Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Homann, DDS.
Brian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied Physics. I loved the challenge of the physics curriculum; however, I couldn’t see myself sitting behind a desk or at a lab bench for the rest of my life. Dentistry was the perfect combination of everything I was looking for in a career. I could help people, I could own my own business, and I could be in a field that would make me a lifelong learner.
During my first year of dental school I was part of the inaugural group for the country’s first ever completely student run dental clinic. We volunteered our time to provide free dental care to homeless individuals in Chicago. I am proud to have been recognized with several awards for my community service, including a Jefferson Award, the Chicago Dental Society Vision Award, the UIC Young Alumnus of the Year Award.
After graduation from dental school I split my time between working in private practice and providing care for various underserved populations in the city. I learned a lot in the first year. I tried to learn what I enjoyed and what I would improve at each office. I took all that information and planned to fashion my practice around what I felt was the ideal way to provide high quality dental services to my patients. In 2014, I transitioned in to my current location in Elk Grove Village and am at the practice full time, but I still volunteer as much as possible. I also became an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry to help oversee current dental students as they provide free dental care for homeless individuals.
Has it been a smooth road?
Overall, everything has been excellent. I think the most difficult part was starting a family, moving our home to Elk Grove Village, and trying to find a balance between work, family, and volunteering.
Giving back to the community was something that I was encouraged to do from an early age. Now, I try to make it part of my life as much as I can. Trying to wrangle two kids under three years old, run a full time practice, and still have time to volunteer makes sure I am always on my toes and ready to go.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Brian Homann, DDS story. Tell us more about the business.
Our office is located in Elk Grove Village, and we pride ourselves on not only providing high quality dental care but also on being part of our community.
Our primary focus is on preventative dentistry and education. Our goal is to provide all of our patients with the tools and techniques to help keep their mouth healthy.
However, in situations where issues arise, we have a full array of services available, including crowns, implant restorations, Invisalign, and professional tooth whitening to just name a few. We even can help people with sleep related breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea, by creating a custom appliance to help them breathe better.
We also tailor each visit to the individual patient. We know that every person has different wants and needs. Some people want a “movie star” smile, while others are happy with their current look. We are here to provide you with all the information needed to make the best decisions for your smile.
We are also very proud of the work we do outside of the office. We try to engage with the community at the local farmer’s market and park district events to raise oral health awareness. Several of our team members volunteer with the Community Character Coalition, which helps with various volunteer events in Elk Grove, with the most recent being raising money for our local veterans.
I am also very passionate about the free care we provide to homeless individuals in Chicago. I have been volunteering at Goldie’s Place, a support center for homeless individuals, for almost 10 years. The main goal of Goldie’s Place is to help people remove themselves from the cycle of homelessness. The last step is getting people their smile back to give them confidence when they go on an interview.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Dentistry, in general, seems to be following medicine, in that more and more large group practices are forming. There are many advantages to a large group practice; however, we feel that this model often loses the personal experience that a smaller practice offers.
Growing up, what made me enjoy going to the dentist was knowing that the second I walked through the door I would be treated like a family member. They always greeted me by my name as I entered, and I would always see the same hygienist and dentist at every visit. With a more “corporate” model there is often more turnover in staff. A large part of dentistry is building trust and being comfortable with the care you receive. If there is someone new in the office every time you go in, it is more difficult to build that trust.
While we focus on using the newest technology to enhance the patient experience, we also are trying to take a step back in terms of focusing on the “old school” way of treating patients like a family member. We invest extra time with each patient to help patients maximize their oral health.
- Address: 8 E Devon Avenue,
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
- Website: www.elkgrovevillageildentist.com
- Phone: 847-439-9440
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EGVdentist
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/EGVdentist
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