How Long Does a Dental Cleaning Take?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t consider how long a dental cleaning takes. Instead, you may assume it’s a short appointment that only takes up a little of your time. However, what if we told you there’s more to a dental cleaning than meets the eye? This blog post will discuss what is […]

The Cause Behind Your Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be an extremely uncomfortable and frustrating sensation that doesn’t seem to go away. While it’s normal for patients to experience dry mouth on occasion, if it persists, it’s important to visit our dentist in Cary, Il to get to the root of the issue. Is It Dangerous? Dry mouth isn’t only uncomfortable, […]

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

As providers of family dental care in Cary, Il, we believe every month should be National Dental Hygiene Month! Because this isn’t possible, we want to take October as a chance to emphasize the importance of dental hygiene not only during this month, but year-round. The four facets of dental health that the American Dental […]

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our dentists dedicated to family dental care in Cary, IL wanted to make a blog post to call attention to this issue. There’s not nearly enough talk about oral cancer and the devastating effects it has on the people who suffer from it. Did you know […]

Getting Kids Excited About Dental Health

It’s easy to understand the importance of dental health as adults, but as a kid, the benefits of dental health might not be so obvious. As providers of family dental care in Cary, Il, we want to ensure your entire family not only takes dental health seriously but gets excited about it as well. Here […]

How to Adjust Dentures

The transition into wearing dentures can be a daunting, uncomfortable and scary process. As a dentures provider in Cary, Il, we’ve helped countless patients make the transition smooth and seamless. Once you’ve adjusted properly, wearing dentures will likely turn out to be a positive, confident-boosting experience. Here are some things to keep in mind if […]

Why Do Kids Need X-Rays?

Is your child visiting our family dental care Cary IL office for a regular examination? X-rays are an important part of a child’s dental examination to diagnose damage or disease to your child’s teeth. Since x-rays expose your child to radiation, you may be hesitant to consent to x-ray imaging until you fully understand the […]

Your Smile In The New Year

With only days left in 2017, it’s time to reflect on the year in order to better ourselves in 2018. Your dental health is a very important part of your overall wellness. As your family dental care Cary IL team, we think that the new year is a perfect time to create a list of […]

Holiday Dental Care

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the holiday season! It’s time to shop, decorate, eat, and spend time with family and friends. The holidays can get very busy, however, there is no time to slack on your dental care and cause damage to your teeth. As your Cary IL dentists, we are […]

Dental Hygiene Month

It’s National Dental Hygiene Month! In an effort to celebrate the work our dental hygienists at Cary Dental Associates do and raise awareness on the importance of oral health, we are educating our patients on proper brushing techniques. This year, we are focusing on the four routines recommended by the American Dental Association, that can […]

Katelyn

Katelyn, one of our hygienists, has been in the dental field for over five years. She chose this profession because she loves to make people smile. She is passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients while providing them with quality care. She individualizes patient treatment to cater to their needs. Katelyn is dedicated to delivering optimal care by educating her patients on their oral health as well as systemic links and risk factors. Katelyn is equally passionate about helping her patients with proper nutritional habits, hygiene home care and periodontal health.

“I believe that learning is a lifelong journey,” says Katelyn. She graduated from the College of Lake County with an Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene and received her RDH license. She is certified in administering local anesthetic. “As I continue to learn, I enjoy sharing my knowledge with my patients and dental team,” she says.

In her free time, Katelyn enjoys playing softball and watching the Chicago Cubs. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She and her boyfriend Jeremy love to explore new restaurants and try new foods.

Trisha

Dental hygienist Trisha believes in educating each patient about their oral health and individualizing treatment to cater to every patient’s current needs. She does this by gathering a full medical history and performing an oral cancer screening, periodontal measurements and a full oral exam. With this information, she makes a unique, personalized treatment for each patient. Skills she performs in the office include detailed cleanings, sealants, fluoride, periodontal deep cleanings, and impressions for whitening.

