Palos Pediatric Dentistry
We are proud to introduce our highly skilled and caring team at Palos Pediatric Dentistry. We value team members who have exceptional dental techniques as well as excellent communication and patient care capabilities. Each member of our team is hand selected from numerous candidates in order to provide your child with comprehensive dental care in a caring and compassionate manner.
We know the impression we make on little ones early in their dental treatment can last a lifetime. You can count on Dr. Richard Facko to provide a happy dental home for your child.
Come in and meet us in person at our Palos Heights pediatric dental office so that you can feel confident you are making a great decision for the health care of your child.
What I Would Want for My Kids
Dear Parents -
While developing our practice’s philosophy, I tried to keep in mind the kind of care I would expect for my own children. This is the guiding principle at Palos Pediatric Dentistry, PC. I hope that you will find it helpful.
I would want an office that openly welcomes parents in the treatment rooms. My children are very young, and I wouldn't feel comfortable sending them back on their own. Once I see that they feel comfortable at the office and that the staff is very welcoming to children, I may choose to wait in the waiting room. But I would want to make that choice as a parent and not be directed by “office policy.”
I would want my child treated as an individual. There are risks to any dental or medical procedure, and if it is necessary and the benefits outweigh the risks, then treatment is indicated and appropriate. My child's dental treatment should be based on his risk of getting cavities in the future. For example, children at high risk for cavities may benefit from x-rays every six months while children at low risk for cavities may benefit from x-rays only every 12 or 18 months. A customized treatment approach specifically developed for my child would minimize any risk of treatment.
I would expect different options for treatment and for the options to be explained, along with the risks and benefits for each option. I would also like the opportunity to ask questions about my child's treatment so that I feel comfortable with the treatment approach. It would be best if I could discuss my child's dental needs directly with the dentist, especially if this is my first experience as a parent with a child having cavities.
If dental treatment is necessary, I would like to know the cost, or at least a close estimate, up-front so that there are no surprise bills after treatment is completed. Also, if the cost of treatment turns out to be higher than I was prepared for, I would hope that the office would have different financial options so that I could take the best care of my child.
Finally, I'd like to be treated fairly and respectfully. At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, PC, we do our very best to treat you and your child as we would want our own families to be treated. If we fall short of any of these expectations, please don't hesitate to let us know. We are eager to learn and improve in any area in which we may do better.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and your child.
Dr. Richard Facko
Meet Our Team
Dr. Richard Facko, DDS, MS
I have been a Palos Heights resident for 30 years. It is a privilege to serve the same community where I was raised.
I attended Marist High School, where I played hockey and was involved with the band. Following high school, I attended Indiana University in Bloomington. It was early in college that I discovered my interest in dentistry. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from IU, I then earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Following my dental training, I obtained specialized training in the area of pediatric dentistry through a two-year residency program. While at UIC, I also earned a Master's in Oral Science. The focus of my research during my residency was the affect of television exposure and advertising on the oral health of children, which helped to build my experience and expertise for working with children.
I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. I am also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists. I enjoy staying up to date with the latest advances in pediatric dentistry through continuing education. I am always looking for something new and exciting to bring back to the office!
When I'm not spending time with kids at the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Cassie, and our three children. I also enjoy running and spending time outside, although on a much more limited basis now with two little ones at home! If the kids get to bed on time, I love to catch a Blackhawks game on TV!
Cassie F., Office Manager
Cassie Facko grew up in Orland Park and is happy to call the Southwest Suburbs home. She attended Carl Sandburg High School, followed by the University of Illinois in Champaign. Cassie majored in Spanish and even spent a semester abroad in Barcelona. Following Cassie's undergraduate studies, she earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Governor’s State University. Cassie has always loved working with children, and her diverse background gives her a unique set of skills with kids at our office.
In her limited spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and watching the Blackhawks.
Beatriz P., Scheduler
Beatriz joined our team as a dental assistant in February 2014. She has experience working in the medical field for over 6 years, and is excited to join our dental family! As our practice has evolved, Beatriz has moved to work primarily as our scheduler. Beatriz will always greet your children with a smile and make them feel right at home. Family is very important to her, so in her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, nieces, nephews, and sisters!
Nadia G., Ins. Coordinator
We're thrilled that Nadia joined our team in November 2014. She attended Chicago Christian High School and received her degree in education from Trinity Christian College here in Palos Heights! Nadia has 9 years of experience in the medical field and looks forward to answering any questions regarding your dental benefits. Her diverse background gives her the ability to work with children to make them feel welcome at the office, and also to help parents navigate the complicated world of dental insurance benefits. Nadia is very dedicated to her family; in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She's certainly great at making our patients feel like family!
Precious B., Dental Assistant
Precious joined our team in November 2013 as a dental assistant. Precious has called the Chicago area home for her entire life. She has been working as a pediatric dental assistant for several years now and enjoys working with children. She is great at making them feel at-home at the dental office. If you get to see Precious at the office, she will probably be talking with your child about how he can better care for his teeth at home. She's a great motivator! Precious is mother to a beautiful daughter. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends. She loves watching movies and running around with her dog Blaine.
Emily D., Dental Assistant
Emily joined our practice in 2014, and is one of our dental assistants. She is a lifetime resident of the Southwest suburbs and graduated from Alan B Shepard High School in Palos Heights. Emily became part of our team after working for several years at a veterinary office. Her love for animals isn't lost with the kids; she enjoys sharing stories about animals with our patients! While she is a wonderful dental assistant, her greatest ability is making our anxious children feel safe. She's sure to get a smile out of even our most challenging patients. They will love her!
Emily enjoys caring for her three horses (ok not horses, but really really big dogs!). Be sure to come back with your kids during their visits to meet her!