Meet Our Hygienists

Mary Kaye

Registered Dental Hygienist

My name is Mary Kaye Lavorato and I have the pleasure of working at Family Dental Care Park Ridge as the Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). After graduating from Northwestern School of Dentistry with a degree in dental hygiene, I began my career practicing with a prominent periodontist in downtown Chicago. I worked with that office for 16 years when I decided to move to a practice closer to home. In my 30-plus years of practice, I have worked in many different environments, which has enhanced my dental experience and helped me understand how to make my patients’ dental visits as comfortable and easy as possible. Since I have extensive knowledge of periodontal health, I am able to help my patients achieve and maintain a healthy oral environment.

As a licensed registered dental hygienist, I participate in continuing education classes to keep abreast of the newest research and innovations related to dentistry. These classes help me educate my patients on the close relationship of oral health and general health, especially my patients who have chronic illnesses and medical conditions which can affect the oral environment. Most importantly, I like to enjoy a relationship with my patients that extends beyond the operatory; I love to see pictures of grandbabies, weddings, and share personal stories.

My husband and I have two grown daughters and live in Des Plaines. My life outside the office is busy and fun and mostly filled with family activities and travel. I truly love working with the team at Family Dental Care Park Ridge as a co-therapist with our talented and dedicated dentists. The whole team forms a cohesive unit to make sure that each and every one of our patients receives the very best dental experience possible.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your dental health!


Registered Dental Hygienist

Brittany was born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin and has been in Illinois for 6 years now. Brittany has had a passion for dental hygiene since a young age after watching her aunt who is a hygienist. She also inspired her to pursue dental hygiene. Brittany began dental assisting while in high school and continued until graduating hygiene school.

Brittany loves every aspect about her job but she especially loves getting to know all of her patients. She enjoys getting to interact and build relationships with each and every patient. Brittany really focuses on educating her patients so that together, they are able to improve their oral health. Brittany has experience in pediatric offices, general dentist offices and periodontal offices, all of which have helped her learn and grow as a hygienist.

Outside of the office Brittany enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 small children. She loves being active and outdoors.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi. My name is Connie Walker and I am happy to be a new addition to Family Dental Care Park Ridge team. I was introduced to this office through a temporary assignment and told my family I felt so at home I hoped to get an opportunity to work there again. Lucky me, I am now a part of the team.

I graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Southern Illinois University. I went into Dental Hygiene because I wanted to have a rewarding profession helping people keep their healthy smiles. I also feel privileged to get to treat and establish relationships with so many great families.

When I am not working I enjoy time with my family, reading, riding bikes, traveling and spending time at Paw Paw Lake.