Meet Our Caring Shorewood, IL Dentists

Robert Funk, DDS

Dr. Rob Funk has been practicing dentistry in Shorewood since 1992. He greatly values the relationships with patients that he’s developed over the years and finds it a privilege to be able to have a positive impact on the lives of so many people.

At Shorewood Family Dental Care, Dr. Funk has created an environment with a personal touch and a welcoming atmosphere. As a proponent of changing the attitudes surrounding dentistry, Dr. Funk has worked hard to show patients that caring for their teeth can be an enjoyable, rewarding experience. Creating a friendly and fun atmosphere, he says, helps patients feel good about coming to our practice.

Dr. Funk attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1991. He did his residency, which he completed in 1992, in hospital and trauma dentistry at Loyola University Medical Center. Being a lifelong resident of the Joliet/Shorewood area, he then returned home to start practicing dentistry and became an owner of Shorewood Family Dental Care soon after. Dr. Funk and his family remain Shorewood residents.

When not in the office providing our patients with outstanding and caring dental service, Dr. Funk enjoys a variety of outdoor sports and activities. He is an avid runner and a fisherman, and he enjoys traveling with his family.

Dr. Funk has earned a variety of continuing education certifications and has joined a number of prestigious professional organizations since he started practicing.

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I grew up working in my dad’s stores, he owned several drug stores and I got to learn all about customer service and putting in the time necessary to take care of people. I discovered during that time though I wanted to have a little more hands on, rather not so much dealing with the product but actually hands on, face to face with the patients and dentistry seemed to be a good melding of my experience from growing up learning about business ownership and what it takes to make things work there along with the hands on component of being face to face with people and that’s the main reason I went into it.

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I went to University of Iowa in Iowa City, a big ten school. I grew up in Illinois but had a couple friends who had gone there and when we were doing our visits to campuses, I fell in love with the place. My main draw for that is that I knew they had pretty much every post grad program available so I was able to kind of explore and decide what I wanted to do. They also are well renowned for their dental school there and one of the nicest things about the dental school there is a lot of the farmers, it’s a seasonal activity, so there is never a shortage of patients and it made it easier to get requirements done. After three years I was lucky enough to be accepted into dental school and took the DAT exam and so on and decided in my selection process that I would remain at the University of Iowa for dental school. It was an excellent experience, I already knew the campus well, I had a lot of support system there and so on and so forth. The dental school was fantastic. It was a small town feel at the University of Iowa and a lot of very nice people in the state of Iowa. So conscientious patients, the instructors were great, they were all there for the right reasons, not for their personal gain but to help the students learn which is why were were there of course. I would say that the system was set up for us to succeed. Dental school was difficult, however, they were truly concerned about ‘did you get it, did you learn’ versus just trying to pound you through the system. So after dental school then, because I had gone into dental school after the three years, I figured I had an extra year to play with and I wanted to gain more experience so that when I came out in private practice in the real world, that I was ready to go. So I went through what is called general practice residency, it is a hospital based program and you are a resident in the hospital. I went to Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Illinois, a heavy trauma center, a Class I trauma center and lots of cases that we would never see here so for instance pathology or trauma that in dental school you learn about in the book, this is what is out there you will never see this in the real world well guess what, you don’t see it in the real world because you see all those at the hospital in your residency. A great year. I learned how to communicate with other physicians, referring dentists and I really learned the importance of dentistry and overall health of your patients so it’s not just teeth, you are taking care of the person and you happen to be doing the dental component of that. But I realized how much respect the dentist has from the physician in the community and I guess maybe I didn’t realize that part before.

