Dentist in Palos Hills, IL
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.
Dr. Denise D Hale, D.D.S.
Dr. Hale grew up in Chicago Ridge where she attended Harold L. Richards High School class of 1976. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 1980 with a B.S. in Psychology as a Natural Science.
She worked for a year at the University of Illinois Chicago Campus in administration. She then worked at the Chicago Northwestern Railroad from 1982-1984 in personnel development and training. During this period she made the decision to pursue her love of medicine and smiles and apply to dental school. She attended the University of Illinois College of Dentistry from 1984-1988. After graduating dental school she worked as an associate dentist for a year before opening her own practice in 1989. She has taught at Loyola University College of Dentistry in operative dentistry. Dr. Hale currently teaches at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry as a clinical instructor. Dr. Hale is currently a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.
She actively participates in organized dentistry at a local, state, and national level. She has held positions on both the Illinois State Dental Society board and the Chicago Dental Society board.
Dr. Hale lives in Orland Park with her husband Robert. Their daughter, Sara, is a Florida resident and currently lives in Estero while attending Florida Gulf Coast University for elementary education. Their son, Christian, graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Health and Human Physiology, Exercise Science. They are parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Their lovable dog, Dante, was adopted as a puppy from the P.A.W.S. shelter in Tinley Park. He's a mix Treeing Walker Coonhound and American Bulldog.
Dr. Hale is a member of the Hills Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Hale's passion and hobby is cooking. She's always open to sharing recipes with patients!
Dr. Christ Vournazos, D.D.S.
Dr. Chris is a 1987 graduate of Loyola University College of Dentistry. Dr. Chris is fluent in Greek. His hobbies are gardening and cooking.
Bernie - Office Manager
Bernie is the Office Manager and New Patient Coordinator at our office. She has been with Dr Hale since 2004. She is a 1977 graduate of Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park and earned her Associate's Degree from Moraine Valley Community College in 1979 and graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Minor in Early Childhood Development She taught kindergarten and worked with the girl scouts before joining Dr Hale's staff. Bernie is also a licensed cosmetologist. She and her husband Jim have four children. Bernie enjoys travel and trail walking with her husband.
Angela De Francesco - Dental Assistant
recently joined Dr. Hale’s practice with over 20 years of experience in the dental field in several capacities. I am known for my expertise in chair side assisting and for my hard work in managing day-to-day clinical operations. I am sincere and compassionate towards my patients and am concerned for their well-being. I came to Dr. Hale’s practice because I wanted to be a part of a close-knit team that genuinely cares for their patients and each other. A team that is committed to patients receiving not only the best dental care possible, but one that truly cares about the overall health and wellness of their patients. Dr. Hale is dedicated to a greater cause and part of a community that cares about shaping the minds of tomorrow’s future dentists by teaching the students at UIC. I’m proud to be a part of her team and look forward to meeting each and every one of her patients!