Finkelmeier returns home to open practice

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By Mark Ambrogi

In the last four-plus months, Brett Finkelmeier became a father, finished his orthodontics residency at the University of Louisville, settled into a new home in Carmel and opened his practice.

Brett Finkelmeier and his wife Nicole in his new Carmel orthodontics practice. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

Brett Finkelmeier and his wife Nicole in his new Carmel orthodontics practice. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

Finkelmeier, a 2006 Carmel High School graduate, opened Finkelmeier Orthodontics, 912 St. Range Line Rd., Carmel, in mid-September. It was an easy decision to return home.

“I had a great childhood in Carmel,” Finkelmeier said. “I thought it would be a great place for (son) Beckham.”

Finkelmeier, a former CHS basketball player, played basketball as a walk-on for three seasons at Indiana University. His final two seasons were Tom Crean’s first two as coach.

His wife, Nicole, whose maiden name is Dall, is a 2006 Hamilton Southeastern graduate. Nicole is a former HSE cheerleader, so she knew Finkelmeier’s name before they met.

“We were rivals, and whenever we played Carmel I wouldn’t really like Brett,” Nicole said.

That changed after they met at IU. They were married in 2014.

Nicole, who is a licensed physician’s assistant, is helping her husband with marketing the practice.

Elizabeth Harmon serves as a clinical assistant.

Finkelmeier, 29, graduated from IU School of Dentistry in 2014.

Finkelmeier originally started out in medical school. His father, William, is a vascular surgeon.

After switching to dentistry, Finkelmeier found orthodontics was his favorite part.

“A lot of times you fix a problem as a dentist and no one is happy when they come or when they leave,” Finkelmeier said. “Generally, people are happy here when they leave.”

Finkelmeier said his practice offers some cutting-edge technology, such as a dental intraoral camera.

“It’s as accurate as impressions,” Finkelmeier said. “We’re offering treatment at a great value because we are a small practice. We’re not a big factory.”

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