Meet The Staff

Surgical Assistant  

Mandy Radtke

I have worked in oral surgery since 1999.  I truly love what I do.  It is my goal to treat every patient as if they are part of my family.  Working in oral surgery gives you a chance to see so many different things which makes for a great mix up to the day.  I am so honored to be a part of this team at Ruckman Oral Surgery.  We all work very well together.  It is truly a family dynamic!  I married the love of my life in 2013. We have 2 kids, JJ and Natalie which keep us very busy.


Surgical Assistant

Lauren Sweet

I have worked in Oral Surgery for 4 years now. I graduated from the IPFW Dental Assisting Program and became a CDA in 2013. I love Oral Surgery because of the variety of procedures that can be done on a daily basis so you’re learning and observing new things every day. I love taking care of the patients as well and making them feel comfortable and at home in our office. I am excited to work with Dr. Ruckman and his team to provide great patient care. I am married to my husband Jordan and we have two daughters. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside in the sunshine, baking, and exercising.


Surgical Assistant

Jordan Gienger

I am relatively new to Oral Surgery, as I attended Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne Dental Assisting Program and graduated in 2017.  Upon graduation, I have consistently been passionate about oral surgery.  I am a Certified Dental Assistant, DANB Certified, member of ADAA, have my license in Radiology and is CPR certified.  I love what I do, especially meeting new patients and taking care of them for a better future with their oral health.  I live in Auburn with my husband Andrew and our dog Norman.  I enjoy my free time being outside on the lake with family and friends. 

Office Manager

Heather Hoeppner

I really enjoy being part of Dr. Ruckman’s team. Being in the front office allows me to meet and interact with each of the patients on a daily basis. Being the office manager has helped me to make it my goal to make sure that each patient’s treatment is a pleasant experience from that initial first phone call all the way thru the end of their treatment.  I grew up in North Webster, Indiana and graduated from Purdue University…however I am now a big Michigan fan! I currently live in Leo with my husband and 3 children. I enjoy  spending time with family and friends.  


insurance Coordinator

Leslie Carter

I have worked in dentistry since 1997 with experience from clinical to front office.  I have found my passion to be insurance and accounts receivables.  My goal is to ensure all patients have their insurance needs taken care of without the stress of dealing with the insurance company.  My husband and I have 4 children.  In my spare time I enjoy taking vacations with my family.

Scheduling Coordinator
Karla Barkhaus

I really enjoy working in the front office for Dr Ruckman.  At the front desk, I enjoy greeting patients and making sure they feel at home here in our office while meeting their oral surgical needs.  Providing a high level of patient satisfaction from the moment they walk in our office is very important to me.  I grew up in central Ohio, but after marrying my husband Bryan of 25 years,  have made Fort Wayne my home.  We have two kids, Kole (20) and Ally (19) who are both student athletes .  Most of my free time is spent traveling and watching my kids play their sports and hanging out with family & friends.