meet our team

Dr. Pawlus

Dr. Pawlus is a friendly, down-to-earth person who takes the time to get to know every patient and answer their questions. And he is eminently qualified: John G. Pawlus earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Purdue University* and graduated from Indiana University's School of Dentistry with a degree in General Dentistry.

During his residency at Oakland Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, Dr. Pawlus received intensive training in dental specialties including oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, and periodontics. Mentored by some of the world's top ceramicists, Pawlus also learned to construct veneers, crowns and bridges, and mastered the precise art of porcelain work.

Dr. Pawlus practiced general dentistry for three years in Okinawa, Japan, with the United States Navy. There, he also worked in orthodontics and continued to pursue his interest in hands-on laboratory techniques. While serving in the Navy, Dr. Pawlus was the first to receive the Thomas P. Carroll "Top Doc" Award for Clinical Excellence, earning distinction among his Pacific Rim peers for extraordinary clinical skills.

Dr. Pawlus is a nationally recognized expert and often lectures on the latest advancements in dentistry. He is also an accomplished lab technician, rare among clinical practitioners. Dr. Pawlus and master technician Ted Stahl developed and manufacture a revolutionary model-making system for creating porcelain veneers, now used by dental labs worldwide.

Known for his mastery of advanced tools and techniques, Dr. Pawlus is dedicated to patient comfort and flawless outcomes.

Trivia for Purdue football fans: Dr. Pawlus was Purdue's kicker in the mid-80s, and the first player to kick off in the newly constructed Hoosier Dome.


Meet Our Team

Dana — Clinical Director, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Dana joined the Pawlus Dental team in 1999 as a dental assistant. She has since then completed extensive orthodontic training, sleep apnea training, clinical photography training, and became an expanded functions dental assistant. She became the clinical director in 2013, and continues to lead the dental assistants.

Dana has lived in Columbus all of her life. She is married and has three beautiful children whom she enjoys spending her free time with. She enjoys "community cookouts" every night in the summertime, and enjoys riding four-wheelers. Her favorite part of her job is being able to put a smile on her patients' faces, and making them feel like family.


Shana — Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Shana found the love of dentistry in 1999 as a receptionist at a small dental office. She completed an internship, and graduated from Indiana School of Dentistry shortly after. Shana joined the Pawlus Dental team in 2013.

Shana enjoys spending time with her daughter, son, and her loving boyfriend. When they are not traveling with her daughter's high school softball team or her son's soccer team, their spare time is spent together with their large families. Her favorite part of her job is that her true passion for dentistry allows her to improve the lives of her patients.


Bethany — Dental Assistant

Bethany became part of the Pawlus Dental team in 2013. She graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2014 with a technical certificate in dental assisting.

Bethany resides in Seymour, Ind., with her husband and two children. She thrives off of spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys being a mother, and is an art enthusiast. Her favorite part of her job is improving patient experiences, and making them feel comfortable.


Sarah — Hygiene Director, Dental Hygienist

Sarah has been a dental hygienist at Pawlus Dental since 2007. She graduated from Indiana University in 2006 with an associate's degree in dental hygiene.

Sarah's passion for dentistry began right out of high school when she joined the Air National Guard as a dental technician. She continues to serve one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year for the Air National Guard. Through the years, Sarah has been deployed on various dental humanitarian missions stretching from the Arctic Circle all the way to the equator and below.

Sarah enjoys any outdoor activity, including camping, trips to the lake, and four wheeling. Sarah is an avid hunter and enjoys bow hunting and shooting skeet and trap. She also enjoys playing with her two dogs. She enjoys her work, because she believes that it is extremely important to provide patients with the best professional care. She also appreciates the way Pawlus Dental utilizes the most recent technological advancements, and creates a calming atmosphere where a patient's experience is priority.


Nealy — Dental Hygienist

Nealy joined the Pawlus Dental team as a part-time hygienist in August 2014. She graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry with an associate's degree in dental hygiene.

Nealy moved to Franklin, Ind., last year with her newly wedded husband and two fluffy cats. She enjoys gardening and anything outdoors. She and her husband own a gym in Franklin, and enjoy being small business owners. She has wanted to work in a dental office since age 12, and enjoys getting to know her patients.


Chelsea — Dental Hygienist

Chelsea joined the Pawlus Dental team in 2016. She has a bachelor of science in dental hygiene, and attended Indiana University. She enjoys hiking, camping, travel, spending time with family, and playing with her dog Macy.

She joined Pawlus Dental for the comfortable and energetic work environment, and for the opportunity to learn and excel in the dental profession. She hopes to excel as a hygienist, and be the best provider for her patients and team.


Olivia — Business Administrator

Olivia is a Columbus native that started with Pawlus Dental as the marketing coordinator in June 2014. She previously worked as the marketing intern at the Columbus Municipal Airport. She graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor of science in business administration concentrating in management and marketing.

Olivia enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, doing craft projects, and interior decorating. She came to Pawlus Dental for the marketing opportunity, and now enjoys helping the practice grow as the business administrator. Her favorite part of her job is helping her team members and patients every day.


Kristen — Dental Assistant

Kristen joined the Pawlus Dental team in October of 2015 as a Dental Assistant. She joined the practice in order to be able to grow in a larger office environment. Kristen has previous experience as a dental assistant, and received her dental assisting certificate from the dental assistant program out of Indianapolis.

Kristen resides in Columbus, and enjoys pilates, yoga, hiking, and being around the pool. Her goals for the future are to go back to school for a degree in dental hygiene.


Brittany — Scheduling Coordinator

Brittany joined the Pawlus Dental team in 2016, and has a background in customer service. Her hobbies include watching sports, spending time with her daughter, and playing with her dog.

She joined Pawlus Dental because of her love of working with people. She is excited to help the practice grow.


Chelsea — Dental Hygienist

Chelsea joined the Pawlus Dental team in 2016. She has a bachelor of science in dental hygiene, and attended Indiana University. She enjoys hiking, camping, travel, spending time with family, and playing with her dog Macy.

She joined Pawlus Dental for the comfortable and energetic work environment, and for the opportunity to learn and excel in the dental profession. She hopes to excel as a hygienist, and be the best provider for her patients and team.


Karen — Treatment Plan Coordinator

Karen joined the Pawlus Dental team in 2016 with a background in dental assisting and dental administration. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing, soccer, camping, and spending time with her family.

She joined Pawlus Dental for the environment and was attracted to the professionalism of the team.


Robbin — Administrative Assistant

Robbin joined Pawlus Dental to learn more about the dental field, and to fully utilize her extensive background in customer service.

Robbin reside in Seymour, IN, but is a Columbus native. She graduated from Columbus East High School in 2007, and has nine years of customer service experience as a pharmacy technician. She enjoys racing and spending time with her family.