Terri joined our staff in 2016 and has 31 years of clinical experience. Additional coursework has enabled her to expand her clinical capabilities and skills. She is certified to administer local anesthesia, perform basic life support, and utilize American Eagle ZP technology instrumentation. In order to provide optimal care for her patients, Terri remains current with dental and dental hygiene procedures and products and attends numerous continuing education courses on a regular basis. These have included Myths, Legends, and Realities of Over-the-Counter Products; Opioid Addiction and Dental Professionals; Advanced Hygiene Therapy; and Faces of Oral Cancer.
The best part of Terri’s job is interacting with patients. She has yet to meet anyone who wants to hear about the evils of not flossing. Instead, explaining the correlation between oral health and overall health, evaluating a patient’s oral health, and recommending home care products and techniques are far more effective ways of educating her patients. Through many years of experience, her sense of humor has proven to be one of her greatest clinical tools, especially when working with dental-phobic patients.
Outside of the office, Terri spends much of her time helping her husband manage and market their side business “Woodwork By Design.” She is also actively involved with the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association and has her own column in their newsletter.