Meet The Thompson Family Dental Team

Your partners in high-quality comprehensive dentistry.

Introducing Dr. Jiyun Thompson

Your advocate for oral and overall health.

Dr. Thompson’s journey to becoming a dentist in Indianapolis:

“My interest in dentistry began at an early age by watching my uncle, who is a dentist in Korea. He was very involved in the dental community and served as president of the Korean Dental Association for multiple years. I loved watching him help patients, and I couldn’t deny the interest in the field. During my journey as an international student in the U.S., my interest in dentistry only grew and was confirmed as I explored a different healthcare field through an EMT certification program and community service. I volunteered at various dental offices in Indianapolis to expand my experience and knowledge, as a pre-dental student at Butler University and eventually became a chairside-trained assistant. After completing my doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry, I started my career working with many wonderful dentists as an associate. I was very fortunate to work at a practice with different specialists, which taught me the multidisciplinary approach to dental health and how important it is to solve patients’ concerns and needs through comprehensive care. My journey into dentistry began there, and it continues now at my office on a day-to-day basis, living my dream!”

What is the best part of your job?

“One of my denture patients sent me flowers with a sweet note saying, ‘Dr. Thompson, Thank you so much for providing this Mother of the Bride with a confident & beautiful smile in time for my daughter’s wedding! You are my hero!’ I love the fact that not only can I help patients with their health concerns, but I can also help their confidence. Not many jobs provide the perks of becoming someone’s hero!”

“I am originally from South Korea. I came to the U.S. as an international student by myself at age 15. Looking back, I was somewhat naïve and driven to make that decision, and hopped in the plane to begin that journey; it was a long and challenging journey I chose, but I learned life lessons that molded me to be who I am today. I lived with multiple host families through my high school years, and adapting to live with different families exposed me to various cultures and taught me valuable lessons. I completed high school in Rhode Island and then attended Calvary Chapel Bible College for two years. During those two years, I did a lot of community service in California and went on multiple mission trips. I came to Indiana to attend Butler for my undergraduate degree and then applied to Indiana University School of Dentistry to complete my doctorate in dentistry. Now, I have a family of my own: my husband, Doug, our little boy, Kai, and our cute dog, Juno.”

What do you like to do outside the office?

“Music is a big part of my life – I love playing the piano, going to concerts, attending Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra events, traveling, reading, walking, hiking, and running with my family. I am also an avid cheerleader for my Butler Bulldogs Basketball team. Go Dawgs!!”

Who is your hero?

“My mom is my hero! She is a Godly woman who taught me life and what’s most important in life. She taught me what matters in life and how we treat each other with love and respect. She has been a single mom since I was six-years-old, and she is the one who always provoked me to dream big and work towards things in prayers and supplication. She is still my backbone as I am getting one step closer to my dream and goals. She will always be my HERO!”

What was the best day of your life and why?

“When my mom came to the U.S. to visit me for the first time. After so much of longing to be together (since I left Korea at age 15), it was a moment where I felt like I can finally have my two separate lives combined in one place. My mom finally met the people I’ve built relationships with and showed her everything I’ve accomplished. It was nice to hug her and hold her hands in the U.S.”

What flavor of ice cream would you be?

“Vanilla. I like the simple and soft touch of the flavor, yet never failing to evoke the peaceful satisfaction.”

Excelling For Your Dental Health

Check out Dr. Thompson’s education and expertise in helping families, such as your own.
Dental Background
  • Received BS in Chemistry from Butler University

  • Worked as a dental assistant at a prosthodontist office and general dental practices

  • Earned a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Indiana University School of Dentistry

  • Worked as an associate dentist at a practice with multiple specialists

  • Currently focuses on continuing education at the Spear Study Group

Experience
  • Associate dentist at multiple offices throughout Indianapolis

  • Experience in providing one-on-one comprehensive care to patients

  • Provides dental care services including extractions, preventive care, restorations, and cosmetic dentistry



Meet the Rest of Our Amazing Dental Team

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Diane M. Buyer

DDS

Dr. Jiyun Thompson continues Dr. Diane Buyer’s commitment to treat each patient as family. Together they emphasize prevention and keeping one’s teeth for a lifetime. Personally, both doctors hope to be a blessing to the patients they serve.

