Meet the Team
Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal-your utmost comfort! We feel it's important that you understand the treatment that you'll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.
Dental Hygienist Bonnie says her 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, and follows up with treatment which can include removal of plaque, calculus, and biofilm, as well as any necessary radiographs, fluoride treatments, and sealants.
Bonnie grew up in Richmond, Illinois until the age of 15, and has resided in the Woodstock area ever since. In 1988, she obtained her Associates in Applied Science from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and also holds Local Anesthesia Certification and Diode Laser Certification. She maintains 36 hours of continuing education every 3 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 more towards the prevention of oral diseases.
When she isn't keeping patient's mouths healthy and shining, Bonnie is spending time with her husband, Derek, and the couple's three children, Grace, Gretchen, and Griffin. She enjoys coffee on the porch, swimming and boating on the lake, and hanging out at any ice rink or volleyball court her kids are on. She also supports Operation Christmas Child and Girls on the Run, charities that two of her friends work for.
For Dental Hygienist Deb, prevention is the name of the game. She assesses the oral health of patients and assists the doctors in evaluating and diagnosing periodontal disease. She helps patients maintain good oral health and prevent dental disease by preforming periodontal therapy including oral cancer exams, periodontal charting and detailed cleanings. She also takes radiographs, places dental sealants, and performs fluoride treatments.
Deb grew up in Palatine and has lived in Cary for over 25 years. She obtained her Associates in Applied Science of Dental Hygiene from Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and also holds a Local Anesthesia certification. Deb completes a minimum of 36 hours Continuing Education hours every 3 years for maintaining her license. "I was able to have on the job training as a Dental Assistant directly after high school while attending Harper College," she remembers. "I enjoyed the dental profession and especially loved working with individual patients. The best part of my job is the one on one contact I have with my patients!"
When she's not brightening smiles and battling periodontal disease, Deb is spending time with friends, family. She has been married for over 30 years and has three daughters, one son-in-law and two grandchildren. Deb volunteers at her church with the P.A.D.S. program; a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency shelter, supportive housing and comprehensive resources to the homeless in McHenry County. She says she would love to go to visit Italy with her family.
As a dental assistant, Laura stays busy helping Dr. Skleba during dental procedures, and overseeing equipment maintenance, sterilization of instruments and product inventory. "I pride myself in being meticulous!" she says.
Laura grew up in Du Page County, and currently lives in McHenry County. "I didn't want to sit behind a desk my whole life after high school," she remembers. "I started helping out in a dental office for a friend, and loved it - so that's what I've been doing ever since. Laura remembers being a kid and visiting a "one man show" dentist: "He answered phones in the middle of appointments, and didn't wear a mask or gloves. Sterilization and cross contamination issues have certainly diminished over the years - we know so much more now!"
Laura has an extensive background in oral surgery as well as various certifications; she also attends Dental Midwinter meetings yearly for continuing education. When she's not at the practice helping transform smiles and lives, Laura is spending time anywhere her family and friends are - although she admits lying on a beach in Mexico would definitely be a preferred mode of downtime.
Dental Assistant Marisa focuses on her job as an assistant to Dr. Brewer, helping patient's achieve brighter smiles and keeping their mouths healthy with sealants and polishing. "I love to smile, and I love helping my patients feel confident in their own smiles," she says.
Marisa is a native of Algonquin, and still lives there. She has 8 years of experience, and holds a Certificate for dental assisting as well as being certified for sealants and coronal polishing. "I've always enjoyed going to the dentist," she says, remembering asking her mom every month "Are we going to the dentist this month?" "I never had any cavities, and I loved having my teeth cleaned."
When she isn't assisting with dental procedures, Marisa is planning her upcoming wedding to fiancé Kevin, with whom she'll be tying the knot next year, working in the local animal shelter, boating, or simply spending time outside in the sun with her almost 1-year old son, Brayden. "I love spending time with friends and family, and would enjoy getting to travel with them if I had a year to spend dong anything!"
Practice office manager Penny says that the most important thing about dental health that people forget is how connected it is to overall health. "My childhood dentist actually smoked his pipe while he worked on us," she remembers, laughing. "I'm glad dentistry has come such a long way since then.
Born in Chicago, Penny and her family moved to West Dundee when she was 2 years old. She taught early education but became fascinated by orthodontics when her son required braces. "I asked so many questions at every appointment and was so involved that eventually the dentist's office offered me a job - and the rest is history!" she says. The holder of an Associate's degree, Penny stays on top of the dental profession with continuing education courses taken yearly.
When she's not helping the practice run smoothly, Penny is spending time with her family, which includes three shelter animals she and her husband have adopted over the years. She likes to golf in the summer, go snowmobiling in the winter, and read - particularly books about history. Penny dreams of taking a long vacation in Ireland with her family.
Tracy is the practice's part time receptionist and dental assistant. She helps cover most of the front desk responsibilities, scheduling appointments, checking patients in and out, updating the practice's electronic sign, and running errands.
Tracy spent most of her life in Crystal Lake and now resides in Prairie Grove. At the age of 18, Tracy took a job with a local dentist who was looking for an assistant. After some years off to raise her son, Tracy just recently came back to the industry when she joined husband Dr. Thomas Skleba's practice. "It's great being part of the family business," she says. "The staff here is wonderful. We have the best patients and I love meeting so many people."
When she's not helping out at the practice, Tracy is enjoying time at home with Thomas and the couple's teenaged son, Nick. "Our family is very close and we enjoy spending our downtime together."
Dental Hygienist Emily enjoys the wide range of challenges she faces as a hygienist both in preventative care as well as periodontal treatment. She likes to work with her patients and the dentists in order to find ways to customize each patients dental care needs. She starts by reviewing a thorough medical history, checking radiographs, doing a comprehensive intraoral examination, and periodontal chartings. Her training and knowledge base allows her to help educate patients on the importance of oral health and how it can affect overall health. Emily also finds that helping patients become an active part of their dental homecare regiment is a great way to achieve results and keep patients more motivated between their dental visits.
Emily grew up in McHenry and attended Harper College for her Associates in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She holds certifications for CPR and Local Anesthesia. She maintains 36 hours of continuing education every 3 years for licensure. Emily began her career in the dental field in 2001 when she began work as a dental hygiene assistant. “I loved to watch and help the hygienist work throughout the day.” Emily recalls.” My job as a hygiene assistant was the perfect way for me to figure out that I wanted a career in the dental field.” After working as a hygiene assistant she was then trained on learning both front desk and dental assisting. She continued her work as a dental assistant until she was accepted into school at Harper College to obtain her Dental Hygiene degree.
When Emily is not helping to battle gum disease and create beautiful smiles she enjoys going on walks and hiking especially during the fall months, practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling. She resides in Lake in the Hills with her husband of 10 years Brent, two daughters Annabel and Madeline, and two cats. Although her traveling has slowed down some since she has had children, she would love to take a family vacation to Disney World in the near future!
Renae joined the exciting world of dentistry in 2004. 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.
She grew up in Crystal Lake and still calls Crystal Lake home. Renae and her boyfriend enjoy spending time outdoors with their son Cameron. She enjoys watching Cameron play baseball and considers herself his biggest fan.
As the Insurance coordinator, she enjoys educating patients regarding their dental benefits to assist them in making decisions to receive the best possible care. She also spends a lot of the time making sure the insurance companies are behaving themselves.