Meet the Staff

our team

Our team is unique because we all come from very different backgrounds and cultures. As a team we are dedicated to our patients and believe in excellence in all that we do. We can speak 7 different languages between us and are able to cater to a wide group of patients! We are young and energetic, with ages ranging from the twenties to the fifties. Our goal is to give our patients the best professional care and to enhance their smiles… thereby improving their confidence. We love our job and the feeling of making a difference in our patient’s lives is priceless!

 

Blanka

Office Manager and Front Desk

Blanka

Hi, my name is Blanka. I love being a part of our team and have been here since 2011! I am responsible for smooth and efficient office operations so doctor Balakrishnan can focus on YOU. Downers Grove Orthodontics is dedicated to patient education and excellent service. Our goal is to get amazing results for all our patients and do it in a friendly, fun environment.

I’m married to Peter and have three children: Amy, Michelle and Matthew. The girls are in UIC college and Matthew is in the Salt Creek 48 School District. We also have a dog named Benny. I love to read, watch movies, travel and spend time with friends and family. I enjoy volunteering for non-profits, church and keeping my Slovak heritage through singing and dancing at United Moravian Societies club. I am trilingual (English, Slovak and Czech).

 

Julie

Marketing and Front Desk

Julie

Hi, my name is Julie. The front desk is a great team of individuals who work hard to make your experience in the orthodontic world a pleasurable one. I am proud to aid in that process by getting to know our patients. We really value our patients, and their families, so it is truly a pleasure to be a part of this team.

When marketing, I visit offices and set up luncheons with dentists and their teams. Through marketing it has been my honor to observe and build relationships with our local dentists.

I am a recent "empty-nester", as my youngest is now at University of Kentucky. Go Cats! My two older children are graduates of Illinois State University. Go Redbirds! When I am not at work I am home with my husband of 27 years! I am proud to say I am the longest sitting staff member of this fantastic team at DGO, other than Dr. B.

 

Maya

Financial Coordinator

Maya

Hi, my name is Maya. I am one of “fantastic four” that works at the front desk at Downers Grove Orthodontics. My job entails getting to know our new patients, introducing them to our awesome practice and being their financial coordinator. I feel lucky to work for Dr. Balakrishnan whose work ethic and professional expertise I admire. The “all girls” front desk keeps me smiling (and young at heart). I look forward to coming to work every morning and doing the best so everyone that interacts with me walks away with a big smile! I am fluent in English, Hindi and Kannada.

Outside of work I enjoy reading and the outdoors, no matter what the weather.

 

Daniella

Social Media Coordinator and Front Desk

Daniella

Hi, my nickname is Danny. I started with Downers Grove Orthodontics in April 2016. I enjoy interacting with each and every patient who walks through the door, and especially making them feel comfortable when they arrive for their appointment. I love being the social media coordinator. I handle website, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for Downers Grove Orthodontics. Being bilingual makes it easy for me to assist all our Spanish and English patients with ease. We have a fantastic team here.

When I am not working you will catch me watching movies or cheering for my football team - the Chicago Bears! I have a dog Jasmine and the loves of my life are my nephews and niece.

 

Ramya

Clinical Assistant

Ramya

Hello, my name is Ramya. I worked as a dentist in India before I moved to the United States. I consider working for Dr. B immensely invaluable as it helps me appreciate the intricacies in orthodontic techniques. It enables me to realize the value we place on patient satisfaction and professional ethics in our practice. Furthermore, it is a rewarding experience to see all the hard work turned into amazing smiles for our patients.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling, shopping and working on self development. I am bilingual (English and Tamil).

 

Massara

Clinical Assistant

Massara

Hi, my name is Massara. I am from Iraq where I graduated from dental school with a bachelor’s degree. I worked there as a dentist for 4 years. Now I am with Downers Grove Orthodontics with the gorgeous Dr. B and her friendly team. As a part of the team I put my best efforts to make sure that our patients walk away with beautiful smiles on their faces.

I am married for five years. I love my husband Mustafa, who is also a part of our team in the clinic. In my spare time I like to cook. I speak English and Arabic.

 

Mustafa

Clinical Assistant

Mustafa

Hi, I am Mustafa from Iraq. I graduated from Baghdad College of Dentistry. I consider myself lucky because Downers Grove Orthodontics is the first clinic where I have worked as a dental assistant with a great team. Dr. B always encourages and guides me on the correct techniques to get excellent results. I am the only man on our team.

I’ve been married to beautiful Massara for 5 years. I’m lucky that we get to be team mates in life and at work. I am an avid soccer fan! I speak English and Arabic.

 

Mel

Clinical Assistant

Mel

Hi, my name is Mel. I’m from Peru, where I graduated with a degree in Dentistry. I enjoy working with Dr. B. who truly cares about each patient, provides the best orthodontic care and encourages each employee to become more professional with continuing education. My favorite part of working in orthodontics is seeing the transition from before to after. It feels great being able to assist the patients to get the results they dreamed of.

Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, Isabella. She is amazing! I also like to exercise and travel. I am bilingual, Spanish and English.

 

Dana

Clinical Assistant

Dana

Hi, I’m Dana. I joined Downers Grove Orthodontics in July 2013. I love working as a clinical assistant, especially with children. As a part of the orthodontic team, we strive to create a good experience for our patients. We are one big family and I love working for Dr. B.

My husband Peter and I have two children Kimberly and Erik. Kimberly is in college and Erik in high school. I love to spend time with the family, have fun, and enjoy outdoor activities and sports. I speak English, Slovak, and Czech.

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