Dr. Gooding grew up in Cayuga and found her calling to dentistry at a very young age. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in general human health sciences from Purdue University in 2007 then obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery, cum laude with highest distinction, from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2011. During her education, Dr. Gooding received numerous awards including the American Academy of General Dentistry Senior Award, the American College of Prosthodontists Award, the President’s Award for National Board Scores and the George A. Welch Memorial Scholarship.
Dr. Gooding then joined Dr. Cloyd in practice shortly after graduation and has continued to strive for excellence in all aspects of patient care and experience. She loves seeing patients of all ages and is passionate about treating patients as a whole person, not just a mouth. This means focusing on not only teeth but also airway, TMJ and overall health and function.
To stay current on all the most recent advances in dentistry, orthodontics, TMJ and sleep apnea, Dr. Gooding attends multiple hours of continuing education every year. The training she receives at national seminars helps her to ensure her patients are getting the most up to date and comprehensive care available.
Dr. Gooding has attained Fellowship in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain which focuses on the treatment of TMJ/TMD, headaches and other pain associated with the craniofacial complex. She is also active in the International Association of Orthodontics (IAO) and has completed residencies in airway-focused orthodontics which allows her to provide more to her orthodontic patients than just a healthy smile but a healthier airway as well.
Dr. Gooding has excelled to the highest level attainable for treating sleep apnea and is designated as Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. She has completed a mastery program as well as many hours of continuing education to provide the best care available to her patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Dr. Gooding is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association®, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the Western Indiana Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, member of and trained in sedation through DOCS, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Member of American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry.
She is also an active member of the community dedicating time to various organizations including actively volunteering with the Clinton Breakfast Optimist Club, working with the Tri Kappa Philanthropy Organization and acting on the committee for the Vermillion County Dancing with the Stars (which supports the Clinton Community Recreational Center).
Dr. Gooding married her high school sweetheart, Cody, in 2011 and he now manages the office. They have two children, Ella and Gabriel. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, camping, hiking and traveling.
Dr. Gooding’s Practice Philosphy and Commitment to Care
Dr. Erica Chhokar was born and raised in Dyer, Indiana. She went to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with high distinction in 2018. After graduation, she pursued her calling of dentistry and attended Indiana University School of Dentistry. Before graduating in 2022, Dr. Chhokar spent her time in dental school volunteering for underserved communities through the Indiana University Public Health Club and helping fellow students as a teaching assistant and a Hoosier Helper.
During her last year of dental school, Dr. Chhokar met the Goodings and knew that their practice was one where she could feel at home. She is so excited to join the practice, learn and expand her skills, and give the best patient care possible!
Apart from her love of dentistry and patient care, Dr. Chhokar loves traveling and enjoys hiking. Her love of music evolved from playing the clarinet and saxophone, and she now enjoys attending various live performances and is currently learning the flute. During the winter, she normally spends her time doing puzzles and knitting, particularly hats!
Dr. Ben Cvengros grew up simultaneously in Parke and Vermillion County, living near Rosedale while attending school in Clinton until his graduation from South Vermillion High School in 2014. He attended the honors college at Indiana State University, graduated summa cum laude and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2018. In May 2023, he graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and is excited to move back home to provide care for the people of the Wabash Valley! Dr. Cvengros is particularly passionate about developing quality doctor-patient relationships created with clear communication and treatment planning. During his dental school years, Dr. Cvengros enjoyed volunteering at the student outreach clinic, helping as a teaching assistant for removable prosthodontics and implantology, and planting trees throughout Indianapolis with local organizations.
Dr. Cvengros spends his free time birding, photographing wildlife, fishing, metal detecting, hiking and playing the guitar. He has made it a life goal to see and photograph as many bird species as he can in the world!
We are excited to announce collaboration with Sleep Physician, Dr. Anil Rama. It is becoming increasingly hard to meet face to face with a board-certified sleep physician. Many medical facilities are now being forced to do “mail to home” sleep studies due to decreased medical insurance reimbursements. Thus, our patients have many unanswered questions. As dentists, our doctors do not and cannot diagnose Sleep Disorders, so collaboration with a Sleep Physician is paramount for our patients. Now, our patients can meet face to face via telehealth with the world-renowned Dr. Anil Rama.
Anil Rama, MD is the founder of Sleep and Brain and serves as Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. He is the recipient of the 2021 Stanford Distinguished Service Award, awarded to one clinical faculty member per year. He is the former Medical Director of Kaiser Permanente’s tertiary sleep medicine laboratory.
Dr. Rama is also an editorial board member of the Sleep Science and Practice Journal and has authored several book chapters and seminal peer-reviewed journal articles in sleep medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Rama is a lecturer for the Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency at the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
In addition, Dr. Rama is on the medical advisory board for Fullpower®-AI. He has been an investigator in clinical trials for drugs or devices designed to improve sleep and contributed to stories in national newspapers, local news stations, wellness websites, and health newsletters.