Meet Our Team
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.
Erica – Practice Manager
Erica has worked in the dental field for over 23 years. She has both clinical and front office experience. She helps patients understand their treatment plans and maximize their dental insurance benefits. Erica does this with care and compassion for all her patients. Erica served as office manager for Scott Morris, DDS, and Associates, until their office merged with North Aurora Smiles in 2015. She is also certified in Coronal Polishing & Pit/Fissure Sealants and Anesthesia/Sedation Monitoring. Erica is mom to two young children who keep her very busy when she is not at the office.
Jackie – RDH, Registered Dental Hygienist Team Leader
Jackie has been in the dental field for over 23 years. Jackie started as a dental assistant where she quickly because passionate about dentistry. Her passion inspired her to further her education by becoming a Dental Hygienist in 2005. She spends a lot of her time with patients educating and encouraging them to maintain good oral health. Jackie is a native of Indiana, and now resides in Aurora with her husband and is a dedicated mom to her two sons.
Lexi – RDH, Registered Dental Hygienist
Lexi has always found going to the dentist interesting and fun. She credits her interest in dentistry to her childhood dentist. Lexi finds the most rewarding part of her job is seeing results in her patients, as their oral and overall health improves. The environment at North Aurora Smiles is just what Lexi was looking for and she enjoys being part of a caring team who provides individualized treatment to each patient. Lexi enjoys traveling and attending various sports games.
Laurel – RDH, Registered Dental Hygienist
Laurel obtained her dental hygiene degree from the University of Iowa. She has over 30 years of dental experience. She has a background as an adjunct dental hygiene faculty member for several colleges. She is always striving to help others grow professionally as well as personally. Laurel enjoys the time she spends with every one of her patients. She takes pride in being able to help them understand and care for their oral and overall health. She joined our practice in 2022.
Tammy – RDH, Registered Dental Hygienist
Tammy joined our hygiene team in 2023. She obtained her degree from Southern Illinois University and has over 35 years of dental hygiene experience. She is continuously updated with the latest information, guidance, and technology in dental hygiene.
Debbie – Dental Assistant Team Leader, Certified Dental Assistant
Debbie has been with North Aurora Smiles for 8 years. She has over 25 years of experience as a Dental Assistant, and has received multiple certifications through continued education courses. In addition to her passion for quality patient care, Debbie is an avid animal lover. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and birds. Debbie is an active board member of two organizations that care for animals in need: Zoo’s Ferret Sanctuary and Animal Heartline Humane Association. She dedicates her time away from dentistry to these organizations. Debbie is also a very active member of her church and enjoys camping and swimming.
Blanca – Dental Assistant
As a dental assistant, Blanca seeks to ensure her patients are comfortable at each appointment. Most rewarding to her is seeing a patient with a confident smile after treatment, and empowering them to take control of their dental care. Blanca thoroughly enjoys working with the team at North Aurora Smiles, and always looks forward to making her patients’ dental experiences better. Blanca has two children and loves cooking for her family. She enjoys picnics and going for walks.
Karina – Patient Service Representative
With a smile and a warm hello, Karina will do her utmost to ensure that your visit is a positive experience. With her warm-hearted nature, she is happy to assist you in any way. Whether you have questions about your dental care, finances, or treatment plans, Karina is here to help! Karina is a college student and an animal lover. She enjoys her time away from the office with her dogs exploring various dog parks.
Marlen – Patient Service Representative
Marlen is one of our friendly faces at the front desk. She is a patient care coordinator and is always ready to help with questions or concerns. She joined the practice in the fall of 2020 and is enjoying all the great things she is learning from the dental field. She loves being able to help patients with their scheduling needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, horseback riding and going to the gym.
Sheryl – Patient Service Representative
Sheryl is the friendly face at the front desk. She helps guide patients arriving for their visit, helps with appointments and is a fantastic support to our front desk team. Sheryl has a degree in education and extensive customer service experience. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, son-in-law, grandchildren and crafting when not at the office.
Lisa – Patient Service Representative
Lisa is our caring patient care coordinator. She is always ready to help with your questions or concerns. Lisa is dedicated to helping patients with every step of their dental visit, from making them feel comfortable scheduling appointments to processing their insurance claims. She has worked in the dental field since 2013. Outside the office, she enjoys watching old movies, kayaking, and spending time with her grandchildren.