Palos Pediatric Dentistry

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!