Back in Jasper, dentist wants patients to feel good


JASPER — Nick Giesler is a dentist but hopes people will have a little fun when they visit. 


“It’s not anybody’s favorite place to go,” the son of Jeff and Marla Giesler concedes.

Still, the Jasper native thinks he can instill feelings of comfort in his new practice that includes offices in Jasper and Petersburg. His method: Be friendly and connect with patients.

Giesler, a 28-year-old Jasper High School graduate, shouldn’t have a problem there. When he’s not working, he likes to be outdoors, preferably hunting or fishing. He thinks Dubois County and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer, and the ample opportunities to be outdoors are part of what drew him home after six years away attending college at Indiana University in Bloomington and working at Aspen Dental in Indianapolis.

“I just love it here,” Giesler said. “It’s a very unique place. When you go for six years living in Bloomington and Indianapolis, you realize that.”

Giesler decided he wanted to be a dentist at age 10 when he was getting braces from Jasper dentist Mike Adkins.

“I just thought you know, this seems kind of fun,” Giesler said. “This seems like something I might like to do.”

Adkins and another Jasper dentist, Michael Flannagan, became Giesler’s mentors. About a decade later, he was studying to be a dentist at IU and had a three-part plan for his career: Go to dental school; gain experience at someone else’s practice for a couple years; return home to southern Indiana.  

“Now here I am,” Giesler said.

Giesler likes dentistry because it’s never the same. There are new challenges every day and he gets to help people. He thinks it’s a rewarding career.

Giesler Dental is located at 671 Third Ave. in Jasper and 292 W. Main St. in Petersburg.

Appointments can be made by calling 812-634-6425.

“We’re open and ready to take patients,” Giesler said.

More on