Meet Your Team

Judy

Office Manager
Judy has long been the manager of the Barr and Diachenko office, assisting the dentists by helping the business team run smoothly. In addition to her four decades of experience on the job, she has regularly added to her expertise through courses at Midwinter Meetings.

Away from the office, Judy loves reading, photography, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Meredith

Business Team Member- Hygiene and New Patient Coordinator
Meredith hails from beautiful Oxford, Mississippi where she attended the University of Mississippi, majoring in English Literature. In the summer of 2013, she moved to Chicago and joined Dr. Barr and Dr. Diachenko’s business team in the fall of 2016.

When she is not in the office, she enjoys reading, movies, cooking and baking and recently joined the Junior League of Chicago.

Maureen

Business Team Member- Insurance Coordinator

Maureen spent her earlier years on the farm in central Illinois before moving to Rogers Park and playing in Lake Michigan with all the kids in the neighborhood. She raised two lovely boys in the city, is highly family oriented and finds great pleasure in serving others. She has dedicated more than 20 years in the dental field assisting patients prior to finding a happy home with Dr. Barr’s practice. Through the years she has completed so many continued education courses that she has been told she could teach them herself!

In her personal time she loves watching old movies, trail rides in the country (having been a horse owner in another life) and spending time with her family and friends.

Cheryl

Registered Dental Hygienist
Cheryl graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and attended Northwestern University Dental School to complete a post graduate certificate in dental hygiene. As a member of the Illinois State Dental Society, throughout her 34 years on Dr. Barr’s team, she continues to excel at maintaining and nurturing patient relationships.

Cheryl takes pride in her commitment to the profession by attending continuing education courses. Course topics include oral hygiene, radiography, nutrition, practice management, disease control and communication, to name a few. Cheryl is so grateful for the opportunity to learn and work alongside Dr. Barr and the latest technology.

Cheryl enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, hiking, gardening and a lovely glass of wine on Friday and Saturday evenings!

Susan

Registered Dental Hygienist
Susan is a graduate of both the dental assistant and dental hygiene programs at the University of Detroit dental school.

Laura

Registered Dental Hygienist
Laura has been a practicing dental hygienist since 2000. She graduated from Marquette University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. After graduation, Laura engaged in community dentistry by completing a 1-year volunteer program with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corp in Washington DC. During this time, Laura worked with low-income minority residents in an established urban dental clinic. Based on the impact this program had on her, Laura remained in the D.C. area for an additional 3 years serving both private and clinic-based patients.

In late 2004, Laura moved back to her hometown of Chicago and joined Dr. Barr’s practice soon after. She has enjoyed her time at the office and is grateful to have the continued opportunity to work with skilled and compassionate dentists that care deeply about patient care and workplace engagement, as well as practicing with the most beneficial dental technology available.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys being outside either running, cycling or tending to her garden. However, the most fun she has is simply spending time with her husband, Todd and daughter, Alexandra.

Claudia

Dental Assistant
Claudia, one of the newest members of the dental assisting team, attended Wilbur Wright College. She continues to increase her dental knowledge and interest with various continuing education courses. Her certifications and trainings include:

  • CPR
  • Dentrix
  • CE Training on X-rays
  • 3D Cone beam X-ray
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nancy

Dental Assistant
Nancy graduated from Bryman Dental Assistant School and has been assisting for over 34 years. In addition to her experience on the job, she regularly attends Chicago Midwinter Dental Convention classes to add to her knowledge. She is CPR certified and trained in 3D cone beam imaging. When she’s not at the office, she enjoys baking and shopping!

Martha

Dental Assistant
During the last 29 years Martha has been a reliable presence while assisting the dentists chairside. From an early age she found interest in dentistry as her father was a dentist in Colombia. She earned her ESL at Daley College, her business certificate from Taylor Business Institute and completed two years of general studies at Robert Morris College. Through the years, she has received numerous certifications and trainings through continued education, including but not limited to:

  • Repairing/Adjusting Prosthetics
  • Fabrication of Provisionals
  • Better X-Ray Techniques
  • Sealant Placement

Martha is a proud mother of a talented daughter and a brave son who serves in the United States Marine Corps. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and teaching Zumba classes for nonprofit organizations that help the Latino community. One day she would like to volunteer overseas in areas with a great need for dental care.

Melanie

Dental Assistant
Melanie, a recent addition to the dental assisting team has already made herself indispensable with her talent for dealing with the complicated world of insurance claims. Her certifications and trainings include:

  • CPR
  • Dentrix
  • CE Training on X-Rays
  • 3D Cone beam X-ray
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation

In her spare time, she enjoys creating custom piñatas and fishing with her husband.