For Dr. Yanez, it’s hard to pick just one thing she loves about her job! One particularly rewarding aspect of being a dentist is the ability to develop long-lasting relationships with her patients. She finds a lot of pride in the trust and confidence her patients and their families place in her. She has been a part of the Grand Dental team serving patients for nearly a decade.
Dr. Yanez’s upbringing provided her a firsthand opportunity to see how dentistry can change lives. Dr. Yanez’s mother was the original dental assistant for the first Grand Dental office in Franklin Park. As a child, Dr. Yanez grew up hearing about her mom’s experiences in the dental field and she was inspired to make the same kind of positive impact on others. As she grew older, she took it upon herself to explore the different facets of dentistry: including science, art, teamwork and healthcare. Her parents were incredibly supportive of her interests and she tries to honor their dedication every day when caring for her patients.
Another unique part about Dr. Yanez’s upbringing was the opportunity she had growing up to travel to many different parts of the world. When she was younger her father's career required them to travel around the world for a few years. Over the course of those years Dr. Yanez lived in places like Chile, Taiwan, Mexico, Poland, Denmark, and Australia. With such a diverse background and wide range of cultural experiences it is no surprise that Dr. Yanez treats each of her patients with sensitivity and understanding.
Dr. Yanez attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for both her undergraduate and post graduate studies. She has a background in Biological Sciences and obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Although she practices General Dentistry and treats patients of all ages, she really enjoys meeting her patients from a young age and being a part of their oral health as they grow up. Today, she is also Invisalign certified and trained in laser dentistry. She regularly pursues continuing education to keep her clinical skills sharp.
Dr. Yanez is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have three beautiful children, two of whom are twins. Their family also includes a house full of pets because Dr. Yanez is a big animal lover. She currently has three dogs, a cat, a bunny, a fish, and a few backyard chickens! As a family, they value their time together and enjoy a variety of activities, especially if it involves getting fresh air outside. They love fishing, hiking, gardening, exploring local attractions, or simply having fun in the backyard. Her personal hobbies include crafting, reading a good book, caring for her chickens, and gardening.