Meet the Cottage Hill Dental Team
Richard A. Steffens, DDS
Dr. Steffens is committed to providing his patients with both the cutting edge of dental technology and excellence in comfort and care.
He attended Indiana University where he was awarded an Evans Scholarship and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Biological Sciences. He earned his dental degree from the University of Illinois College Of Dentistry. Since starting his dental practice in Elmhurst, he has accrued thousands of hours of post-graduate training. Dr. Steffens has completed advanced training under world-renowned leaders in restorative and cosmetic dental techniques. This higher-level training and his many years of experience offer his patients the most comprehensive level of expertise and excellence of care that they expect and deserve.
Dr. Steffens is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The Consumers Research Council of America has named him one of the America's Top Dentists 2009 through 2015. He was also named in 2011 and 2014 to "Top Docs in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine.
Dr. Steffens is married to Joann and lives in the northwest suburbs. Joann is the office Practice Manager. Together they have six children. He lived in Elmhurst for 26 years where he and his late wife, Mary, raised 3 daughters. His oldest daughter, Karolyn, is married and is a college English professor. Kathryn, his second oldest, is a graduate of DePaul University and is a working actress in Los Angeles. She has appeared in numerous television commercials and feature films. His youngest, Kendall, is married and is a dental hygienist. He is also blessed to have three grandsons, Samuel, Simeon and Julian.
Dr. Steffens is very active in the American Cancer Society, the Elmhurst Relay for Life, and the Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer. He volunteers on several committees, contributing both time and money to these and many other charitable organizations. He is president of the Mary K. Steffens Foundation, a non-profit foundation that awards college scholarships to Elmhurst high school seniors who volunteer for the American Cancer Society. In his free time, Dr. Steffens enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, traveling, and exercising.
"My wonderful staff and I look forward to getting to know you when you visit our office. You will notice that we are not like other dental offices that you may have encountered. I am lucky to be surrounded by a team of nurturing, compassionate, and enthusiastic dental professionals who are dedicated to excellence! Our Mission is to provide our patients with the very finest care possible in a friendly, personal atmosphere."
Paul D. Doodes, DDS PhD
"I became interested in dentistry because I wanted to help improve peoples lives. For me, dentistry is an interesting blend of education, research, medicine, art and personal relationships. I want to find out what my patients need, and just as importantly, what they want. I help find a solution to meet their individual concerns, then work carefully to deliver a result that makes them smile every time they look in the mirror. This is an exciting challenge that I take very seriously."
Dr. Doodes graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry in the UK before moving to the US to study Immunology and Microbiology at Rush University Medical Center. He has several publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented his work at many national conferences. Despite a promising start to an academic career, Dr. Doodes craved the human interaction and satisfaction of clinical dentistry. After graduating with his PhD in Immunology and Microbiology, he began dental school at University of Illinois College of Dentistry where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery.
Dr. Doodes is one of the first and only dentists in the area that provides Botox Cosmetic treatments. Dr. Doodes received his comprehensive hands-on training from the #1 dental provider of Botox in North America at the Pacific Training Institute of Facial Aesthetics. Patients are loving the gentle technique and amazing results!
"I believe that each patient is an individual with unique expectations, experiences, wants and needs. By listening to the patient I can address their concerns and deliver a healthy result that makes patients smile."
In his free time, Dr. Doodes spends time with his wife, Phyllis, and their two young children, William(1) and Lily (4).
Dr. Doodes is a member of many professional organizations including the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Dental Research.
Koula, R.D.H., B.S.
Koula has been a practicing dental hygienist at Dr. Steffens' office since 2000. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association.
Koula grew up in Burbank, IL with two terrific brothers. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Mike, and they live in Oak Lawn with their 2 children Mikey and Nia.
Koula is proud of her Greek heritage and her "big, fat, Greek family" - they really are like the movie! She enjoys spending time and having fun with her family, attending Mikey's many sporting events and exploring all that Chicago has to offer. Koula also enjoys volunteering at Mikey's school and their church. She is proud to be the sole Chicago White Sox fan in the office but still supports her friends that are die-hard Cubs fans (i.e. AMANDA)!!
"I enjoy educating our patients in the importance of preventative visits to the dentist. I treat every patient as if they were family, and strive to be as gentle as possible."
Amanda, R.D.H., E.d.M.
