Pallotto Dental Care
Pallotto Dental Care started in 1946 when Dr. Romeo Pallotto, a graduate from Loyola Dental School, was discharged from the army and started his practice in South Chicago. Dr. Nicholas Pallotto graduated from Loyola Dental School in 1980 and joined his father’s practice.
In 1984, they opened the Lansing, IL office. Both offices remained active until 1989, when Dr. Romeo Pallotto passed away. The South Chicago office was closed while the Lansing office remains open and continues to grow.
In the summer of 2011, the third generation of Pallotto dentists, Dr. Anthony Pallotto and his wife, Dr. Josephine Pallotto, joined the practice. They have a passion for continuing the legacy of outstanding dentistry and adhering to their mission statement:
"Our purpose is to provide compassionate quality care that exceeds expectations."
We look forward to welcoming you!
Josephine Chang Pallotto, DDS
Dr. Josephine Chang Pallotto brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our practice.
Growing up in Southern California, she attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with a degree in psychobiology. After her studies at UCLA, she went on to continue her education at New York College of Dentistry. Along with receiving a doctorate in dental surgery (DDS), she also received the Dr. Bernard E. Rudner Memorial Award for demonstrating superior performance in providing comprehensive dental care.
As president of the community service club at NYU and a volunteer on a Grenada service trip, Dr. Josephine has always made community service a priority in her life. Her strong leadership skills drew her toward planning an annual walk to bring awareness and fundraising for oral cancer research and participates in regular oral cancer seminars in our community.
After graduating dental school, Dr. Josephine moved to Chicago and completed another year of extensive training with the University of Chicago through a general practice residency at Evanston Hospital. Working in a hospital setting allowed her to gain experience in treating a wide variety of patients and aiding in complex surgical procedures.
Along with practicing at Pallotto Dental Care, Dr. Josephine has also contributed as a part-time faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. She loves the university atmosphere along with the opportunity to stay up to date with dental education and the latest technologies. Dr. Pallotto is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and Illinois State Dental Society, along with the Chicago ITI Study Club.
When Dr. Josephine is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants and CrossFit training.
Anthony Pallotto, DDS
Dr. Anthony Pallotto, a third-generation dentist, is a native of the Chicago area. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at Marquette University and his doctorate in dental surgery (DDS) at New York University College of Dentistry (NYU). Along with his dental degree, he received the prestigious American College of Prosthodontics Award and the Eugene Rothschild Memorial Award from the New York Academy of Oral Rehabilitation.
While at NYU, he discovered an interest in prosthodontics and decided to further his studies. Prosthodontics, which specializes in the field of dental prosthetics, is one of nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association, focusing on the comprehensive restoration of oral function.
Dr. Anthony completed a three-year program at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) and graduated with a specialty certificate in prosthodontics. During his time at UIC, he received extensive training in placing and restoring dental implants. He successfully completed his specialty boards and became a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontics (FACP) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is one of only a handful of board certified prosthodontists in the state of Illinois amongst over 9,000 dentists.
Dr. Anthony has earned the highest accolades possible in his specialty, and we are so fortunate to have him as a part of our dental team. Dr. Anthony Pallotto is truly a leader in his profession.
Dr. Nicholas Pallotto, DDS
As your dental care provider, Dr. Nicholas J. Pallotto is committed to excellence in dentistry and patient care. Your dental health is our ongoing concern at Pallotto Dental Care, and it is our main goal to provide complete dental care that is tailored to meet your own unique needs.
Dr. Nicholas J. Pallotto graduated from Loyola Dental School in 1980 and is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. He regularly attends clinical education courses and dental seminars. In addition, Dr. Pallotto continues to meet with other doctors and specialists to stay on the leading edge of technology.
In his free time, Dr. Pallotto enjoys hot rods and western movies, and he also loves baking good old-fashioned Italian favorites from scratch – such as biscotti. He dedicates himself to his patients’ health and wellness along with practicing gentle dentistry.
Meet Our Team
Cheryl McNamara - Insurance and Billing Coordinator
Cheryl is a long-time Lansing resident, residing here after getting married 33 years ago. Cheryl brings over seven years of experience in the dental field to her position as insurance and billing coordinator at Pallotto Dental Care. She joined our team in 2015 and enjoys solving challenges with insurance companies as an advocate for our patients so they can enjoy the benefits they deserve.
