Since 2011, Dr. Mark Sanford, DDS at Monrovia Family Dentistry has delivered safe, comfortable, reliable dental care to Monrovia residents and patients in the greater Indianapolis area. Our facility utilizes modern techniques that improve your care experience for both preventive and more complex procedures.
Meet Our Doctors
Monrovia Family Dentistry is committed to treating our patients like they were a part of our own families. Our friendly, skilled staff is driven to make our services as caring, safe and comfortable as possible.
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.
After college, Dr. Sanford moved back to Indianapolis to attend Indiana University School of Dentistry, and Lori began her studies at Indiana University School of Medicine. The two were married during the summer of 2006 between their first and seconds years of medical/dental school.
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 wonderful staff 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 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 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 also have a baby girl on the way that is due in October! Dr. Sanford is certainly glad to have family close by.
They live just down the street 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. Both of his brothers, Ryan and Mike, live close by. They each have 3 children, 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. He is an avid Colts and IU basketball fan… sorry Boiler fans! Most of all though, he enjoys rooting on his nieces, nephews, and Warren in their sports activities.
Dr. Carly Moran, DDS (Orthodontist)
Dr. Carly was raised about 50 miles east of Indianapolis, in New Castle, IN. As an honors student at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN she majored in Biochemistry and received a Theology minor.
After Notre Dame, she attended Indiana University School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.
Some of her graduate school leadership accolades include:
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
- American Student Dental Association
- IU School of Dentistry Kids’ Club
- IU Outreach Clinic
After receiving her DDS degree, she received her Masters at the University of Michigan Science in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Shortly thereafter, she became a board certified orthodontist.
Dr. Carly holds the following accreditations:
- Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontists
- Member of the American Association of Orthodontists
- Member of the American Dental Association
- Member of the Indiana Dental Association
- Member of the Indianapolis District Dental Society
- Member of the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
Dr. Carly is a huge football fan and enjoys spending time with beloved friends and family. She also enjoys reading, great food, and spending time with Lacey, her yellow labrador retriever.
About Our Practice
Unlike your traditional family dental office, Monrovia Family Dentistry provides specialty services and treatments that aren’t always found in other types of offices. Our in-house financing options make it easy for you to afford the care you need, no matter how complex it is.
What Sets Us Apart
All of our patients receive a personal phone call from one of our dentists after their treatment. We truly care about your experience and recovery, and believe that doctor-patient communication is vital.
Not only is our practice run by experienced family dentists, we also have an on-staff orthodontist so that we can offer complex care that isn’t available in most dentist-run orthodontic locations.
If you’re new to the area or are simply in search of a new dental provider for your family, we invite you to schedule a visit at Monrovia Family Dentistry. We’re always happy to welcome new patients!