I am so pleased to announce that Go West Young Mom has a new sponsor, and it’s one that I have a wonderful personal history with: My own dentist!
Dr. Melissa Jentz-Cote owns Geneva Family Dental, which is located on Williamsburg Avenue, between Delnor Hospital and Geneva Commons.
She decided she wanted to be a dentist when she watched her mom get a filling. She was just 5 years old.
“I thought it was so cool and told my dentist that that was what I wanted to do when I grew up,” she says. “Then I was a dental assistant in high school and college and then it sealed the deal. I loved working with patients and working in the mouth. It was so rewarding helping patients perfect their smiles!”
Jentz-Cote grew up in Buffalo Grove, received a BS in biology from Indiana University and then graduated in 2001 from the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For 10 years she taught dentistry at UIC, and she also became an associate at a large, busy practice in Lake Zurich, but she wanted to have a deeper connection to the community.
She considered opening up her own practice in Long Grove, but her husband – who grew up in Glen Ellyn – convinced her to take a look at Geneva, which he said had a similar small-town feel to Long Grove.
“He brought me out here, and I fell in love with the downtown and the people,” Jentz-Cote says. “He was right that the Fox Valley area has this small-town charm to it, along with being a pretty large community. I love that people around here like to help small businesses and really enjoy being a part of the area.”
She says starting a practice is a lot of work, but also liberating and “so fulfilling.”
“I love to get to know all of my patients personally, along with their mouths too. I love taking care of their dental needs along with seeing them out at Jewel and catching up on their family life too,” she says. “It all gives me such a sense of pride!”
Geneva Family Dental aims to be a true family practice. She sees patients as young as 18 months – although 2 years old is usually a good time to make the first appointment for your toddler.
“I stress the importance of taking care of the whole family and not isolating out certain ages,” she says. “We all want to feel special and welcome and our motto is ‘Our family wants to take care of your family.’”