Our exceptional, friendly team is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienist are licensed and certified professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dental technology and patient communication. We are excited about what we are doing, we have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.
Dr. Omar Ali, DMD
Dr. Omar Ali is a graduate of the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where he was a leader among his clinical class, with a special focus in implants and high-end cosmetic treatments. It was during college that he met his wife, Donna, while they both sat on the executive board of a social equity organization, promoting volunteerism, charity and outreach. It is Dr. Ali’s compassionate nature that led him to Gibson City Hospital where he still treats patients twice a week as the Clinical Director of the Dental Health Clinic. There he provides care for the low- income community with limited access to dental assistance. Dr. Ali recently welcomed his first daughter, Nida (named after his mother), while watching with pride as his wife, Donna, completes her dental training at Midwestern University. Dr. Ali is a fervent Chicago sports fan, and loves to travel – his most recent adventure took him to Venice, Italy. Dr. Omar Ali is a top-tier dental practitioner with a flair for the artistic and love for serving the community.
Dr. Ahmad Ahmad, DMD
Graduating Magna Cum Lade from the elite Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine via Boston University as a leader of his clinical class, Dr. Ahmad Ahmad is an absolute professional regarding all facets of dental care. Dr. Ahmad has performed thousands of procedures, ranging from general family dentistry to advanced cosmetic treatments for in-need patients. During the course of his career, Dr. Ahmad has made the betterment of others a key priority for his work. Recently, he completed a volunteering expedition to Honduras, providing dental care to impoverished people; many of whom had never seen a dentist before. The need to give back to his community was a value passed onto him by his parents, who are his biggest supporters. Dr. Ahmad’s father passed recently from a preventable cardiac disease – an event that fueled his passion for preventative, systemic forms of healthcare. When Dr. Ahmad is not providing world-class dental care, you can find him on the golf course, or telling jokes to his lovely wife, Suzanne – who is the light of his world. Dr. Ahmad uses his considerable skill, training, and sense of personal responsibility to provide patients with, not only industry-leading healthcare, but an “overall health experience” that is compassionate, effective and, above all, fun.
ChyAnne, EFDA, Office Manager
ChyAnne is an expanded function dental assistant. She began assisting in 2002 in Utah and has been in love with the dental world ever since! She received her Dental Radiology certificate at Weber State University in 2002. After returning to Illinois in 2005 she worked in oral surgery and general practice, earning a certificate in Coronal Polishing and Sealants and OSHA Certification. She also holds a certificate in Nurse Assisting, trained as a Practical Nurse, and is CPR Certified. She earned certification in assisting with conscious sedation dentistry. She is passionate about the dental field and continuing education. ChyAnne enjoys the opportunity to help our patients understand their dental condition and the options available to them. She enjoys baking and travelling with her husband and her daughter and hosting family parties.
Esmeralda, EFDA, Insurance Specialist
Since Esmeralda (or Esme, as she is affectionately known) has been assisting she has become very passionate about caring for all our patients and their dental needs. Esmeralda came to us from a very busy practice where she worked with multiple doctors, refining her skills to perform any task required. She is a very quick learner and her easy-going personality keeps our office efficient even in the busiest of times. She received her certificate in Sealants and Coronal Polishing from the Illinois State Dental Society. She has refined her skills in our office as a specialist in the knowledge of dental insurance benefits, plan provisions, claim filing and even appeals-just one way we make your dental visit with us that much easier! She is thorough and precise, and is a pleasure to work with. When Esmeralda is not working, she loves to spend time with her 2 adorable children.
Debbie, RDH (Hygienist)
Prior to attending Illinois Central College in Peoria for hygiene, Debbie got her start as a dental assistant. In 2006 she graduated from hygiene school with high honors. She is a member of the Colgate Oral Health Advisory Board and the American Dental Hygienist Association. Debbie’s approach to dentistry is to be effective without being aggressive and it shows-patients have admired and thanked her for her gentle touch. Debbie caters to all of the ‘dental cowards' we, at Coal City Dental Center, welcome. Everyday she is a witness to the impact of a healthy mouth, changing a smile can be life changing. Debbie says "This is why I love my job.”
Outside the office, Debbie spends time with her husband, Mike, and their dogs. She is an avid runner, and enjoys participating in charity races. She is also a stained glass artist and all-around crafty person!
In addition, because of a strong belief in continuing education, much of Debbie’s spare time is spent attending dental courses, where she can learn to better serve the patients she loves.
Natalie, Dental Assistant
Natalie is a long-time resident of Braidwood. She LOVES animals, and has had just about every kind of pet imaginable. Natalie is a strong supporter of pet adoption. She has dedicated herself fully to making our patients feel at ease, and is always calm and comforting. She LOVES animals of all kinds, and has some unique and interesting pets. When she is not at work she spends time with her family, and finds herself playing taxi/chaperone to her daughter's many school events!
Stephanie, Dental Assistant
Stephanie is a Coal City girl with hometown Iowa charm! Her many years of experience are invaluable. She is passionate and knowledgeable, and always happy to help in any situation. Stephanie is also an employee of the County Health Department, which puts her ahead of the curve in knowledge and training for disease prevention, proper decontamination procedures, and an overall interest and knowledge of public health! She is a crafter, and also owns her own business. How she finds time to do all this with 3 kids and plenty of pets at home, we will never know!