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

Meet The Team


Office Manager

Annette is our Office Manager and has been with PerioCare for over 32 years and is a great asset to our team. She works hard to keep the office running efficiently, and in addition she has experience in human resources administration, patient financial planning and is extremely knowledgeable in insurance billing. Annette is a native of Chicago and now resides in Arlington Heights with her husband Kirk and son Danny.  Annette’s favorite hobby is cooking and she enjoys traveling to exotic destinations with her family.


Treatment Coordinator and Receptionist

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.


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. 


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.


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. 


Implant Treatment Coordinator

Melissa is our Implant 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.