Our Staff

Kathy L. Nahrwold, RDH, graduated from the Indiana University/Purdue University of Fort Wayne Dental Hygiene Program in 1980.  She has worked in private practice in the Fort Wayne area for the past 41 years.

In 2012, Kathy acquired the business that she had been associated with for over 10 years and changed the name to Absolute OSHA Consulting, LLC.  She provides both group and private office seminars in the following areas: OSHA & Infection Control, HPAA training, required Ethics course, Emergencies in Dental Offices as well as CPR training throughout Indiana and surrounding states.  She is approved by the Indiana Stated Board of Dentistry as well as the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) for continuing education credit.

Kathy is a member of OSAP (Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, an active member of ADHA (American Dental Hygienists Association) and the IDHA (Indiana Dental Hygienists Association where she served as President and legislative chair twice as well as a member of the ABWA (American Business Women’s Association). Kathy is involved in other community projects within the northeast Indiana area.

In 2020, Kathy completed the recently formulated OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program as a consultant.

Erin L. Schumm, Executive Administrative Assistant, is a Ball State graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication along with a minor in Hospitality Management.  Upon graduation, Erin was employed with a nationally known car rental company followed by employment as a certified first responder with a steel manufacturer in Northeast Indiana.

Gretchen Frownfelter-Grimpe, RDH, is a graduate of the Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne (IPFW) dental hygiene program.  Gretchen joined Absolute OSHA Consulting, LLC in 2015 as an independent contractor.  She has been a practicing dental hygienist for over 27 years and a CPR instructor for almost 20 years.

She is also a member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and provides OSHA, HIPAA, Ethics and Management of Emergencies in Dental Offices and provides onsite dental staff and group training for the healthcare provider as well as large group seminars.

In 2020, Gretchen completed the recently formulated OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program as a consultant.

Ingrid Churchill, RDH, is a graduate of the Indiana-Purdue University of Fort Wayne (IPFW) dental hygiene and dental assisting programs.  She has been practicing dental hygiene for over 35 years in private practice.  Ingrid also worked for Colgate for 7 years as a sales representative. She has been an active member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and involved in other professional organizations and community projects. Ingrid joined Absolute OSHA Consulting, LLC in 2016 as the marketing representative for the company.  Ingrid also provides OSHA and ETHICS in office presentations.

Valerie Messer, RDH, joined Absolute OSHA Consulting, LLC in 2019 as an independent contractor, providing OSHA, HIPAA, Ethics, CPR and Management of Emergencies in Dental Offices.  She is a graduate of the Indiana School of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Program and has been a practicing dental hygienist in private practice for over 25 years.

Valerie has also been an Independent Professional Educator on behalf of Waterpik since 2019 providing education to local dental professionals on the benefits of water flossing and waterpik products.

Valerie has been a certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2009 and a certified Personal Trainer since 2017.

In 2020, Valerie completed the recently formulated OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate Program as a consultant.

Mike Nahrwold is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute where he was an electronics instructor for 22 years prior to becoming an Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Agent in 2003.  He is a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association (AHA) and provides onsite dental staff and group training for the healthcare provider.