  • Certificate in IV Sedation, Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY, 2004
  • Certificate in Dental Implants and Prosthetic Implant Restoration, Misch Implant Institute at Temple University, 2005
  • Certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry, 2007
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists, 2005
  • Cosmetic Dentistry training for Advanced Dental Studies, Las Vegas Institute
  • Invisalign® Premier Provider
  • Six Month Smiles Orthodontics
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)
  • Mini Implant Certification, Temple University, 2004
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • Will County Dental Society
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Dawson Academy Certification
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With pediatric dentistry we start with kind of a wellness check and one year old. It sounds kind of funny but a lot of moms need the education as to here is a good diet, here is a bad diet, if the child lets us take a peek, we look, we try to guide them as to what can happen, what’s going on, what might happen. The key though is to get the child used to coming into the dental environment in a non-threatening way. Moving forward, yeah we love kids here. We have a couple of dentists here who excel at taking care of kids and it’s all about communication. the more mom and dad know, the better they can do at home to support what we are trying to do for the kid. Ultra kid friendly, kids love having a tv in every operatory. They can put on their video that they want to watch and once that is on, they tend to do really, really well.

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The practice actually just celebrated 40 years in business which is a wonderful achievement. I mean, most dental practices open, it’s a one dentist show and once they retire, they close and if they are lucky enough, they might sell it or they might not or they move and so on. The ironic way that I ended up here was the dentist who started this practice, Dr. Craig, was neighbor to my mom and dad and he actually contacted me to come in for an interview which was nice. I didn’t plan on it necessarily but he opened my eyes to the possibilities of what you can do having a group practice and partnership. So he and I worked together for I believe six years before I was offered the opportunity to buy in and become a partner. Once that happened he started tapering back his hours and so on. So from there then as time went on and he phased himself out into retirement I bought more and more of the practice to where I always remember him saying “some day you are going to be sitting in my seat and you will see what it’s like to be the primary owner of the office” and I’m there now. I learned a lot from him but it gave me a definite launching point so I didn’t necessarily start at ground zero where as if I would have opened my own place that’s what it would be. I already started at a very high level and I learned a lot of the not only basics but a lot of advanced techniques and also the business side of it and I feel I was able to perpetuate that with the help of our wonderful staff and group of people. It’s something very special.

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Our philosophy is all about prevention. Some people will come here to our office and say “wow, I’ve never had an exam like that, I’ve never had a cleaning like that”. Well the fact is that once you are out in the real world in private practice, you can kind of do things however you want. Unfortunately, not everyone follows even the ADA guidelines so for us, if we see a problem starting, we are going to tell you exactly what it is, what are the consequences of not treating it. It is your choice to make that decision whether you want to do the treatment or not. I think some offices are rather than proactive and preventive as we are, they are reactive, they wait for you to come, oh I have a loose tooth. Yes now you have periodontal disease and you are going to lose your teeth, well it’s kind of too late. We owe it to our patients to use our knowledge and expertise to inform them. It’s up to them to make that educated choice and decision for themselves. We respect whatever decision they make. A lot of times people want to do all the treatment and that’s fantastic, that’s what they need. We are here to coach them and urge them to get what they need. However, if they had said they don’t want to do it, that’s their choice as well. We don’t beat them up too much for that either.

Dr. Funk believes in being engaged in his community. He has served on the boards of directors for the Will County Dental Society, Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce, Joliet Noon Lions Club, and the United Way Boys & Girls Club and is a volunteer with the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.

 

Henry Vicioso, DDS

Dr. Vicioso’s unwavering passion for quality patient care started in dental school. He believes in building a relationship of trust between dentist and patient – a bond that he feels proud to watch grow as his patients experience a new sense of confidence and happiness with their dental work. He sees dentistry as one more way to better your overall health and works hard to help patients understand the bond between their teeth and the rest of their body.

Dr. Vicioso also believes in the quality of dentistry that comes along with having an outstanding team. He believes that an office with a family-like atmosphere will be better for patients, who are cared for like people and not numbers.

Starting off studying Electronics Engineering Technology at DeVry, Dr. Vicioso later attended Loyola University of Chicago, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1986. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois in 1990 and finished his postdoctoral training in 1991. With his engineering background and advanced dental training, you can be sure his eye for precision will greatly benefit your smile.

Dr. Vicioso lives in Joliet with his wife, Amy, and his two dogs, Louie V and Eleanor. When he isn’t busy changing our patients’ lives, he likes to spend his time traveling, bike riding, and racing vintage cars.

Dr. Vicioso has a profound commitment to continuing his education through training and additional certification, as well as membership in various professional organizations.

