The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
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James F. Gianakakis, D.D.S, M.S.
Dr. James F. Gianakakis attended Northwestern University Dental School where he obtained his D.D.S. degree in 1988 and his Certificate in Endodontics and Master of Science Degree in 1990.
At Northwestern he received the American Academy of Oral Medicine Award and became a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. After graduation, he served as a member of the Endodontic Faculty at Northwestern University. He has been in private practice since 1990.
He was inducted into the International College of Dentists (FICD) in 2000. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, American Association of Endodontics, Illinois Association of Endodontics, Edgar D. Collidge Endodontic Study Club and Hellenic American Dental Society.
Dr. Gianakakis resides in Lemont and enjoys spending time with his wife Mary and their three children Katrina, Foti and Peter.
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Jeffrey H. Hembrough, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Jeffrey H. Hembrough received his dental degree graduating cum laude from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1986. During his studies he was the recipient of the Psi Omega Scholarship and the Microbiology Immunology Awards. He was inducted in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society in 1986.
Dr. Hembrough served in the United States Air Force from 1986 - 1989 where he completed a general practice residency. Upon completion he was presented with the Distinguished Graduate Award.
Dr. Hembrough returned to Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1989 and completed his residency in the specialty of Endodontics. He served as a member of the Endodontic Faculty at Loyola and has been in private practice since 1991.
Dr. Hembrough is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, American Association of Endodontists, Illinois Association of Endodontists and the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontist Study Club.
Dr. Hembrough resides in Naperville with his wife and three children.
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Mark S. Palo, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Mark Palo graduated in 1991 from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a degree in Zoology. In 1995 he graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry. That same year he began a residency in Endodontics at Ohio State University. During his residency he earned his masters degree, completing his thesis on dental anesthetics. In 1997 Dr. Palo finished his residency and entered into private practice.
Dr. Palo is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists, Illinois Association of Endodontists, Chicago Dental Society and the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club. Dr. Palo was inducted in the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society in 1996.
During his spare time, Dr. Palo enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and 6 children.
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Vince A. Penesis, D.D.S.
Dr. Vince Penesis was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated Magnum Cum Laude from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1995. During his undergraduate studies he worked as a microbiology/immunology support technologist and phlebotomist at Central DuPage Hospital. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2002, and completed his two-year post-doctoral residency in the specialty of endodontics in 2004.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Penesis went into private practice. He also continues his academic affiliation with the University of Illinois doing his research in the department of Endodontics.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists, Illinois State Dental Society, Illinois Association of Endodontists, Chicago Dental Society, Hellenic Dental Society, Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontic Study Club and West Suburban Dental Study Club.
Dr. Penesis enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and their two children Alexia and Evan. In his spare time, Dr. Penesis also enjoys golfing, tropical fish and the Cubs.
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