Meet The Team


Dr. Joe Sullivan received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University, where he graduated with honors. He then attended The University of Illinois College of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. At graduation, Dr. Sullivan was honored to receive the Ted Rosen Memorial Award for excellence in occlusal (bite) problem solving and treatment. Dr. Sullivan has been in private practice for twenty-one years with the last nineteen spent practicing in Sycamore.

Dentistry is an ever advancing field and Dr. Sullivan has clocked hundreds of advanced dentistry continuing education hours throughout his career in order to stay on top of the latest in dental techniques and technology.

Dr. Sullivan attended the Dawson Center Curriculum for Advanced Dental Study. He was one of twelve dentists invited to participate in occlusal (bite) recording techniques at the Dawson Center. The study was subsequently published in a highly respected dental journal.

Dr. Sullivan has also attended course work at the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry. At LVI he studied with the leaders and pioneers of modern cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Sullivan’s cosmetic cases have been used in many training presentations to his peers in the dental field.

Dr. Sullivan has also received extensive advanced training in the area of implants, is a certified Invisalign® provider, and is certified in laser periodontal (gum) therapy.

Dr. Sullivan and his wife Linda reside in Sycamore with their two children. Their family cherishes the friendships and affiliations that they have acquired throughout the years. They are actively involved in their children’s schools and sports activities, their church and charities. Dr. Sullivan and his family are strong supporters of many area community events and activities.

During his free time Dr. Sullivan enjoys spending time with his friends and family, playing tennis, cycling and reading. He is also an avid fisherman.

A Few Words From Dr. Sullivan

“Over twenty years ago, I was a young, energetic dentist who was truly excited about dentistry. Throughout the subsequent years, I have been blessed to continue my excitement and passion for my profession. I am fortunate to practice with a fantastic staff, most of who have been with me for over fifteen years. I continually choose to invest time and resources in advanced dental materials, techniques and technology for the benefit of my patients. Because I am committed to practice at a higher level each day, I choose to attend advanced dental courses, and will continue to do so.”

“My Patients Deserve The Best I Can Give Them!!!”

Vanessa S – Receptionist / Treatment Coordinator

As our receptionist and treatment coordinator Vanessa assists patients with scheduling appointments. She also assists patients with financial arrangements for treatment; estimates patients insurance benefits and answers question patients may have regarding their insurance benefits. Vanessa also explains treatment plans to patients and answers questions they may have.

Vanessa has been in the dental field for twenty-seven years and has worked in periodontal, oral surgery and orthodontics before joining our practice. She has been a part of our team for over fifteen years. Vanessa has completed Dental Assistant training, and she is certified by the state of Illinois in sealant placement and coronal polishing.

Our patients appreciate the lengths Vanessa goes to really get to know them. She greets our patients with a warm smile and genuinely enjoys working with them.

Vanessa and her husband live in Genoa. When away from the office she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Karen S. – Registered Dental Hygienist

Karen received her Dental Hygiene degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is licensed by the state of Illinois. She has taken advanced courses and is certified in Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy and Nitrous Oxide Sedation.

Karen has been working as a dental hygienist for thirty-three years, including two years at a periodontal practice, and has been a member of our team for twelve years.

Karen’s duties include:

• Non-surgical periodontal therapy
• Routine cleanings (prophylaxis)
• Periodontal (gum) analysis
• Fluoride treatments
• Placement of dental sealants
• Oral cancer screening
• Performing digital x-rays
• Educating patients on current dental health status, and oral home care and diet to ensure a healthy mouth.
• Update and review medical history with patients
• Coordinate treatment with Dr. Sullivan

Our patients always comment on how thorough but gentle Karen is during treatments. They are also always pleased with how kind, caring and informative she is.

Karen enjoys helping patients achieve better oral and overall health, as well as the time she gets to spend getting to know them. Dentistry is a constantly advancing field and Karen takes great personal satisfaction in the opportunity to always be learning and growing professionally.

Karen and her husband live in St. Charles, and have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Karen enjoys biking, kayaking, spending time with friend and family, and cheering on her favorite football team. Go Packers!!

Carol H. – Registered Dental Hygienist

Carol received her Dental Hygiene degree from Parkland College and is licensed by the state of Illinois. She had completed advanced training and is certified in Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy.

Carol has been a practicing dental hygienist for twenty years with four of those years spent at an office specializing in periodontics. She has been a member of our team for fourteen years.

Carols duties include:

• Non-surgical periodontal therapy
• Routine cleanings (prophylaxis)
• Periodontal (gum) analysis
• Fluoride treatments
• Placement of dental sealants
• Oral cancer screening
• Performing digital x-rays
• Educating patients on current dental health status, and oral home care and diet to ensure a healthy smile.
• Update and review medical history with patients
• Coordinate treatment with Dr. Sullivan

Our patients know they can trust Carol to be very gentle but thorough during treatments. Carol finds great satisfaction in providing her patients with the information they need to achieve a healthy mouth. She strives to treat all her patients with respect and sincerity, something our patients really appreciate.

Carol and her husband live in Sycamore, and have 2 daughters. In her free time Carol enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, coaching basketball, photography and exercising.

Michele G. – Dental Assistant

Michele has been working in the field of dentistry for twenty-two years, working as an oral surgery assistant and periodontal surgical assistant before joining our team fourteen years ago.
Michele assists Dr. Sullivan with varies dental procedures, helping the procedures run smoothly and making sure patients are comfortable. Michele also assists in the dental lab, helps patient schedule their appointments, and coordinates patient’s treatments.

Patients appreciate her gentle touch and comfortable, calm atmosphere she strives to bring during treatments. Michele loves being apart of a dental office that is always working towards bringing patients the latest in dental techniques and technology to make their experience easier, and the quality of dentistry they deserve.

Michele lives in Genoa where she loves to cook and spend time with friends and family. She is also an avid racing fan.

Contact Us
  • Joseph T. Sullivan, DDS
  • 645 Plaza Drive
  • Sycamore, IL 60178
  • Phone: (815) 895-2298
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