Meet the Grateful Dental team!
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Jeffrey Wittmus, DDS, FICOI
Dr. Wittmus received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Northwestern University in 1991. He also received a Bachelors degree in Zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1987. Prior to opening his general practice in 1993, Dr. Wittmus served as the Oral Surgery resident at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1995 Dr. Wittmus received a Fellowship with the Academy of Dentistry International. In 2007 he received the Gordon Christensen Fellowship. Dr. Wittmus was former chairman of the peer review committee for the Chicago Dental Society.
Tamara Fermaint – Hygienist
I’ve been in the dental field for over 29 years. I started as an oral surgery assistant at St. Mary’s Hospital. I graduated from Loyola University in 1990. I am soft tissue laser trained, and CPR certified. I am exceptional with working with anxious adults and children, and helping them cope in a dental office.
My passion is to give back to the community and local dog rescues. I enjoy watching the Chicago Cubs. In my free time, I could be found hanging out with my son and two Beagles.
Maureen Calderon, DDS
Dr. Calderon graduated with Dr. Wittmus from Northwestern University Dental school, class of 1991. Dr Calderon lives with her family and dog, Brandon, in Lincolnshire.
Lauren Geraci – Assistant
My name is Lauren. I have worked with Dr. Wittmus for over 20 years. Our experience working together makes us unique in the way that we perform dental procedures efficiently and of course without pain. I sympathize greatly with patients who have dental anxiety since I myself suffer from general anxiety. I do all that I can to make our patients feel comfortable before and during their dental appointments. I am very aware of infection control procedures and each procedure I set up for as if I am setting up to be the patient treated. I live in Edison Park with my husband of 19 years and my three wonderful daughters. I am grateful for the years I’ve spent with Dr. Wittmus and our staff and look forward to many more.
Annie Middleton – Office Manager
Hi everyone! My name is Annie! I live in Norwood Park with my husband Tim, our daughter Willow, and our beta fish Charlie. I started in dentistry in 2011 in Fairfax, Virginia, as a cross trained dental assistant/front office personnel. I worked part-time while attending Northern Virginia Community College, where I graduated with my associate’s degree. In 2013, I moved back to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology.
I couldn’t stay away from dentistry, and luckily, I found that Dr. Wittmus was hiring! I have been with this office since 2014! I am extremely passionate and am here to help you with any questions or concerns about dentistry, billing, insurance, or your treatment.
My favorite part about dentistry is when we can convert patients with dental anxiety (that haven’t been to the dentist in years) to patients that we see routinely! Additionally, I love when patients can “spit back” (no pun intended) dental information that we try so hard to teach!
My most used dental products are the Oral-B Genius electric toothbrush, Sensodyne toothpaste (the fresh mint flavor is the best, nice and minty!), Listerine Ultraclean floss, and my Waterpik. I definitely practice what we preach!
Natalia Mitchell – Assistant
Hello, everyone! My name is Natalia, and I live in Jefferson Park with my Boston Terrier, Jackson. I’ve been working with Dr. Wittmus and the Grateful Dental team since 2014, which is when I first joined the dental field! I was previously working in the beauty industry as a licensed esthetician and makeup artist. When I was studying anatomy of the face, head and neck muscles, etc. in esthetics school, I never thought I would be applying my knowledge in a completely different setting, but it worked out perfectly! Dr. Wittmus trained me to be his dental assistant, and I’m cross-trained to help out at the front desk as well, so you may catch me answering the phone if you call our office.
My favorite part of dentistry is definitely getting to know all of our amazing patients. I’ve gotten to meet some really great people over the years! I also love learning all the new technology in dentistry and applying it in our office, which ensures that we are giving our patients the highest level of care available.
My favorite dental products are definitely my Sonicare toothbrush (even though the rest of the team prefers the Oral-B), and my Invisalign aligners!
Chris Georgiopoulos – Hygienist
Chris received a Bachelor in biology in 1998 from Saint Xavier University and her dental hygiene certificate from Prairie State College in 2001. Before becoming a dental hygienist, she worked as a dental assistant and held the position of territory manager for Warner-Lambert Pharmaceuticals. Chris’ post-graduate certifications include dental anesthesia, nitrous oxide delivery and proficiency in laser therapy. She is passionate about her profession and strives for excellence by keeping herself current with all dental innovations and medical-dental research.
Chris likes to bake and spoils the office with her yummy baked goodies!