Doctors and Staff: Why you should choose Hobson Dental for your dental care.
"Perfecting the Art of Dentistry"
Our General Dentist, Dr. Glenn DeWeirdt
Dr. Glenn Deweirdt founded Hobson Dental Associates in 1984 following graduation from Northwestern University Dental School.
"Hobson Dental Associates was conceived and founded on the basic principle of quality care at reasonable fees. It is our goal and objective to serve our patients in a clean, friendly, relaxed, and comfortable environment."
Dr. DeWeirdt is one of a handful (less than 2%) of general dentists who routinely use the dental operating microscope for procedures. He is an active lecturer on this topic and is a frequent speaker at the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting and dental study clubs in the area. He has also lectured at the University of Iowa Dental School. He is a consultant to Zeiss Meditec, an international leader in advanced optics, and a key opinion leader and speaker for Dentsply Midwest and Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties. The world's largest manufacturer of dental equipment and supplies.
Dr. DeWeirdt is also committed to education. He is a part-time faculty member at Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine in the pre-doctoral clinic.
Dr. DeWeirdt has been married to his wife, Geralyn, for almost 30 years. they live in Naperville and have four children, Emily, Alyssa, John, and Libby. They also have a horse, Sammy, two cats, Jack and Charlie, and a Basset hound, Clara
Dr. DeWeirdt relaxes with high-speed racetrack driving. He is a high performance driver's education instructor for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and a National Instructor for Porsche Club of America (PCA).
Doctors & Staff
Patrick M. O’Flaherty, D.D.S.
O’Flaherty graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry, Summa Cum
Laude, as class valedictorian and completed a General Dentistry residency at
the University of Chicago. He taught at
Loyola for many years while practicing dentistry in his hometown of Downers
to continuing education earned him a fellowship in the Academy of General
Dentistry and membership as an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute of Advanced
Dental Education. He is currently a Clinical
Instructor at the Kois Institute and the Dental Director of Alliance for
Smiles. He recently returned from his
tenth medical mission with Alliance for Smiles to help children with cleft lips
O’Flaherty is a member of many professional organizations, a member and past
president of the Downers Grove Rotary Club, and a member of St. Joseph
Parish. He is the father of Kevin and
Kent, grandfather of Paige and Owen, and lives with his wife, Lorie, in Downers
Dr. Pat’s favorite
hobby is photography, which inspires him to travel wherever he can capture
images of interesting wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
Dr. O'Flaherty photographing wildlife.
Our in-house Oral Surgeon, Dr. Mark Banakis
Dr. Mark Banakis has been our in-house oral surgeon for over 20 years. He and Dr. DeWeirdt practice a team approach for dental implants and oral surgery.
Dr. Banakis received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago. He continued his education at the University of Illinois Medical Center where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following dental school he completed a one year internship at Evanston Hospital. Dr. Banakis then attended the University of Chicago Medical Center for his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery where he was chief resident for two years. He has held teaching positions as Associate Clinical Professor in both the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Chicago. Dr. Banakis is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In addition, he has received clinical and academic awards for his dedication to excellence in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Banakis maintains a private practice in Scaumburg at Schaumburg Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. www.schaumburgoms.com
Our Wonderful Staff
The first thing you notice about our staff is the high level of professionalism, experience, and maturity. No "gum snappers" here!
Patt , Office Manager
Working in dentistry is Patt's passion having managed dental practices for over 20 years having managed the operations and staff of multiple offices. Working in a dental setting, and especially at Hobson Dental, is a pasion for her. Patt is the proud mom of two grown daughters, Jennifer and Brianne. Patt is an avid dog lover having adopted many pets over the years. The latest being Tobey, a 7-year old Pekinese Patt rescued. He is joined by Lili, a 12 year old Black Lab and Jackson, an 11 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Patt previously had her own arts and crafts business designing her own pieces and selling them across the Midwest. She won many design awards for her work. In her spare time she loves to reinvent old furniture, shop flea markets, decorate her home, baking (Patt's treats are the office favorite), and taking care of her wonderful dogs. Patt joined Hobson Dental in 2010
Chris has been in the dental field for over twenty years and lives in Plainfield with her husband of 34 years. She has three grown children and three beautiful grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys babysitting, swimming, boating, snowmobiling and road trips on their Honda Goldwing. Chris joined Hobson Dental in 2014.
Susan, Registered Dental Hygienist
Susan is a graduate of Loyola University Dental School's Dental Hygiene Department. Susan is passionate gardener and a graduate of the University of Illinois Master Gardener program. She is also an avid volunteer and trains with a community emergency response team, a community policing group, and several other philanthropic organizations. Susan has been with Hobson Dental since 2004.
Nancy, B.A., Registered Dental Hygienist
Nancy is very passionate about her dental hygiene career. She loves providing high quality dental care and educating every patient on the virtues of healthy teeth and gums. She is married with three teenagers (we are sorry for her) and a dog. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, baking, and reading books. Nancy has been with Hobson Dental since 2014.
Darlene, Certified Dental and Orthodontic Assistant
Darlene received her Dental Assisting Certification from Loyola University and a B.A. degree from Elmhurst College. She has worked in dentistry for many years and loves it. Darlene and her husband live in Woodridge and enjoy golfing, skiing, sewing, and cooking. They have two crazy cats (as opposed to "normal" cats) Lacey and Lunar James. Darlene has been with Hobson Dental since 2012.
Erika, Dental Assistant
Erika has been a dental assistant for 17 years and loves her profession. She is a resident of LaGrange Highlands, is engaged, and has three boys. In her free time she enjoys reading, jogging, baking, and crafts. Erika joined Hobson Dental in 2015.