All professionals at Gantos Dental Group maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
An Illinois native, Jessica has found herself all over Illinois and North Carolina while her husband was serving in the United States Marine Corps. Before working at our office, Jessica worked as the Regional Vice President Assistant and Regional Director of Human Resources Assistant at a big box retail store. After 10 years of success with her company, she craved a new challenge and wanted to pursue a career in the medical industry.
A fast learner and hard worker, Jessica soaked up a wealth of dental knowledge and immediately began to shine as our team lead. Her communication and customer service skills from her previous job experience made things an easy transition for her. Jessica loves speaking with our patients and advocating for them with the insurance companies. She helps patients understand their insurance benefits and coordinates treatment appointments. She also ensures our team is always adhering to our high standards and compliant with all regulations.
Jessica is a proud baseball mom and police wife. When not in the office, you will find her watching football on Sundays, sitting around a bonfire on a cool fall night, or spending time with her huge family (she has over 30 first cousins)!
Janet is our dental veteran with over 25 years of experience in the field. She loves dentistry because it is always evolving and never stagnant. She enjoy keeping up to date with the latest information and learning something new no matter how long she has been in the game.
A wealth of knowledge, Janet enjoy assisting patients in utilizing their dental insurance efficiently and facilitating treatment. As our liaison to dental treatment and patient care, she helps navigate and explain treatment options and assists with finances and all insurance inquiries. Janet also serves as our patient advocate when coordinating benefits with insurance companies. Janet is most fond of meeting new patients and welcoming them to the practice.
In her free time, you'll find Janet spending time with her husband and large family. In particular, she loves summertime and backyard barbecues with her family and friends!
A glutton for knowledge, after earning her bachelor of science in biology, minoring in English, and receiving a renaissance studies certificate, Nikki continued to pursue her intellectual interests with a master's degree in biomedical sciences.
A love of art and healthcare motivated Nikki to seek out a career initially as a dental assistant. For the past three years she has sharpened her skills and obtained various advanced certifications. Nikki is trained to place sealants and polish teeth. Additionally, she has mastered impression making and fabricating provisional restorations. As concierge coordinator, Nikki’s main objective is to provide exceptional support and service for our patients. She loves working in a field where she can provide outstanding customer service while still having fun!
Nikki enjoys working with a variety of patients and helping others along their journey to achieve their best possible smile and oral health. She values learning from patients and is always working towards improving her skills and providing the best possible experience for those entrusted into her care. She is passionate about combating dental fears and making it her number one priority that patients feel comfortable during their appointments. She also enjoys building relationships with patients and impressing others with the unique experience we create at our office.
When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants, and exploring the city of Chicago.
A native of Chicago, Eliana graduated from City College. Eliana’s dental journey started as a dental assistant and advanced to include front desk duties as well. During this time, Eliana worked directly with patients and developed a passion for creating quality, comfortable experiences for those entrusted into her care. After 15 years in the field and a clear love for oral health, she wanted to set a good example for her young children and pursued an education in dental hygiene.
Eliana enjoys working with people and educating them about their teeth. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and enjoys woking with the Hispanic community because she can communicate effectively. Eliana is known for being gentle with patients and making them feel relaxed during their appointments. Her calming demeanor and attention to detail ensure even the most phobic patients have a positive experience.
A lifelong learner always eager to stay current, her dedication and special training equip Eliana with many advanced skills. She has special certifications to administer local anesthetic, monitor nitrous oxide, and provide laser-enhanced periodontal therapy. Eliana is committed to staying current and expanding her skillset at every opportunity.
When not in the office, you’ll find her working out or spending time poolside with her husband and two kids.
Stefanie completed her Bachelors in Applied Science from the University of Iowa. She then received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from the College of Dupage. She has 11 years of experience as a dental hygienist and a love for helping people maintain excellent oral health. She has special certifications to be able to administer local anesthetic and provide laser assisted periodontal therapy as well.
Stefanie takes pride in creating comfortable, fun dental visits for her patients. Her devotion and interest in new research motivate her to stay a lifelong student. She believes continuing her education is the key to providing the best care for each and every patient she treats.
When not in the office, you may find yourself in one of Stef’s yoga classes. During her free time, Stefanie is a yoga-holic, spend time outdoors, and enjoys visiting with her nephews and bulldog, Hulk.
