Meet the Team

staff

Karen

karen Dental Assistant

Karen gives our patients exceptional care in a friendly manner. Her duties include seating and preparing patients for procedures, assisting the doctor, doing lab work, ordering supplies, and treatment planning. Karen started working in the dental field in 1985 after attending the Prairie State College dental assistance program. Karen’s favorite part of her job is creating a comfortable dental experience for each patient, and she believes helping patients understand treatment during their procedures is key. In addition, she likes getting to know more about her patients and hearing about their daily lives.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time with her family. She also likes to attend her sons’ sports events, and go out with friends.


Debra

debbie Dental Hygienist

Debra is one of our trusted dental hygienists who has been with us since 1997. Her day-to-day responsibilities include direct patient care, preventive hygiene, and non-surgical periodontal treatment and maintenance.

Having worked in the dental field for more than 25 years, Debra has always enjoyed providing high-quality, comprehensive dental hygiene care in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Patients are Debra’s priority and she wants to ensure they have the best experience possible when they come into our office.


Beverly

beverly Office Manager

Beverly likes to give our patients a warm and friendly greeting from her perch at the front desk. Her duties include answering the phone, scheduling patient appointments, explaining treatment plans, making financial arrangements for patients, and helping them understand their insurance policies. Beverly is passionate about her job because it is a great place to work and she looks forward to coming into the office every day. In addition, she is happy to provide great services to her patients and have fun while doing it.

Outside the office, Beverly has been married to her husband Paul for 25 years, and they have two children. Her hobbies include reading, riding their Harley and vacationing.


Sarah

sarah Dental Hygienist

Sarah provides our patients with preventive oral care, cleanings, dental sealants, and radiographs, as well as specialized periodontal therapy. She graduated with her hygiene certificate in 1987, and completed a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from Loyola University Chicago in 1988. Sarah loves coming in to work and seeing the patients that she has established relationships with: both long-time patients and new ones. While Sarah enjoys the satisfaction of helping her patients achieve and maintain good oral health, it is equally satisfying for her when her patients realize that dental care can be a positive and comfortable experience.

In her spare time, Sarah is all about her family, and they are her true enjoyment in life. She has been married for 22 years and has two children, Alexa and Anthony. A perfect day for Sarah includes an ocean beach and a good book.


Julie

julie Insurance Coordinator / Dental Assistant

Julie is our insurance coordinator and dental assistant. Her main duties include submitting claims and assisting Dr. Orticelli during treatment. Her favorite part of her job is meeting patients and witnessing the transformation that unfolds in the office. Working with Dr. Orticelli is a great experience for Julie because he is easy to get along with, and an extremely caring person.

Julie has been happily married for 32 years and has two sons. She likes to spend time with her family, and they all enjoy living on the Chain of Lakes.


Michele

micheleDental Hygienist

Michele is a registered dental hygienist whose duties include oral prophylaxis, root planing, curettage, and soft issue management. She is also skilled in conducting diagnostic X-rays, updating medical histories, and periodontal charting. Michele is passionate about counseling and motivating patients to achieve optimal oral health. Along with working with her team members, Michele enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level. Gaining the trust and confidence of her patients helps them to understand the importance of achieving optimal oral health.

Michele is married to her firefighter husband, Dave, and they have three sons. They also rescued a chocolate lab/border collie named Addie. Since she graduated from dental hygiene school, Michele has been actively involved in the local State Dental Hygiene Component. Her other hobbies include photography, digital scrapbooking, and watching Blackhawks hockey with her family.