• May 31, 2016

SHOREWOOD, IL – Shorewood Family Dental Care is showing its sense of humor and sense of community this month by handing out red noses to patients as part of the national effort to assist children living in poverty.

This month the family dental practice is supporting Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, a international event that has raised more than $1 billion for children in need. As part of Shorewood Family Dental Care’s campaign, the office is giving patients red noses and asking them to be silly for a good cause.

“We’ve had a great time laughing with our patients, taking silly selfies and supporting this tremendous cause,” said Dr. Robert Funk of Shorewood Family Dental Care. “We love working with children, and this is a great opportunity for us to take part in an effort to address a local and global problem.”

Businesses and organizations can host Comic Relief fundraisers, though Red Nose Day is on May 26. Comic Relief celebrates Red Nose Day every year with a TV special on NBC that features some of the world’s biggest celebrities and philanthropists. The public is encouraged to take part in Red Nose Day and can purchase red noses at any Walgreens location.

Along with purchasing red noses, anyone can donate directly to Comic Relief at https://www.crowdrise.com/RedNoseDay. Just $1 can provide a meal for a child in need, and the organization can even help cover medical bills.

“Our office takes a special interest in children’s health services, and we’re extremely proud to support such an established and far-reaching organization,” Dr. Funk said. “Our patients have been supportive of our campaign and helped us raise money and awareness.”

Shorewood Family Dental Care offers preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, children’s dentistry, laser gum disease treatment, dental implants and IV sedation. The practice provides orthodontic services like Six Month Smiles and can stabilize dentures or replace missing teeth with dental implants.

The practice has eight operatories, digital X-rays, a CT scanner and digital impressions. The office is open for 12 hours Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Dr. Funk earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa in 1991. During his General Practice Residency, he completed training in trauma dentistry from Loyola University Medical Center. He also completes numerous hours in continuing education every year.

Dr. Funk holds certificates in IV sedation, dental implants and prosthetic implant restoration, mini dental implants, Six Month Smiles, cosmetic dentistry and laser periodontal treatment. He holds memberships with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Academy of General Dentistry, Illinois State Dental Society, American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and Will County Dental Society. Dr. Funk also serves the community as a volunteer with the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic and as a member of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce. He also has served on the board of directors for the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Henry Vicioso has been a dentist for more than 20 years. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and his undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola University of Chicago. Before entering dentistry, Dr. Vicioso earned a degree in electronics engineering technology from DeVry Institute of Technology in 1979.

Dr. Vicioso has training in full-mouth reconstruction, cosmetic dentistry and periodontal surgery. He is also certified in dental implants, mini dental implants, Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, laser dentistry and general orthodontics. He is a member of the International Association for Orthodontics, American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society and Will County Dental Society. Dr. Vicioso is active in the Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce, Holly Club, United Cerebral Palsy, Joliet Boys and Girls Club, Joliet Junior Woman’s Club, Shorewood Hugs, Will Buy Local, Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living and the C.W. Avery Family YMCA. Dr. Vicioso also volunteers dental services at the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.

Dr. Gina Bruck completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 2001. She has completed several hours of continuing education to implement new technology into her procedures.

Dr. Bruck has completed training in pediatric dentistry, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. She is certified in laser dentistry, Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Dr. Bruck holds memberships with the International Association for Orthodontics, Illinois Dental Society, Will County Dental Society and American Dental Association. She also supports the C.W. Avery Family YMCA and the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic.

Shorewood Family Dental Care is declaring 2016 as “The Year of Your Best You.” Patients can always call the office at 815-768-1615.