Meet Our Team

Park Ridge Dental Office

At Oliva Dental Care we are so fortunate to have such a fabulous and dedicated team that truly enjoys building relationships and trust with our patients.

Gerri – Registered Dental Hygienist

Gerri is a licensed dental hygienist and has been with our practice since 1992. She provides exceptional services in a caring comfortable way for our patients. Gerri has had additional training to administer local anesthesia, certification in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, and a certified Buteyko Breathing Pracitioner.

Gerri is an avid learner and on average completes thirty additional hours of continuing education yearly. She is always learning about new products and techniques. Just a few of the courses she has completed have included oral health and health systemic disease, improving breathing, and sleep disorders.

Gerri also is a doTERRA Essential Oil Wellness Advocate.  She frequently gives classes on the benefits of essential oils for overall wellness including dental health.

Gerri is the loving mother of two adult children and has been blessed with three grandchildren that brings additional joy and smiles to her family. Gerri lives in Park Ridge with her husband, Don, and miniature schnauzer.

Beng – Registered Dental Hygienist

When Beng started in our office in 2002 she was hired as a chairside assistant but decided to continue her education to become a registered dental hygienist. Beng graduated from William Rainey Harper College in 2005. In addition to being a great hygienist, she has been trained at the Pankey Institute to work on special laboratory cases with Dr. Oliva.

Beng is very energetic and brings great enthusiasm to our office. She loves to interact with the patients and considers them friends of the practice.

Originally from the Philippines, Beng was a dentist in her home country. She loves to travel and visit her extensive family. Currently, she lives in Wheeling with her terrific and very active son.

Mary – Patient Care Coordinator

Mary is the very lovely redhead that greets you with a smile when you arrive at our office. She was hired in 2017 and has been a breath of fresh air in the position of patient care coordinator. Mary has been in the dental field since 2000 and has extensive dental and insurance background.

Mary was raised in Harwood Heights but later moved to Park Ridge. She graduated from Maine South High School.

Mary enjoys working on craft projects and loves to decorate. She also can be found in her garden during the spring, summer, and fall. Mary comes from a very close, large family and has four wonderful children of her own. Her fifth child is her frisky boxer that loves to go on long walks.

Joyce – Insurance Specialist

Joyce has been with our practice since 2001. Now enjoying semi-retirement, she works in our office one day a week. She handles special insurance claims that require her expertise at working through the red tape within insurance companies.

Joyce enjoys getting together once a month for dinner with her group of friends that she has known since grade school.

She takes long walks every day, works in her garden, and also crochets lovely gifts for family and friends.

Joyce lives with her husband and has two adult children.

Lori – Chairside Assistant

Lori joined our dental team in November 2018.  She is Dr. Oliva’s chairside assistant.  Lori was born and raised in Chicago.  Currently she lives in Arlington Heights.  She began her dental career in 1982 as a surgical assistant for an oral surgery practice.  10 years later she became a chairside dental assistant for a local general dentist.

Lori loves being a dental assistant, always making sure the patient is comfortable as possible during their dental visit.  In 2007 she received certification in phlebotomy but decided dentistry was her place to be.

In her spare time, Lori enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoys going to sporting events, is a lifelong Cubs fan and is an avid fan of the Bulls including Benny the Bull!  Lori has a special love for animals.  Next time you’re here, ask her about her goat yoga experience!

Rosa- Clinical Assistant

Rosa is the newest addition to our staff beginning in May, 2019.  She is our clinical assistant for Dr. Oliva and our hygienists.

Rosa was born and raised in Banawa, Cebu City, Phillipines.  She immigrated to the US in 1979 and was married in 1986.  Rosa is blessed with two children – Omar, an IT specialist and Shaheen, a physical therapist.

Rosa has been in the dental field a long time beginning with her studies at Northwestern Dental School in 1989 to become a dental technician.  Since then she has worked full time at various dental offices, oncology, implant, and general dentistry.

Rosa loves to dance and is very active with service organizations – currently secretary of her local Lion’s Club and previously the Philipino American Social Services.  She is a fabulous cook and baker, often treating us with her results!