When you first arrive at Orthodontic Specialties you will be greeted by one of our friendly team. Committed to your orthodontic needs, our team will ensure you feel comfortable and at ease throughout your treatment.
The Orthodontic Specialties team has extensive experience in their specific duties and is dedicated to providing you with the best in orthodontic care. They will also help to schedule your future appointments for times which best suit your needs. During your consultation, one of our support team will accompany you into the clinic and be by your side throughout your consultation.
Within Orthodontic Specialties, we focus on the relationship we have with our patients and their families. We don't work for an insurance company here. We work for you. The team at Orthodontic Specialties looks forward to caring for you.
Dr. Dean J. Murphy, DDS
Dr. Murphy was educated as a dentist and orthodontist at Chicago's Loyola University. A native of the Chicago suburbs, he has lived in the Rockford area for over 25 years. Early arch development, cleft palate, TMJ treatment have been areas of particular interest in his 27 years as a practicing orthodontist. Continuing education to learn new techniques and apply those ideas to help patients has been a passion throughout his career.
As the father of six children, Dr. Murphy understands children’s wishes, feelings and concerns. He works with them to turn problems and obstacles into goals and achievements. Close attention and the desire to listen help carry over into his professional work. Solving problems becomes the ‘motto for the day’ as each patient presents unique challenges. The latest technologies and diagnostic techniques are applied to help with a patient’s many needs.
Erica became a certified dental assistant at Blackhawk Technical College in 1996. She is married and has two girls and two newly adopted nephews. She has worked for Dr. Murphy since graduation.
Sherry is happily married with three children. During the school year she loves hosting international students. She has been in orthodontics since 1986 and truly loves being a part of creating beautiful smiles.
Christine is an orthodontic tech and works directly with patients in the clinic. She has been working alongside Dr. Murphy since 2004.
Angela, who began working with Dr. Murphy in 1998, is one of our lab technicians. She creates many of the orthodontic appliances you may be fitted with during the course of your treatment.
Rhonda has been working in the dental field since 1999 when she first started at Orthodontic Specialties. She is a lab technician and creates many of the orthodontic appliances you may be fitted with during the course of your treatment.
Brenda has worked alongside Dr. Murphy since he launched his practice in 1990. You will find her as the office manager at our Belvidere location.
Mary has worked at Orthodontic Specialties for 12 years and she enjoys getting to know the families and watching the kids grow. Her own orthodontic treatment has benefitted her greatly, as she is a great example of how adult orthodontics can change a person’s life for the better.
Pam has been a scheduling coordinator with Orthodontic Specialities for almost 20 years. She is one of the smiling faces to greet parents and patients, schedule appointments and ensures the office runs efficiently. She enjoys meeting new people and delights in watching smiles improve.
Yvonne has been the bookkeeper for Orthodontic Specialties for the past 10 years. She will be happy to help with assisting you with financial questions you may have with your account.
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