Meet the Team

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Our Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry team

Let Us Personally Introduce You to Our Amazing Dental Team

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Your Wonderful Hy-geniuses

Leah

Dental Hygienist

Tell us about yourself.

“I was born and raised in Illinois. I lived in Colorado for five years before moving back to Illinois. I am married and enjoy being outdoors and gardening. I consider it yard therapy… it’s good for my soul.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I did a career aptitude test when I was young and dental hygiene was a choice I did not know anything about. Fortunately for me, it has been a perfect fit for 25 years! The best part of my job is providing a comfortable atmosphere to help patients work through their dental fears and to help them achieve their goals for their dental health.”

Previous Experience and Educational Achievements:

  • Dental assistant in high school
  • Received Dental Hygiene degree from Parkland College in Champaign, IL

What do you do outside the office?

“I enjoy the outdoors. Like I mentioned, gardening is yard therapy because it’s good for my soul. I’m married and we have a home in Wisconsin that we try to enjoy with our family and friends as often as possible. My hero has always been Abe Lincoln… he was hard-working, self-taught, courageous, and humane. Also, my mom taught me to ‘always give 100%,’ and I live by that every day. I believe if I were a flavor of ice cream, I would be mint chip because I am not vanilla – I’m sweet with bits of fun throughout!”

Jennifer

Dental Hygienist

Tell us about yourself.

“I grew up in a small town in central Michigan and attended Ferris State University for my dental hygiene degree. I moved to Chicago after college, met my husband, and then moved to Arlington Heights, where weʼve lived for the last eight years and have been raising our three children.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I chose dentistry because Iʼve always wanted to work in the medical field helping people. After having braces when I was 12, I was fascinated with working with teeth, which led me to a dental hygiene career. And I’ve never looked back. I love building relationships with my patients and helping them feel comfortable and relaxed.”

What do you do outside the office?

“I love running, reading, camping, hiking, and doing anything outdoors with my husband and kids.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“I want to travel to Europe.”

What’s one interesting fact about yourself?

“I’ve run 10 marathons.”

Your Personal Sidekicks

Jackie

Lead Dental Assistant

Tell us about yourself.

“I live in a small town with my husband, beautiful baby boy, and three dogs. I love spending time with my family and friends on the weekend, and being outdoors.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I didn’t choose dentistry; dentistry chose me. After working in a few other medical related jobs, I met a dentist who introduced me to the field, and I’ve never looked back. The best part of my job is helping people achieve their dental goals and transforming their smiles in a comfortable, calm and fun environment.”

Previous Experience and Educational Achievements:

  • I’ve been a dental assistant since 2014
  • Certification in Coronal Polishing and Sealants

What do you do outside the office?

“When I’m outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, husband, baby, 3 dogs, and friends. We love to be out and about and being outdoors. My personal heroes would definitely be my mom and dad, teaching me to be strong, independent, and kind. My mom has always told me to be aware of my surroundings, and I find that taking me through my life and is something I will pass on to my child as he grows. If I were an ice cream flavor, I would be moose tracks because it has all of the best flavors mixed in one.”

Karla

Dental Assistant

Tell us about yourself.

“I have lived in Algonquin for the past 13 years. Now, I have the company of my wonderful 5-year-old daughter, Gizelle! I recently received my dental assistant certificate from Chicago Dental Assisting School.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I always knew I wanted to be in the dental field. I loved the idea that a person’s smile, confidence, and health could all be positively affected in the atmosphere of a dental office. I worked in other medical atmospheres prior to becoming a dental assistant. After a few years, I accepted my passion was always meant to be in dentistry, so I went back to school for dental assisting, and I have not looked back!”

What’s the best part of your job?

“The best part of my job is that I wake up every single morning looking forward to helping others achieve their dental goals.”

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?

“I’m passionate about what I do, and that affects all our patients and members of our team! I feel my humbleness also adds value because, in this field, you will meet people with different backgrounds every day! It’s important you know how to genuinely build relations with different patients you encounter.”

What do you do outside the office?

“Outside of work, I love to explore the outdoors by doing things such as hiking or going to different state parks! I love to work out, as well. It’s a fun way to relieve any stress and challenge myself daily! On the weekends, I search for new places to travel with my daughter, friends, and family! If I were an ice cream flavor, I would be neapolitan because I have a lot of different flavors mixed into my personality!”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“One thing I would love to cross off my bucket list is to go skydiving! Every day is an opportunity to try something new and live life to the fullest!”

What’s your favorite quote?

“The best quote I ever heard is, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” If you want something in life, you have to hold yourself accountable to initiate the first step to make a change towards success and happiness!”

Lexi

Dental Assistant

Tell us about yourself.

“I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life in a small town called Winfield. I have two sisters, and I’m the middle child.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I chose dentistry through my passion for helping and learning. There’s always something or someone new to learn about in the office, and there’s always the chance to change someone’s day or life! All of my patients feel like family, where I can sit and chat with them for hours before starting a procedure.”

What do you do outside the office?

“I am a full-time dental hygiene student. I hope to be a hygienist in a few years and continue practicing my love for dentistry. I also enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling whenever I get the opportunity.”

What’s the best quote you’ve ever heard?

“You may face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.”

What’s one interesting fact about yourself?

“Before I got into the dental field, I worked with kids, so seeing the little ones come into the office can make my whole day!”

