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.
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 enjoys spending her free time traveling, especially to the beach, sitting by a fire at night, going to music festivals and spending time with her three wonderful children and grandchildren and of course her 4 legged daughter, Kate.
Donna has been in the dental profession for over thirty-two years, working in both a dental lab and dental office prior to joining our team in April of 2019 as appointment coordinator.
She enjoys people and helping our patients feel at ease when visiting the dentist. While Donna has been in the dental profession for many years, she studied art at Northern Illinois University. She and her husband reside in St Charles, where he is a dental technician.
Donna enjoys spending her free time with her daughters and grandchildren as well as her pets.
As the daughter of Dr. Horton, Katie is no stranger to the dental profession. Katie received her bachelor of science degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Nebraska in 2014. Her upbringing on the farm and desire to help people led to joining the Horton and Vranas team in 2016. Her role as a remote specialist involves correspondence and communication between patients and referring dental office partners.
Katie currently resides in St. Charles with her husband Chris and three children, Beau, Lincoln and Tatum. Katie enjoys spending time with her family traveling to cattle shows and to their cabin in Northern Wisconsin.
Loren is one of the newest members of our clerical team. She joined our team in August of 2023 and brings fourteen years of experience to our team. During the past fourteen years Loren worked as a dental assistant and appointment coordinator in general dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery.
The experience she brings to our team of clerical professionals makes her an asset to this team. Loren looks forward to helping our patients with appointments, insurance and questions regarding their dental visit.
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.
Cristina joined our team in December of 2022 and was excited to begin her new journey in this office. She has been in the dental profession for over twenty-five years working as a dental assistant.
Cristina’s experience and strong chairside skill set gives her the ability to make your dental visit comfortable, educate you regarding your care all makes her a wonderful asset to our team.
Cristina enjoys line dancing, going to country music concerts and outdoor activities. When she is not working she loves being at home with her family and their dogs.
Jurgita enjoys working chairside and she joined our dental assisting team in June of 2019. Her twenty-one years of dental experience is a testament to her commitment to the profession and patients.
Jurgita takes great pride in her expertise in using the latest technology available in dentistry today, especially using the CEREC and iTero for digital impressions. She realizes this technology enhances the comfort of her patients’ visit.
Jurgita resides in the Fox Valley area with her husband and enjoys cooking and spending time with her daughter.
Our hygienists 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. We 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. All hygienists are certified to administer local anesthesia. This team is passionate about ensuring that their patients develop and maintain excellent oral health.
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 is knowledgeable both in dental assisting and dental hygiene. She joined the Horton & Vranas team in June 2013.
She is passionate about building relationships with her patient and making sure they are comfortable during their appointment in our office. It is her goal to make sure all our patients maintain a stable, healthy smile for years to come.
In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time with her two boys reading, sports and traveling.
Lisa brings many years of dental experience as she joins our team. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
Lisa is passionate about providing dental hygiene care and building relationships with her patients. One of her top priorities is making sure you are comfortable while in the dental chair. Lisa works one-to-one with patients giving them the knowledge and tools to maintain optimal oral health and smiles between visits.
Lisa and her husband live in St. Charles. Her family is always their priority and they have spent many years watching and volunteering with their three children’s activities and sports. They now are finding more free time as their children head off to college. Lisa enjoys being creative and crafty and spending time outdoors.