Amanda has been a Dental Hygienist at Dr. Steffens' office since 2003. She also is a clinical instructor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Harper College. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association, and Fox Valley Dental Hygienists' Society.
Amanda graduated from Parkland College with an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Arts from the University of St. Francis in 2006. She graduated with a Master of Education degree in Community College Teaching and Learning from the University of Illinois in 2009.
Amanda married her high school sweetheart, Eric, and have two wonderful children, Kyler Ann and Dylan. Their family enjoys long walks, traveling, and spending the summer cheering on their favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
"As a dental hygienist, I strive to provide each patient with the highest
quality of care by continually improving my knowledge and skills. I love sharing
my passion for optimal oral health with my patients."
Michelle, R.D.H., B.S.
Michelle has been a Dental Hygienist at Dr. Steffens' office since September 2008. Michelle attended McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL where she earned an Associate Science degree. She graduated from Harper College in Palatine, IL where she earned her Dental Hygiene degree and received her Local Anesthetic Certification.
Michelle has three younger siblings: one sister and twin brothers. Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching movies and football - especially the Bears!
"I really enjoy educating our patients regarding the specific dental needs and how to improve their overall dental health."
Margaret, R.D.H., B.S.
Margaret has been practicing dental hygiene at Dr. Steffens' office since 2014. She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and has since been working in illinois. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
Margaret grew up in Chicago and received a BS in Psychology from Loyola University in 1996. She now lives in the suburbs with her husband, Greg. Margaret and her husband enjoy traveling around the world together, scuba diving and watching the Chicago Blackhawks.
"As a hygienist, I strive to make patients comfortable while they are in the office and more educated for when they leave."
Martha has been a member of Dr. Steffens' office since 2005. She is a Certified Dental Assistant who approaches her job with enthusiasm and a sense of humor that makes everyone laugh - particularly during her operatic renditions of the Cheers theme song. Martha is fluent in Spanish and is proud of her Mexican heritage.
Martha lives in Carol Stream with her three children, Isabel, Eliza and Issac. She grew up in Chicago with her 10 brothers and sisters. She enjoys spending time with her family, particularly their yearly trip to Wisconsin Dell's Yogi Bear Resort. Martha loves camping, riding the Wisconsin Dell's ducks, and shopping for the newest Baby Phat items.
"I enjoy helping all of our patients and strive to make sure they leave the office with a smile."
Office Manager and
Kim has been a member of Dr. Steffens' office since 1993. She started as a chairside assistant and is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of dentistry.
She has been married to her husband, Ron, since 1995. They live in Plainfield and have two daughters, Payton and Sidney.
Kim enjoys all outdoor activities including riding her bike and long walks. She loves the summer months and gets outside as much as possible. Kim grew up in Minnesota and travels there often to visit with her family, including her two nieces and friends. She enjoys watching her daughter, Sidney, play travel softball. She is a Minnesota Viking fan.
"I enjoy working with patients, answering their questions regarding treatment, helping them schedule their appointments, and keeping doctor's patient schedule operating smoothly and on time."
Joann has been with our office since January 2011. She has joined our team as Practice Manager. With her twenty plus years of finance and business office experience she was the perfect fit for this position.
Joann has three children, two girls and a boy. Danielle graduated from Northeastern and is working as an assistant to the VP of a freight forwarding company. Nicole is working as a Nurse in California for UCLA Hospitals. Her son Michael is working hard on a music career.
In 2014 Joann married Dr. Steffens and together they have six children and three grandchildren. They are looking forward to spending many years together watching their family grow.
In her spare time, Joann enjoys her volunteer work with a Relay for Life Team and ICODA, which is a theater school for deaf children. She also like golfing, camping, biking, hiking, kayaking, traveling and reading.
Joann is excited to bring her knowledge of finance and business to our growing practice.
Carol has been a member of Dr. Steffens' office since 2011. She started as a dental assistant for Dr. Steffens in 1986 and has returned after 17 years as a chairside assistant, as well as working at the front desk. She has been married to her husband Pat since 1991. They live in Park Ridge and have three children, Anna, Michael and Alissa. They adopted a rabbit named Marshmellow and promised the children a dog if they took care of her. They don't have a dog yet!!
Carol enjoys exercising, wave running and baking. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a weakness for chocolate!
"I really enjoy working at Dr. Steffens' office with all aspects of dentistry, from assisting to the front desk."