Meet the Staff
Maria has been working alongside her husband, Dr. Greico, in the dental field for over 20 years. She continuously sets new goals for the office and strives for success in everything that she does. She is driven by her faith, which helps her work harder at reaching out to staff and patients, which is her favorite part about working at Dental Essence. Maria feels that when she is helping others, she is helping herself as well. For Maria, as well as for the rest of the staff members, it’s not strictly about teeth, but about caring for the entire person, which is why she is responsible for the cozy and calming atmosphere of the office, including the soft music, coffee, fresh-baked cookies, and lively decor. Maria believes that treating every patient like a member of the family contributes to the success and well-being of the practice and the patients, too. Maria graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and taught grade school and special education students for many years. Her hobbies include reading, writing, singing, dancing, crafting, party planning, interior decorating, cooking, and baking.
Office Manager & Treatment Plan Coordinator
Amanda has been working at Dental Essence since its inception in 2005, but many patients will remember her from Dr. Greico’s old dental office in Chicago. She has been working in the dental field for over 15 years. A dedicated and hard worker, Amanda enjoys being able to assist and accommodate patients throughout the course of their dental treatment. Amanda loves the people she works with like family and tries her hardest to be accurate and efficient at everything she does. Outside of work, Amanda is a hair stylist and enjoys walking her dog Nino, decorating, baking, party planning, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Bess D. Andrews
Registered Dental Hygienist
Bess has been working at Dental Essence since 2007. She has been in the dental field for over 35 years, beginning as an assistant and a volunteer and then becoming a dental hygienist. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Santa Monica City College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Northwestern University. Extremely friendly, kind, and relatable on any level, her passion is to help people smile their best smile and to live a healthy, good life. It drives her to educate her patients on how to better care for their oral and general health, and working at Dental Essence has allowed her to accomplish this every day. As part of the Dental Essence team, Bess treats her patients like she would her own family member. Bess has had various interests and hobbies outside of work, including a stint as a ski guide for the blind. She currently loves golfing, yoga, hiking with her labradors, crafting, and, most importantly, maintaining a strong role in the lives of her children.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Silvana came to work at Dental Essence in 2010. She has spent around 20 years in the dental field, most of which she has spent as a registered dental hygienist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Southern Illinois University and is also certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Silvana enjoys providing high-quality care to all of her patients. Silvana is fulfilled by being able to utilize her skills and share her knowledge with patients who want a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Being in a career that she truly enjoys drives her to be great at what she does. She feels that working as a part of the strong team at Dental Essence is like working with her family. Outside of work, Silvana enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, listening to music, and dancing.
Registered Dental Hygienist
With over 10 years of experience in the dental field, Lilly began working at Dental Essence in 2015. She earned her hygiene degree from the College of DuPage in 2010 and has been making smiles brighter ever since. Lilly strives to do her best every day with every patient. She especially loves seeing patients improve their oral care and seeing the results of the hard work they put in. She also enjoys the comfort and welcoming feeling that the staff at Dental Essence brings to everybody. Outside of work, Lilly teaches yoga classes to CrossFitters and enjoys spending time with her family and her goldendoodle, Savannah.
Elvis has been a part of the staff at Dental Essence since 2007 and has been working in the dental field for over 17 years. A true healthcare professional, Elvis is driven by the friendly work environment which feels like family, and a great dentist. Elvis loves working with people and helping them throughout the course of their dental treatment. She enjoys seeing and being a part of the change in people’s smiles. Aside from dentistry, Elvis also makes people smile through singing, dancing and acting. She enjoys art, reading, and gardening and also is a big part of her community. She is a member of the Albanian American National Organization and St. Nicholas Church.
Nick has spent his entire life around dentistry under the guidance of his father, Dr. Greico, and has been working at Dental Essence since 2005. Driven by a desire to care for others and help them improve their oral health, Nick is on his path to becoming a dentist by currently finishing up his Bachelor’s degree at Loyola University Chicago. Nick says that the best thing about working at Dental Essence is to be able to meet new people, learn new things, and have fun with his family and coworkers every day; it is truly a blast. Outside of work, Nick enjoys playing and composing music, being around family and friends, attending school in the city, maintaining aquariums, and watching hockey.
Cindy has been working at Dental Essence since 2008 and has spent 16 years assisting in the dental field. She loves working at Dental Essence because it gives her the opportunity to help people, get to know them, and build relationships. Cindy insists on treating all patients like family, because family is such a big part of her life. She is a mother of four and devotes all of her life and time in and out of work to them. Cindy also enjoys spending her off-days with family and friends. She has a passion for crafting and is an expert party planner.
Helping out at Dental Essence since she was only 11 years old, Carina has been a part of the staff at Dental Essence for over 7 years. Her favorite part about working at the office is being able to work alongside her father, mother, brother, and sister. She currently attends Loyola University Chicago and loves cooking, baking, exploring, trying new things, and meeting new people.
Angelina began working at Dental Essence in 2013 and is the youngest child of Dr. Greico. She would like to be a dentist when she grows up as well, so she values this opportunity for the chance to learn new things every day. Outside of work, she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball.
Effie has been working at Dental Essence since 2015. Having earned her degree in Dental Assisting from Triton College, she has been working in the dental field for over 30 years. Extremely caring and concerned about each and every patient, Effie is devoted to treating patients like family members and helping to transform their smiles. She also enjoys learning about new cosmetic and health-related treatments for patients. A wife and mother of three, Effie enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, music, concerts, sports, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Rocco.
Georgya has been working at Dental Essence since 2016. She is devoted to patient care, having worked various customer service jobs since the age of 16. She plans on becoming a Dental Hygienist someday and loves meeting new people and forming different connections. Her favorite part about working at Dental Essence is having the ability to work with great people in the comforting atmosphere it brings. Outside of the office, Georgya works in retail and also dances and sings. She enjoys traveling as well.