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Dr. Richard E. Patelski, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Patelski | Downers Grove IL DentistDr. Patelski was born in Oklahoma while his father was in the Army, but he grew up in Chicago. Dr. Patelski received both his undergrad and dental degrees from Loyola University.

Dr. Patelski received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 1998 and earned Mastership in 2005. The Academy of General Dentistry is an international organization of 35,000 general dentists. Earning the Fellowship Award means completing more than 500 hours of continuing education courses within 10 years and passing a rigorous fellowship examination. The Mastership requires an additional 600 hours of continuous education. The Academy is not a requirement, but a commitment to continuing dental education and to giving patients the best possible care. Dr. Patelski is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society and the Advanced Dental Study Club.

Doctor has two grown children, Rick and Suzi (you will see Suzi working at the office part time), and one granddaughter, Kasey. He enjoys spending time with her. He is also a member of the Downers Grove Sportsmen's Club, and enjoys fishing, and archery and other shooting sports.

SarahHi! I'm Sarah. I'm a Registered Dental Hygienist. I graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with my Bachelors in Science of dental hygiene. I have been working for Dr. Rick since 1999. I love the community and practice. It's my second home! When I'm not working I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband Kenny, two kids; Nathaniel and Kennedi, and our animals. My son, Nathaniel, has cystic fibrosis and I volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help fight his terrible disease.

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MaryHi! I'm Mary and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and have been a part of Dr. Patelski's staff since 1983. Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I am proud to say I am a native YOOPER. My dental career started while in high school helping out at my dad's dental office. I attended Loyola University and while there, met my husband, Ray. We were married in 1975 and have two grown children and five grandchildren.

TatianaHi! I'm Tatiana - Tat for short (Believe me I am short)! I joined the practice in 2006 as Dr. Patelski's assistant . I enjoy my work, we are a great team and we have wonderful patients. I came from Romania 1990, where I was finishing residency as a medical doctor, but I love what I do here today. I speak Romanian and Russian. I have a small family, my husband Gabor and a daughter Faye.

CharleneHello! I'm Charlene - Back in 1981, accepting Dr. Patelski's offer to work with him, was one of the wisest decisions I have ever made. Yes, you may have guessed, I was Dr Patelski's first employee. I started as front desk and assistant. My title now reads office manager. I can't begin to tell you
the pride I feel in seeing our practice develop into the high-tech,
professional practice, for which it has become known. Please accept our sincere invitation to meet and greet our friendly and dynamic team.
Our Welcome Mat is Always Out!!!

MichelleHi! I'm Michelle. I took an interest in the dental field back in 1988 when I completed a 2 year dental assistant program at DAVEA vocational school. I started with Dr. Rick in 1993 as his full time assistant. My position now is mostly at the front desk with still occasionally assisting Dr. with implants or as needed. I love my dental family & our patients!! When I am not here at the office, I enjoy spending my time with my husband, Jim, and my 3 boys, Ryan, Austin & Troy. My hobbies include; scrapbooking, photography, & boxing.

SuziHi, I am Suzi and I have been working for my dad since I was in high school. Today I am a middle school math teacher, but continue to fill my Saturdays and summers working as a dental assistant and receptionist at his office. My time off is spent with my husband, Josh and my daughter, Kasey. I love working with a great staff who work as a team to insure quality dental care for all of our patients.

ArynHi! My name is Aryn and I have been working part-time for Dr. Patelski since June of 2015. I mainly work at the front desk and greet all the friendly faces that come through our doors. The entire staff has taken me under their wing and are showing me the ropes to prepare me in becoming an orthodontist as I hope to be (I really couldn't have asked for a more patient and caring office to work at). Come fall I will be attending the College of DuPage full-time as a presidential scholar with a focus in Pre-Dental. In my free-time I love to spend time with my family, especially my two nieces and my nephew, read, and swim. I hope to see you at the office soon!