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Romeoville Dental Center Staff Q&A: Hygienist Jaime

Get to Know Romeoville Dental Center Hygienist Jaime

We interviewed another Romeoville dental hygienist! This time, we sat down with Jaime to hear how she got into her career as a hygienist and lots of other little details.

Q&A with Romeoville Dental Center Hygienist Jaime

 

Q. How long have you been a Romeoville Dental Center Hygienist?

I’ve been a hygienist for 17 years, since 2004, with that whole time here at Romeoville Dental Center!

Q. How, when, and why did you decide to become a dental hygienist?

Actually, for a long time, I wanted to be a teacher. I did pursue that for a while. When I was at college, I met someone who had graduated in dental hygiene. Her career sounded very interesting to me and I changed my course to focus on dental hygiene at that point. I had always had good experiences at the dentist, and I liked the family-friendly flexibility of the hygienist job. I never looked back!

Jaime Akre speaks with a patientQ. Can you share some insight into what makes you especially good at your job?

I like to think that I have a lot of compassion and empathy for others. Those qualities help me deal with patients and relate to how they’re feeling. It also helps to have lots of practice. After 17 years, I know what to look for, and I know a lot of ways to help them feel more comfortable.

Q. What’s your philosophy or approach in caring for your patients?

Well, I’m a huge talker, but that’s all about finding commonality and a connection. It might sound a little funny, but it’s a bit like speed dating! I engage in conversation, ask lots of questions, inquire about their interests, and discover things to discuss to make them feel more comfortable. I learn a lot along the way.

That helps with the other really important element: treating them like family. You can only really do that by getting to know them, trying to relate, and genuinely caring about them. Of course, I care deeply about their dental health, but I care about them as a person too.

Q. Why did you choose to work in Romeoville?

You know, it’s just a really nice community with great patients and neighbors. I grew up not far away, so I knew that from the start. Easy decision!

Jaime Akre shows her scrapbookingQ. Tell us more about yourself. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Even before COVID, I was a bit of a homebody. I like simply spending time with friends and family. Scrapbooking is a hobby of mine. It’s a creative way to stay connected to who and what is most important.

I’m a Bears fan too. One of our new favorite adventures is to see one game a year out of state to see different stadiums. One of the coolest I’ve seen is the Miami Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium.

Of course, I also love to vacation with my kids and husband. One favorite spot is Disney World. We love it all — the Magic Kingdom, the shows, the fireworks. We love it with kids and without. It never disappoints! But we also like to go to new places, anywhere with a beach and palm trees.

Q. Last but not least, one more question for you. As a dental hygienist, what’s your best advice for patients?

Brush the teeth you want to keep!

Q. Anything else you’d like to share?

Fun fact: I was named after Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman!

That’s a wrap on our chat with hygienist Jaime. Keep an eye out next month for our next Romeoville Dental Hygienist Q&A, and in case you missed it, check out our Q&A with hygienist Gayle.

Want to Know More?

To come in and meet Romeoville hygienist Jaime and see the rest of the Romeoville Dental Center staff, give us a call at 815-886-0875 or complete our contact form.

 

Testimonials

 

Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

Victoria esposito
Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.