Esmeralda decided to start a new career path in dentistry in 2014. Dr. Copeland gave her an opportunity in which she learned the ins and outs of dentistry. She excelled in all aspects of her job and was asked to become the Insurance Coordinator for the office. Today, Esmeralda is the go-to girl for all your insurance questions. She handles the processing of all claims and verifies benefits for patients. Although the workload can be challenging, she tackles it all with a great attitude and helps our patients optimize all that their insurance offers. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her four children.
Sharina - Dental Assistant
Sharina began her dental assisting career with Copeland Dental Care just over a year ago. She enjoys going to work every day and loves learning new dental procedures. She makes sure patients feel warm and welcome in our office and always tries her best to make every patient's visit a great experience. In the future she hopes to continue her education in the dental field and pursue her dreams of becoming a dentist. Outside of work Sharina enjoys her free time with family and friends. She loves to swim and rollerskate, and is a black belt in taekwondo!
Natalie has been in the dental field for over 18 years. Dentistry has always been a passion, and she has continued to learn new techniques with each year of experience. She enjoys helping patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible in the dental chair. With all of her expertise, she is an excellent dental professional who does her job with ease. You will see her both assisting during procedures and at the front desk, where she is happy to answers all patient questions. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and outdoor activities.
Sarah - Dental Assistant
Sarah has been assisting in the dental field for two years and is delighted to be a member of the oral care team at Copeland Dental Care. She earned her B.A. in neuropsychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. She loves working on a team to support patients' health and educating patients on caring for their teeth. Outside the office, Sarah is passionate about songwriting and music production and is currently finishing up the first album for her electronic project, R34L. She also co-operates a music production teaching business, Able2play Chicago. www.R34L.net, www.able2playchicago.com
Leanne - Dental Assistant
Leanne has been helping patients obtain their perfect smiles and healthy mouths as a dental assistant for over 5 years. She works closly with the doctors to help your procedure run smoothly. She is our top notch xray technician. She excels at capturing the images of your teeth for you to review with the doctor. Leanne is gentle working with patients of all ages. She enjoys getting to know her patients and learning what makes them more comfortable during their procedure. She will help ease your anxieties of dental treatment and take the time to explain the procedure and address and quesitons or concerns you have. She will ensure you are completely comfortable and ready to see the doctor. Leanne has been with Cedar Lake Dental since they first opened and enjoys the calming atmosphere of the office and being a part of a team that genuinely cares about their patients health and comfort.
When Leanne is not in the office she enjoys reading and painting. One of her favorite things to do is to go on mini adventures with her daughter.
Cindy - Dental Hygienist
In 2004, Cindy began working as a dental receptionist while in high school. It was there that she began to expand her knowledge in the field and decided to make a career there. In 2011, she graduated from the College of DuPage as a registered dental hygienist. After working five years in downtown Chicago, she met her husband and moved to the northwest suburbs with their two dogs, Bentley and Linus. Cindy believes patient education is the most important part of her job and she enjoys helping patients achieve their confident smile with the latest home care techniques and products.
Erica - Dental Hygeinist
Erica graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2003 where she received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys getting to know each of her patients personally. She provides individualized care for everyone she treats. Erica is committed to continuing her education. She attends multiple seminars each year to stay up to date with the newest dental technology and treatment options for her patients. Not only does she clean your teeth, she will also monitor the health of your gums and mouth. Having a clean mouth is important for your overall hygeine. Erica will take the time to talk with you about any concerns or questions you might have about your oral care. She will welcome you with her gentle and caring demeanor and help to ensure you are comfortable during your appointment. Erica enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is experinced with patients ages 1-101.
Erica lives within our community with her family. Outside of work, Erica spends a lot of time at the hockey rink with her son. She roots the team on! She also attends gymnastics classes with her daughter. She and her husband enjoy monthly family board game nights with friends and family. Mostly, Erica enjoys to spend time with their children.
Nicole - Front Desk Coordinator
Nicole joined the Cedar Lake Dental family in 2017. She has over 14 years experience in the dental field assisting and coordinating the front desk. Cedar Lake Dental is her favorite! She enjoys working in such a friendly office where everyone is commited to gentle dental care. She likes talking with patients, learning about their lives and listening to their stories. It will be her smiling face that greets you when you walk through the door. She's excited to meet you! Nicole handles our insurance claims, collects payments and sets up financial arrangements, so as to ensure you get the care you need when you need it. She also schedules visits and maintains our schedule so everything runs smoothly and the team can focus on you. Nicole is extremely happy to part of our family. She loves sharing pictures, stories and our favorite things on our facebook page. There is always something fun to see from one of our team members. Check us out, our facebook is Cedar Lake Dental, @cedarlakedentistry
Outside of the office Nicole enjoys leading her daughters Girl Scout troop. She enjoys attending or participipating in a variety of community events. She is a huge animal lover! Nicole's favorite hobby is painting and crafting! She has so much fun creating stuff. She genuinly loves the time she spends with her son and daughter. If you have any comments you want to share, or questions to ask she is happy to talk to you! Make happiness a habit and don't forget to smile!