Front Desk Coordinator
Nicole joined the Cedar Lake Dental family in 2017. She has over 14 years experience in the dental field assisting and coordinating the front desk. Cedar Lake Dental is her favorite! She enjoys working in such a friendly office where everyone is committed to gentle dental care. She likes talking with patients, learning about their lives and listening to their stories. It will be her smiling face that greets you when you walk through the door. She's excited to meet you! Nicole handles our insurance claims, collects payments and sets up financial arrangements, so as to ensure you get the care you need when you need it. She also schedules visits and maintains our schedule so everything runs smoothly and the team can focus on you. Nicole is extremely happy to be part of our family. She loves sharing pictures, stories and our favorite things on our Facebook page. There is always something fun to see from one of our team members. Check us out, our Facebook is Cedar Lake Dental, @cedarlakedentistry
Outside of the office Nicole enjoys leading her daughters Girl Scout troop. She enjoys attending or participating in a variety of community events. She is a huge animal lover! Nicole's favorite hobby is painting and crafting! She has so much fun creating stuff. She genuinely loves the time she spends with her son and daughter. If you have any comments you want to share, or questions to ask she is happy to talk to you! Make happiness a habit and don't forget to smile!
Erica graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2003 where she received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys getting to know each of her patients personally. She provides individualized care for everyone she treats. Erica is committed to continuing her education. She attends multiple seminars each year to stay up to date with the newest dental technology and treatment options for her patients. Not only does she clean your teeth, she will also monitor the health of your gums and mouth.
Having a clean mouth is important for your overall hygeine. Erica will take the time to talk with you about any concerns or questions you might have about your oral care. She will welcome you with her gentle and caring demeanor and help to ensure you are comfortable during your appointment. Erica enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is experienced with patients ages 1-101.
Erica lives within our community with her family. Outside of work, Erica spends a lot of time at the hockey rink with her son. She roots the team on! She also attends gymnastics classes with her daughter. She and her husband enjoy monthly family board game nights with friends and family. Mostly, Erica enjoys to spend time with their children.
Gina M. Strelecki R.D.H., B.A.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Gina graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she received a B.A. in History, minor in Spanish, and Area Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She worked in management for multiple retail establishments training retail staff and Assistant Managers for over 7 years. During this time, she volunteered at the Field Museum in Chicago in the Botany Department as a translator. She worked with a Botanist researching multi-lingual books for different species of Ferns.
There she discovered her continued interest in the Science field and decided to return to college and become a Dental Hygienist. She graduated from Indiana University-Northwest School of Dental Hygiene in 1998. She has continued to advance her education in the Dental Field through attending Dental Hygiene Conferences throughout the country and Continuing Educational Courses. She has been a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association since she was a student. Gina is also the Past-President of both the Illinois Dental Hygiene Association and the North Suburban Dental Hygiene Society.
She has been an active volunteer throughout her life and career. She has taught English as a Second Language, tutored children in History, volunteers as a Girl Scout leader, and continually teaches adults and children at numerous schools about Dental Education. She believes that it doesn't matter how young or old you are, dental education is important for everyone.
In 2004, Cindy began working as a dental receptionist while in high school. It was there that she began to expand her knowledge in the field and decided to make a career there. In 2011, she graduated from the College of DuPage as a registered dental hygienist. After working five years in downtown Chicago, she met her husband and moved to the northwest suburbs with their two dogs, Bentley and Linus.
Cindy believes patient education is the most important part of her job and she enjoys helping patients achieve their confident smile with the latest home care techniques and products.
Leanne has been helping patients obtain their perfect smiles and healthy mouths as a dental assistant for over 5 years. She works closely with the doctors to help your procedure run smoothly. She is our top notch x-ray technician. She excels at capturing the images of your teeth for you to review with the doctor.
Leanne is gentle working with patients of all ages. She enjoys getting to know her patients and learning what makes them more comfortable during their procedure. She will help ease your anxieties of dental treatment and take the time to explain the procedure and address any questions or concerns you have. She will ensure you are completely comfortable and ready to see the doctor. Leanne has been with Cedar Lake Dental since they first opened and enjoys the calming atmosphere of the office and being a part of a team that genuinely cares about their patients health and comfort.
When Leanne is not in the office she enjoys reading and painting. One of her favorite things to do is to go on mini adventures with her daughter.