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Baptist Family Dental
David B. Baptist, D.D.S.
I attended The University of Connecticut where I received my Bachelor of Arts and served as President of the Student Union Board of Governors. I continued my education, attending University Of Illinois where I received a Bachelor of Science and received my Doctor of Dental Surgery. I continued to be involved in education as a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry for a time.
I have stayed at the forefront of dentistry by continuously attending educational programs for more than 30 years. I have brought the best, clinically proven technology into our office to serve our patients.
I sit on the Alumni Board at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. Here I serve as the Alumni Chair of the Mentorship Program between The University and the Chicago Dental Society. This program fosters relationships between experienced dentists and dental students, a relationship that I feel is very important to the development of compassionate and ethical dentists.
My wife Judy and I have been married for over 30 years, and have four sons. We enjoy spending time with family, traveling, reading and automobiles. I am very proud to welcome my two sons Brian and Benjamin into my practice as professional peers, and look forward to collaborating with them as we work to serve all of our valued patients.
Brian D. Baptist, D.D.S., M.S.
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Brian Baptist, eldest son of Dr. David Baptist. I am a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where I majored in pre-medicine, Fine Arts and Art History.
My education continued with a Masters degree at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where I was involved in cell research and taught courses in anatomy. I completed my formal schooling at University of Illinois College of Dentistry where I received my doctorate and excelled at restorative and pediatric dentistry. I was honored to serve as the student representative of the Chicago Dental Society in several capacities including academic chapter president.
I was fortunate to have been selected to serve an externship with the Indian Health service, providing health care to the Inupiak people of Alaska. Besides flying into remote villages with bush pilots, I was able to drive a dog team on a typical sled to the most northern point in North America, Point Barrow, Alaska.
I bring with me a relaxed yet professional demeanor. I love dentistry and teaching patients how to maintain their oral health. I am very pleased to be practicing with my father David and my brother Ben. As part of Baptist Family Dental, I welcome the opportunity to provide dental care for you and your family.
Benjamin A. Baptist, D.D.S.
I graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale Summa Cum Laude where I studied Biology and Chemistry. I held a two-year research assistantship with the department head of Chemistry and Biochemistry investigating materials to advance chemotherapy and nerve growth/re-attachment. I continued my education at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry, graduating in the top of my class.
At University of llinois my clinical training integrated all forms of dentistry including pediatrics, advanced restorative procedures and dental implant therapy. I was a teaching assistant for both the Pediatric Dentistry Course and the Implant Dentistry Course. I continue to be involved with Dental Education, having taught at the University of Illinois as a clinical instructor before moving over to Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine as a clinical instructor.
I combined my love of traveling and cultures with expanded clinical experiences. Selected for an externship with the Indian Health Service, I traveled to the North Slope of Alaska and provided dental care to native Alaskans. One of the most memorable experiences was becoming a certified member of the Polar Bear Club.
My wife Diana, daughter Alexandra, son David and I enjoy traveling, dancing, and playing with our two dogs. My hobbies also include carpentry, photography, and auto mechanics. Working with my father David and brother Brian has been a long-time goal. I look forward to helping the people who trust their care to Baptist Family Dental achieve their goals of optimal dental health and aesthetics.
Lori (Office Manager)
Lori joined the Baptist Family dental team after working in the corporate world for 36 years. She was a patient with the Baptist Family before becoming the Office Manager. She finds the dental business quite interesting and feels right at home. The best part of her job is meeting and working with the patients. She has a large group of family and friends and loves spending time with them. She enjoys traveling and is an avid reader.
Kelly (Scheduling Coordinator)
Kelly is the Scheduling Coordinator at Baptist Family Dental. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2016 with a degree in Early childhood Education. She was a preschool teacher as well as a teacher’s aide for two years before joining the Baptist Family dental team. Kelly enjoys reading, music, photography and spending time with her family at her home in Chicago.
Judy (Business Manager)
Judy received her certificate in dental assisting from the Dental Assisting Program at University of Illinois in 1975. Judy
has been a part of Baptist Family Dental since Dr. Dave opened the office in Mount Greenwood in 1978. While raising four sons, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Benedictine University. She received her master’s degree in Literacy while teaching 4th grade.
Judy left teaching about the same time her first grandchild arrived. Five more grandchildren followed soon. Judy treasures each moment they spend together, reading, exploring, and snuggling. Her return to the office started as a temporary role, filling in for vacations and sick leaves at the front desk. After getting to know our wonderful patients and dedicated caring team, she refuses to leave!
Mary started as a dental assistant while in High School. She decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene and has been doing so since graduating in 1998, from hygiene school in Kalamazoo, MI. She loves seeing her patients and educating them to achieve optimal oral health and takes pride in what she does. Mary continues to pursue learning all the latest technologies and further education with the latest techniques for dental hygiene. Mary has two children who keep her busy with many sports and activities. In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, family and friends and going to their cottage in Michigan.
Becky has an Associate of applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Prairie State College.
She enjoys creating a calm atmosphere for the patient and feels privileged to walk patients through their procedures and keep them informed about the progress of their treatment. Becky finds satisfaction in her ability to follow patients throughout their treatment and see the end results of their care, which is a confident smile. “The best is when I meet a patient who has been unhappy with their smile and has been hiding it for years. When their treatment is finished, they walk out of the office with a big smile on their face.”
When not working, Becky likes to run and is an avid reader. Mostly she enjoys spending time with family and friends. “I am happiest when I’m surrounded by the people I love.”
Debi, (Hygienist and Dental Assistant)
Debi has an Associate of applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.
Debi has served in every auxiliary capacity from hygienist to office manager to chair side assistant in her long tenure with Baptist Family Dental. She generously and competently jumps into whatever role is required by the patient or the office team to assure patients’ needs are addressed. The part of her job that Debi enjoys most is educating patients about all the exciting options they face today when it comes to restoring or maintaining their smiles. Debi’s strength is empathy. She feels happiest when she knows she did her best to make the patient comfortable during their dental visit or procedure. “It is important to me that the patient feels he or she has been treated compassionately.”
When not spending time with her husband and their 2 dogs, Debi enjoys working out, decorating, scrapbooking and jewelry making. She is an avid reader and loves to travel.
Kristin AKA Kitty (Dental Assistant)
Kitty is our full-time dental assistant here at Baptist Family Dental. Kitty strives to maintain a positive attitude and a nurturing chair-side manner to ensure our patients feel comfortable. She is willing to take on any role, helping anyone she can. Kitty is quick to crack a joke and loves to make people laugh. Kitty enjoys babysitting and spending quality time with her loved ones.
Renee (Dental Assistant)
Renee has been in the dental field for 20years. She has a passion for helping people feel comfortable, and often adds some humor to make the feel patients at ease. “I was very excited to join Baptist Family Dental, we have an extraordinary team of co-workers and dentists, who truly care about our patients.” Renee and her husband Mark reside in Tinley Park and have been married for 18 years. They have a son and a daughter who keep them busy with baseball and softball. In her down time, Renee enjoys spending time with family and friends in Michigan as well as taking long walks and rooting on the Boston Red Sox.
We are general and cosmetic dentists serving Chicago, Beverly, Mount Greenwood, Morgan Park, Oak Lawn, Alsip, Worth and the surrounding townships!