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Palos Pediatric Dentistry

Richard Facko, DDS, MS

I was born in Blue Island and raised in Palos Heights.  I have been a Palos Heights resident since 1986.  This is where I lived, worked, learned, and played my entire life, and I'm looking forward to working with the people in my community again!

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 Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Following my general 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 residency was the effect of television exposure and advertising on the oral health of children.  This has given me the experience and expertise required to work with children in the dental setting.

I am currently a Diplomate with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  I am also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, 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 four children.  I have the privilege of representing my community as a Board Member for Palos Heights District 128 and GiGi's Playhouse in Tinley Park, a Down syndrome achievement center.  I enjoy spending time outdoors cycling and running, although on a much more limited basis with little ones at home! If the kids get to bed on time, I love to catch a Blackhawks game on TV!

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