OUR CORE VALUES
DR. ALISON SHIELDS, DDS
Dr. Shields grew up in Milford, NE. She earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and received her DDS degree in 2009.
Dr. Shields and her husband Brett moved to Harlan in June 2009 and have been enjoying small town life with their 5 children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and kids activities. Her husband Brett Shields is employed by the Harlan Community School District working in Information Technology.
Dr. Shields is committed to providing the best patient care possible. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and wants to help people reach their best health.
DR. MARY HOCH, DDS
Dr. Hoch, a Harlan native and daughter of Lee and Julie Kaufmann, graduated valedictorian from HCHS in 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree in three years at The University of Missouri where she graduated summa cum laude before attending the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
The Iowa Dental Association awarded her with one of just two merit-based scholarships based on her academic achievements, volunteerism, and commitment to the state of Iowa. While in dental school, she started her own business as a wedding and event videographer. She graduated in the top of her class in 2017.
She is married to Matt Hoch, a former HCHS athletic standout who played football at the University of Missouri. Matt is currently teaching science and coaching football and wrestling at HCHS.
DR. NATHAN SOMMER, DDS
Dr. Sommer grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He enjoys a quieter life with his wife Julia. Dr. Sommer graduated from Creighton University with a degree in Chemistry in 2005. He went on to get his MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007 and DDS from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2011.
He has been on two dental service trips to the Dominican Republic and Malawi where he especially focused on helping dental students and local dentists improve their oral surgery skills to better serve their communities. Oral surgery and endodontics are two areas that Dr. Sommer especially is drawn to because of how they give patients relief from pain. He hopes that his expertise in these areas will be beneficial to the patients of Harlan Dental and reduce the need to seek care outside of the area.
Some fun facts about Dr. Sommer…. he met his wife on a double blind date, where they were not each other’s dates, and has been happily married since 2015. He wrote his first book, “Why God Why?” in between patients his first year practicing dentistry. His wife Julia is working on her PhD in Bioinformatics at UNMC. Her research helps a wide variety of people (and even animals!). Some of her work has been for WWII veterans, Lymphoma, Crohn’s disease, and endangered species at the Omaha Zoo.
DR. STEPHEN ALLEN, DDS
Dr. Allen spent his childhood years in Ralston, Nebraska. After graduating from Ralston High School he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for undergraduate and finally Dental school. Following his graduation from the University of Nebraska Dental College he and his wife Patty traveled to Fort Sill Oklahoma where he was stationed and served as a dental officer.
Stephen and Patty moved to Harlan in 1980, which has become their home to date. They have been married forty years and have two grown children, one daughter-in- law and a cat. Eric and his wife “CJ” reside in Papillion, Nebraska and son Matthew lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
They are both long time members of Immanuel Lutheran Church and have enjoyed raising their family in Shelby county.