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Dr. Michael Casey absolutely loves orthodontics! In practice for over 28 years, Dr. Casey enjoys getting to know his patients and making them laugh, even if he has to dance an Irish jig! Dr. Casey obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at Loyola University before earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery and certificate in orthodontics at the University of Illinois in 1986. He was honored with acceptance into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. Dr. Casey is an active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Will County Dental Society, American Association of Orthodontists, Illinois Society of Orthodontists, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, American Equilibration Society and the Southwest Dawson Study Club. A current resident of Lemont, Dr. Casey and his wife, Paris, have a son, Neal, and twin daughters, Natalie and Lea. In his spare time, he enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, swimming, golfing and playing with Boots, their Jack Russell/Beagle mix. Dr. Casey also likes to rock out to Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.
Dr. David Cortopassi has been an orthodontist for over 20 years and has been a part of Associated Orthodontists since 1989. He dreamt of becoming an orthodontist ever since having braces himself in junior high. He knew that he wanted to be the person who helped create new smiles, build confidence in people and see their delight once that final bracket was removed. Pursuing his dream, he graduated in 1983 from Loyola University Chicago and later obtained his dental degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1987. He continued his education at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he completed his master’s degree and orthodontic residency in 1989. Dr. Cortopassi is very knowledgeable and constantly stays up to date with the latest technological advances in orthodontics by being an active member of the American Dental Association, Will County Dental Society, American Association of Orthodontists, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists and the Illinois Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Cortopassi is married to the “greatest woman in the world.” In fact, he and his wife, Mary, have been happily married for almost 25 years and have three children: Chris, Mia and Dena. A furry sixth member of the Cortopassi family is their loveable dog, Nella. Having three kids has certainly kept him busy with school activities. Weekends are often spent watching Chris play football as a University of Dayton Flyer, or to Indy to visit with his daughter, Mia, and catch a Butler basketball game. And to round it all off, he even participates in Dena’s competitive dance competitions. Now this is a man who can do it all. In addition to knowing how to straighten teeth, Dr. Dave is also conversant in both Italian and Spanish and is extremely proud of his Italian heritage. When he gets the chance, he loves to ride his bike, cook, read a good book or challenge someone in a fun game of Trivial Pursuit. But what Dr. Cortopassi enjoys the most is knowing that when he leaves his family every day to go to work, he is coming to his other family at AO.
Dr. Scott Soderquist, better known as “Dr. Scott,” was born and raised in Bolingbrook, IL. These days, he and his wife, Angela, live in Naperville with their three kids Nathan, Ella, and Olivia and their dog, Daisy. Dr. Scott graduated from Bolingbrook High School in 1993, lettering in football, baseball and wrestling, with Academic All-American honors in the first. He then continued school and graduated in 1997 from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. In 2001, he obtained his Doctorate with honors from the University of Illinois and graduated third in his class. While at UIC, Dr. Scott received multiple academic achievements, including Top Third Year Dental Student by the Illinois State Dental Society. He continued to the University of Illinois and completed a three-year orthodontic residency to obtain a master’s in Oral Science. He then published his master’s thesis in the American Journal of Orthodontics after graduating from UIC and has co-authored other articles as well. Do not let his baby face fool you . . . he is full of knowledge. In 2004, Dr. Scott joined Associated Orthodontists and still maintains an active membership at the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Will County Dental Society, American Association of Orthodontists, Chicago Dental Society and is a part of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. He is currently President-Elect of the Will County Dental Society, a delegate of the Illinois Dental Society and an editorial board member of the Orthodontic Practice US. Dr. Scott is a certified Damon® System educator. He knows this system so well that he is president of the Midwest Damon Study Club. Yet, even with all this responsibility, he still manages to make time for his community by volunteering at the Will-Grundy Medical Center, Plainfield Central High School Career Day and the Give Kids a Smile program. When his busy life loosens up, Dr. Scott loves riding his ATV’s and snowmobiling with his family. Watching “Da Bears” and Blackhawks is a must for him. You might even find him sneaking in a game of Rock Band or Guitar Hero here and there.
