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The surgical staff at Dr. Gustave have the latest training in all the surgical procedures performed in our office. All surgical staff go through extensive training and are required to complete the Oral Maxillofacial Anesthesia Assistants Program conducted by our national association, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Our staff work in conjunction with the Doctor to provide you the safest and most efficient care possible. All surgical staff are CPR certified and are required to recertify every two to four years.
Krystal Black, Surgical Assistant
Krystal has been with Dr. Gustave for 6 years. She is also the OSHA Coordinator and Head Surgical Assistant in the office. Fun fact about Krystal- She was a graduate at John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL, and received her Nail Technician certificate. When she came to work for Dr. Gustave, she was trained by two of Dr. Gustave's long-time assistants as well as Dr. Gustave, himself. Krystal says her job is very rewarding and feels blessed to consider her coworkers some of her best friends. She says the best part of her job is getting to meet new people from all walks of life and helping patients have a pleasant experience at the office. Krystal is a natural born caregiver and says "It feels good to hear someone say that I made them feel less nervous or well-cared for."
Ashlee Woll, Surgical Assistant
Ashlee has been working in the oral surgery field for 5 years, when she joined Dr. Gustave's team as a Surgical Assistant. Prior, she obtained her Dental Assisting Certificate at John A. Logan, Carterville, IL and worked at a local dental office for 2 years. Ashlee's favorite part of her job is that she gets to sit and talk with the patients and help make them feel more comfortable before, during and after procedures. She also loves her coworkers because they are "like second family." When Ashlee is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outside and running with her dog, Duke.
Andrea Green, RDH, Surgical Assistant
Andrea, an Effingham native, is another one of our newest additions to the office. Andrea started working for Dr. Gustave in September 2016. Andrea has her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene and her Certificate in Dental Assisting. Before coming to Dr. Gustave's office, Andrea worked 7½ years as a dental hygienist for a local dental office as well as worked for 2½ years assisting. Since her time being here, she has learned all about the surgical side of dentistry after her years of experience on the hygiene side. Andrea enjoys talking with the patients and helping make them more comfortable in stressful situations. She is married with 2 young daughters and is a lifetime member of the VFW and is an OIF Veteran with Illinois Army National Guard. In her spare time she enjoys going to SIUC sporting events and has been living in Carbondale for the past 16 years.
Jessica Moore, Surgical Assistant / Receptionist
Jessica obtained her Dental Assisting Certificate from John A. Logan, Carterville, IL, and has been with Dr. Gustave for a year now. Jessica is an excellent surgical assistant and front desk receptionist with the experience she has gained working with us. She enjoys working with Dr. Gustave on a wide range of oral and maxillofacial surgeries, using the most state of the art dental and implant technology. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys traveling with her boyfriend and taking her dog on walks.
You will find our administrative staff friendly and most helpful in assisting you with all your needs.
Rhonda Gustave, Office Manager
Rhonda has quickly proved to be a great asset to our office family and natural leader when she joined our team back in August 2016. She has previous experience from owning her own business for more than 30 years. She helps handle financial considerations and communicates between all members of the team. Rhonda’s skills and leadership enable our team to continue being industry leaders in patient care. She enjoys working in the dental field and feels blessed to be part of such an awesome team. When not working, Rhonda spends her time riding her recumbent tandem bike with her husband, Dr. Gustave. She loves hanging out with friends and family; and enjoys singing and listening to music. She also promotes locally grown, non-GMO foods and healthy living.
Tara Tasky, Front Desk Coordinator
Tara graduated with a Dental Assisting Certificate from John A. Logan, Carterville, IL, and has been in the industry for 24 years. When arriving in our office for your visit, you will be greeted by Tara. She is here to welcome you to our practice and assist you with any questions you may have. She does most of the scheduling and handles the registration process for our patients. She has a lot of experience in the dental industry. Before she became the Front Desk Coordinator, she was a surgical assistant for Dr. Gustave for 18 years. She has been with Dr. Gustave for 23 years and enjoys greeting the patients when they are coming in for their appointments. Tara has been married for almost 20 years and is the mother to three beautiful daughters.
Molly Pierson, Financial Coordinator
Molly has been in the dental industry for 24 years. She worked as a dental assistant for 7 years prior to her job as Financial Coordinator. She has been with Dr. Gustave for almost 17 years and enjoys working with people and strives to provide all of our patients with the most comprehensive information that she can. She said it is a pleasure working for Dr. Gustave and getting to meet new patients that come through on a daily basis. When Molly isn't sitting behind her desk, you can find her camping, boating and having fun with friends and family including her husband and four children.
Heather Goff, Dental Implant Coordinator
Heather has been our Implant Coordinator since 2001. She has been with Dr. Gustave for a total of 28 years. She has her Dental Assisting Certificate at John A. Logan, Carterville, IL as well as an Associates in Elementary Education. Heather has been specifically trained to assist you every step of the way during your procedures for the placement of dental implants. She will coordinate the necessary appointments with your restorative dentist and be available to you for any questions you may have during this process. When not working, Heather is active in her church and enjoys hiking, biking and lots of outdoor activities. She lives in Southern IL with her husband, Mike, and has two grown and married daughters; and plans on adopting a 3rd daughter from foster care.
Dusty Chamness, Insurance Coordinator
Dusty graduated SIU, Carbondale, IL with her Bachelors of Science from the Dental Technology program. Dusty has been in the dental industry for 14 years. In 2003, she helped open a medicaid clinic as a dental assistant in Cobden, IL. She has been with Dr. Gustave for 11 years and says it is the "Best job ever!" Dusty will make sure the patient’s insurance claims are submitted in a timely matter. No matter how complex the questions are, Dusty is determined to find the right answer regarding your personal insurance plan. She takes pride in her career because she loves working for an "excellent surgeon and great person." In her spare time Dusty helps raise funding for the local community in which she is currently the Secretary Treasure of Community Action Club NFP, LLC. Besides her passion for her job, Dusty also enjoys spending time with her husband Carl, family and friends.
Julie Rushing, Professional Relations Director
Julie has been with Dr. Gustave for a year now. Since her time in the office, she has continued to build and maintain relationships with referring dental offices in the area. She also manages our social media, newsletters, blogging, marketing materials and events. Julie has a Bachelor's of Arts in journalism with minors in marketing and creative writing from EIU, Charleston, IL as well as a professional license in Cosmetology. Before Julie came to work at Dr. Gustave's, she owned a business for 6 years and was a hairstylist for 13 years. She loves working for Dr. Gustave because she can utilize all of the knowledge from her experience of owning a business. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband Alex and son Clay. She has a heart for animals and has 5 pets of her own: Charlie, Mr. Wiggles, Hazel, Lucy and Oliver.