On the weekends, you will often find Cheryl spending time with her husband and grown kids. They enjoy trying new restaurants with friends. She also enjoys traveling and biking.
Elizabeth Zamudio - Operations Manager
Raised just outside of Chicago, Elizabeth's education includes attending Seton Academy, DePaul University, South Suburban College, and Everest College. It's easy to see that education is important to Elizabeth! She currently resides in Crown Point, Indiana.
Elizabeth joined our team in 2011, bringing her skills and experience to Pallotto Dental Care, where she improves how the practice functions and ensures a great experience for every patient who walks through our door.
"I love the people I work with, and we have the greatest patients! I love the feeling of fulfillment I get from helping our patients, and I feel as though we are more like a family than co-workers and patients."
As she is an avid reader, you can often find Elizabeth's nose in a book. She also enjoys traveling and seeing new places.
Jerrica Willis - Dental Assistant
As a member of our dental assisting team, Jerrica has taken an active role in the operations of our practice.
Originally from Gary, Jerrica attended Kaplan College and joined us at Pallotto Dental Care in 2015. Her favorite part about working at Pallotto Dental Care is that everyone on the team works together to give patients the very best experience.
On the weekends, you will find Jerrica spending time with her family, shopping, and catching the latest movie.
Nakesha Brown - Dental Assistant/Business Assistant
Nikki, who grew up in Kankakee, IL, has a dual role in our office. In addition to assisting our dentists with all types of procedures, she also plays a role on our business management team. This gives her a greater understanding of all aspects of our patient experience.
" I really enjoy seeing how dentistry not only changes a person smile, but also their self-esteem."
Nikki attended the Advanced School of Dental Assisting, graduating in 2008. She also went on to attend Apple Dental Education in 2014. She was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Dental Assisting for her performance. She also earned a certificate of completion for coronal polishing and the application of pit and fissure dental sealants.
After joining our practice in 2012, Nikki has helped make a positive change in the lives of our patients.
Balancing her love of adventure with her husband, Nikki enjoys 4-wheeling, archery, bowling, and watching the latest movie.
Paula Seles - Dental Hygienist
Paula is originally from Hammond, Indiana, and earned her degree in dental hygiene from Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois. She joined our team in 2012.
Paula is truly from a dental family. Her mother was a dental assistant, which helped her develop a passion for dentistry as she grew up.
"I love providing excellent service to my patients. Seeing them grow and maintain a healthy mouth to improve their overall quality of life keeps me coming to work with a smile on my face."
In her free time, Paula enjoys spending as much time as possible with her friends and family. She and her son, Jaxon, are always exploring new adventures together, especially when the weather is nice. They love spending time outdoors and making great memories with wonderful friends!
Penny Seles - Scheduling Coordinator
Penny was born and raised in Cedar Lake, Indiana, and now lives in Valparaiso. She is one of our long time employees, joining the team in 1999. Over the years, she has developed many meaningful relationships with our patients and truly loves working with them.
Her spare time is family time, and you can find Penny enjoying her family – especially her grandchildren.
Sharon Czalbowski - Business Assistant
Sharon has a long history of providing excellent customer service, no matter where she worked. Pallotto Dental Care is now the beneficiary of her years of experience taking care of people. She joined our team in 2009 and enjoys giving our patients a positive experience at every visit.
Her favorite things to do are traveling, especially to Michigan and Colorado, anything outdoors, and of course, family time
Shaunté Miles - The Charming Clinical Assistant
Shaunté was born and raised in Chicago and attended the Illinois School of Health Careers. We are fortunate that she joined our team four years ago because she provides exemplary care for our patients.
"I love everything about my job, but the best part about my job is making the patients feel comfortable and giving them a good experience."
Shaunté obviously enjoys her job, but when she has personal time, you will find her cooking and spending time with her family.
Sue Marynowski - Dental Hygienist
Sue is a Lansing native and graduated magna cum laude from Prairie State College in the dental hygiene program. We are fortunate that she joined the practice in 2000 and provides exceptional care to our patients.
Samantha McCarthy - Dental Hygienist
Samantha attended Indiana University Northwest for her dental hygiene degree. She is originally from Munster, IN and joined our team in 2012.
"I love creating relationships with my patients and working with them to help them achieve optimal oral health."
When Samantha is relaxing and enjoying her free time, you will often find her spending it with the people she loves the most – her family and friends. She also enjoys attending baseball games and concerts, painting, reading, traveling, and visiting Chicago in the summertime.