Villa Park, IL, April 25, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- What do you want to do when you grow up?
For Katie Tyree, a senior at Willowbrook High School, the answer is to become a dental hygienist.
This week, Katie Tyree was selected for an exclusive internship at Oak Brook Smiles, a prominent dental implant and cosmetic dentistry office located in nearby Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. She had been deciding between careers in medicine and dentistry over the last few years and opted for a career in dentistry after doing some part time work at Oak Brook Smiles.
The team at Oak Brook Smiles has taken her under their wings. She has learned from excellent mentors there, including Dr. Umar Haque, Siraj Haque (Office Manager), Dena Perillo (Hygienist), and Cheryl Fontana (Dental Assistant).
Dr. Umar Haque is a dentist at Oak Brook Smiles and loves practicing dentistry. Although there four days a week from Monday through Thursday, he spends most of his Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays attending and speaking at continuing education courses around the country. He completed his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry at the University of Connecticut and went on to complete a post-graduate residency in hospital-based dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Dental Implant Association and has also completed a Fellowship in Implant Dentistry with the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He has been encouraging Katie to understand both the front desk as well as sterilization in the office. Dr. Haque mentioned, “Katie is a motivated and hard-working strong girl with a lot of potential. She sets goals and has vision. That is something I haven’t seen in many 18 year olds.”
Siraj Haque is the Office Manager and the wife of Dr. Haque. She runs the business operations, from insurance claims to scheduling patients. Siraj aids patients with financing options and keeps the office in balance. From welcomes patients, to interviewing them and understanding what they want, Siraj has proven to be invaluable in the front. Katie has been learning how the front of a dental practice runs from Siraj, from scanning in EOB’s (estimation of benefits) to getting coffee for patients in the welcome area. Siraj stated, “It’s great having Katie at our office. She brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”
Dena Perillo, RDH is the hygienist at Oak Brook Smiles. She has over 10 years of experience in dentistry and has completed extensive post-graduate training in anesthetic and laser dentistry. She has been teaching Katie the ins and outs of hygiene, from what classes to take to get into hygiene programs all the way to nomenclature of dental instruments. Dena said, “I’m sure she is going to be a wonderful hygienist! She has the right attitude!”
Cheryl Fontana is the dental assistant at Oak Brook Smiles. She is involved with all of the dentistry that Dr. Haque does, from setting up to breaking down the treatment rooms. Cheryl makes things comfortable for patients, from bringing them warm, lavender neck-pillows and eye-pillows to getting the right music on the iPod with noise-cancelling head phones, to holding their hand while Dr. Haque gives a patient anesthetic. Cheryl has taught Katie all about the clinical side of dentistry including sterilization, the instruments, what different instruments are used for, how to assist Dr. Haque, how to interact with patients, how to calm them down and make it pleasant for them. “It’s wonderful having Katie help with instruments and turning over rooms so that things flow smoothly.”
When asked what she liked most about working at Oak Brook Smiles, Katie replied, "The experience, the atmosphere, the ambition… I like everything!”
Katie also discussed what she has learned since starting part-tome work. "I've learned how to scan papers, take care of instruments, nomenclature of instruments, how to interact with patients. The knowledge I have gained working here will provide a lot background for a future hygiene program. I am also starting to understand what patients like and don't like, and learning how to adjust to patient needs.” Katie hopes to attend hygiene school at the College of DuPage.
Discussing the business side of things, Katie said, "Business is a lot of work and dedication. You have to want it really bad so that you can achieve your dreams.” She continued that line of thought, "I know it's not going to be easy to get into hygiene school and get the grades that I need to get in, but I know I can do it. It's on a post-it note on my mirror, and I look at it every morning.”
Oak Brook Smiles is a premiere dental implant and cosmetic dentistry office in nearby Oakbrook Terrace. Their goal is help their patients create the smile of their dreams! They offer the best customer service and state-of-the-art technologies. They offer high-end implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea devices, snore guard devices, TMJ appliances, laser dentistry, oral cancer screenings with Velscope, digital radiography, and a CT scanner. A juice and coffee bar welcome their patients as they enter along with fresh flowers. Patients there can relax with heated, lavender neck and eye pillows, and escape with an iPod with noise cancelling headphones. Katie Tyree will be completing an internship this summer at Oak Brook Smiles.