Seasons Dental Care Team Arlington Heights Illinois

The Seasons Dental Care Team – Purveyors of Fine Dentistry

Our Staff

Dr John Pontikes Arlington Heights Dentist

John K. Pontikes, D.M.D., F.A.G.D.

Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Pontikes completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois Honors College. He received his Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine where he was the youngest to graduate from his class. Dr. Pontikes’ dental school class achieved the distinction of being ranked fourth in the entire nation on their National Board Exams. Following dental school, he completed post-graduate studies in dentistry and medicine at Northwestern University Medical School and received advanced training in general and hospital dentistry during his residency at Evanston Hospital, teaching affiliate of The University of Chicago. In 2011, Dr. Pontikes took a leave of absence from his clinical responsibilities in order to go back to school and complete a Mini-MBA program at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Pontikes became a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2013; 1 of only 7 dentists in the state of Illinois. To accomplish this goal, he completed 500 hours of advanced continuing dental education and passed a comprehensive board examination. He is also an active volunteer of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic which provides dental services to low income and uninsured residents. He has practiced dentistry for over 15 years, belongs to a number of study clubs and holds memberships in several dental organizations including the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.

In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Pontikes was nominated by his peers as a Top Doctor in an independent survey commissioned by Chicago Magazine. The independent survey (DataJoe Research) contacted more than 2,000 individual dentists and 850 practices in the greater Chicago area to ask: Who in your field exemplifies true excellence in the dental profession, and who in your field would you trust to take care of your friends’ and families’ dental needs. Dr. Pontikes was featured in Chicago Magazine’s 2016 and 2017 Top Doctors Issues.

Dr. Pontikes remains current in the art & science of dental medicine by regularly attending advanced training sessions by world-renowned experts in all disciplines in dentistry. He has completed advanced dental continuums at the esteemed Spear® and Pankey® Institutes for Advanced Dental Education further underscoring his commitment of being a master dentist. In addition, Dr. Pontikes has completed extensive Invisalign® training and is considered by his peers to be a Top Invisalign® dentist in the country.

Dr. Pontikes has been a guest lecturer and is on the advisory board committee at the Illinois School of Health Careers where he helps set curriculum standards for its dental assisting program. He has also been a guest lecturer at the College of Dupage’s dental assisting program. Dr. Pontikes is also an active participant of the Northwestern University Externship Program. As an alumnus of NU, Dr. Pontikes offers Externships to current NU students interested in pursuing careers in the oral health sciences. As an official host site, Seasons Dental Care is excited to support and mentor potential future leaders of our profession.

Supporting students in the dental profession is very rewarding for Dr. Pontikes because it allows him to give back to the community, it further galvanizes himself within the dental profession and it helps build & maintain relationships among his peers. As an oral physician, his mission is to provide the highest level of care to his patients by constantly staying current in his field. He believes we owe it ourselves and society at large to continuously invest in ourselves through quality education and lifelong learning.

In his spare time, Dr. Pontikes enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, being outdoors, playing piano, cooking, playing tennis and golf.
 

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Rauf A. Yousuf, D.M.D., M.S.D.

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Dr. Pontikes and Dr. Yousuf, as a team, have been providing quality, interdisciplinary dental care for over ten years with combined experience of nearly 40 years.

Dr. Yousuf is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1995.  After completing a one-year hospital residency in general dentistry at Illinois Masonic Hospital, he received his specialty training in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.  He holds a Master’s degree in Oral Biology from the same university.

Dr. Yousuf has been a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry and has had a limited private practice affiliated with the University of Chicago.  Dr. Yousuf lectures nationally on cutting-edge implant and soft tissue surgery techniques. He specializes in all aspects of Periodontics including implants, perioplastic surgery (gum recontouring), bone & soft tissue grafting, crown lengthening and reconstructive periodontal surgery.  Dr. Yousuf is a member of the American Academy of Periodontics, the Midwest Society of Periodontics, the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and Illinois State Dental Society.

Dr. Pontikes’ and Dr. Yousuf’s interdisciplinary alliance began over a decade ago when their vision for the highest standard of quality care and innovation intersected. Dr. Yousuf joined Seasons Dental Care in 2008 as a consultant where he was instrumental in assisting in the development and implementation of Seasons Dental Care’s implant surgical protocols. He continues to remain instrumental as the industry continuously evolves.

In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Yousuf was nominated by his peers as a Top Doctor in an independent survey commissioned by Chicago Magazine. The independent survey (DataJoe Research) contacted more than 2,000 individual dentists and 850 practices in the greater Chicago area to ask: Who in your field exemplifies true excellence in the dental profession, and who in your field would you trust to take care of your friends’ and families’ dental needs. Dr. Yousuf was listed in Chicago Magazine’s 2016 and 2017 Top Doctors Issues.