Nate

Dental Assistant

Tell us about yourself.

“I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois, in a large Italian family. I have seven brothers and sisters, and we all keep each other on our toes! Good food and laughter is our mantra, and it’s something that will always be a big part of my life.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I’ve always loved going to the dentist, and I excel in environments that challenge me and are ever-growing. Combining those two and working with patients towards achieving their goals is why I love what I do so much. I value building trusting relationships with my patients, which is why I do everything possible to make them feel comfortable, so they enjoy every step of their smile journey.”

What do you do outside the office?

“I live in the City now. I love being active, so whether it’s a workout, biking on the lakefront path in Chicago, traveling to a new destination, or just trying a new dining spot with my friends, I like to maximize my time and make the most of it.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“I’ve loved Egyptology since I was a child, so seeing the great Pyramids of Egypt is definitely on my list!”

What’s one interesting fact about yourself?

“I studied ballet when I was younger and got to perform at some great theaters in the Midwest, my biggest being The Chicago Theatre.”

The Customer Service Extraordinaires

Kayla

Office Manager

Tell us about yourself.

“I currently live in Lombard but have spent a lot of time out in Schaumburg, so I’m pretty familiar with the area. Being the baby of the family, I automatically gained my two best friends, my two older brothers. We’re a very close family. I’m very passionate about nutrition. In my free time, you’ll find me working out, spending time with my family and friends, or finding the best wineries around!”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“Dentistry chose me. I’ve always wanted to be in the healthcare field, either nursing or dentistry. Growing up, I was always at the dentist and had FOUR rounds of ortho. (Yes, you read that right!) So, teeth really intrigue me. I have a passion for helping people, and fear of going to the dentist is common. If I can put you at ease with my “happy singing” and make you feel comfortable about coming here, I’ve done my job. I’m also not afraid to try new things, making the team’s day run as smooth as possible is my ultimate goal.”

What do you do outside the office?

“I love to workout! It’s how I maintain my mental health, and I just really enjoy it. Charcuterie is the key to my heart. Making and presenting charcuterie boards while being super creative as I can be is a hobby itself.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“Even though I am terrified of sharks, I would love to go cage diving- just like in the movies! How cool would that be?!”

What’s the best quote you’ve ever heard?

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Sarah

Director of Marketing

Tell us about yourself.

“My family includes my husband Mike and my dog Finn. ❤ We recently moved to Texas and are enjoying a new state, especially because both of us were born and raised in the Chicago suburbs.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“Currently, my role at Benjamin Turnwald Dentistry is the marketing director, but I originally joined the team in 2016 as a dental hygienist. Before that, I was a dental assistant, and that’s when I fell in love with the dental field. I knew I wanted to be a bigger role in a dental office and connect with patients.”

What’s the best part of your job?

“Making all the little touches behind the scenes to make a big impact on our current patients or future patients.”

What aspect of your personality adds the most value to the office?

“My creativity and making all things look beautiful.”

Previous Experience and Educational Achievements:

  • Michigan State University-Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Harper College- Associates Degree in Applied Science
  • Registered Dental Hygienist- State of Illinois
  • Nitrous Oxide certified
  • Local Anesthetic certified
  • Received HuFriedy Golden Scaler Award
  • Master of Recycling

What do you do outside the office?

“I love to go camping during the summer with my husband, dog, and any friends who want to sleep outside. If we get to stop at a new brewery along the way, then it’s an added bonus. 🙂 I also enjoy playing board games, learning new board games, puzzling, and reading any book that could help me be a better human.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“To see the northern lights.”

What would be the theme song of your life?

“(Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads.”

Kim

Treatment Coordinator

Tell us about yourself.

“I grew up in Elk Grove Village and have been in the dental field for more than 30 years, starting as a dental assistant before moving into administrative roles.”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“I love helping people achieve confident smiles in a safe and comfortable environment. I also love interacting with different patients every day from all walks of life, ethnicities, ages, and personal goals.”

Educational Achievements:

  • 2 years at Western Illinois University
  • Many years of active continuing education courses relating to the field of dentistry
  • 15 years hosting and organizing continuing education courses in the fields of general and interdisciplinary dentistry

What do you do outside the office?

“I love reading, refinishing antique furniture, and going on nature walks. My personal hero is my dad, who is respected by everyone. The lesson I still live by from my mom is ‘never tell a lie. Honesty is always best!’ I believe if I were a flavor of ice cream, I would be caramel because it’s sweet and smooth.”

Angie

Financial Coordinator

Tell us about yourself.

“I currently live in Roselle with my husband and two amazing kids, Cabella and Dean! We enjoy hanging out together, and are always on the lookout for the next best pizza place!”

Why did you choose dentistry?

“Dentistry chose me! My previous experience in the hospitality industry led me to this welcome change. I’m able to cater to our patients, whom I consider our “guests” when they are in our office. Making them feel comfortable and seeing their beautiful smiles, gives me a wonderful sense of accomplishment.”

What do you do outside the office?

“In my spare time, I enjoy heading out to any local saloon to listen to live music, and kick up my heels on a dance floor to do some country line dance and 2-stepping! I’m a first-generation American citizen born from Greek ancestry. Most of my family still resides in Greece, and I look forward to visiting the “homeland” every chance I get! OPA! If I were an ice cream flavor, I would be Rocky Road because I’m a little bit nutty but full of sweetness!”

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