Periodontics & Dental Implant Surgery
Russell J. Cecala, DDS, MS
Call: (773) 631-0344

Meet The Team


Office Manager

We are excited to introduce Samantha to our practice as our Office Manager. Samantha has worked in the dental field since 2012. Her favorite part of working in the dental field, is that we are given the chance to make a difference in patients lives every day by assisting with their health and their smile!  Samantha lives in Lake Villa with her husband and has 5 children. On her free time, she enjoys boating on Lake Geneva with her family, playing with her Bernedoodle Rizzo, and reading.


Treatment Coordinator

Melissa is our Treatment Coordinator. Melissa has been in the dental field for 14 years. She is great at making patients feel comfortable and making sure they have a great dental experience. Melissa resides in Chicago with her husband. They enjoy hikes and taking care of their new puppy.




Grace has been a part of the our front office team for over 22 years.  She enjoys being friendly and personable with all our patients. Her main tasks are outlining your treatment plan and coordinating appointments.  Grace is also very knowledgable on insurance matters and will work diligently submitting claims and informing patients.   She is a native Chicagoan and loves to help people in her community.


Dental Hygienist

Nicole grew up in Franklin Park, IL and now resides in Schaumburg. Nicole has been in the dental field for the past 6 years. She started as a dental assistant in general dentistry and also worked as a receptionist for a while. Nicole graduated from Rock Valley College Dental Hygiene Program and is a member of the Windy City Seminar Hygiene Study Club. She loves being able to connect with her patients and get to know them. Nicole is a mom to a 1-year-old dachshund named Sophia. Nicole enjoys traveling, exploring new places, cooking, working out at the gym, and spending quality time with family and friends.


Dental Hygienist

Ingrid joined our practice in September 2020. Ingrid graduated from Fox College Dental Hygiene Program. She has been in the dental field for the last 5 years. She started as a dental assistant in general dentistry before pursuing dental hygiene. Ingrid is compassionate and is able to put patients at ease and assures a positive dental experience. Ingrid loves to travel, work out at the gym, watch baseball and spend time with her family and friends. Ingrid is also fluent in Spanish and English.


Surgical Assistant

Sendy is one of our surgical assistants and has been in the dental field for the past 4 years.  She began her career assisting in general dentistry. Sendy attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and received her certificate in Coronal Polishing and Pit Fissure Sealant in 2014.  Send is also a certified anesthesia assistant and works closely with the doctor in surgery.   In her free time she enjoys exercising, remodeling her home, outdoor activities and travel abroad to experience new cultures. 


Surgical Assistant

Alma is a surgical assistant and has been with our office since 2019. Alma attended the Illinois School of Health Careers and obtained her Dental Assistant Diploma. Alma has experience in oral surgery and is also a certified dental anesthesia assistant. Alma enjoys talking to her patients about their dental care and oral hygiene. Alma does her absolute best in helping her patients improve their dental education and experience. When Alma is not at the office, she enjoys her time with her family and friends. She is an avid traveler especially to visit her family in Mexico.