Nicole received her Associates in Applied Science from Lake Land College. She then completed her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene at Northern Arizona University. She has 8 years of experience as a dental hygienist and a passion for educating and assisting people in bettering their oral health.
Nicole is dedicated to being a lifelong learner. In additional to furthering her education through continuing education courses, she also enjoys collaborating with other professionals. She has special certification to administer local anesthetic and monitor nitrous oxide. Additionally, Nicole has received multiple certifications to provide laser-enhanced periodontal therapy.
Nicole takes great pride in creating a comfortable, stress-free environment for her patients. She practices with a kind heart and gentle touch, always making sure her patients feels at ease and relaxed. She prides herself on providing excellent patient education, ensuring her clients understand how to maintain optimal dental health and have answers to any and all oral health questions or concerns. She is committed to creating positive dental experiences for all entrusted into her care.
Outside of the office, you will find Nicole at the gym preparing for a bodybuilding competition or at-home snuggled up with her two fur babies, Zoey and Lola watching a movie or reading a book. She grew up in a small country town a near the Starved Rock area so needless to say, she also loves being active outdoors.
Derriece completed her certification in dental assisting from Everest College. She has worked hard to receive additional certifications in coronal polishing and sealant placement. She has also completed advanced courses to be certified in assisting and monitoring for nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Currently, Derriece is continuing her education at the College of DuPage in pursuit of her dream to become a dental hygienist.
With a love for teeth, Derriece has been working as a dental assistant for the past five years. Her advanced certifications and extreme talent are invaluable and enable her to provide exceptional chairside care for our patients. As our lead dental assistant, Derriece also executes all of our rigorous protocols to ensure our equipment, materials, and facility meet the highest standards of safety and sterility.
Her favorite aspect of her job is being hands on with patients. When she’s not telling jokes, Derriece enjoys spreading her positive energy throughout the office and working hard to ensure every patient leaves with a smile.
During her free time, Derriece enjoys listening to Adele and being an awesome mom! When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her spending time with her sweet son who can always put a smile on her face.
*Derriece is wearing INVISALIGN in her picture
Nogessy is originally from Chicago where she grew up with her older brother. She attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where she studied Clinical Psychology. Nogessy decided to pursue a career in dental assisting after looking up to her mom who has been in the field for many years.
Eager to learn, Nogessy is hard at work taking hands-on dental assisting classes and mastering this new skillset. She has received certifications for basic life support for healthcare providers, pit and fissure sealants, coronal polishing, and anesthesia monitoring.
Her favorite aspect of dentistry is the “family” environment at our office. Nogessy feels that this is palpable to both patients and teammates. She enjoys building trust with others to ensure they receive the highest quality care.
When not in the office, you’ll find Nogessy binge watching Grey’s Anatomy or online “window-shopping.” She is excited to become a first time mom late summer 2019
Kelsey is a student from the class of 2019 at Naperville Central High School. She is a member of the business club, DECA, for a second year and a freshman mentor. Kelsey enjoys mentoring her students and helping them become more involved with school activities. She is also on the varsity softball team at Naperville Central and plays travel softball as well.
Kelsey became a patient of Dr. Gantos' and began working in the office shortly afterward. Her office duties include various administrative tasks and being a helping hand to anyone who needs it. Before coming to the office she had a fear of the dentist, but with help of Dr. Gantos and her team, she is happy to report that fear has gone away!
She plans to study sociology in college and continue her softball career in college. During her free time Kelsey enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music and playing with her two dogs.
After graduating high school while living in Momence, Illinois, Kyle enlisted in the Marine Corps and served on active duty for four years. After his discharge in 2011, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve where he still serves today. A passion for helping others, Kyle attended Kankakee Community College where he received his degree in Applied Science for Paramedic and obtained his Paramedic License in 2014. When not in our office, Kyle works at the Village of Park Forest Fire Department as both a firefighter and paramedic.
In an effort to ensure we are always providing the best sedation experiences for our clients, we were very excited to pair up with someone as talented and knowledgable as Kyle. In addition to his impressive skillset, he continues to take new courses and attends additional training opportunities throughout the year to keep his skills sharp and become truly masterful at his craft. Kyle’s passion for healthcare really shows through with the high standards he sets for himself.
When off duty, Kyle loves spending time with his wife and their three children. He also has a love for farming and can regularly be seen at his dad’s farm during the spring and the fall. Kyle truly is a jack of all trades!