Meet Your Friendly Dental Team – Hyde Park • Chicago, IL
at Every Appointment
Our team members combine their skill, experience, and passion for service to ensure each of our patients has a wonderful experience every time they step into University Dental Professionals. From fast check-ins to gentle cleanings to quickly answering any question, they’re ready to provide white-glove service so that your appointments race by in what seems like minutes. They look forward to meeting you, and you can learn more about them below.
Deanne – Office Leader
Deanne studied at the Keller Graduate School of Management and has a Masters in Human Resources & Business Administration. She has been working in dentistry for over two full decades now! She truly feels like a million bucks every time she walks into our office, and having a great team to work alongside is a definite plus too.
Deanne’s family consists of her husband, three kids, and three Shar Pei dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending the weekends traveling, playing with the pups, cooking, and (of course) hanging out with loved ones.
Sara – Hygiene Care Coordinator
Sarah studied at Lahore Medical and Dental College, and she also has a Master’s in Public Health from Walden University. Her overall career in the dental world covers a full decade so far, and she loves that she still learns new things every day through her position! Her positive nature and problem-solving talents are a great fit for UDP.
Away from the practice, Sara is happily married with a young son. She loves to read (mostly Urdu novels), bake, and de-stress by spending quality time with loved ones. She’s also recently gotten into watching videos with helpful “hacks” for organization.
Sheila – Patient Care Coordinator
Sheila is trained as a dental assistant and has completed countless continuing education courses over the years, including ones focused on practice management and dental/medical coding. So far, she’s been a part of the dental world for almost 35 years! She definitely goes the extra mile to help our patients navigate their treatment plans, maximize their dental insurance, and take care of any financial concerns without unnecessary stress.
Sheila is currently engaged to her amazing fiancé John. They have two adult children between them – Lisa and Nick – and are expecting a grandchild in February of 2021! The last member of their family is an INCREDIBLY spoiled dog named Anna Bell. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, doing activities outdoors (especially gardening), and hosting/planning parties. She’s also a huge K.C. Chief fan.
Kim – New Patient Coordinator
Kim’s dental career impressively spans 35+ years so far! She started out as a dental assistant, and now gets to provide administrative support for optimal patient care. As a part of University Dental Professionals, she’s always working hard to help our patients better their health in lasting ways.
Away from the office, Kim lives with her husband Calvin and also has a large extended family, including several nieces and nephews whom she is close with. She spends her free time coordinating various events, reading, and doing Cricut crafts.
Celia – Dental Hygienist
Celia’s career in the dental world covers nearly 15 years so far. She studied at Indiana University and also speaks Spanish as her first language! Today, what she likes most about her job is having such a great boss and teacher – everyone here truly learns from the best. As a group practice, she also enjoys how easy it is for the whole team to communicate about patient cases.
Celia’s husband works as a line tech for Comcast, and they have three kids – a boy and twin girls. As for personal hobbies, she likes to go running, take the kids to family-friendly activities, and keep her living spaces organized as a self-proclaimed neat freak.
Maryam – Dental Hygienist
Maryam has over 12 years of professional experience in the Dental Industry. Clinically she specializes in Periodontal Treatments and Laser Therapies, and she has held the title of Dental Hygienist for the last 7 years of her career. A lifelong student, she remains committed to learning the ever-developing best practices of the dental world and aspires to spread dental health awareness among the community.
Maryam identifies as an Assyrian woman who was born in Iraq. With her free time, she enjoys staying active and continuing to learn about the many cultures of the world through traveling to new places and trying new foods.
Crystal – Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
A Chicago native, Crystal has been working in dentistry for a full decade. As one of our dedicated assistants, she loves having the opportunity to meet and work with new people, as well as constantly learn about new techniques and materials in the dental world.
At home, Crystal is the grateful mother of a daughter and a son. Away from the office, you can usually find her enjoying free time with loved ones and hanging out in the wonderful Chicago weather!
Yolanda – Dental Assistant
Yolanda has been a part of the dental field for over three decades, with nearly half of that time spent right here at our practice! She studied dental assisting at Wright College. Her favorite part of this job is an easy question to answer: the wonderful patients.
Outside of working hours, Yolanda is close with her daughter, her siblings, and her mom. She also has two special grandbabies named Camila and Sebastian! Her favorite hobbies include dancing, swimming, running, and being a fashionista.
Shania – Dental Assistant
Shania studied assisting at the Springboard Institute, and she’s been working in dentistry for a handful of years so far, starting out when she was just 18. She loves that her position here at University Dental Professionals allows her to learn so much each and every day!
Outside of the dental office, Shania also works as an esthetician who specializes in individual mink eyelash extensions.
Kendra – Dental Hygienist
As one of our dental hygienists, Kendra does a great job of working together with the team to make sur each patient receives the best care possible. Seeing them return time and time again, feeling confident about their smile and their homecare routine, is so rewarding! So far, she’s been a part of the dental world for over seven years, with hopefully more to come. She also served in the Unites States Army Reserves for nearly a decade.
Kendra was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Today, she has a daughter named Alianna and also spends time taking care of her grandparents. As for personal hobbies, she likes to go roller skating, read, take vacations, and play games with Alianna.