Meet the Staff

BEVERLY BARKLEY

Beverly is one of our Office Administrative Assistants and Scheduling Coordinators.  She has experience in patient relations, as well as scheduling and started working for our practice in 1997.  When not working, Bev enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, daughter, son and daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and grandson.

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HEATHER BEHRENDS

Heather is one of our Administrative Assistants and the Insurance/Scheduling Coordinator at our Kankakee and Frankfort offices.  Heather received her degree in Nursing from Kankakee Community College in 2009.  She has experience in patient relations, scheduling of patients, and also patient care.  Heather began her medical career 10 years ago at the local hospitals in the Kankakee county and started working for our practice in March 2012.  Heather and Greg have one son and one daughter, Ethan and Gabriella, and two Australian Labradoodles, Wonka and Candy.  During her free time, Heather and her family enjoy boating, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

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ELLEN DUDYCHA

Ellen is our full time Clinical Assistant at our practice.  She joined our team in 2002, with 20 years of general dentistry already under her belt.  Ellen is responsible for the daily clinical flow and assisting during surgical procedures.  In her free time, Ellen enjoys watching movies, reading books, decorating cakes for her grandchildren, and mushing with her two Siberian Huskies.  She lives in Homer Glen, IL with her husband, Al.  Ellen has three sons, two that live in Chicago and one in Lake in the Hills.  Her only daughter lived in Las Vegas, which she enjoys visiting.

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HEATHER ETZEL

Heather is our full time Clinical/Event Coordinator at our practice.  She is responsible for supervising the daily operations of our clinical offices, overseeing the implementation and maintenance of our clinics’ hardware and software, overseeing continuing education and marketing events, and assisting during surgical procedures.  Heather is a college graduate of Kankakee Community College and Saint Leo University.  Heather and her daughter, Reece, who is a sophomore in high school, reside in Bourbonnais, IL.  In her spare time, Heather enjoys watching her daughter play sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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BREANNA EWALD

Breanna is one of our full time Clinical Assistants at our practice. She is responsible for daily clinical flow and assisting during surgical procedures.  She joined our team in 2016. Bre attended Kankakee Community College.  She lives in Herscher, IL, with her husband, Eric, and their dog and cat. During her free time she enjoys staying active, fishing, and spending time with her family and friends. 

 

DANIELLE HIGGINS

Danielle is a Dental Hygienist in our practice.  She joined our team in October 1997.  Danielle has a long history of experience in the dental field.  She spent many years as a Dental Assistant and then completed her A.A.S. at Kankakee Community College in 1999.  In May 2001, she graduated from Prairie State College in Dental Hygiene and has a Bachelors degree in Health Administration from Governor’s State University.  Danielle lives in Indiana with her husband, Jason, and their children, Riley and Jake.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

 

LISA HUGHES

Lisa is one of our Administrative Assistants and the Scheduling Coordinator at our Kankakee and Frankfort offices.  She has experience in patient relations, as well as scheduling.  Lisa received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography from Georgia Southern University in 2009.  She started working for our private practice in March, 2013.  Lisa lives in Bradley, IL and enjoys photography, music, outdoor activities, sports, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

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KYLEE JAMES

Kylee is our full time Dental Hygienist at our practice. She joined our team in February, 2014. She started out as a Dental Assistant and then decided to continue her education in Dental Hygiene at Lake Land College. There she had the opportunity to volunteer for Remote Area Medical Corps at a dental clinic in Pigeon Forge, TN. Kylee, Justin, and their daughter, Olivia, live in Kankakee, along with their two dogs.  During her free time, she enjoys being active and spending time with her family and friends.

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CAROLE JOHNSON

Carole is one of our Office Administrative Assistants and Front Desk Coordinators.  She is responsible for scheduling surgical appointments, financial arrangements, and assisting patients to receive their maximum insurance benefits.  She has been in periodontics for over 30 years.  Carole, her husband Terry, and dog, Benny, live in Elmhurst, IL.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, watching movies, cooking, and spending time with her granddaughters.

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STEPHANIE KLOS

Stephanie began working as our full-time hygienist in January 2015. Stephanie attended the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale where she received her bachelor degree is Applied Science and Arts. She then completed her dental hygiene requirements and received her license. She currently lives in Roselle, IL, where she enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

 

ASHLEY HANSEN

Ashley joined our team in 2012 as a summer intern. She is currently working full-time in our practice as a Dental Hygienist. Ashley has successfully completed and received her Bachelors degree in Applied Science and Arts, Dental Hygiene from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and has recently received her Registered Dental Hygienist certification from the state of Illinois. Ashley and her husband, Nick, live in Kankakee, with their “fur baby”, Bowser.  Ashley enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

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TERESA STELL

Teresa has been our Office Manager since May, 1999.  She previously worked in the banking industry for many years in the Installment Loans and Retail Operations areas. Teresa lives in Bourbonnais, IL with her husband, Greg, and has two sons, Nicholas and Nathan. Nicholas and his wife, Taylor, have two children, Hayden and Holden, and currently live in New Lenox, IL.  Nathan resides in Richmond, VA, pursuing his career in baseball operations.  In her spare time, Teresa enjoys traveling, boating, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. 

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