Dr. Mark Sanford, DDS
Dr. Mark Sanford, DDS grew up in New Palestine, a small town just east of Indianapolis. Both of his grandmothers were teachers and grandfathers farmers. He and his two older brothers spent a great deal of time around the farms with their many cousins. In fact, he spent 10 years in 4-H showing sheep!
Dr. Sanford was also very active in sports during childhood and throughout high school. Following in the footsteps of his oldest brother, Ryan, Dr. Sanford attended Ball State University for his undergraduate studies. He was always interested in business and medicine, but choosing which path to take was a difficult decision.
His older brother, Mike, who was in medical school at the time helped him make one of the best decisions of his life by conveying that dentistry was a perfect blend of business and medicine. It didn’t hurt that Dr. Sanford admired his childhood dentist!
Soon after deciding that dentistry was the career path for him, Dr Sanford met his wife, Lori, in cell biology class. She came from a very similar background. She grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, a rural town at the time just north of Cincinnati. She also came from a family of farming and teaching and was very active in 4-H and sports.
Throughout college, they found themselves in science classes together as she was a pre-med major. They also spent a great deal of time with their fraternity and sorority. Dr. Sanford was a very active member of Sigma Chi fraternity and actually served as President during his senior year. He is still very close with many of his fraternity brothers.
Dr. Sanford thought that he might want to specialize in orthodontics, but when he began his clinical work, he decided that he really enjoyed a wide variety of dental procedures and decided that family dentistry was for him. He graduated from Indiana University School Dentistry in May of 2009 having been on the Dean’s List all 4 years.
Dr. Sanford began private practice with a dentist on the north side of Indianapolis immediately after graduating from IU School of Dentistry. During this time he was able to hone his clinical skills and learn the dental business, but he knew that he ultimately wanted to have a practice of his own.
He was fortunate enough to find his way to Monrovia in September of 2011. He feels so fortunate to have found such an amazing community to do what he loves. The people are truly his favorite thing about practicing dentistry in Monrovia, and he feels blessed to have such amazing patients and a wonderful team to work with every day.
Currently, Dr. Sanford and his wife, Lori, live in New Palestine where he grew up. Lori is a dermatologist in Greenfield. She won the battle on who gets the longer commute!
They have two amazing boys and one beautiful daughter. Warren has A LOT of personality! He is too smart for his own good and doesn’t know a stranger. Nolan is a very loving, thrill-seeking, child that seems to find a way to injure himself almost daily. The two of them certainly keep him on his toes. In late 2017, they welcomed a sweet baby girl named Rosalie to their family. Ask Dr. Sanford for the latest story about his boys at your first visit…Trust me, there is always plenty of material!
They live just around the corner from his mother, Diane, which comes very much in handy. She is the best nanny that anyone could ask for. His father, Brian, is the retired Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department. He battled ALS for about 6 years before passing away in March of 2016. Despite his passing, he continues to provide strength and inspiration to Dr. Sanford every day.
When Dr. Sanford is away from the office, he spends the majority of time with family. His brother, Mike, and his family live right next door. They have 3 children as well, so watching the cousins play together is a weekly occurrence.
Dr. Sanford and his wife are both very active and enjoy outdoor activity. Dr. Sanford still has a love for sports, but it has transitioned to more of a role as a spectator other than an occasional round of golf. He is an avid Colts and IU basketball fan… sorry Boiler fans! Most of all though, he enjoys rooting on his nieces, nephews, and kids in their sports activities.