Our motto is:
“Exceeding Your Expectations, One Smile at a Time”
Image Dental Arts is a full service dental lab specializing in digital dental artistry. Our mission is to assist traditional and progressive dentists in providing the highest quality and profitable services to their patients.
Jim Somers, CDT, Owner and President
Jim Somers, CDT, Owner and President of Image Dental Arts, started the laboratory in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2003 after working in the dental lab business for over 26 years. During this time he has built a reputation of excellence and superb customer service.
“Always deliver a quality product, on time, at a fair price” has always been Jim’s philosophy and it has served Jim and his laboratory well.
He obtained his degree in Dental Technology from Indiana/Purdue, Fort Wayne and has achieved designations of Certified Dental Technician (CDT) and LVI Master Esthetic Technician. Jim has also become certified in the Staub Cranial system.
Outside the lab, Jim is an avid golfer, a football fan and a devoted family man. He feels privileged to be married to Karen, an elementary school teacher; and is the proud father of two sons, Brant and Mike.
Kendra Pascute, Director of Operations, Crown & Bridge Supervisor
Kendra Pascute, has worked in the dental industry since 2004. Before obtaining her degree in Dental Laboratory Technology in 2007, she was a dental assistant for 2 years.
She has worked at Image Dental Arts since 2006, where she has worked in all areas of crown and bridge, with concentrations in cad-cam and implants. Kendra has earned certifications in PTC (Productivity Training Corporation) and IOAD (Institute of Oral Arts and Design). She has watched the dental field go from analog to digital and has really enjoyed the transformation.
Outside of the lab, Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband, Clifton, an electrician at B.F. Goodrich and their two beautiful daughters, Lilah and Lacie. They are all big Ohio State fans and love watching football!
Kirk Schock, CDT, Prosthetics Manager
Kirk Schock, Certified Dental Technician in Dentures, CDT, since 1979, has worked in the dental laboratory industry for 42 years. During that time his philosophy to deliver dependable high quality prosthetics has yielded him many opportunities in all areas of removables, including
subperiostal implant over dentures.
Kirk enjoys golf, basketball, football, and spending time with his two grandchildren, Hayden and Luke. He is a Hoosier (IU) fan with two of his children being alumni. He is married to Denise, a registered nurse, and has three children, Danielle, Dustin, and Natalie.
Chelsey Gawel, RG, Orthodontics Supevisor
Chelsey Gawel, RG, has worked in the field since 2014, after gradtuating from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, with her Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology. She plans on obtaining her CDT in orthodontics in 2019.
Crown and Bridge Technicians
Jamey Siela- Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Mikey Somers- Ceramist
Debbie Nuthals- Model Department
Hillary Conley- Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Hannah Weber, RG- Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Alexa Harter, CDT -Bachelors in Dental Laboratory Technology
John Regadanz- Repairs/Finishing
Jenny Branscomb- Set Ups/All on X
Isaiah White- Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Ian Wuest-Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Sarah Schrensky, RG- Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Chelsey Gawel, RG- Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Rachel Salerno, RG- Associates in Dental Laboratory Technology
Julie Doak – Office Manager
Karla Elett- Administrative Assistant