Trisha attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene and a minor in biomedical sciences. She holds a certification for local anesthesia and has been trained using Biolase lasers. She completes at least 36 hours of continuing education every three years. Trisha also has experience as a dental assistant starting at the age of 15. She assisted for three years in general dentistry prior to attending Marquette University and assisted as a periodontal surgical assistant and pathology assistant while attending Marquette.

Trisha grew up in Crystal Lake, IL. She now lives in Huntley with her husband Ryan and their two boys, Mason and Chase. Trisha enjoys hiking with her dogs, fishing, going on adventures and spending time watching her boys play football and baseball. She is very involved with her boys’ school, holding the position of president of the home and school association and running the school lunchroom. When it’s time to unwind she loves spending time with friends and family.

Jen

Jen has been a dental assistant since she was 21. She enjoys assisting Dr. Brewer and is dedicated to ensuring that procedures go smoothly and patients are comfortable and relaxed. Jen will always greet you with a smile and make sure you feel welcome. She is certified in coronal polishing and sealants. Jen lives in McHenry with her husband Rob, their dog Sarika and their cat Puddy. They have a son and two daughters. When not at work, Jen enjoys working out, reading, knitting and spending time with her kids.

Renae

Renae joined the exciting world of dentistry in 2004, and it wasn’t long before she realized this was the career path she would follow. Renae joined the Cary Dental Associates Team in August of 2016.

As our office manager, insurance coordinator and implant coordinator, Renae has her hands full, but you’ll always see her smiling and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She enjoys educating patients about their dental benefits to help them make decisions to receive the best possible care. She oversees the submission of insurance claims along with the processing of insurance payments. She is always up for a challenge when it comes to appealing claims that may have been denied by an insurance company. Renae also enjoys working with patients and our specialists when it comes to implant treatment. She makes sure patients understand their treatment from start to finish and thoroughly explains the financial aspect of the implant process along with any applicable insurance benefits. Renae will happily go the extra mile to help any and all patients in the practice.

Renae grew up in Crystal Lake and still calls it home. Renae enjoys spending time outside with her two sons, Cameron and Christian. She loves watching Cameron play baseball and considers herself his biggest fan.

Tracy

Tracy is our social media and marketing coordinator. You may see her in and out of the office throughout the week. Tracy enjoys working out of her home creating content for Cary Dental Associates’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

Tracy has lived in the Crystal Lake area for over 40 years, and she and her husband, Dr. Skleba, currently reside in Prairie Grove where they raised their family. In her free time, she enjoys anything that has to do with being outside and spending time with family, especially playing with her grandchildren. Tracy loves to travel to new and exciting places where she can play golf and hike.

Marisa

As an assistant to Dr. Brewer, Marisa focuses on helping patients achieve brighter smiles along with utilizing her certificate for sealants and coronal polishing to help keep patients’ teeth healthy. Marisa is always smiling because she’s able to help patients feel confident in their own smiles. She’s been working in the dental field since 2006 and recalls getting so excited to go to the dentist as a child.

When she isn’t working, Marisa enjoys traveling, boating or simply spending time outside in the sun with her children, Brayden and McKenzie. If Marisa could spend a year doing anything, she would spend as much time as possible traveling with family and friends.

Debbie

Debbie has been part of our dental hygiene team since 2007. She obtained her Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene from Harper College. She has been practicing dental hygiene since 1983 and has years of experience in both periodontal and orthodontic offices. She is thrilled to be part of such a great team with incredibly wonderful patients.

When not at work, Debbie’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, their three daughters and four grandchildren. She also volunteers at her church with the PADS program.

Bonnie

Dental hygienist Bonnie’s priority is to work in tandem with the rest of the dental team to provide full oral health care. Her training lets her specialize in the treatment and prevention of oral diseases such as periodontal disease and dental decay. She evaluates potential risk factors for these diseases by taking a full medical history and performing an oral cancer exam, a dentition exam and a periodontal exam. She then follows up with treatment, which can include removal of plaque, calculus and biofilm, as well as any necessary radiographs, fluoride treatments and sealants.

