Dr. Shemesh graduated undergrad from IU South Bend and went on to earn his DDS degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Before moving to South Bend, he spent five years practicing dentistry in Chicago. He joined Family Dental Health in 2001. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Shemesh is the dental director of the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center.
Aside from dentistry, Dr. Shemesh loves spending time with his family and enjoys the outdoors.
Dr. Hendricks was raised in South Bend and graduated from Clay High School and Manchester University. After his time at Manchester, Dr. Hendricks spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington in Vancouver, WA.
Dr. Hendricks received his DDS degree at Indiana University in 2016 and the following year, completed a hospital-based residency program in general practice dentistry at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, MI. In addition to his private practice, he volunteers time with the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center and the Dr. Angie Health Exchange Program.
As a very active dental student, Dr. Hendricks held several leadership positions and received numerous accolades. He enjoys continuing his education both at home in a Spear Study Club with local dentists and specialists as well as numerous hours taking courses from the best dentists in the country. Dr. Hendricks is committed to providing individualized care that excels in quality for the community that raised him.
Dr. Watkins was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated from Notre Dame and went on to earn his doctorate in dental surgery from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Watkins returned to Bloomington and worked in private practice for several years before moving to South Bend. He joined Family Dental Health in spring of 2018.
Dr. Watkins and his wife have two daughters, Claire, born in 2019 and Ellie, born in 2021. In his spare time, he enjoys running with his wife and two dogs, playing at the park with his daughters, as well as attending Notre Dame athletic events.
Dr. Eric spent his childhood fishing, biking, and sailing on and around the lake he grew up on in Southwest Michigan.
He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for both undergraduate and dental school studies, earning his DDS degree in 2015. He has practiced in the Michiana area since graduation and has developed particular passions for patient education, orthodontics, and endodontics.
Dr. Eric moved to the South Bend area to be with his wife, Elle, who is from New Carlisle. He enjoys spending his days with his two young children, and when the opportunity arises, he and Elle will hop on their tandem bike to cruise through the beautiful scenery of Michiana.
Harvey Weingarten,DDSFounder, Retired Dentist
A native of South Bend, Dr. Weingarten, along with Dr. Gitlin, started the practice in 1979 on Mishawaka Ave.
After attending Adams High School and Indiana University in Bloomington, he earned his dental degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. In addition to his work at FDH, Dr. Weingarten has worked with IUSB's Hygiene Program, served as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the IU School of Dentistry in Indianapolis and served as president of the IN State Board of Dentistry. He was a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.
William Gitlin,DDSFounder, Retired Dentist
Dr. Bill Gitlin retired from practice at the end of 2021 after 42 years with Family Dental Health. Along with Dr. Weingarten, the two started the practice in 1979 on Mishawaka Ave.
Dr. Gitlin was raised in Bluffton, IN. He completed his undergrad education at Miami University of Ohio, and earned his DDS degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He has been recognized by the Indiana Dental Association for his many contributions to the Michiana community and is a fellow of the International College of Dentists. Outside of the office, he volunteered his time at the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center and served as a board member for the North Central Dental Foundation.