Donna Vranas has been with Hinsdale Dentistry for 6 years. She is the Practice Coordinator, treatment planner and receptionist. Donna is one of the first faces you will see when you walk through the doors of our new state-of-the-art dental office. “My focus here is to facilitate and enrich the experience of all of our patients, and to assist all of the professional personnel at Hinsdale Dentistry.” Prior to our office, she was on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Sara Patterson is Hinsdale Dentistry’s lead hygienist- “I was raised and still live in Western Springs with my husband and son. I have worked with Dr. Harnois and staff for over 25 years as a dental hygienist-yikes!! In my spare time I love to golf and garden.”
Patti Piasecki graduated from Spring Hill College and Loyola University School of Dental Hygiene. Patti is the longest standing hygienist in the practice. She has been a dental hygienist for over 30 years. “My family inspired me to go into the field of Dentistry. My father, brother and uncle were all dentists. My favorite procedure in our office is tooth whitening… what an easy way to brighten your smile. I am married with 3 grown children. My hobbies are tennis and gardening.”
Laura Catrambone, RDH
Laura Catrambone is a 2006 graduate of Harper College in Palatine, IL. There she completed her A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene. Prior to getting her dental hygiene degree, Laura received her Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Laura has been with the team at Hinsdale Dentistry since May 2011. She enjoys working with people and educating them on proper oral health care. She enjoys traveling, playing sports, and spending time with her family.
Jackie Embree has been in the field of dentistry for 2 years as a dental assistant. “I wanted to become a dental assistant to help put people at ease when they are getting a procedure done since I know a lot of people who are afraid of going to the dentist. My favorite procedure to assist with is Composite Veneers, because you can quickly see the transformation in a person’s smile with just a few “tweaks”. My hobbies include playing sports, spending time with my boyfriend, family, & friends, and spoiling my dogs.”
Sharon has been a dental assistant since 1976. She has been assisting Dr. Harnois since July 2010. “My father picked Dental Assisting for me, he knew I liked working with people and would enjoy different dental procedures. My favorite dental procedure in the office is LUMINEERS porcelain veneers. I am speechless when we finish every case. It always amazes me how it changes a patient’s smile and how happy they are when they leave the office. Sometimes it can be life changing for them.” Sharon’s hobbies are cooking and reading.
Dani has been in the field of dentistry for 10 years. “When my last boss retired after 16 years with him, I wanted something totally different for my next job. Dentistry is very different than civil engineering. I am cross trained so I can work front desk as well as work with the doctors. However, my strong skill is front desk since I am good with patient interaction. I always had a secret ambition to work in the medical/dental field. My hobby is garage sales. I love the thrill of the hunt, and the resale of items online for well more than I purchased them for.”
Jessica Izzo joined the team at Hinsdale Dentistry in April of 2012 as Dr. Peter Harnois’ receptionist. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Communicative Disorders in May of 2011. “I have always aspired to be a part of the field of health. Hinsdale Dentistry not only fulfills that aspiration, but also provides an amazing staff with endless support. Botox thus far! The ‘gummy smile’ procedure has helped relax my upper lip muscle whenever I smile. No more trying to hold back my big smile on my own!”- says Jessica. She loves all sports. “My absolute favorite is basketball. I also love spending as much time as I can with my niece, Addison”.
Kristin has being with Hinsdale Dentistry for over 9 years working in the office dental lab. “My favorite job is transforming patients’ smiles around with my wax-ups. Seeing the patients’ expression is very rewarding. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family”.
Shannon Buer has been a dental hygienist at Hinsdale Dentistry for 15 years. She graduated from Prairie Sate College in 1997. “My hobbies are spending time with family, working out and traveling.”
Mauro is a dental assistant at Hinsdale Dentistry since April 2008. He graduated from Everest College. “I enjoy spending my spare time with my family and working on projects at my house”.