Linda Grimaldo- Avelar
Unusual as it may seem, I’ve always enjoyed going to the dentist and watching them work on my family. Little did I know, this would eventually lead me to the path of a dental career. Since the age of 5, I would sit in a corner of the dental operatory quietly observing “Dr. Angela” as I pretended to read a book. After graduating from high school, I started looking for a job but didn’t find anything suitable. During one of my annual dental checkups at my long time dentist Dr. Cheong, I was offered the opportunity to help out part time in the office. It was something different and challenging but enjoyable for me. I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could and before long, I was a full time assistant and loving it. I continued to expand my role and became the office manager. I build relationships with all my patients and find their trust very important and rewarding. I take pride in providing patients with a relaxed and comfortable environment so they have a positive dental experience. I make it a point to listen and educate patients about their dental care and needs. The most rewarding part of my day is seeing a patient with a confident smile after treatment and empowering them to take control of their dental care. Always striving for the highest standard of dental care, I fit right in with the team at Lee and Lee Dentistry.
Ellie (Haejun) was born and raised in South Korea emigrated to the US in 2007 during her high school years. She later graduated from Loyola University Chicago with Bachelor of Science in chemistry and minor in biology. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at Ciszek Lab and published a paper about modulating organic semiconductor film surface using Diels-Alder reaction as a second author. Although Ellie liked studying chemistry, her interest changed when she started volunteering at a dental office, and dentistry became her new passion. Ellie loves the fact that dentists not only use knowledge in science but also have manual dexterity and take care people's dental health. She has been working as a dental assistant at Lee and Lee Dentistry, since February 2016, to gain more hands-on experiences and learn other aspects of running a dental office and will be attending University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry starting Fall 2017. She enjoys working at Lee and Lee Dentistry because of the friendly environment and seeing patients satisfied with their results. Besides dentistry, she likes baking, cooking, and playing the violin. On the days she is not working at the dental office, she works at a bakery and as a violin tutor.
At Lee and Lee Dentistry, Rebecca assists the doctors in providing special care to each patient. Becky enjoys spending time meeting new patients and friendly faces. She enjoys learning new and challenging aspects of the dental field which adds to her medical background. Even before working at Lee and Lee Dentistry, Rebecca has always encouraged good oral health. “The first thing people see when you smile is your teeth…so we should take care of our teeth to make the best first impression. In her spare time, Rebecca keeps busy with taking care of her little toddler and hanging out with her husband. She enjoys eating Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza, and doing outdoor activities and going to church. She is an active musician and enjoys plays the bass in her church worship band.
I had the pleasure of working alongside Dr.Lee and Dr.Cheong for several years. It is so nice to be a part of a dental practice that treats their patients as if they were close family members. Our patients remind me on a daily basis how happy they are with the welcoming atmosphere and dental care they receive at Lee and Lee Dentistry. At Lee and Lee Dentistry, Shayna oversees the administrative operation of the practice. She takes extra efforts to make sure every patient receives gentle and personalized care from the moment they come into the office, until their visit is complete to make their experience as pleasant as possible. Shayna has been working in the dental profession for over 10 years. Prior to working for Lee and Lee Dentistry, Shayna was a dental laboratory technician that specialized in removable appliances. She has always enjoyed the patient interaction that comes alongside working with people of all ages and believes that a straight, healthy smile can make all the difference in a person’s life and takes pride in being part of that everyday. Shayna has always had a passion for learning new aspects of dentistry and continues to do so at Lee and Lee Dentistry. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children and family doing as many outdoor activities as possible such as bike riding, gardening and playing with her kids. She loves doing home improvement projects around her home whenever the opportunity arises. She looks forward to her future with the practice and assisting many new smiling faces at Lee and Lee Dentistry.