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Meet the Clinical Team

Each member of our pediatric dental team is licensed in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring as well as certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and First Aid. But they’re also trained to be attuned to the unique needs and emotions of our younger patients. We want your family’s experience with us to be an enjoyable one. Let us know how we can help!

Clarissa, Clinical Coordinator

Clariss, Clinic CoordinatorIn her role at the practice, Clarissa enjoys making dental visits easy and fun for both the children and parents. She obtained the following certifications:

  • Certification in Clinical Assisting from State Career College (2012-2013)
  • Certification in Coronal Polishing and in Pit and Fissure Sealant Placement from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2013)
  • Certification in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2014)

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Outside the practice, Clarissa enjoys spending time with her four children, husband and two dogs. She also likes going to the gym and being outdoors..

Rachel, Dental Assisting/Marketing and Event Coordinator

Rachel, Clinical Assistant“I love making the kids comfortable in a place that can be a little intimidating. It is so fulfilling watching children come in who are quiet and timid, and seeing them leave with giant smiles on their faces!” Rachel also finds it highly fulfilling to put parents’ concerns at ease and help them have the best possible experience for their child.

Rachel studied child psychology at McHenry County College for two years. She also is certified by the University of Illinois at Chicago in the following: Coronal Polishing, Pit and Fissure Sealant Placement, and Monitoring Nitrous Oxide.

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When she’s not at work, Rachel loves spending time with her dog Olaf. She also enjoys sitting down and reading a good book. Giving back is also important to her. She has volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County prior to working here at the practice.

Stephanie, Dental Assistant

Stephanie, Clincical AssistantAfter earning her GED, Stephanie continued her education through State Career School. There, she earned a Dental Assistant Certificate. She also completed courses in Coronal Polishing and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring.

“For me, the most fulfilling aspect of being a dental assistant is working with children and helping them practice proper dental hygiene.”

In her spare time, Stephanie loves spending time with her family, especially her many nieces and nephews.

Chuy (Jesus), Dental Assistant

Chuy, Clinical AssistantChuy is passionate about ensuring that kids who come to our practice have a positive visit. He enjoys learning about pediatric dentistry and sharing healthy oral hygiene habits with his patients.

Chuy has taken courses in Coronal Polishing, Pit and Fissure Sealant Placement and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. He also has completed training provided by the office in the following: HIPAA, OSHA and emergency training.

When he’s not working, Chuy enjoys being a stage artist, seamstress, makeup artist and dancer.

Stacey, Dental Assistant

Stacey, Clinical AssistantPassionate about pediatric dentistry, Stacey enjoys creating a positive experience for children who come in for care. “When I can ease a child’s anxiety toward going to the dentist and make it easy, I feel like I have done my job well.”

Stacey has over 20 years of experience in various dental specialty practices. She earned the following certifications:

  • Certification as a Nursing Assistant from the College of Lake County (1986)
  • Certification in Coronal Polishing and in Pit and Fissure Sealant Placement from Elgin Community College (2006)
  • Certification in Anesthesia and Sedation Monitoring from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010)
  • Certification in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring from the University of Illinois (2016)

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When she’s not at the practice, Stacey enjoys spending time with Randall, her wonderful and supportive husband. They have two grown daughters Brittney and Brooke. She also has two very precious grandchildren Landon and Reese who bring her much joy and happiness! In addition to enjoying family time and vacationing, Stacey enjoys biking and cheering on the Cubs and Bears.

Tara, Clinical AssistantTara, Dental Assistant

Teaching kids how to properly take care of their teeth is highly fulfilling for Tara. As part of her dental education, she has taken courses in Coronal Polishing and Pit and Fissure Sealant Placement. She also took a course in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring.

In her free time, Tara enjoys playing with her dog and camping up north.

Toni (Antoni), Dental Assistant

Toni, Clinical AssistantFor Toni, seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces after treatment or cleaning is completed is fulfilling. “A lot of the newer patients feel a bit nervous or don’t know what to expect from the dentist, so the feeling of being able to help them have a good experience is rewarding.”

In addition to earning his high school diploma, Toni completed some college courses at Northern Illinois University. He also obtained certifications while working at the practice.

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Outside the practice, Toni likes to hang out with friends or family. He enjoys playing with his niece and nephew. In addition, he loves dancing, playing video games or just relaxing at home after a day of work.

Ivonne, Dental Assistant

Ivonne, Clinical Assistant“The most fulfilling aspect of my job is providing the best patient care and seeing a child walk out with a smile.”

Ivonne graduated from high school in 2009 then went to Everest College to become a dental assistant. She completed her certification in March 2010.

Outside the practice, Ivonne loves spending time with her family. She has a young daughter. Going on family trips is another activity that she enjoys.

Cora, Dental Assistant

Cora, Clinical AssistantFor Cora, the most fulfilling aspect of her job is helping the patients have a fun time at the dentist instead of being scared. “If I can make their experience less stressful then I’ve done my job.”

In addition to her associates degree in science, Cora also received Certification in Coronal Polishing and Pit and Fissure Sealant Placement from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is working toward Certification in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring.

When she’s not at work, Cora loves playing with her dogs, being outside, working out and hanging out with her family.

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Small colored fish in tankOur friendly and caring team members look forward to making your child’s dental experience a great one! Get honest, child centered dentistry with our team of professionals. Contact us today to schedule your family’s first visit to our office.

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