Meet the Team

Dentist in Lima

Dr. Blanford

Dr. Blanford was born and raised in Kalida, OH.  His undergraduate years were split between the University of Cincinnati and the College of Wooster.  While attending the College of Wooster, Dr. Blanford wrote and published many scientific papers in the field of heavy metal toxicology.  Dr. Blanford then went on to attend The Ohio State University, where he earned his D.D.S. in 1997.

Dr. Blanford has attended extensive post Graduate Continuing Education Courses.  Though he has taken courses in all of the disciplines, he emphasized on Implants, Endodontics, Orthodontics, and full mouth restoration.  Dr. Blanford is a member of the ADA, ODA, and Northwest Dental Society in which he serves as a local Societies Delegate to the ODA.

Dr. Blanford began practicing in 1997 with Dr. Best in Delphos, then in 1998 he took over Dr. Harry Scott’s practice, where he currently practices at 3000 Elida Road, Suite 4. He has turned this office into a state-of-the-art dental practice which he regularly updates with the latest in dental technology.   In 2001 the practice was expanded when he took over Dr. White’s practice.  In 2011, he again expanded when he took over Dr. Steven Carlson’s practice in Delphos, which is now his second location.

Dr. Blanford is the 8th child of 9.  His father died when he was four years old which has been a major influence on his life.  His siblings all moved out of the Midwest and this was a major factor in returning to his hometown.  His move allowed him to take care of his elderly mother until her death in 2008.

During Dr. Blanford’s free time, he enjoys remodeling projects, discussing national politics, gardening, outdoor activities, and spending time with and entertaining family and friends.

Dr. Carlson

Dr. Carlson attended The Ohio State University earning his Bachelors of Science Degree in biological sciences in 1967 and his D.D.S. in 1971.  He had a private general dental practice in Delphos, OH for 39 years.  He sold his practice to Dr. Blanford in December 2010 and currently practices in Dr. Blanford’s Lima office on Mondays.  Dr. Carlson is a member of the ADA, ODA, and Northwest Dental Society.

In his semi-retirement, Dr. Carlson enjoys visiting grandchildren, reading, light gardening, skiing, and “just plain relaxing.”  His patients still love seeing and visiting with him on those Monday appointments.

Joan Pohlman

Joan has worked for Dr. Blanford for 14 years, since opening his practice.  She is in charge of billing, insurance, and collections.  She loves seeing the patients come in that have been with us for a long time and watching all the children grow up.  “They all seem like extended family to me.”

Joan and her husband, Ron, have been married for 47 years and have three wonderful sons, Jeff, Mark, and Darrin.  They have four grandchildren ranging in ages from 6 to 17.

In her free time, she loves to read, watch TV, movies, travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Tracy Richardson

Tracy joined Dr. Blanford’s practice in 2002 as a Dental Hygienist.  She is a graduate of Bath High School and then received her Dental Hygiene degree from Rhodes State College in 2000.

Tracy and her husband Brian are the proud parents of eight children.  They keep busy by attending their children’s sporting events, spending time with family, working their farm, and are very active in their church.

Lisa Shadle

Lisa has been working for Dr. Blanford for 3 years and has been working in field of dentistry for the last 9 years.  She is a graduate of Riverdale High School and obtained her Associates of Arts from the University of Findlay in Human Resource Management.  Prior to working in dentistry, she worked for a consulting firm for 8 years doing human resources and administrative work.  “I enjoy working in the dental field because I get to meet and see such wonderful people.  It is like a large, extended family and you get to see the kids grow up over the years and hear all their stories.  Also the staff I get to work with each day are like my family.  They are such a pleasure to see and get to spend the day with.”

Lisa has been married to her husband Levi for 14 years and has three children, Lily, Luke, and Leah.  She spends her free time baking, cooking, making homemade gifts, going to her children’s activities, walking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.  The staff at the office can attest to Lisa’s love of baking as they all enjoy her homemade, professional looking and wonderful tasting baked goods.

Kristin Stier

Kristin is a new addition to our staff, starting in April 2013. Kristin moved to Lima from Rochester Hills, Michigan and has been in dentistry for 15 years. Kristin is experienced in nearly every aspect of dentistry, from being a dental assistant to running 10 dental offices.

Kristin lives in Shawnee with her fiance, Joe, and his 3 children. In her spare time she enjoys boating, camping, reading and long motorcycle rides.

Mary Lou Hoffman

Mary Lou has been working for Dr. Blanford since March 1999.  She works with the insurance and other office duties.  Mary Lou works part-time for the office as is still the librarian at Kalida Elementary. “I enjoy working with all of the office staff.”

Mary Lou and her husband Don have been married for 47 years.  They have four children and twelve grandchildren, ages 3-17.  She enjoys reading, crocheting, cross-stitching and being with her family.  Mary Lou also loves to travel.

Joann Kuck

Joann joined Dr. Blanford’s practice in 2001.  She is a graduate from Ottawa-Glandorf High School.  She is a dental assistant with certification in Health & Safety of Radiography.