Dr. Patrick G. Jones, more commonly known as “Dr. Pat” to patients (and occasionally, “Dr. P-Diddy Jones” to fellow staff), is a Chicagoland native and a graduate of St. Rita High School. It was there that he discovered his ability to kick field goals for his football team, while still maintaining his GPA for National Honor Society in between plays. Dr. Pat went on to graduate from University of Illinois in Urbana, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1991. Four years later, he graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and received The United States Army’s Health Professions Scholarship. Associated Orthodontists is proud to say that Dr. Pat served in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 2003! During his service, he opened his own dental practice and provided comprehensive dental care and orthodontics for nine years. He returned to school for orthodontic specialty training from Jacksonville University and was the president of his class. He is a natural leader and, as such, has received many honors in both college and dental school! Associated Orthodontists was happy to welcome Dr. Pat in 2010 as a part of our team. But being an orthodontist is only a small part of his very busy life! To this day, he is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Midwest Society of Orthodontists, the Illinois Society of Orthodontists, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Will County Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. You go, Dr. P-Diddy! Dr. Pat’s family life is just as active as his professional life. He and his wife Kathy settled in New Lenox in 1998 and have four sons: Nick, Tyler, Billy and Danny. There is never a dull moment in the Jones household. In his free time, he enjoys taking the family out for fishing trips. In fact, anything that has to do with water sports has them ready to dive in. Dr. Pat’s other passion is coaching little league baseball and basketball in the New Lenox community. But do not get him wrong . . . even with four sons, Dr. Jones still has a soft side. He likes to think his secret talent is being a dog whisperer, so we can only guess how often he is caught talking to his dogs, Hollie and Ginger (baby voice included).
The specialists at Associated Orthodontists take great care in selecting professional, warm and experienced team members in each of their offices. You will find friendly faces in Joliet, Morris, Plainfield, Frankfort, New Lenox and Bourbonnais ready to perfect your smile. We are equipped to bring you the most pleasant orthodontic experience you have ever had. We also believe great service goes beyond exceptional orthodontic treatment; it also includes maintaining a clean and welcoming office, staying up to date on the latest orthodontic treatments and answering our patients’ questions fully and honestly. We are happy to discuss any treatments or concerns with you. Feel free to call our office or stop by and say hello. The Associated Orthodontists team is excited to bring you the best orthodontics in Illinois.
Julia is the Director of Operations for Associated Orthodontists and has been with the team since March 2010. With 20 years of experience in healthcare, she loves the variety of her job, including working with patients, other departments and community involvement. Julia’s favorite thing about AO is the fun, positive atmosphere and helping to create beautiful and healthy smiles! In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, including her role as a board member of the Miracle League of Joliet, plus enjoys golfing, cooking, shopping and going to concerts with her husband, Doug.
Evie joined the AO team is 2013, and is a Scheduling Coordinator at the Plainfield and Morris locations. Seeing a smiling patient walk through our doors is what she loves best about AO! When Evie’s not helping create smiles, she loves spending time with her family, especially on football Sundays. Evie also loves home decorating and, of course, shopping!
Kathie is a Scheduling Coordinator in our Plainfield and Morris offices and has been at Associated Orthodontists since 2015 . . . but, has been in the orthodontic field since 1989! Each day, she loves the atmosphere at AO, the friendships formed, hearing and seeing how our office and/or orthodontics has made a positive impact on our patients and families. When she is not watching sports with her husband and sons, she enjoys painting, drawing, anything crafty, going for walks, being out in the sun and watching HGTV or The Cooking Channel!
Angie has been a Scheduling Coordinator at AO since 2013, and while you’ll mostly see her at our Joliet office, you might catch her at any one of our locations! With 10+ years of orthodontic experience, she loves getting to know our patients and families, and seeing how they grow and change throughout treatment. She is also know as the office “pop culture expert” . . . so if you need to know about the latest celebrity gossip or anything ROYAL, she’s your girl! Angie’s hobbies include getting her nails done, hanging out with friends, going dancing and spending time with Quincy (husband & high school sweetheart!) and their son, Dominic.
Cynthia has been working for Associated Orthodontists since September 1987. Previously, she coordinated insurance and financial tasks for all of our locations. Cynthia loves working with great coworkers who are also lifelong friends. Her hobbies include singing with “Sweet Adeline’s” and reading and spending time with her husband, children and dachshunds.
