40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

COURTNEY VILLARI

  • River Forest, IL
  • Ovation Dental

Age:

31

Name of Practice:

Ovation Dental

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, University of Illinois at Chicago


Why She Was Nominated

Just five years out of dental school, Dr. Villari has a cutting-edge practice. “I have an all-digital and paperless office with digital X-rays, and a Waterlase iPlus to incorporate laser dentistry into everyday dental procedures. We also provide Botox and dermal fillers. Our office is full of growth, learning and positive energy.”

Biggest Challenge

“I have a strong connection to my hometown, where my parents and I still live, and there was nowhere else I wanted to be. In 2012, the opportunity presented itself. And although many people told me it was risky to start up in this economy, it was ultimately the best decision I could have made both personally and professionally.”

Tool She Can't Live Without

“The people who support me. My mother volunteers her years of retirement to answer phones and sterilize instruments at my practice, and my fiancé left his job of 10 years to help with the business decisions and management of the office. I have surrounded myself with hygienists and dental assistants with more than 60 years of experience among them. They’re a continued source of learning and inspiration for growth.”