Our Team

Our staff shares Dr. Rubino’s commitment to continuing dental education. We are exceptional dental professionals who will do everything possible to give each patient the care they deserve. We participate in each patient’s visit with the goals of helping your general health and well-being through excellent oral health. We believe that patient dental education is the cornerstone to achieving these goals. View our team and you’ll see why our Chicagoland dentist office ranks as one of the best in the area.

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Ross E. Rubino, DDS, FAGD

Dr Rubino is a lifelong resident of Park Ridge. He attended Mary Seat of Wisdom, Maine South (1968), Michigan State University (1972) and UIC College of Dentistry (UICCOD-1977). He has been practicing in Park Ridge since 1978, is married to Terri, one of our hygienists, and has five children. Dr. Rubino is a member of many professional organizations, achieving Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry in July, 2000. Fellowship required 500 total hours of continuing education and successful completion of a rigorous 6 hour test in all areas of dentistry. In 2012 he was accepted to be an evaluator by CR Foundation, an independent organization which tests dental products and procedures. He was appointed to the UIC Dental Alumni Board in 2008, was president in 2013, the 100 year anniversary of UICCOD Dr. Rubino was also a dental officer for Holland America Cruise Lines and continues to travel. He has also been selected as one of the best dentists in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune Top Dentists & the Consumer’s Research Council.

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Kelli Chirstensen, DDS

Kelli is a UIC College of Dentistry grad and has worked in our practice for 11 years. She works full time at Midwestern Dental School. She works 1-2 Saturdays/month. She has four children and sees many of our young patients.

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Terri Rubino, RDH.

Terri was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. She attended Ferris State University, graduating in 1981 and has been working in our practice since Feb. 1983. She is a highly skilled hygienist/gum therapist and is also our general office manager. Terri is very much a “people” person and particularly enjoys the numerous patients whom she has been seeing for many years who are now friends! Terri loves to travel and also worked on Holland America cruises.

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Kay Tousignant, RDH.

Kay is from Michigan and, like Terri, received her dental hygiene degree from Ferris State University. Kay has many years of practical experience and taught dental hygiene at Kennedy King College which was affiliated with UICCOD. She joined our team in September of 2013 and sees patients about 2 days per week.

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Kathy Nelson

Kathy joined our team in January 2005. She has over 20 years of dental assisting experience. Kathy is an advanced dental assistant who works closely with Dr. Rubino evaluating materials and techniques. She is from Des Plaines and went to Maine West High School. Kathy and her husband have two children.

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Sara Galiano

Sara became a member of our team in August 2006. She is our Business Manager and Appointment Coordinator. She is in the center of our practice working with patients as much as our dental team. Sara and her husband have one son and live in Hoffman Estates.

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Denisse Ascencio

Denisse started with us in August of 2012. She is now an advanced doctor assistant and has become our expert in the lab making whitening and occlusal appliances (night guards). Denisse also went to Maine West High School. She lives in Des Plaines and has a son.

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Samantha Guess

Sam joined our team in April of 2012 and works part time around her busy schedule as a parent of two. Sam works closely with Sara at the front desk but can also assist the hygienists and doctor. She is also becoming our prartice promotion and social media person. Sam and her family live in Park Ridge.

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Natalya Kelliher

Natalya started with us in December of 2016. She is learning hygienist assisting/infection control after completing a dental assisting curriculum. She has become our expert in taking images with our 3-D x-ray system. Natalya is from Park Ridge and worked in an assisted living facility before joining our team.

Lauren Rubino

Lauren is Dr. Rubino and Terri’s youngest daughter. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and has been accepted at UIC College of Dentistry starting in Aug 2018. She will be working as an assistant during dental school and will enter the practice as a dentist in 2022.