Meet Dr. James Merlo

Dr. James Merlo is a 1956 graduate of Loyola University’s School of Dentistry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Loyola University in Chicago. He is an active participant in continuing education courses and seminars where he enjoys offering insight and exchanging ideas and information with fellow dentists in the community. 

Dr. Merlo began his career at the United States Air Force base in Tucson, Arizona in 1956. He opened his practice in Hammond, Indiana in 1960. The office was then moved to Munster, where Dr. Merlo practices today with Dr. Anthony Hirschenberger.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Indiana Dental Association
  • Northwest Indiana Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Outside the Office

Dr. Merlo has lived in Calumet City, Illinois since his duty with the Air Force ended in 1960. With his wife Barbara, he raised four daughters: Barbara, Mary Anne, Jamie, and Julie. Daughters Barbara and Mary Anne followed in their father’s footsteps and earned DDS degrees. When he’s not in the office, Dr. Merlo enjoys playing golf and fine dining, particularly Italian cuisine.  He is an active member of the Old Neighborhood Italian American Club in Chicago, Illinois.

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