“Being an orthodontist is such a rewarding profession on so many levels. Not only do I have the opportunity to correct imperfect bites, which improves a patient's medical and dental health, but I also get to use my artistic side to create beautiful smiles, which improve a patient's self-esteem. This can change a patient’s life forever!”
As a mother of three teenagers, I understand what it’s like to be a parent of a child who needs orthodontic care. The respect, compassion, and gentleness I would expect my own children to receive is the same I give to each patient I meet. Each person in our office is as unique as their smile, and getting to know them during their time with us is always a pleasure. Whether hearing about school, sports, or work, each story I hear helps me to build a strong relationship with my patients.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science Degree – Marquette University, 1983
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Marquette University School of Dentistry, 1987
- Hospital Dental Surgery Residency – Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital, 1988
- Master of Science Degree/Orthodontic Specialty License – University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991
Working with patients of all ages gives me the chance to provide a wide range of orthodontic services, from traditional braces and Invisalign® clear aligners to orthognathic surgery and complicated multi-disciplinary adult cases. Because our office uses cutting-edge technology and the latest orthodontic treatments, it is imperative for me to stay current with the trends, products, and innovations in the field in order to provide the best treatment results for our patients in the shortest amount of time.
Since completing my formal education, I have taken numerous hours of continuing education and currently participate as a member in the following local study clubs: The Northern Illinois Dental Specialist Study Club, The Chicago Suburban Orthodontic Study Club, and The American Association of Women Dentists Study Club. I also attend numerous yearly conferences and seminars on a national scale. Additionally, I have been honored to be a speaker at the Autism One Convention, the Special Care Dentistry Convention, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Dental School department of orthodontics. I am also a board member of the Illinois Society of Orthodontists Alumni Association.
- World Federation of Orthodontists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Midwest Society of Orthodontists
- Illinois Society of Orthodontists
In the Community
I appreciate having strong ties to this amazing community; being active with local organizations is just one small way I feel I can give back. I have been involved with the Hinsdale High School Career Mentor Program, the Willowbrook/Burr Ridge Children's Softball League, District 99 Education Foundation, FISH Food Pantry, and my office provides a yearly college scholarship to one local high school senior. I am also a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Marquette University Alumni Association, Marquette University School of Dentistry President's Circle, University of Illinois at Chicago Orthodontic Alumni Association and the Special Olympics of Illinois, just to name a few.
Outside the Office
A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, I have lived in the community for over 25 years. My family and I are global travelers and huge outdoor enthusiasts. We have traveled extensively throughout the United States and to many different countries. We enjoy just about any outdoor activity and spend our lazy summer days kayaking/boating in Wisconsin and skiing out West in the winter. We can occasionally be found on the football field cheering on the Green Bay Packers!