I’m here to greet you when you come to our dental practice. I co-ordinate and organize appointments and facilitate the efficient running of the office. I will work with your insurance carrier to ensure you get the treatment you need. Also, help with any payment plans. I feel I have found my “dental home” at this practice and hop you will, too.
I came to the dental health industry after working in respite care through my parish in Mt. Greenwood. Working chairside as a dental assistant before returning to college to, I obtained my business degree in finance. A perpetual student, never meeting a “hard” course I didn’t like. When not at the office, I enjoy foreign films, reading, home improvements and fiber arts.
I started my dental career in high school. Working as a dental assistant and receptionist, I paid for Dental Hygiene College. As a dental hygienist, my goal is comprehensive dental care which includes assessing risk factors both periodontal and systemic. Also, educating patients on the inflammatory and systemic ramifications of periodontal disease which make recare appointments so important. I would like to believe I am transforming people’s lives by improving the journey to a healthy, beautiful smile. I love working with my teammates. I feel they are my second family along with our patients that I have known for many years.
Originally from the Chicago area, I currently reside in Tinley Park with my husband, Mike. We have two sons, Tyler and Dylan. My non-work activities include spending time with family and friends, walking, working out at the gym, and volunteering. I am, also the president of Victor J. Andrew Athletic Booster Club which is a non-profit organization aimed at funding sport programs.
As a dental hygienist working at this office, I passionately care for my patients by helping them achieve ultimate oral health. I achieve this by helping my patients identify their dental problems, then educate, motivate, and assist them to find solutions to those issues. Along with therapeutic teeth cleaning in the office, I provide and present individual home care solutions, introducing products to help the patients achieve their personal oral health goals. This is done through individualized education plans. Excellent patient service, quality care, integrity and teamwork have been my work ethic through0ut my career, which is a great fit with the office philosophy of Dr. Sheehan.
I am a native of Illinois. Outside of my work as a dental hygienist, I enjoy gardening, hiking, reading, and visiting friends and family.
Gitana is the smiling face chairside, assisting Dr. Sheehan. She works diligently to provide safe and comfortable dental care. She has over 10 years experience as a dental assistant, graduating from the Dental Institute in 2005.
She makes sure that each dental operator is disinfectant after each patient, and that all instruments are sterilized after each use. She and her family came from Lithuania in 2002. She has inspired her two daughters to follow her into the dental field (one as a hygienist, the other in undergrad studies). She speaks three languages, English, Russian, and Lithuanian. She loves traveling with her family. Her favorite “taste of home” is Cepelinai (potato-meat dumplings) and Kugelis.
I earned my dental hygiene degree in 2005. Since then I have worked predominantly with
patients in dental offices, but I also worked as an educator of dental hygiene students and as a
dental hygiene consultant. I am so proud to join the team here at the dental office of Dr. Sheehan
where I am among like-minded caregivers who value whole patient care and stress the
importance of dental health as a vital component of overall systemic health. It’s not just
educating patients that matters, but working together with patients to achieve their goals and
aspirations for healthy smiles, bodies, and lifestyles.
Outside of dental hygiene, I enjoy outdoor activities, traveling, reading for my book club, spending time with family and friends, and singing in my church choir.