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‘Drum Doc’ Dentist Touts New Hillgrove Office in Western Springs

After 15 years keeping teeth in shape in the Village, Patrick Pendleton, D.D.S., F.A.G.D., has moved two doors down into a very spiffy new location.

Western Springs dentist Patrick Pendleton has added a four to his address, and a wealth of new technology to his practice.

Pendleton (D.D.S., F.A.G.D.) has been working at 600 Hillgrove Ave. for 15 years, first as an assistant to dentist Ann LaVelle, and for himself since buying her practice in 1999.  When seeking new office, he didn’t move far—just a couple doors down, to his new location at 604 Hillgrove, where he has just opened himself a sleeker, modernized facility.

“For the last 20 or so years of my career, I figured, well, if I’m going to move, I’m going to do it once and do it right,” Pendleton said. “So that was my goal when this opportunity presented itself… We built it the way we wanted to.”

604 Hillgrove, formerly a Realty Executives Service location (they still have the floor above,) was gutted, stripped bare and completely transformed, with three operating rooms and chairs, a new consultation room and a personal office—the latter two new for Pendleton.

The operating rooms also feature 40-inch TV monitors, and the consultation room also has a screen—Pendleton said a visual approach often helps patients better understand their needs and procedures. The entire office is custom-built to what Pendleton describes as an approach focused on personal connections with patients rather than a “conveyer-belt mentality.”

“It’s nice to keep things more personable with the patients and spend more time with them and get to know them one on one… but I certainly at the same time did need more space and just wanted to update things,” said Pendleton. “It’s exciting, it’s fun and it’s kind of reinvigorating.”

Pendleton is a graduate of Northwestern University, a former resident at Rush University Medical Center and a former president of the West Suburban branch of the Chicago Dental Society. He lives in Orland Park with his family.

One of Pendleton’s office’s more unique characteristics in the logo, which features the dentist at a drum kit armed with two toothbrushes for sticks. This, along with his "drumdoc.net" URL, allude to his other passion, a lifetime of drumming in various rock bands. (He currently plays for hard-rock tribute band Replica.)

Anyone interested in Dr. Pendleton’s practice might attend his open house on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 p.m. with a tour, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes.

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