Dr. Diane Buyer’s efforts to improve the oral health of Hoosiers led her to create the two-time nationally acclaimed education program, Drinks Destroy Teeth. It teaches youth about the acid and sugar in sodas, sports and energy drinks and the permanent effect on teeth. Drinks Destroy Teeth uses an interactive app, science lessons, and a web presence to educate consumers about acidic, sugar-laden drinks. Dr. Buyer shares the program statewide.

Due to her innovative public health program, Dr. Diane Buyer is the only dentist to receive the 2012 Torchbearers Award from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Indiana University School of Dentistry honors her as the 2015 Distinguished Alumnae. She is humbled to have received the 2015 Lloyd J. Phillips Distinguished Service and the 2012 Charles H. Gish Public Health Award from the Indiana Dental Association. Dr. Buyer is the 2017 Leader and Mentor of the Indianapolis District Dental Society.

Throughout Dr. Buyer’s professional career, she’s established herself as an award-winning author, past editor of the Journal Indiana Dental Association and the American College of Dentists, Indiana Section, News, and Views. She is past Chair of the Indiana Oral Health Coalition, the American College of Dentists, Indiana Section and a member of the IU School of Dentistry Dean’s Advisory Council.

Kem

Patient Coordinator

I’m from Bloomington, Indiana. I’m married and have three sons. The people are the best part of my job, and I love it.

What do you like to do outside the office?

I like to travel and spend time with family.

What’s one item on your bucket list?

Live in a warm climate close to water.

Holly

Patient Coordinator

I live in Noblesville with my husband Marc and three kids. I love the dental field because of the patients and all the personality diversities.

Previous Dental Experience:

  • Worked in the dental field for over 15 years

What do you like to do outside the office?

Spending time with my family.

Cindy

Dental Assistant

I am married and have 3 children, 2 girls, and a boy. I am an alumnus of Ben Davis High School and still live in Wayne Township. I attended Indiana University for dentistry. I have been working in the dental field for 20 years. I always knew that I wanted to help people with their smiles and make them happy and confident. I have never considered doing anything else besides dentistry.

Previous Dental Experience:

  • Been in the dental field for 20 years
  • Been a dental assistant for 16 years

Educational Achievements:

  • Graduated from IU School of Dentistry with an Associates in Dental Assisting

What do you like to do outside the office?

When not at work, I am usually playing with my husband and three children. We enjoy being outside hiking, camping or swimming. I am very active with our church and volunteer at the kids’ school.

What’s one item on your bucket list?

Travel to Paris with my family.

Cathi

Dental Hygienist

I grew up in Fort Wayne but currently live in Indianapolis, IN. I chose a career in the dental field because I love helping people keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Previous Dental Experience:

  • Oral Surgery Assistant

Educational Achievements:

  • Indiana Dental School

What do you like to do outside the office?

I like to hike, bike, and be outside.

Who is your hero?

Mother Teresa

What’s one item on your bucket list?

Hike in all the national parks.

Kim

Dental Hygienist

I am married and have one adult child. I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana. I have been involved in the dental field since I was in high school. I have always thought the human body is amazing! When looking at careers, I knew I wanted to be in healthcare. I love the interaction with my patients! I enjoy working alongside them to improve their dental health.

Previous Dental Experience:

  • Been a dental hygienist for 32 years

Educational Achievements:

  • Graduated from IU School of Dentistry with an Associate of Hygiene

What do you like to do outside the office?

I enjoy gardening and taking hikes. I love traveling and exploring new cultures.

What’s one item on your bucket list?

Travel to Vietnam.

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