In 1970, Lynn answered a Help Wanted ad in the Joliet Herald News and has been with Associated Orthodontists ever since! She has seen a lot of great smiles over the years and still enjoys greeting and meeting patients and their families! Her favorite thing about AO is seeing a new smile after treatment is completed. When she’s not holding down the fort in Joliet, Lynn is the “Best Aunt Ever” to 11 nieces and nephews, plus 7 great-nieces and nephews. Hobbies include gardening, reading, shopping, baking, exercising and a relaxing vacation on the beach.
You can find Jeannine greeting patients at our New Lenox, Frankfort and Bourbonnais offices. She joined the AO team in 2017 bringing five years of orthodontic experience with her. She loves talking to the patients and getting to know them. On the weekends, she’s busy with her four daughters’ taking them to gymnastics practice and meets!
Trudi is the Treatment Coordinator for our Morris and Plainfield offices. She has been working for Associated Orthodontists since February 2009 and has three years of orthodontic experience prior to her current position. Trudi’s favorite thing about AO is working with patients, parents and such knowledgeable doctors and staff that are sure to treat you with top notch service! When she’s not at AO, she enjoys family time, travel, gardening and spending time with her dogs.
Shirley is the Treatment Coordinator for our Joliet office. She came to Associated Orthodontists in 2013 with over 27 years of experience in the orthodontic/dental field. One of her favorite things about working for AO is meeting new patients and their families. She enjoys going out to dinner and vacationing with family and friends. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, two kids and her golden retriever, Kobe.
Kari is the Treatment Coordinator for our Frankfort and Bourbonnais offices and joined Associated Orthodontists in 2011, bringing over a decade of orthodontic experience. Her favorite thing about being a treatment coordinator is meeting the new patients and their families. Kari loves taking trips to the beach and enjoys relaxing with family and friends with a movie or dinner.
Alicia is the Clinical Coordinator for our Joliet and Plainfield offices. She joined the AO team in 2009, brings her smile and infectious laugh to the office each and every day! Alicia loves taking care of and educating her patients, making sure they leave with a happy and healthy smile. Her hobbies include having a good time and spending time with her family and friends.
Erin is the Clinical Manager for Associated Orthodontists and joined the team 2005. She loves getting to know her patients, educating them and watching their progress from beginning to end. According to Erin “The smile at the end of treatment is the best!” Outside of AO, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, plus staying active with paddle boarding, yoga and working on her new blog that focuses on healthy and positive living. Additional, Erin is involved in the local Toys for Tots and Operation Firm Handshake for Veterans organizations.
Erin is a New Patient Coordinator and joined AO in 2011, but started in orthodontic field in 2004. During her years in the field, she has held many positions including clinical assistant, lab assistant and scheduling coordinator, in addition to her current role. Erin wore braces for 2 years and knows first hand the positive impact braces can have — and this motivated her to enter orthodontics. Watching patients grow, mature and become confident in their smiles are some of the many reasons she loves her job! In her spare time, she enjoys running, home decorating and spending time with her husband, two sons and her beloved yellow lab, Turner.
Keri joined the AO team in 2012 after teaching first grade and pre-K for 11 years! Her new career in orthodontics has been a true blessing — because she still gets to utilize her teaching skills when educating new patients and parents about their orthodontic journey! In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her two children (both former AO patients with gorgeous smiles!), running, and watching college football— GO VOLS!
April joined Associated Orthodontists in 2009 as a Clinical Coordinator in Plainfield and Morris. She enjoys educating her patients and watching their smiles transform from beginning to end. When she’s not creating smiles, April enjoys yoga, watching movies, reading books and bonfires with friends and family.
Nichole is a Clinical Coordinator in Frankfort and New Lenox, and joined the AO team in 2013. She loves creating relationships with her patients and seeing the impact of their new smile. This White Sox fan loves playing softball and enjoys doing crafts in her spare time. However, spending time with her husband and son is her all-time favorite thing to do.
Veronica is a Clinical Assistant and has been with Associated Orthodontists since 2012. As an orthodontic patient herself, she knows the benefits of a healthy and straight smile, and loves to help patients on their journey. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her four children and her family. However, she also finds joy in cooking and enjoying the peace and quiet after everyone is asleep at night.
Amy joined AO in 2008 as a Clinical Assistant. You’ll see her helpful smile at our Frankfort, New Lenox and Bourbonnais locations. Getting to know her patients and joining them on their journey to a new smile is a favorite of hers! When she’s not helping patients, she enjoys playing sports and spending time with her children.
