16906 Oak Park Avenue Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
13209 W. 143rd St. Homer Glen, Illinois 60491
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.
Our friendly and highly trained staff is always focused on providing you with top quality dental care in a caring, comfortable environment.
Dentists: Jason R. Crescenzo, D.D.S., P.C., Robert M. Thies, DDS, FAGD, FADI, and Kenny Gomolplitinant, DDS
Hygienists: Becky Cruz, Sue Prokaski, Tawnya Edwards and Jenna Hedstrom
Reception: Nadine Swierczewski, Emily Johnson and Linda Krutilla
Dental Assistants: Jodie Condit, Taylor Condit, Anna Lee, Sarah Kiser and Crystal Rangel
Dr. Jason R. Crescenzo D.D.S., P.C.
Dr. Jason R. Crescenzo graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry. While attending NYU, he was accepted into the Senior Honors Program in Implant Dentistry and subsequently was theâ€‹ recipient of the Academy of Osseointegration Outstanding Dental Student in Implant Dentistry Award. He continued to pursue his strong interest in surgical dental procedures during a General Practice Residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education in Paterson, New Jersey.
Dr. Crescenzo attends many continuing education programs and has completed the New York Maxicourse in Oral Implantology. The course was a 300 hour training program in areas as specified by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He enjoys performing several procedures including one visit molar root canal therapy, implant placement and restoration, surgical extractions, and aesthetic/cosmetic treatments. Dr. Crescenzo is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry.
During his free time, Dr. Crescenzo enjoys spending time with his wife and their daughter Enza. Dr. Crescenzo and his family have recently welcomed their second daughter, Simone.
Dr. Robert M. Thies completed his undergraduate education at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a recipient of the Western Golf Association Chick Evans Scholarship. He earned his DDS at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois as a recipient of the Illinois Congressional Scholarship.
Dr. Thies then pursued post-graduate training in advanced general dentistry, hospital dental treatment and special needs care at the Loyola-Foster McGaw Hospital in Maywood, Illinois in the General Practice Residency program. He was appointed chief resident of the program prior to moving to Manhattan, Kansas where he received externship training at the original Dental Implant Centre.
Upon completion of these post-graduate programs, Dr. Thies returned to Chicago where he accepted teaching postions at Loyola Dental School in the restorative dental department as well as the Loyola Hospital General Practice Residency program as the Dental Implant Consultant. After the closing of Loyola Dental School in 1993, Dr. Thies continued his teaching at the Michael Reese Hospital General Practice Residency (Chicago) and the Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska) Department of Continuing Education.
Dr. Thies has taken numerous post-graduate courses in all phases of dentistry including cosmetics, dental implants, orthodontics, endodontics (root canal therapy), periodontal (gum treatment) pediatrics, infection control and sterilization.
Dr. Thies has also been honored by his peers by being named a Fellow in several organizations. These Fellowships show that Dr. Thies has achieved and continues to maintain the highest standards of his profession. In 1994, Dr. Thies was the recipient of a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, and in 2008, Dr. Thies was awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry International.
Dr. Thies is the co-author of numerous scholarly publications, (see the dental implant page for a listing of some samples of articles) including several in the field of interdisciplinary treatment and dental implants. He also produced a video teaching the surgical placement of dental implants.
Dr. Thies began practicing in his Oak Forest office in 1990, and moved to his Tinley Park location in 2004. The Homer Glen office was added in 2007.
Dr. Thies is a member of the Board of Directors for the Western Golf Association, and is also the secretary of the Midwest Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He has served as a professional consultant for Altatech Biotechnologies (past distributor of the Camlog dental implant) as well as a Dental Claims Consultant for the MetLife Dental Insurance Company.
Dr. Kenny Gomolplitinant
Hello my name is Kenny Gomolplitinant, due to my long and impossible to pronounce last name, please feel free to call me Dr. G. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA (Glendale to be exact). After completing my B.S. in Human Biology and my M.S. in Biology at the University of California, San Diego, I moved to Illinois to complete my D.M.D. at Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine Illinois. As your dentist and to best meet your needs, my goal is to develop a relationship with you based on trust and respect. Ultimately, seeing you leave the office with a smile and knowing that I have positively affected you is how I judge my success as a healthcare provider. As the late comedian Phyllis Diller once said, "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
Being a general dentist, it is important to me that I continue my life-long learning by attending numerous continuing education courses in order to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments. Thanks to these courses and my clinical education, I am ready to tackle any challenges your mouth will throw at me. I keep active within dentistry as a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, and Delta Sigma Delta.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new cuisines. I am also a big sports fan with particular interests in basketball and surfing. I look forward to meeting you and providing you with the best individualized care.
