I knew that I wanted to be engaged with people in a meaningful way. I think this goes back to my small-town roots growing up in Galena, Illinois. At that time people knew each other and took the time to look out after each other. I have jokingly made the comment that everybody knew you and your parents so you couldn’t get away with anything. I worked in a local grocery store, clothing store and pharmacy where I had a lot of interaction with customers which I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the people who had the greatest influence on me was my personal dentist. As a high school student at the time, he became one of my first mentors aside from my parents. I worked at his office doing odd jobs unrelated to direct patient care but was able see his interaction with patients and staff. We spent time away from the office and had many conversations around careers and colleges, as I was nearing that time in my life when I had some decisions to make. Reflecting on what I saw in him, were many of the things that I hoped to accomplish for myself. I started college with the intention of becoming a dentist and never looked back. Today, one of the things that I find most rewarding are the relationships that I have been blessed to have with my patients. I have several multi-generation families in my practice. The trust and confidence they show in me I value tremendously and take very seriously, working every day to continue to earn.
I have been practicing dentistry since 1987. I am a graduate of Augustana College with a B.A. in Biology. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1985. Then I completed a post-graduate General Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. As a Resident Dentist at Mt. Sinai, I gained valuable post-graduate training in oral surgery, prosthodontics (dentures), periodontics, crown and bridge, and medical & dental emergency management.
Continuing education is a priority for me and my staff. I strive to increase my knowledge and skill level by participating in the Chicago Dawson Academy Study Club, The Schuster Center for Professional Development, The Synergy Implant Study Club, as well as other regional and national meetings on dental sleep medicine and complete care dentistry. My wife Teresa and I live in the area with our two daughters.
My goal is to provide you with information to guide you through your dental health decisions and comprehensive care.
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
American Dental Association
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
The Dawson Alumni Association
Illinois State Dental Society
Chicago Dental Society
McHenry County Dental Society
Dawson Trained Dentist
Dr. Hasken is a Scholar Level Dawson dentist. This is a dentist who has completed the entire core curriculum from the Dawson Academy.
A Dawson dentist is one who has dedicated many hours of postgraduate education to learn how to care for patients at the highest ethical and professional level. A primary principle of Dawson dentistry is to do what is necessary to achieve long-term maintainable health and comfort as well as the creation and maintenance of a beautiful, natural smile. Dawson dentists are trained to use the WIDIOM rule which means “would I do it on me?” this concept requires careful examination and treatment planning designed to help patients understand every problem so priorities of treatment can be put into proper perspective. Over-treatment is never acceptable and hurried, incomplete examinations or ineffective treatment planning too often results in dissatisfaction. With proper treatment planning, patients can know in advance everything needed to make a good decision about their dental treatment and to make choices when options for treatment can be safely made.