Meet Our Staff
Denise has worked in customer service for over 25 years; 13 of those years have been in orthodontics and dentistry. She has always enjoyed working with people; Denise helps our patients have the best possible experience in our office. Helping people and putting a smile on their face is the highlight of her day.
Denise was born in Lake County, Illinois and currently lives in the Northern Suburbs with her husband of 36 years. They raised two children: her daughter is an eighth-grade teacher and her son has a passion for working on cars. Denise's biggest joy is spending time with her grandchildren, family, friends, and her daughter’s French Bulldog. In her free time she enjoys gardening, baking, reading, and vacationing in Jamaica. Denise is thrilled to be expecting the arrival of her third grandchild in February 2017.
Front Staff Support/Financial Coordinator
Mary has been in the dental field for over seven years and now she is excited to be a part of the Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry team. Mary has enjoyed the switch to a pediatric office and working with the children to provide them with a fun experience.
Mary is a Chicago native and is current living in Des Plaines. During her free time you will find Mary spending time with her family and friends, or maybe planning her next special vacation.
Insurance Coordinator/Front Desk Support
Anna started working at Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in February 2013 and loves it ! She really enjoys being around children and seeing their beautiful smiles. Anna looks forward to working with Dr. Anokhi and Dr. Derek for years to come, and helping our patients have a pleasant office experience.
Anna was born in Chicago and grew up in Lemont. She is the middle child of three sisters; her oldest sister is 28 and the youngest is 9! Anna likes to hang out with family and friends in her free time.
Orthodontic Dental Assistant
Patty is excited to be working at Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. She really enjoys being around kids and making them laugh and smile. Being around children has always put a smile on Patty’s face, as well. She is excited to be a part of such a fun, lighthearted environment where there is never a dull moment !
Patty grew up in Highwood and currently lives in Lake Forest. She is the mother to a beautiful little girl named Haylee. Patty loves sharing her passion for soccer and basketball with Haylee and being her number-one fan at all her soccer and basketball games. Patty also shares her heart with her Puggle named Noah.
Pediatric Dental Assistant
Oliba has been a pediatric dental assistant for four years and she loves working with kids! She enjoys playing a number of roles on the Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry team in both orthodontics and dentistry. Oliba's goal is for each child to have a wonderful experience and that they are as comfortable as possible in the office . One day she might like to become a dental hygienist.
On her time off Oliba likes exploring the city of Chicago with her husband. She is the youngest of five kids, and she loves spending time with her 4 nieces and one nephew. During the summer she enjoys going to Michigan where most of her family lives.
Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator
Mimma has more than 20 years of orthodontic experience. She has enjoyed working hands-on with Dr. Derek and his patients in the past, and now loves being our treatment coordinator! She really enjoys making people laugh and setting their minds at ease while going through orthodontic treatment. Mimma’s goal here at Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry is to make every experience for her patients a happy one.
Mimma was born and raised in Highland Park, and her fluency in Italian comes from her proud Italian heritage. She and her husband Kirk have been married for 14 years. They have two sons, Renzo and Gianni. Mimma and her family like to travel to Wisconsin on the weekends, where they enjoy boating, swimming, skiing and riding ATVs.
Orthodontic Clinical Assistant
DaLee has been working in the orthodontic field for the past 14 years. She received her training in Okinawa, Japan as a volunteer with the American Red Cross. In our office, DaLee works hands-on with our patients to ensure their comfort and a great orthodontic experience. She loves being a part of our team and learning as much as possible from Drs. Derek and Anokhi.
DaLee and her husband Richard have been married for 30 years. They have two grown sons, Estevan and Emillio, and two grandchildren, Gabriel and Leo. DaLee loves outdoor sports and activities. She is currently a pitcher on a coed softball team, and enjoys woodworking, football, and soccer.
Orthodontic Dental Assistant
Patricia joined Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in the spring of 2012, bringing with her seven years of experience in the orthodontic field. Patricia strives to make sure her patients have an enjoyable experience by providing the best dental care, all while having fun! Most importantly, Patricia enjoys being a part of a team that loves to make people smile.
Away from the office, Patricia enjoys playing tennis and volleyball, and spending time with friends and family.
Pediatric Clinical Coordinator
Christine has been in the dental field for many years. She graduated from Loyola Dental School with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has worked in all types of dental practices. Working with children has always been her passion. Helping the kids feel comfortable in the dental office is very important to her. She loves interacting with both the children and their parents about the importance of nutrition and dental education.
Christine grew up in Melrose Park and currently lives in Deerfield. She has five wonderful children ranging from ages 25-12 years of age. During her free time, she enjoys working out and staying active. Living a healthy lifestyle is an important part of her life.
Orthodontic Dental Assistant
Meet our newest team member! Rosanna has been a Forest Orthodontics & Pediatrics team member since spring of 2016. Rosanna has been an orthodontic assistant since 2013 and also has worked in the Pediatric dentistry field as well. She really loves working with kids and is very happy to see the smiles that our practice creates. In her free time, Rosanna loves to sing and play the drums. She also loves to travel and learn many different cultures!
Front Desk Support/Scheduling Coordinator
Martha began with Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in August of 2015. Her previous experience is working in general dentistry for 3+ years in Nevada. Martha enjoys working with children and making everyone’s experience at our office a pleasant one. She loves to see kids smile and have a great time in our office.
Martha moved back to Illinois to be reunited with family. She lived in Las Vegas for 7 years where she met her husband Edgar. They have a beautiful daughter, Leila. In her free time, Martha enjoys spending time with family and friends, any outdoor activities, and working out to stay healthy.