Aime is one of our Clinical Coordinators and became part of the AO team in 2015. She loves seeing her patients’ each day and looks forward to helping them transform their smiles. In her spare time, Aime looks forward to spending time with her children and hanging our with her friends.
Lea is a Clinical Assistant has been part of the AO team since 2015. She loves meeting new patients every day and working with them to help create a healthy and happy smile! If you listen closely, you can hear her contagious laugh when she’s working with patients! In her leisure time, Lea is busy playing with her cats, spending time with family and friends and visiting her twin sister in Denver.
A six-year veteran in the dental and orthodontic fields, Ashley joined the AO team in 2016 as a Clinical Assistant. Her favorite part of the job is seeing patients’ confidence transform from the time they start to the time they finish, and seeing how happy they are with their new smiles! Ashley enjoys sports, classic rock music, hanging out with friends and playing bingo . . . and her favorite food is lobster and crab legs!
Jessica is one of our Clinical Assistants and joined the AO team in 2017. She loves working as a team and interacting with her patients during their treatment. When she’s not in the clinic, Jessica is a movie buff and enjoys going to summer country concerts.
Tiffany joined AO as a Clinical Assistant in 2016, bringing experience in the oral surgery and orthodontic fields. She loves learning new things and building patient relationships. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys reading books, drawing, sewing and video games. Tiffany is also active in her church, and is a movie buff — especially black and white movies from the 30’s to 60’s. Her greatest loves are family, friends, dogs and everything Disney.
Lorie is our Sterilization Technician and has been part of the AO team since 2008. She is behind the scenes making sure our day runs smoothly! Her hobbies include observing wildlife, hiking and spending time with her husband and her family. Lorie has a wide variety of interests including wildlife, nature, biology, medical sciences and science fiction movies.
Linda is known around our practice as the “lab goddess” . . . but do not let that title fool you, as she has a wide spectrum of other talents as well. Not only does she consistently garden and supply us with a banana bread and fried green tomatoes, she also adores sewing and decorating. In fact, many of our chairs were upholstered in a variety of wildly fun patterns by Linda! When she is not busy with planting and designing, she enjoys bumbling around her home with her husband, Marc, and their cats, Cecelia, Petie and Robere “Bob Cat.”
Sandy is our Financial Manager and has been part of the AO family since 2008. Prior to joining the team, she had 15 years of hands-on orthodontic experience and 20 years experience in the banking industry. Each day, Sandy loves to see patients’ smiles and help families navigate through their orthodontic journey. Outside of AO, Sandy is a mom of three AND a grandmother of two. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for 34 years and loves spending time with her family in Lake Geneva.
Our Insurance Coordinator at AO has 15 years experience working with dental and orthodontic insurance, and is here to help answer any questions about your insurance coverage. She is happy to work with you and your insurance company to receive the maximum benefit possible and will offer guidance throughout your treatment with us.
Our AO Financial Coordinator loves working with our patients, assisting with orthodontic contract questions after the start of treatment, plus any and all financial questions, including: patient account information, monthly installment payments, automatic payments, online patient accounts and online payments.
Our AO Financial Coordinator loves working with our patients, assisting with orthodontic contract questions after the start of treatment, plus any and all financial questions, including: patient account information, monthly installment payments and automatic payments.
Tracy joined Associated Orthodontists in 2012 and has been a New Patient Coordinator in our Frankfort location since 2013. She brings with her 16 years of dental experience. She enjoys making make new patients feel welcome and at ease. In the summer (her favorite season) you can find her at the beach, camping or playing volleyball with her husband and two sons.
Kari is the Marketing Coordinator and has been with Associated Orthodontists since December 2004. She wears many hats around the office, including coordinating both internal and external marketing initiatives. Not only does she have the magic touch in marketing, but she is also a licensed massage therapist! So whenever the ladies at the office need a little TLC, the first person they look for is Kari. Besides having her hands full with massages and a career, she still manages to find time to be a full-time mother and wife as well.
Julie is our Director of Practice Development and joined the team in 2016. A patient of AO’s in the 1980s, she is excited bring her smile back! Julie oversees internal and external marketing efforts, patient and public relations and business development initiatives. Together with her husband (and four dogs), she loves spending time with her two children at hockey games, waterski competitions and hanging out at the lake.