Prior to joining Dr. Blanford’s practice, she received a License in Massage Therapy along with additional certifications in the Massage Therapy field.  Joann and her husband, Gary, like to travel to different antique tractor/flea markets around different counties and states.  Her other hobbies include vegetable/flower gardening, and especially spending time with family and friends.

Teresa Dearth

Teresa joined Dr. Blanford’s practice in 2012. She is a graduate of Owens Community College and has an associate’s degree in Nuclear Medicine. Teresa is married and resides in Bluffton with her husband and two children. On her off time she enjoys boating with her family and friends in Tennessee.

Mackenzie Salyers

Mackenzie graduated from Allen East High School in 2009.  She is currently attending Rhodes State College for Radiology Technician .  She has worked for Dr.Blanford for the last 3 years as a Dental Assistant.  She enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Jordan Richardson

Jordan graduated from Allen East High School in 2009 and has a daughter, Madelyn who is 1 year old. She likes being a Dental Assistant to Dr. Blanford. Jordan enjoys spending time with her daughter and family and going out with friends.

Natalie Adams

Natalie has been working for Dr. Blanford since he took over Dr. Carlson’s practice in January of 2011.  She worked previously for Dr. Carlson for 7 years before joining Dr. Blanford.  She is a graduate of Columbus Grove High School and received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Lima Technical College in 1987.

Natalie and her husband, John, live in Delphos, OH and have one daughter, Kristin.  When not working, Natalie enjoys flower and vegetable gardening, sewing, and motorcycle riding.

Lisa Ignarski

Lisa joined Dr. Blanford’s practice 5 years ago as a Dental Hygienist.  She is a graduate of Elida High School and received her degree from Rhodes State College in 1990.  She has worked in the dental field steadily since that time.

Lisa and her children live in the Bath area.  When not working, Lisa enjoys reading, going on bike rides, and watching her son Conner play sports, and her daughter Erica participate in gymnastics.

Jen Schnipke

Jen has worked with Dr. Blanford since his first year out of dental school while at Dr. Best’s office in 1997.  When Dr. Blanford decided to open his own practice she chose to go with him to help establish his new practice.

Jen has known Dr. Blanford her whole life, having grown up just down the road from him.  She graduated from Kalida High School and began working as an assistant in 1997.  She received her CDA certification in December 2010.  She attended Sinclair Community College and obtained her EFDA certification in June 2012.

Jen and her husband, Matt reside in Ottoville with their four daughters, Jessica, Megan, Makenna & Lily.  In her free time she enjoys tending to her flower garden, reading and spending time with her family.

Karen Erhart

Karen has been personally involved with the Blanford family for the past 12 years, and part of the office staff for the past 4 years.  She primarily works with the insurance billing and scheduling, amongst numerous other office tasks.

Karen has been married for 35 years to her husband Ken, and they reside in Kalida.  They have 3 daughters, Audrey (Andy) Buss, Amy (Bryan) Cunningham, and Amber Erhart.  They have one grandchild, Cohen Buss.  Karen enjoys her weekend getaways at Indian Lake with her family and friends.  She also enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling.

Becky Walters

Becky became a member of the staff in November 2011.  She is a graduate of Lima Senior High School and has worked as a dental assistant for 27 years.  She works part-time for Dr. Blanford’s office.

Becky and her husband live in Lima and have 2 children, a son who lives in Alabama, and a daughter that lives in Columbus.  She has one grandson, who she loves dearly and loves spending time with.  She and her husband enjoy their restored 1962 Corvette that they love cruising around in and car shows.  Becky and her husband enjoy following their son-in-law’s auto racing team (I-Moto).  She likes to spend her free time with her grandson and their families.  Becky also enjoys swimming, sewing, working in the yard, and is always smiling.

Thelma Brinkman

Thelma started with Dr. Blanford in January of 2011.  She previously worked for Dr. Carlson since October 1988.  She has performed front desk duties for the Delphos office such as answering phones, scheduling, banking, etc.

She has been working part-time and enjoying her time off.  She loves to read and spend time with her grandchildren.  Thelma and her husband, Dave have been married for 41 years and have four children and nine grandchildren, ages 3-16.

Ruth Schulte

Ruth joined Dr. Blanford’s practice in 2003 as a Dental Assistant.  She is a graduate of Ottoville High School and received her LPN degree from Lima School of Practical Nursing in 1971.

Ruth and her husband, Ron, reside in Kalida and have been married for 41 years.  They have 2 children, Beth (Greg) Hellman and Matt (Darcie) Schulte and 3 grandchildren, Emma Reese, and Maxim.  Ruth enjoys camping, traveling, reading, making wine, and especially spending time with their grandchildren, family, and camping with friends.

Kim Garmatter

Kim recently joined Dr. Blanford’s practice this August 2012.  She is a graduate of West Liberty State College in West Virginia with an Associates and Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has been practicing for 31 years.

Kim and her husband, Scott, reside in Bluffton with their two teenage sons, Jacob and Joshua.  Kim enjoys her children’s school and sporting events, spending time at Indian Lake with family and friends, events at church, and exercising.