Peter Domagala, DDS
Dr. Peter Domagala completed his undergraduate work at Loyola University in Chicago, and from there attended the University of Illinois for both his dental and postdoctoral certificate in periodontics. While attending dental school, he received a prestigious award from the auxiliary of the Chicago Dental Society, which is given to a student who has excelled in both the academic and clinical disciplines. He was elected as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society, and later worked as an assistant clinical professor at the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois.
Today, Dr. Domagala maintains a full-time private practice, limited to periodontics and implant dentistry in Gurnee, Illinois. He has lectured to dental students, dental hygienists, and international dentists both locally as well as at the national level on many topics of periodontics, implant dentistry, and oral medicine. He has also published articles on periodontal regeneration and implantology.
Aside from maintaining a private practice, Dr. Domagala is very active in organized dentistry. He is currently a Visiting Faculty for Spear Education, as well as the Educator Leader of a Spear Study Club. Dr. Domagala has also been invited to speak at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Dental Meeting in February of 2018. He is the president of the Lake County Dental Society, is an Illinois State Dental Society Delegate, and a former newsletter editor for the North Suburban Branch. He regularly attends professional continuing education courses and stays current with the latest research studies and technologies.
Dr. Domagala is married with 3 children, who occupy almost all his free time. When he is not spending time with his wife and children, he enjoys golfing, computers, and reading novels.
Jennifer Shango, DDS, MS
Dr. Jennifer Shango completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Detroit Mercy with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She continued her education at the University of Detroit Mercy to earn her dental degree. She served as the Student Body President for her dental class and was awarded with the Delta Dental Fund Student Leadership Award upon graduation. She was also awarded the American Association of Oral Biologics Award and the International Association of Student Clinicians Award, which is provided through the American Dental Association. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Oral Sciences and Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Shango served as Chief Resident in her periodontics program and has acted as an ambassador in the Dentsply Implants University Ambassador Program.
Today, Dr. Shango works as full-time private practitioner performing procedures limited to periodontics and implant dentistry in Gurnee, IL. She is an Educator Leader of a Spear Study Club in Lake County and is a current member of the American Dental Society, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois State Dental Society, Waukegan Gurnee Study Club, and the Lake County Dental Society. Dr. Shango has been published and has co-written several articles related to dental education and periodontics.
Dr. Shango is constantly motivated to improve the lives of her patients and strives to provide an environment where patients feel protected and listened to. In her private life, Dr. Shango enjoys being active, cooking, traveling, and reading leisurely, and spending time outdoors with her loved ones.
Meet Our Team
The entire team at Institute of Dental Implants and Periodontics is strongly committed to patient care and excellent customer service. We are trained professionals who work alongside Dr. Domagala and Dr. Shango to provide you with a positive experience. We look forward to meeting you when you visit our periodontists in Gurnee, Illinois!
Amy – Dental Hygienist
Amy initially joined our team in 2001 as a dental assistant. Her aspiration was to become a dental hygienist and left our practice to attend the Milwaukee Area Technical College where she earned her hygiene degree in 2004. She then returned to our practice in 2005 as a dental hygienist. Amy is very passionate about dentistry and is a great educator to our patients helping them maintain their oral health. Amy is so happy to have gotten to know our patients and formed great relationships over the years.
Outside of the office, Amy and her husband Armando have 2 sons, Nicolas (age 25) and Zachary (age 22). Amy enjoys entertaining, spending time with her family and friends, and working in her yard.
Bridget – Professional Relationship Director
Bridget is a veteran in dentistry with 40 years of experience in the field. Her career in the dental industry started in 1978, when she began working as a clinical assistant. Over the years, she has assisted in multiple disciplines of dental treatment, and has managed 2 successful dental practices. Her unique experience helps her as our liaison to referring dental offices, ensuring a smooth collaboration on both simple, and complex cases.
Outside of the office, Bridget and her husband Patrick have three grown children and three new grandchildren, Miles, Ivy, and Winnie, who are the light of their lives! All together, they enjoy cooking, music, arts, and the outdoors.
Melissa – Business Staff
Melissa has worked in the medical industry for many years before venturing into the dental field. She specializes in gathering the information for new patients so that our dentists can provide a thorough exam. She enjoys being part of our support staff and working with our amazing dental team.
Outside of the office, Melissa has been married for 28 years, and has a son and a daughter. She enjoys spending her free time gardening and cooking.
Mireya – Business Staff
Mireya has spent several years as a medical administrative assistant. She has ventured into the world of dentistry recently and is very excited to be apart of our practice. Her favorite thing about working in our office is being able to help fulfill the needs of our patients.
Outside of the office, Mireya enjoys yoga and is a mother of a lovely 2-year old girl.
Kaveh – Surgical Treatment Assistant
Kaveh started his dental career in 1991, when he attended dental school in his home country of Iran. He graduated as a dentist in 1997 and practiced dentistry there for 13 years. Kaveh also holds a certificate in prosthodontics from UT Health School of Dentistry. He uses his knowledge, experience, and energy to ensure success for our patients, and our team, every day.
Kaveh’s wife, Mehraja, is also a dentist, working in a dental practice in the area. Their son, Artin, is 11 years old, and in the 5th grade. Kaveh’s hobbies include reading, running, and swimming.
Samuel – Surgical Treatment Assistant
Samuel has been in the dental field for 15 years. In addition to assisting during treatment, Sam is trained in digital impressions and utilizing CBCT scan technology to generate surgical guides for more accurate implant placements. He’s also great when it comes to helping our patients overcome their fear and anxiety around dental treatment (it’s more common than you may think) by sharing his positive energy.
Sam takes care of himself by eating healthy and he likes working out at the gym.
Marilu – Surgical Treatment Assistant
Marilu is an accredited, OSHA certified, dental surgical assistant with 5 years of experience in the field. She enjoys connecting with our patients during treatment and loves good conversation. We are so glad she’s joined us because she genuinely cares about our patients and our team.
Marilu and her husband keep very busy with their 3 boys, Israel, Noel, and Julian, and their newest little love, daughter Aya! Marilu likes to cook, take Sunday drives, and experience new places with her family.
Rebekah – Treatment Coordinator
Rebekah has been working with patients to help them understand their dental conditions and treatment options for over 6 years. She loves seeing how we can change a patient’s smile. Providing extraordinary patient care and service is her top priority.
With her husband Andy, (also a dental professional) she is raising 3 beautiful girls, Kayla, Mackenzie, and Lorelai. Rebekah is into watching old movies with Andy and taking nature walks with her kids.
Gricel – Business Assistant
Gricel’s may be the first voice you hear when contacting our office! She comes to us with four years of experience in exceptional patient service. It is her goal to listen and understand our patient’s needs, and work with them to make each of their visits efficient and enjoyable. Gricel is proud to be our newest business associate, and part of our professional and compassionate team!
Gricel and her husband Alex are parents to two busy boys, Jayden and Leo, and their sweet miniature schnauzer, Gigi. They love exploring together, watching movies, checking out museums, and (our favorite) baking!