  • Cosmetic and Reconstructive Training, Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, 2004
  • IMTEC Mini Implant Certificate, Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, 2004
  • Invisalign® Premier Provider, 2006
  • Periodontal Surgery Training, Indiana University School of Dentistry, 2007
  • Postdoctorate Training, Illinois Society of Orthodontists, 2008
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry, Certified, 2009
  • Pride Institute Continuing Education
  • Nobel Implant Practicum, 2011-2012
  • Rondeau Seminars on Orthodontics for the General Practitioner, 2010-2012
  • International Association of Orthodontics
  • Will County Dental Society
  • Illinois Dental Society
  • American Dental Association

Recognizing that many patients of Shorewood Family Dental Care are his neighbors, Dr. Vicioso loves giving back to our community. He is active in the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce, Will Buy Local, the C.W. Avery Family YMCA, Joliet Junior Woman’s Club, Boys and Girls Club of Joliet, Holly Club, Centers for Disability Services, Shorewood HUGS, and the Disability Resource Center. He is also proud to have served on the executive board of, and volunteer his expert dental services at, the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.

Gina Bruck, DDS

Dr. Bruck is the kind of dentist you want in your corner – she never stops pushing herself to be the best dentist she can be. Improving a patient’s quality of life through dentistry is Dr. Bruck’s number one goal. She strives to bring her passion for dentistry to everyone she has the pleasure to treat.

Dr. Bruck brings her drive and energy to everything she does at Shorewood Family Dental Care. She loves seeing the great results she creates and enjoys working with our talented staff to meet and exceed every patient’s needs.

Dr. Bruck attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1997 for her undergraduate education and completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2001.

When not bringing perfect smiles to our patients, Dr. Bruck still doesn’t slow down – she enjoys running and has done several half marathons! She also enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

She lives in Ottawa, where her family has deep roots in dentistry as the founders of Ottawa Dental Laboratory. Dr. Bruck is proud to be a third-generation legacy in dentistry, as her father was the porcelain technician for 40 years at ODL. Started as a one-man operation in 1937 by her grandfather, it has evolved into one of the Midwest’s most formidable leaders in the advancement of dental technology. Some of the ways Dr. Bruck has been able to adapt these innovations into her daily practice include digital scanning and 3-D printing, both of which are revolutionizing dentistry.

Knowing that technology in the dental industry is constantly evolving, Dr. Bruck has committed herself to a diverse and thorough amount of continuing education. She continues to attend courses and stays active in several professional organizations.

  • The Las Vegas Institute Clinical Curriculum on Lasers, 2009
  • The Frank Spear Institute at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry on Occlusion, 2009
  • Postdoctorate Training, Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, 2007
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry, Certified, 2009
  • Pride Institute Continuing Education, 2010
  • Nobel Implant Practicum, 2011-2012
  • Rondeau Seminars on Orthodontics for the General Practitioner, 2010-2012
  • International Association of Orthodontics
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Will County Dental Society
  • Illinois Dental Society
  • American Dental Association

With a community as close as ours, Dr. Bruck knows that giving back is important to everyone. She is proud to be part of a team that contributes to so many local charities.

Britly Barton, DMD

As soon as you meet Dr. Barton, it’s clear she has a passion for dentistry. This passion is contagious, and she loves sharing it with both her adult and pediatric patients. She loves making her patients feel comfortable. Laughter, singing, and yes, sometimes dancing are all ways she does this on a daily basis. During this fun, she remains meticulous with her work and has an eye for perfection. She loves making beautiful smiles and improving her patients’ overall health.

Dr. Barton received her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in 2010, where she majored in biology with a minor in Spanish. She then attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2014.

Our Shorewood, IL dentist office takes pride in the numerous awards, recognitions, and involvements Dr. Barton has earned since entering the dental community.

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2010
  • Joseph M. Sim Scholarship, 2011-2014
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award, 2014
  • American Association of Women Dentists Award, 2014
  • Delta Dental of Illinois Award, 2014
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry, Certified, 2015
  • Will County Dental Society
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • American Dental Association

Dr. Barton enjoys giving back and volunteers at the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic. When she’s not laughing with her patients, she loves gardening, bike riding, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She currently lives in Wheaton with her husband.