Administrative Team

Jennifer – Practice Manager

Jennifer has been with the practice since 2007.  She began her oral surgery career as the practice relations coordinator, learning many aspects of the practice.  Jennifer moved into the very important role of practice manager.  She oversees all the business operations, employee relations and communications on a day-to-day basis.  Jennifer ensures all 3 offices are running smoothly.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing, from Columbia College in Chicago.  She is certified in CPR through the American Heart Association.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Cara – Implant Treatment Coordinator

Cara began her oral surgery career with our practice in 1996 as a surgical assistant.  Her knowledge of oral surgery procedures and dedication moved her into the important role as Implant Treatment Coordinator.  She handles the communication of treatment planning and scheduling for our implant cases and beyond.  She received her Anesthesia Assistants Certification through AAOMS, is CPR certified through the American Heart Association, and completed course training through AAOMS for CDT, CPT and ICD-10CM medical/dental billing procedures.  In her free time, Cara enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Jill – Scheduling Coordinator

Jill has been with our practice since 2002.  She coordinates the schedule for all 3 of our offices.  She does a wonderful job greeting patients in person and on the phone while keeping our front end running smoothly.  Jill is CPR certified through the American Heart Association.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies.

Diane – Scheduling and Treatment Plan Coordinator

Diane has been with our office since 2011.  Diane came to us with 22 years of oral surgery treatment planning and scheduling experience.  Dr. Kalant purchased Dr. Edmiston’s Oral Surgery practice in Joliet in 2011, where Diane worked for 22 years.  We are happy she stayed on to become a member of our team.    Diane has extensive knowledge in ICD-10 coding for Oral & Maxillofacial surgery and is CPR certified through the American Heart Association.  When Diane isn’t helping patients, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Cheryl – Scheduling and Treatment Plan Coordinator

Cheryl joined us in 2014.  She has been an integral player in patient scheduling and coordinating patient treatment plans prior to surgery.  Cheryl has extensive knowledge in ICD-10 coding for Oral & Maxillofacial surgery and is CPR certified through the American Heart Association.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren both here and in Arizona. 

Ashley – Treatment Plan Coordinator 

Ashley joined our team in 2015. She is extremely knowledgeable with treatment planning and coordinating patient care for our doctors and referring offices.  Ashley also handles coordinating the scheduling of our hospital cases for TMJ and Orthognathic surgical procedures.  She received her certification in medical/dental coding through the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and is certified in CPR through the American Heart Association.  When she’s not helping our patients, she enjoys photography, animals and spending quality time with her family. 

Trisha – Patient Accounts Manager

Trisha has been with our practice since 2005.  She began her oral surgery career as a surgical assistant for Dr. Kalant.  After 5 years of assisting, she transferred into our billing department and now manages our patient accounts.  Trisha is certified in AAOMS and AAPC medical/dental coding certification and is CPR certified through the American Heart Association.  In her free time, she enjoys using her creativity to make gifts for family and friends along with spending quality time with her family. 

Kellie – Insurance Coordinator

 Kellie brings to the practice 28 years of dental experience.  She began her oral surgery career with us in 2007 and plays a large role in our insurance verification team.  Kellie is very knowledgeable with helping our patients through the insurance process.  She has completed course training for CDT, CPT and ICD-10CM medical and dental billing practices.  She is CPR certified through the American Heart Association.  In her free time, she loves traveling and spending time with her family. 

Megan – Billing Specialist        

Megan joined our team in 2012.  She brings with her previous medical billing experience within a medical specialty (OB-GYN).  Megan holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Lewis University, Medical Billing Certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders.  She is certified in CPR through the American Heart Association.  Megan volunteers by serving as a board member on her Homeowner’s Association.  Megan enjoys reading, watching the Cubs, cooking and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Dana – Practice Relations Coordinator

Dana joined the practice in 1996 as our first treatment plan and scheduling coordinator.  After 5 years she took on the role of practice manager.  After 7 years as practice manager, she took time off to raise her family.  She re-joined our team in 2018 as our Practice Relations Coordinator.  Today, she handles the ongoing communication, relationships and marketing for the practice.   Dana received her Bachelor of Science degree in Management from National Louis University.  She is CPR certified with the American Heart Association.  In her free time, she volunteers at her children’s school and enjoys spending time with her family.