Becky started working as a dental assistant at 15 years old which required her to get a permit from school due to her age. Shortly after seeing the world of dentistry, she knew dental hygiene would be her calling and began the steps to achieve that goal as soon as possible.While working part time as a dental assistant to help out with school costs, she graduated high school in the middle of her senior year, and began dental hygiene coursework at Prairie State 1 week later. Becky graduated from Prairie State College Dental Hygiene school in June of 2004 at age 21 (the youngest in her class) with an Associates degree in Applied Science, a Dental Hygiene certification, and certification in local anesthesia.By July of 2004, Becky joined the staff of Amazing Smiles Family Dental Care and hasn't looked back since!
Becky continues her education through attendance at continuing education seminars and lectures, but does plan to return to school some day in the near future to complete her Bachelor's degree.At Amazing Smiles, Becky has focused her energy over the past several years on patient care and retention by helping patients maintain their dental health through effective maintenance scheduling and also has taken a big part in keeping up with our social media presence.
Sue graduated from Southern Illinois University with an Associate Degree in Applied Science - Dental Hygiene in 1982. That same year she was elected into the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society, Sigma Phi Alpha. Since then, Sue has completed more than 30 hours of additional college coursework focusing on public health. In addition, she has participated in numerous continuing education courses, including pediatric dentistry, nutrition, periodontics and oral pathology.
Sue joined the Amazing Smiles dental team in 1996. Besides working in the dental office as a dental hygienist, she has taught countless dental education programs, mostly at the grade school level and primarily in the local suburban school districts. She is a current member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and the Illinois State Dental Society. She resides in the Tinley Park area with her husband, 2 children and 2 cats.
Tawnya Edwards, RDH, BS
Tawnya has been in the dental field for over 20 years. She graduated from Bates Technical,Tacoma, WA with a dental assisting certificate 1997. Attended Prairie State College,Chicago Heights and received an Associates in Applied Science Dental Hygiene 2003. She then decided to further her ecucation, went back to school at Indiana University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2015.
Tawnya is originally from Washington state and a HUGE Seattle Seahawks fan. Moved to Illinois in 20001. She is married to her best friend, Jeff, and has 2 adult sons.
Jenna Hedstrom, RDH
Jenna was a dental assistant for 9 years before graduating from Kennedy King College in Chicago with a Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2013. It took her a little while to decide to expand her dental career from assisting because she loved being a dental assistant. She liked that every patient that walked in the door needed a different procedure done and didn't feel like her day was repetitive. Before applying for dental hygiene school, she realized she wanted to be able to have more resposibility and see her own patients. She has not looked back since! Jenna loves that she lives only 5 min away after having to drive over an hour to work everyday for over a year before joining our team in 2015. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has a beautiful baby girl named Lilly.
Linda has been in the dental field since 2008. She did not know she would end up in the dental field but when looking for a new job in 2008, her daughter was dental assisting at the time and recommended her for a receptionist position. She loved it immediately! She is perfect for our front office because she is friendly and loves to meet new new people. Linda loves spending time with her 6 grandchildren and recently was blessed with a great grandson! She joined Amazing Smiles in 2015.
Jodie has been with Amazing Smiles since 1997. She began working here when she returned to the United States after living in Germany where her husband was stationed in the Armed Forces. She is our clinical manager, and is certified in coronal polishing, sealants, xrays and fluoride treatments. She is also our staff whitening specialist because of the amount of continuing education training she has completed in this fast growing segment of dentistry. Jodie loves working with our patients, and has a passion for making everyone feel comfortable in what can at times be a stressful situation. Jodie is also particularly skilled at training other employees, and is planning to expand our practice with a dental assistant training program to help anyone with an interest in dentistry to get a start in the basic skill of dental assisting.
Nadine has been with Amazing Smiles since 2007. She is our office financial manager and works very closely with Pam in the business office. Nadine is very personable, and particularly skilled at making patients feel comfortable, and she loves getting to know all of our patients. She also works with our patients who may be in need of financial options. Before her start in dentistry, Nadine had a career at the Board of Trade where she was a sales assistant to a commodity broker. That career ended when she started having children and decided to be a stay-at-home mom to her 3 sons and 1 daughter. After 26 years of being a "mom", she joined the staff at Amazing Smiles.
Anna has been with Amazing Smiles since 2007, and absolutely loves being a part of our team. She is a dental assistant and sterilization coordinator working mainly in our sterilization area making sure that the office runs smooth. She sets up most of our procedures and is in charge of sterilization and supply. She also works chairside in a pinch. Her favorite part of her job is being able to see before and after transitions. When Anna is not at work, she enjoys live theater, concerts, and caring for her 3 children.