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Meet Our Team!

All our professionals at Streator Family Dental pursue ongoing education and training to stay current on the latest trends in dentistry. Take a moment and read the brief descriptions below to familiarize you with our team members' training,work experience, and personalities!

 

Dr. Onesto, Dr. Beagle (seated), and Dr. Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Dr. Brendan D. Graham - Dentist

Dr. Graham is a LaSalle County native. Growing up, Brendan attended Grand Ridge Grade School and was a 2003 graduate of Marquette High School in Ottawa, IL.

Dr. Graham completed his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville in 2006 graduating 'Summa Cum Laude' with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. While a student at SIUE, Brendan was awarded the "Rising Sophomore Award" and was presented the "Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence" at graduation.

Dr. Graham graduated 'Cum Laude' from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois in 2010. While a student at SIU-SDM, Brendan was the class representative to the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). As a member of ASDA, he lobbied in Washington, DC to increase access to care for underserved populations. Dr. Graham was also very involved in community outreach, speaking to dozens of schools and eldercare facilities on oral hygiene and the importance of routine dental check-ups. In 2010 he was the recipient of the American College of Dentists "Outstanding Student Leader Award" for scholastic performance, leadership, ethical and compassionate patient care, and potential to impact the profession of dentistry in the future.  Dr. Graham is an active member of the Illinois Valley Dental Society serving as "New Dentist Liason" and "Dent-IL-Pac" representative.

Brendan maintains his rural roots by continuing to assist his parents with their beekeeping business. An avid guitar player, Dr. Graham enjoys attending a variety concerts and shows. In his free time he also enjoys watching baseball, football, golf, and his favorite sport, hockey.  Dr. Graham resides in the country south of Ottawa and enjoys his time away from work with his wife, Amy, and their one-year-old daugher Emily.  

To see a copy of Dr. Graham's CV click here

  • Jackie Buchanan - RDH

Jackie is a 2003 graduate of Illinois Central Colleges Dental Hygiene program. She was a dental assistant for two years prior to returning to school to become a hygienist. She has spent the last 8 years with our team. Prior to entering the dental field, Jackie served our country in the US Army for almost 7 years. Jackie loves joking around with patients to make them feel at ease. She also enjoys providing great cleanings and helping patients understand their oral health!

Jackie currently resides in Marseilles with her husband Rich and her two sons, Ricky and Joshua. Jackie enjoys spending her spare time making home improvements and has successfully resold two homes that she and her husband renovated. She also enjoys gardening and spending time in Chicago during the summer months.

  • Janet Larson - RDH

Janet is a 1980 graduate of IVCC with her dental assisting certificate and a 1984 graduate of Parkland College's Dental Hygiene program. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field here in Streator, and has been with our practice for 5 great years. Janet takes pride in providing outstanding cleanings, patient education, oral hygiene instruction, and making sure your concerns are heard by our dentists. She is a member of the ADHA, past president and current secretary of the Illinois Valley Dental Hygienists Society, and a member of the Cornell United Methodist Church.

She and her husband, Daryl, have two sons Brandon and Brett. They also have a Collie named "Cassie." She enjoys spending free time walking, reading, baking, and spending time with her family.​

  • Jane Kochis - Dental Assistant

Jane is a 1976 graduate of IVCC with her Dental Assistant certificate. She has spent the past 35 years as a dental assistant, and has been with our practice since 1995. She has also taken additional classes to be certified to polish fillings, teeth, and place dental sealants.

She and her husband Randy have two sons who recently graduated college, Matt (Depaul Univ.) and Jacob (Univ. of Illinois). She has spent free time in the past volunteering with the Streator YMCA Stingrays Swim team, the local United Way, and the Marching Bulldogs. She spends her free time gardening, playing with her dog, Cooper, and going to Illinois Fighting Illini football games. ILL-INI

  • Karen Saleh - Receptionist/Office Staff/Dental Assistant

Karen has over 32 years in the dental profession. She has been a member of our team for over half of that time. In her many years of experience she has occupied many roles from dental assistant to her current role as a receptionist and financial coordinator. Karen enjoys answering any questions you may have regarding insurance reimbursement and scheduling.

She has been happily married for 30 years and has two daughters and onegranddaughter. Karen enjoys photography, arts and crafts, sewing, baking, gardening, and making costumes in her spare time!

  • Linda Peterson - Receptionist/Office Staff

  • Chelsey Snyder - Dental Assistant