Bonnie lives in Ringwood, IL, and has resided in McHenry County her whole life. In 1988, she obtained her Associate of Applied Science from Harper College in Palatine, IL, and holds local anesthesia and diode laser certifications. She maintains 36 hours of continuing education every three years for licensure. Originally an oral surgery assistant, Bonnie realized she had a very real desire to learn more about other forms of dentistry and decided to turn her attention toward the prevention of oral diseases.

When she isn’t keeping patients’ mouths healthy and shining, Bonnie is spending time with her husband Derek and their three children, Grace, Gretchen and Griffin. She enjoys coffee on the porch, swimming and boating on the lake.

Terri

As the insurance and scheduling coordinator, Terri is always willing to go the extra mile for our patients. Terri works directly with insurance companies to verify patients’ coverage and obtain detailed benefit information. When she’s not on the phone with insurance companies, she helps patients book appointments, checks them in and out and keeps up with patient relations. Terri has been working in the dental field on and off since 2000. She loves helping people and educating them on how to achieve their best smiles. Terri loves working at Cary Dental Associates and with everyone in the office.

When she is not working, Terri enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married for over 35 years and has three daughters. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, Simon and Winnie, who live in Holland, MI. Terri loves playing with her 2 grandpuppies, a golden retriever, Rudy, and a Bernedoodle, Riley. She also loves cooking, watching movies and seeing live shows.

Bridget

Bridget has worked in the dental field since 2005. She has been both a dental assistant and a front desk coordinator. Bridget joined the Cary Dental Associates team in June 2021. As the scheduling coordinator, she oversees scheduling appointments, checks patients in and out of the office and keeps up with patient accounts. Bridget enjoys helping people find their way to a brighter smile.

Bridget was born and raised in Chicago and moved to McHenry in 1993 with her husband Rob. She has three children, twins Jimmy and Joey, a daughter Brianna and a beloved dog, Phebe. When Bridget is not working at the office, she loves to spend time with family and friends. She is always on the go and loves to be busy and active. She’s an avid sports fan and loves the Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks and the Bears.

Dr Katarina Crause

Dr. Katarina Crause grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. She completed her Bachelor of Science in evolutionary anthropology with a minor in biochemistry at the University of Michigan.

Having always wanted to work in healthcare, her family dentist convinced her to consider dentistry, and she was inspired by the amount of hands-on patient care, precision and artistry involved in the field. She received her DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2021 and then moved to Chicago, completing her general practice residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in 2022.

Dr. Crause is a member of the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois State Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She has participated in various volunteer events, including Give Kids a Smile and Mission of Mercy.

When not caring for patients, Dr. Crause enjoys exercising, traveling, watching Broadway shows and dancing with friends. You might also find her walking along Lake Shore Drive or trying a new restaurant in Chicago!

Dr Sarah Brewer

Dr. Sarah Brewer always loved puzzles as a child, and seeing how pieces fit together to make a functioning and visually pleasing whole.

“When I started college, I had no idea what I planned to do, but the brother of a friend of mine started talking to me about dentistry. I quickly saw it was the perfect blend of medicine and creativity for me!”

A Bloomingfield, MI, native, Dr. Brewer did her undergraduate work at Indiana University, achieving a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in chemistry and graduating with honors. She followed up her undergraduate with dental school, attending Boston University for her DMD and graduating magna cum laude in 2006 before completing her residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

“There are two ‘best parts’ of my daily job,” Dr. Brewer says. “The first is working with patients who call themselves ‘flight risks.’ They are so scared of the dentist that they literally want to jump out of the chair and run. When I am able to successfully treat them and they say to me, ‘Wow, I’m not scared anymore!’—well, that’s a great feeling. The second is working with patients who tell me they are embarrassed to smile because of the way their teeth look. When we do restorative work and they are able to smile again, you can see what a difference you’ve made in their life. It’s transformative.”

When she’s not guiding patients toward a happier, healthier approach to dentistry, Dr. Brewer can be found at her Cary, IL, home with her three children, Lucas, Dylan and Beckett. She enjoys relaxing in warm weather and going to the beach to build sandcastles with the kids, and confides that her dream vacation would definitely involve travel to Europe with friends, family and a babysitter!