In his spare time, Dr. Yousuf enjoys spending time with his wife & family, traveling, playing tennis and golf.
 

Cheryl Yu, M.S.Season Dental Care Staff

Cheryl is our senior office manager and treatment/financial coordinator. She oversees the office’s marketing & social media strategies as well as the day-to-day business & clinical operations. Cheryl is also head of patient & public relations. Cheryl’s background includes having been an assistant for general dentists and oral surgeons. Her vast clinical background makes her a great addition to our practice.

Cheryl is a graduate of Roosevelt University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the same university. She is also certified in coronal polishing. Cheryl’s goal for the next few years is to grow in her current role and further her education in the dental field. She enjoys working in a busy, clean, serene and modern dental office.

When Cheryl is out of the office, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Her other interests include going to concerts & festivals, playing indoor or beach volleyball, attending Zumba classes and traveling to different countries all over the world.
 

Julie Rodriguez, R.D.H.Season Dental Care Staff

Julie heads our hygiene department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. During her training, she was given the opportunity to treat patients in various dental settings; dental offices, mobile dental units and nursing homes. Julie’s real world experience, while at UMN, has been invaluable because she was given the opportunity to work in fast-paced environments with patients of different cultures, ages and oral health backgrounds. In addition, her education has taught her the importance of working with other oral health professionals underscoring her commitment to providing a high level of care in a team-based approach. Julie is looking forward to bringing her vast knowledge, clinical skills and evidence based dentistry training to our patients.

Julie’s evolution began seven years ago as our assistant manager and certified dental assistant. In these roles, in addition to being a dental assistant, she was responsible for handling the office’s day-to-day administrative duties. Since Julie is cross-trained, she is an invaluable member of our team. She enjoys working in a very relaxing, clean and high-tech office. Julie has been on the Seasons Dental Care team since its inception.

Julie is fluent in English and Spanish. When not seeing patients, in addition to playing & watching most sports, she enjoys reading, going out with friends and trying different restaurants around the city.
 

Julie Zea, R.D.H.

Julie is our newest dental hygienist and a recent graduate of William Rainey Harper College in Palatine where she received an enriched education which included seeing patients in the on campus dental hygiene clinic. During her education at Harper, Julie participated in many volunteer opportunities which included working with others in dental clinics, mobile bus units and treatment planning for those with special needs. She has also been known to put on a tooth fairy costume from time to time to teach dental education to primary school aged children. The favorite part of Julie’s day is meeting patients of all ages and needs while working as a team in a clean and relaxed office.

In 2004, Julie started out as an endodontic assistant and later a surgical assistant in oral surgery. After assisting for many years, she decided to transition into the hygiene world. It was in these specialty fields of dentistry that Julie learned how to treat patients with empathy, compassion and respect for their feelings and concerns of their oral health. She attributes her clinical skills to the various doctors, mentors and teachers over the years.

When Julie is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little dogs as well as family and friends. Since her first love has always been art, she enjoys sewing, quilting and painting. Julie has made many custom pieces for people all over the U.S.
 

Liliana

Lily is our lead dental assistant and assistant office manager. She has been a dental assistant for nearly a decade and is certified in coronal polishing. In addition to her clinical obligations, Lily has many important administrative responsibilities as she works closely with senior office management.

Lily enjoys working in a modern and clean dental office. Her goal is to continue to grow in the dental field by honing her skills and furthering her dental education.

Lily is fluent in English and Spanish. When she is not working, Lily enjoys spending time with friends & family, exploring Pinterest and working out.
 

Paulina

Paulina is a dental assistant and is also certified in coronal polishing. She has been a dental assistant for several years and we are very happy to have her on our team. Paulina also helps out with some of the office’s day-to-day administrative duties.

Paulina enjoys working in an active, tranquil and modern dental office. Her goal is to continue to grow as a dental assistant and further her education in the dental field.

When not working, Paulina enjoys spending time with friends & family, traveling and spending time outdoors.

Victoria

Victoria is our newest dental assistant and we are delighted to have her on our team.

Victoria likes to keep busy and loves learning something new every day. Her goal is to continue honing her skills as a dental assistant as she continues to become assimilated in her new home away from home.

When not working, Victoria enjoys spending time with friends & family, traveling and spending time outdoors.
 

Seasons Dental Care StaffGeorgia Hoidas, M.B.A

Georgia Hoidas is our general manager and oversees the company’s business operations including marketing, human resources & recruiting and communications.  She is responsible for Seasons Dental Care’s people strategy including growing, developing and retaining the Seasons Dental Care team.

Georgia has nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry where she has held multiple managerial and leadership roles in finance, operations, marketing and sales.  Georgia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

In her spare time, Georgia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, snowboarding, playing golf and reading.