Meet the Cottage Hill Dental Team
Mohammad Al-Asadi, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Asadi received his dental degree from Northwestern University in 1999. He also completed a residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of California San Francisco in 2000. Dr. Asadi’s commitment to continuing dental education earned him the distinction of a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, a prestigious designation earned by 6% of all dentists in the US and Canada. His advanced education includes the areas of laser dentistry, orthodontic treatment, cosmetic dentistry, temporomandibular dysfunction and sleep disordered breathing treatment.
Dr. Asadi enjoys traveling, swimming, running and biking. He completed the Chicago Triathlon in 2009. He resides in Oak Brook with his wife, Dr. Amiran, and two children Amin and Ava.
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Sanaz Amiran, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Amiran completed her undergraduate education at Loyola University Chicago in Biochemistry. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Following graduation, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of Florida. She is skilled at placing and restoring dental implants, periodontal surgeries, full mouth rehabilitation and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Amiran’s commitment to continuing education earned her the distinction of a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, a prestigious designation earned by 6% of all dentists in the US and Canada. Dr. Amiran believes that caring for her patients is the most important and rewarding part of her job. She approaches patient care from the perspective of the patient, emphasizing the need to make patients part of the process and making them completely comfortable. She believes that close doctor-patient communication is the benchmark for superior, high-quality care.
Outside of her professional life, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, cooking, and playing the piano. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Asadi, and their children, Amin and Ava.
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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."
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."
Nancy has been a practicing dental hygienist at Dr. Steffens' office since 2017. She graduated from Miami-Dade Community College with an Associate degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene before completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. She has worked in pediatric, orthodontic, general and periodontics offices over the years.
Nancy enjoys playing piano traditional sacred music, reading, knitting, crocheting and spending time with family. Occasionally she travels to Perú and Colombia, S.A. to visit family and friends.
"I enjoy teaching aspects of good dental health to my patients and feel honored to be a member of Dr. Steffens' team, delivering high quality clinical care in fun and smooth running dental office."
Amber D'Andrea, RDH, BA, MBA
One thing that Amber loves most about being a dental hygienist is having the ability to help patients overcome certain fears they may have about coming to the dental office. Seeing patients walk out smiling, is what keeps her happy and smiling every day. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with friends and family exploring new restaurants and activities in Chicago.
Amber has been practicing Dental Hygiene since she graduated with her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from College of DuPage in 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management in 2019 from Concordia University. Her passion for education and ambition for continuous professional growth lead her to obtain her MBA in Health Care Management in 2020.
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."
Linda has been a member of Dr. Steffens' office since 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She worked as a dental hygienist in a pediatric/orthodontic office for 20 years before taking time off to raise her three great kids, Jack, Rory and Eleanor.
Linda has been married to her college sweetheart, Tim for 27 years. They live in LaGrange and have recently downsized, but still manage to find room when the kids are all home from school. Linda loves baking, reading, going for long walks with her dog, Melanie and especially loves spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys cheering on her favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks.
"I have felt at home here at Dr. Steffens' office since the day I started. The team and the patients are all welcoming and warm"
Peggy has been a member of Dr. Steffens' office since 2006. She has 15+ years of Dental Assisting experience, and makes sure every patient leaves with a pleasant experience.
Peggy has been married to her husband Andrew since 2006. They live in Melrose Park along with their three kids Mikayla, Matthew, and Jacob. They are all Cubs fans!
Peggy enjoys volunteering at her children's school, and active in their school's PTO. She is also active in their church with the pre-teen group. Peggy enjoys cooking/baking and is always willing to try new healthy recipes. Going vegan is her ultimate goal for her and her family!
"I love seeing our patients excited with the end result of their dental treatments."
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."
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."
Carol (CJ) has been a member of Dr. Steffens' office since September 2018. She has 25 years plus experience in pediatric and general dentistry, and has returned to the field where she began her career.
Carol resides in Elmhurst where she was born and raised, with her husband Mark. She has one daughter Kara, son-in-law Jason, and grand-dog Troy.
She enjoys many activities including golf, beach walks, cooking, and watching Hallmark movies. She is proud to be a sports fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and the Bears.
"I enjoy the family environment of our dental practice; from our patients to our staff, each individual is treated with the utmost respect."