Meet the Team at Progressive Periodontics & Implants
Providing Friendly & Quality Patient-Centered Care in Aurora
Diana – Office Manager
Diana is our Office Manager and has over 20 years experience in office administration. Diana’s main focus is to ensure every patient receives excellent care and customer service. Her exceptional communication and organizational skills help provide each patient with a clear understanding of their treatment plan. Diana assists our patients through scheduling, financial matters and insurance questions.
Diana is also responsible for the entire Progressive Periodontics & Implants team and our day-to-day business operation. There has never been a stronger leader who keeps our team organized, motivated and on track. Her positive attitude and friendly personality helps to create the leadership, quality and our “wow factor” in all that we do!
“I enjoy working with my co-workers and Dr. Pick. I admire Dr. Pick’s compassion and commitment to his practice and patients and I believe our hygienists, assistants and front desk deliver the very best to our patients.”
Diana is married and has 2 daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Diana also loves traveling.
Annie – Patient Coordinator
Annie is our Patient Coordinator. She is often the first friendly voice that greets you on the phone and the friendly face that greets you when you arrive at Progressive Periodontics & Implants. Annie manages the front desk, creates and schedules patient appointments and her wonderful smile and friendly personality will embrace you from the moment you meet her.
Annie loves being part of Dr. Pick’s team as each and every patient is treated with dignity, respect, is made to feel important and is given a level of care that is judicious and second to none! Annie also loves the family atmosphere at the office and the teamwork that exists.
“I enjoy working at Progressive Periodontics & Implants because it is a fun and friendly place to work and we really work well as a team helping each other out in all facets of the office. We provide patients with care and respect, and to me that means a lot.”
A native of the western suburbs, Annie is married to her husband, Mike (a world class fisherman and Northern Pike record holder!) and together they have four children. In her spare time Annie likes to read, fish, and most importantly spend time with her family.
Stephanie, CDA, RDH, – Dental Hygienist
Stephanie Canales, CDA, RDH knew since she was 8 years old that she wanted to be in the dental field. In high school, Stephanie was able to get a kick start to her profession when she started working for her orthodontist, as a chair-side assistant. Graduating from the Dental Hygiene program at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL in 2011, she received her degree in Applied Sciences in Dental Hygiene. Stephanie is also certified in the administration of local anesthetic and nitrous oxide. She is also a certified dental assistant.
Stephanie’s experience includes a wide range of patients including those with mental and physical disabilities. She has volunteered her time in the NeuroRestorative community in Southern Illinois, educating those who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries on proper oral hygiene care and preventive treatment.
Stephanie has been part of Dr. Pick’s Dental Hygiene Study Club for several years. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is interested in expanding and building upon her dental knowledge to provide the optimal, highest standard of care to her patients.
Stephanie maintains an excellent rapport with patients and particularly enjoys the challenge of helping ease anxiety many patients feel about being at the dentist. “I thoroughly enjoy working in a positive environment at Progressive Periodontics & Implants that allows our team to strive and deliver the highest level of care to our patients.”
Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, exploring Chicago, working out, and hiking.
Vanessa, RDH – Dental Hygienist
Vanessa earned her Dental Hygiene Degree in 1986 from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. She further achieved her certification to administer local anesthetic through the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and is licensed to administer nitrous oxide. Vanessa also holds certification in the use of dental lasers through The Academy of Laser Dentistry.
With over 30 years of experience in both general and periodontal practice, Vanessa is highly skilled in all aspects of periodontal therapies. She believes in delivering the highest level of comprehensive periodontal and oral care to each patient to ensure the stability of their overall health. She recognizes that each patient is a unique individual and that no two patients are the same. Therefore each patient receives the treatment best suited for their individual needs for a positive outcome.
Patient education has always been the foundation of Vanessa’s success with her patients. She strives daily to educate her patients on their oral health and its link to their overall health. She feels that it is a team effort between the patient, doctor and herself to ensure the success of treatment and patient education is a direct pathway to this success. Dental Hygiene is a true passion for Vanessa and she enjoys creating new relationships while also maintaining those she has had for many years.
Vanessa enjoys being a part of the team at Progressive Periodontics & Implants because of the high level of care given daily to each patient both clinically and professionally.
During her free time, Vanessa enjoys her second passion in life singing a cappella music with the International award-winning chorus of Sweet Adelines International, The Melodeer Chorus. She auditioned over 27 years ago and has loved every minute since!
Vanessa married her high school sweetheart Steve and they are the proud parents of five wonderful children: Rachelle, Stephen, Kyle, Katelyn and Anna.
Claudia – Surgical Assistant
Claudia comes to us with over 20 years of experience working in dentistry. Claudia not only assists in the treatment and care of our patients, but also helps patients feel at ease and comfortable with their treatment. She is an excellent team member supporting our vision statement as being the premiere “go to” specialty practice for periodontics, oral medicine and implants.
Claudia enjoys getting to know every patient and building a great relationship with them. Her primary goal is to deliver the best dental experience!
“What I enjoy most about working at Progressive Periodontics & Implants is the team work and moral of our office. We all work together to deliver the highest level of care to our patients.”
In her free time, Claudia enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Gosia – Surgical Assistant
Gosia is one of our surgical assistants and brings over 28 years of experience to the team. Gosia has her RN degree which brings an added level of care and compassion to our patients. Gosia enjoys being part of a team that is driven by its mission which is to deliver the highest quality standards of periodontal, oral medicine and implant care to its patients!
“I enjoy working at Progressive Periodontics & Implants because of the great customer service delivered to our patients. Our team creates an inviting atmosphere for everyone and our office is very well organized and professional. Dr. Pick is dedicated to his patients and passionate about his work. Our team collectively provides patients with the highest quality of care.”
A native of Poland and now a resident of the western suburbs, Gosia is the proud mom of three girls, and one boy. In her spare time she enjoys listening to great music and dancing. Gosia speaks fluent English and Polish.
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Sonja – Surgical Assistant
Sonja is one of our surgical assistants who is very proud and honored to be working with Dr. Pick for over 25 years plus has over 35 years of experience in the dental field. She brings a wealth of experience and dedication to each and every patient, as well as our team. Her primary goal is to assist in the treatment and care of our patients and to help each patient clearly understand their treatment plan. Sonja thrives on our mission and vision statements of providing every patient with the highest quality standards of periodontal, oral medicine and implant care. Her warm personality helps our patients feel comfortable as she loves meeting and sharing her day with so many interesting people.
“I love being part of a loving team of wonderful individuals!”
In her free time, Sonja loves spending time with her family.
Kristin – Office Representative
Kristin is our Office Representative and Public Relations Coordinator. She comes to us with over 20 years of public relations and marketing experience. Kristin’s primary goal is to build relationships with our referring offices and teams. She also maintains our presence and keeps us active in the social media world of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and others. She supports our mission, vision and culture statements of being the absolute best periodontal practice we can be and loves being a part of Dr. Pick’s team!
“The level of care that is provided at Progressive Periodontics & Implants is something more than I have ever seen in a practice. Dr. Pick’s passion and dedication to his patients and team motivates us all to be the best that we can be and shines through in all that we do.”
Kristin and her husband live in the northwest suburbs with their three very active sons. In her free time, she enjoys cheering for her boys at their sporting events and further enjoys hiking, biking and being outdoors.