It is truly an honor to be part of the orthodontic field, dentistry’s oldest specialty. Working with all ages brings to me a wonderful educational opportunity. Treating each person as an individual, not a number, makes my personal journey in their treatment very rewarding. It is exciting and a privilege to earn the trust of a growing child so that I can ensure their growth and dental development can be the best it can be.
Education and Continuing Education
- Eastern Illinois University – Double major, Zoology and Chemistry, 1974
- Loyola University School of Dentistry – Doctorate of Dental Surgery with honors, 1980
- Loyola University – Orthodontic Certification, 1982
I am involved in continuing education for dental implants, temporary anchorage devices, and multidiscipline treatment for adults. Staying up-to-date on the newest technology keeps me current with other dental specialties, an integral aspect of working in this field.
Soon after graduation, I was invited to teach at the Loyola School of Dentistry Orthodontic Department. I was an assistant professor for ten years and enjoyed the blend of private practice and teaching. It’s exciting to see how the orthodontic profession has evolved just since graduating from my residency. Research has provided technology and techniques that have improved treatment, made it more comfortable, and provided healthier results, and I am proud to offer these benefits to my patients. I was also voted by my peers as a “Top Doc” in orthodontics for the Chicago area.
In addition to being the first female orthodontist in Illinois to be Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, I stay active in the orthodontic community through participation in the following organizations:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
- World Federation of Orthodontists, fellow
- Illinois Society of Orthodontists
Outside the Office
I am a native of Joliet and currently reside in Naperville with my husband, Mark Sefcheck, DDS. In addition to caring for our rescued shelter pets, I stay busy with Pilates, playing tennis, pottery, and fishing. I am also active in my community. Throughout the years, I have provided orthodontic care at no charge to select individuals in need and am involved in the Philanthropic Educational Organization, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. As a side note, the P.E.O. is a philanthropic outreach which helps thousands of women pursue their educational goals through support of its own college, Cottey College and five educational assistance philanthropies. It is also an organization of friendship which is the characteristic that makes the organization so unique.