Meet the Team
We are dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and extraordinary service. It is the goal at Horton & Vranas to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health for a lifetime, restore problem areas, and cosmetically enhance the appearance of your smile. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible care and service in an atmosphere of total comfort, placing great importance on patient relationships, and working hard to earn the trust and respect of each patient. “We believe the very best dental care begins with caring about people.”
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Our clerical team has a combined total of 137 years of experience in the dental profession. They are very well-versed in all aspects of your dental visit including the understanding of your dental procedures. They are here to assist you in scheduling appointments and are knowledgeable in all aspects of your insurance. Their goal is to make each and every visit to our office as efficient and comfortable as possible.
Sheila has been providing administrative support to Drs. Horton & Vranas and their team since 1990. Sheila holds a certificate of dental assisting since 1976 and earned her degree in Group Practice Management in 1985. Nothing is more important than building lasting patient relationships.
Sheila’s main focus is to ensure every patient receives exceptional care and service. She is excited to be working with a great team of professionals who work closely with their patients to create a smile they can be proud of!
Time away from the office is spent enjoying family, friends, cooking, gardening and attending sporting events.
Shelly brings twenty-plus years of dental experience to our team. Shelly assists our patients with scheduling, financial matters and insurance questions. She resides in Sycamore with her husband and daughters and enjoys being outdoors, watching her daughters sporting events and spending time with family and friends.
Shanyn has been working in the dental profession for over 25 years functioning both as a chairside and clerical assistant. She joined the clerical team of Horton & Vranas in 2016.
Shanyn resides in DeKalb with her husband. They have three beautiful children and one wonderful son-in-law. In her free time she enjoys being outside with family, attending music festivals and vacationing at the beach.
Polly has been a Certified Dental Assistant since 1972 after graduating from the Dental Assisting program at Iowa Central Community College.
She has worked in dental offices in five states and has been with the Horton and Vranas team since 2000. Polly is our remote specialist ensuring timely correspondence and communication for our patients to our referring dental offices.
She currently resides in Minnesota with her husband Bob & enjoys volunteering at their church and traveling to visit their eight grandchildren.
The number one goal of our clinical team is to provide you with our utmost personal attention during your dental treatment. Patient comfort is our number one priority as we assist our doctors in creating healthy, beautiful smiles for our patients. Excellent technical and communication skills bring warmth and a welcoming environment to our patients. Our clinical team has a combined total of 60 years of experience along with advanced training and continuing education courses which keep them current in modern technology, procedures and products.
As a member of our clinical team it is Aubrey’s passion to work with our patients to deliver the quality of care they deserve. Aubrey is excellent with helping patients relax while their care is delivered in an atmosphere of total comfort. She and her son enjoy outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.
Brielle has been a member of the Horton & Vranas dental assisting team since 2015 when she moved back to Illinois from California.
Brielle has been a dental assistant since 2007. She grew up in Illinois and as a child she was a patient of Dr. Horton which sparked her interest in dentistry.
She lives in DeKalb and enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.
Kirsten resides in Elburn with her husband Frank and their three children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends when not in the office. During the past fifteen years Kirsten’s fun-loving attitude has brought warmth and a light atmosphere to the office, helping patients to relax and complete their treatment in comfort.
Trish has been a dental assistant for over 25 years. She grew up in North Aurora, IL with four (4) siblings, attended Waubonsee Community College and Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. Trish resided in and worked in Springfield, MO for ten years and worked as an expanded functions dental assistant. Trish also continued her education to become an EMT.
She lives in St. Charles with her husband and their three children. They enjoy frequenting the Ozarks, attending the children’s sporting events and are parishioners of St. Patricks Catholic Church.
Our hygienists Carol, Amber and Michelle are devoted to educating patients in regards to their oral health and hygiene. They take great pride in providing the best possible care along with delivering their service with precision and gentleness. Their commitment to continuing education allows each of them to provide you counseling on nutrition, periodontal disease, and how your dental health plays a significant role in your overall general health and well-being. Carol, Amber and Michelle look forward to working with you to eliminate any fear, anxiety, and help you understand all aspects of your dental health and play a significant role in creating a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Carol, Amber and Michelle are all certified to administer local anesthesia. This team is passionate about ensuring that their patients develop and maintain excellent oral health.
Carol has been part of our hygiene team since 1997. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania and has participated in numerous continuing education courses in order to stay current on all aspects of hygiene procedures and materials to enhance the dental health of her patients. Carol has formed close relationships with her patients through the years and continues to be enthusiastic about providing healthy smiles. Carol and her husband have three grown sons and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Amber began her career in dentistry in 2010 as a dental assistant. She furthered her education at Harper College to earn her dental hygiene degree. She joined our team as a hygienist in 2017. Amber enjoys meeting our patients and helping them with their oral health goals.
Amber and her husband Joe live in Yorkville with their son Zack.
Michelle graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. She has been in the dental profession since 1999 and enjoys interacting with patients to help them achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through excellent dental care. Michelle and her two boys Mason and Jaxson currently reside in Huntley. She enjoys spending as much of her free time with them as she possibly can.