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Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery
Russell J. Cecala, DDS, MS
Call: (773) 631-0344

Meet The Team


Office Manager

Annette is our Office Manager and has been with PerioCare for over 32 years and is a great asset to our team. She works hard to keep the office running efficiently, and in addition she has experience in human resources administration, patient financial planning and is extremely knowledgeable in insurance billing. Annette is a native of Chicago and now resides in Arlington Heights with her husband Kirk and son Danny.  Annette’s favorite hobby is cooking and she enjoys traveling to exotic destinations with her family.


Treatment Coordinator and Receptionist

Grace has been a part of the our front office team for over 22 years.  She enjoys being friendly and personable with all our patients. Her main tasks are outlining your treatment plan and coordinating appointments.  Grace is also very knowledgable on insurance matters and will work diligently submitting claims and informing patients.   She is a native Chicagoan and loves to help people in her community.


Dental Hygienist

Tish is part of a large dental family, so it is no surprise in her choice of professions.  She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University, and over the years has had the honor of working and learning from several wonderful mentors.  Most of her 35 plus years of her experience have been here at PerioCare.  

She and her husband are very proud of their two grown sons and enjoy any time spent with them.

Tish strives to make our patients comfortable in a friendly yet professional environment while providing the utmost care. She considers it a privilege to meet and serve our patients here at PerioCare.


Dental Hygienist

Helga is one of our dental hygienists and is a graduate of Harper College. She has practiced 22 of her 33 years as a hygienist at PerioCare. Her love for dentistry started in high school where she worked as a dental assistant before pursuing a career in dental hygiene. Helga grew up in Chicagoland, married and has 2 grown daughters. She loves spending her free time cooking, cycling and traveling.


Dental Hygienist

Carla is a Dental Hygienist and has been providing hygiene services for PerioCare for almost 18 years. She began her career in dentistry as a dental assist in high school.   She pursued her interest in dentistry and became a dental hygienist.  She is a graduate of William Rainey College.  She has over 25 years of dental hygiene experience, with a strong background in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.  Carla is certified in local anesthesia as well as nitrous oxide sedation, making her an important asset to our periodontal team. Her pleasant nature and compassion for patients have been a wonderful enhancement to our staff. She lives in Arlington Heights, with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending her time with family and friends.


Surgical Assistant

Sendy is one of our surgical assistants and has been in the dental field for the past 4 years.  She began her career assisting in general dentistry. Sendy attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and received her certificate in Coronal Polishing and Pit Fissure Sealant in 2014.  Send is also a certified anesthesia assistant and works closely with the doctor in surgery.   In her free time she enjoys exercising, remodeling her home, outdoor activities and travel abroad to experience new cultures.