for over 50 years. Dr. Schmidt has a son, Evan, and a daughter, Jacqueline. Evan has been inspired to become an orthodontist and is currently in his residency at Indiana University, Indianapolis Medical Center.
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