• November 30, 2016

SHOREWOOD, IL – Shorewood Family Dental Care recently collected more than 500 pounds of candy, cards and other goodies to support Operation Gratitude, a national program that sends care packages to soldiers.

Shorewood Family Dental Care asks the community to donate to Operation Gratitude every year around Halloween, a time when candy supplies are plentiful. Patients and children also contribute homemade cards to thank the soldiers for their service to the country.

“Our community has always stepped up when it comes to giving to those in need or to show their appreciation,” said Dr. Robert Funk of Shorewood Family Dental Care. “We are happy to give these soldiers a small token of our appreciation and a little taste of home.”

Operation Gratitude began in 2003, and every year volunteers send more than 200,000 care packages to U.S. soldiers around the world; as well as to veterans, wounded soldiers, recruits and first responders.

During last year’s Operation Gratitude, Shorewood Family Dental Care supplied more than 250 pounds of items. The dental office collects the candy and donated items for 10 days after Halloween and then spends time packaging the items for individual service members.

Shorewood Family Dental Care is just one of several businesses across the country to support Operation Gratitude. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has collected and distributed more than 1.6 million care packages.

“We’re happy to be a part of a program that works to lift the spirits of those brave men and women serving our country,” Dr. Funk said.

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.” Visit www.ShorewoodFamilyDentalCare.com to schedule an appointment or consultation, see all the practice’s amazing services or watch patient testimonials about their latest smile transformations. Patients can always call the office at 815-725-5991.