Kelly is a scheduling Coordinator in the Frankfort, New Lenox & Bourbonnais offices and has been with AO since 2017. Being a part of an amazing team and interacting with all the patients is something she loves about AO. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, shopping, country music and lounging in her pool.
Anne joined AO in May of 2018 and loves being a part of a team of co-workers that are more like family, and with doctors who sincerely care about their patients and employees. She spends time outside of work with family and friends. Her favorite thing to do is dog agility training with her miniature schnauzer Abby, plus she enjoys reading, sewing, traveling, and cheering on the Cubs and Blackhawks!
Courtney joined AO in 2018, bringing three years of general dentistry experience with her. We she’s not loving her patients’ smiles, she’s loving her Chicago sports teams — GO Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears! In her spare time, she owns a photography business which keeps her pretty busy, and she spends time with her husband and black lab named Buddy!
Karen has been in the orthodontic field for 11 years, and joined the AO team in 2018. She loves how welcoming and friendly the atmosphere is at AO and looks forward to making sure her patients feel right at home. A native of Newfoundland, Canada, Karen has been in the states for 14 years. When she’s not creating smiles, she spends time with her family, which includes three children and one grandchild, plus she loves to read and watch reality TV.
Krista became part of the AO family in 2018 after spending time in general dentistry. She loves the family atmosphere at AO, and always looks forward to making sure her patients are treating like family! Krista is proud of her Polish heritage, and grew up with grandparents that owned two Polish delis in Chicago. In her personal time, she likes to stay active with rollerblading and ice skating and cheers on her favorite hockey team — the CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS!
Sandy joined the AO team 2018, bringing 14 years of dental experience with her. She loves being behind the scenes helping to create beautiful smiles! When she’s not in the lab, you’ll find her on a tennis court or with a paint brush in hand— creating all varieties of art!
At Associated Orthodontists, we bring our patients the most beneficial, timely and affordable orthodontic treatment in northeastern Illinois. We want patients to have fun and feel relaxed in our offices, and we work hard to create welcoming spaces that are truly family-friendly. Our team makes personal connections with our patients, and because of that, we feel like we have extended family in our offices every single day. Your health and well-being are our utmost priority, and we are always open to feedback to improve your orthodontic care.
As soon as you arrive at our office, we want it to feel as comfortable as your own home. The cozy reception area has Wi-Fi, so you can easily use your smart phones and tablets while you wait. Get a drink from our beverage station and enjoy our quiet space for parents. Younger patients and their siblings will enjoy the fun games available in the reception area. The Associated Orthodontists team believes your orthodontic care should be pleasant and free of hassle. We understand your child’s smile is much more than aligned teeth, and we care about making your family’s experience the best it can be. Our orthodontists and support staff are happy to answer any questions you may have or to explain our treatments in detail. You are the most important part of your oral health, and we want to empower you to make your own decisions about your smile.
Drs. Michael Casey, David Cortopassi, Scott Soderquist and Patrick Jones are the backbone of the Associated Orthodontists team. They are thoroughly experienced orthodontists who are committed to bringing you the most innovative and effective orthodontic care available. We value your time, and we pride ourselves on creating a speedy yet comprehensive orthodontic experience. Our doctors also create the best smiles possible, while keeping your comfort in mind. We use state-of-the-art alignment techniques, including the revolutionary Damon® System braces and Invisalign® invisible braces. We also use the i-Cat 3-D Imaging System. This award-winning system uses extremely low radiation and produces very high-resolution images in just seconds, so we can get a comprehensive picture of your oral health. This helps us understand the best orthodontic options for your individual alignment needs.
We could not do the work we do without our amazing patients and the communities they live in. We want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life, and one way we can say thank you is with fun rewards. We love holding monthly contests to brighten our patients’ lives, and our patients have lots of fun earning tokens through our rewards program. We also sponsor community events and local sports teams to show our continued support to our neighbors and friends. You have relied on our team for your oral health, and we are continually brainstorming ways to show our gratitude. Since Associated Orthodontists was founded in 1969, giving back to our community has been an important part of our practice. We look forward to welcoming you as a part of our patient family. If you are interested in what we can do to improve and enhance your smile, call the most conveniently located office for you. We can set up a complimentary consultation for patients in Morris, Joliet, Frankfort, New Lenox, Plainfield or Bourbonnais. We know a great smile can change your life, and we are ready to show you how. We want to give you and your family the very best orthodontic care in Illinois.
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