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. Learn More
Kathy has been one of our dental assistants since 2003. She plays a key role in the clinical organization of our practice. She enjoys doing whatever she can for our patients to make their appointments more enjoyable and comfortable. She appreciates working beside Dr. Hasken to improve our patients’ smile and overall health.
Our newest member Erika, joined our team in June of 2019. She studied Psychology at Northern Illinois University and received her dental hygiene degree at Rock Valley College. Erika is caring and compassionate hygienist who strives to provide exceptional treatment without sacrificing patient comfort. She is passionate about patient education and quality care. Her goal is to provide patients with the knowledge and tools required to keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, attending concerts, going on road trips, and spending time with her boyfriend, their dog and two cats.
Alayne has been a member of our team since 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2013. Alayne is very passionate about patient care and oral education.
In her free time Alayne enjoys spending time with her German Shorthaired Pointer, Quinn, gardening, going on bike rides, hiking and bird watching.
Kathi joined our practice in February of 2019 as our office administrator. Originally from the Chicago suburban area, her past dental administrative experiences were in Ohio, prior to relocating back to the area. She has rapidly become an important team member as the go to person for insurance related matters and patient account management.
When not at work, Kathi enjoys spending time with her two cats, Socks and Tigger, gardening, watching the Cubs, Blackhawks and movies.
Erin is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been with our practice since August of 2005. She is originally from Iowa. Erin received her dental hygiene training at University of Nebraska. She brings much enthusiasm and energy for dental hygiene. After taking some time off to have two children with her husband, Pat, she has rejoined us on a part time basis.
Lori’s experience with our office is as a patient for many years. When we needed someone with a great personality, problem solving ability and focus, I approached Lori about joining our team. She is a great asset at our front desk assisting our patients and Kathi with whatever needs to be done. Lori joined us in 2018.
Lori’s interest outside of work includes spending time with friends and family. She enjoys outside activities that include hiking, skiing and boating but also loves reading and quiet time.