Our Team



Amanda - Office Manager
Amanda was born and raised in Streator and graduated from Woodland High School. After high school, she attended Illinois Valley Community College and graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant. She then relocated to the Oswego area and worked as a Dental assistant and as a Front Office Coordinator up there for several years until moving back to Streator to be closer to her family, friends, and community. As an Office Manager, she enjoys working with people in her community to ensure that all of their dental needs are met so they in have a healthy, beautiful smile!

In Amanda’s spare time she loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys playing cards, traveling and boating.


Amy - Office Manager
I have been a dental assistant for over 15 years.  I have enjoyed working with patients to continually improve their dental health.  My goal is to always make the patient feel comfortable in the dental environment.  I encourage all of our patients to feel free to take an active part in their dental treatment & dental health.

 My husband is Eric and we have one son, Kyle, who has served our country in the United States Air Force.

Ashley – Administrative Assistant - Ottawa Dentist Dr. John Conness

I have been with Dr. Conness’ office since March 1992. I’m back after about a year break. Over the years I have helped with almost every aspect of the everyday running of our office. I have helped our patients chairside while assisting, setting up their appointments to work with their life schedules, getting the most benefits from their insurance, and navigating payment options to help make dentistry as affordable as possible for their optimal health. I’ve made great friendships through the office. With Dr. Conness, my coworkers past and present, and our long time patients we’ve seen our families grow together and have gone through major milestones and life changes. I love meeting our new patients and getting to know them also. It’s always fun to welcome a family to our practice. I enjoy being involved in the community I was born and raised in. I truly find joy when we are able to help our patients through their dental needs live healthier, happier lives.

Paula - Dental Assistant - Ottawa Dentist Dr. John Conness Paula - Dental Assistant
Paula is a 1983 graduate of IVCC Dental Assisting Program. She has been assisting Dr. Conness for over 25yrs. Paula, loves what she does for a living!

Helping keep patients comfortable and happy during all treatment whether they decide to use nitrous oxide sedation or oral sedation is just one of her specialties. Complete IV Sedation may also be chosen with the help of Anesthesiologist Dr. Fiegel.

Paula is married to Jeff of 30 years. She has two daughters, Carleigh, and Whitney. She enjoys gardening, boating, camping!
Rosie - Dental Assistant - Ottawa Dentist Dr. John Conness Rosie - Dental Assistant
Rosie has been assisting Dr. Conness for over 12 years. She has been trained in all aspects of dental assisting. She strives to make sure patients are comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures.

Rose has been married to Mike for 25 years and has lived in the Ottawa area all of her life. She has a daughter, Nikki and a son Alex. She also had two granddaughters, Rylee and Zaya. She loves spending time with her family and friends.
Patricia - Dental Assistant -  Ottawa Dentist Dr. John Conness Patricia - Dental Hygienist
I graduated with honors from Illinois Valley Community College with my certificate in dental assisting. I worked for a couple years as a certified dental assistant and was an office manager before going to Parkland College for dental hygiene. I graduated with honors from Parkland College with an associate degree in applied science from the dental hygiene program.  So that patients can keep their teeth throughout their lifetime, I love to educate my patients in preventative care and periodontal disease.  Besides being a registered dental hygienist, I am a Mary Kay consultant.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  My hobbies are traveling, boating, skiing, camping, and crafting.
Catina - Dental Hygienist  - Ottawa Dentist Dr. John Conness Catina - Dental Hygienist
Catina has over 20 years of experience in the dental field. She has worked for Dr. Conness for  over 15 years. She is a graduate of Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL. Upon graduating from ICC, Catina was presented with the Hu-Freidy "Golden Scaler" award. This is an annual national award honoring one hygiene student from the graduating class that displays outstanding qualities in rendering patient care as well as academic excellence.

Catina is described by fellow team members as having a friendly and outgoing personality. When asked why she enjoys her career, Catina replied "I enjoy educating patients on their oral hygiene. Including teaching the patient how to perform regular preventative care in between visits. I want them to have confidence in their smile." Catina resides with her husband Dean, their daughters Claire and Allison, and their Bullmastiff.
Denise - Dental Hygienist  - Ottawa Dentist Dr. John Conness Denise - Dental Hygienist
Denise comes to our dental practice with 32 years experience. She joined Dr. Conness's team in 2014.  She is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has worked in both General and Pediatric Dental Offices.  Denise graduated from Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois earning both an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Certificate in Dental Assisting.  She takes great pride in her work, and enjoys teaching dental hygiene care to her patients of all ages, so they learn how to keep their teeth for a life time!  Denise lives in Streator with her husband John, and has 3 grown children and 1 daughter-in-law.  She thoroughly enjoys spending time with family, camping, hiking, canoeing, baking, gardening and sewing.
Kathlene - Dental Hygienist  - Ottawa Dentist Dr. John Conness Kathlene - Dental Assistant 
I am the newest member to Dr. Conness' team. I started my new career in January of 2016.
I am enjoying my new career and learning every aspect of dentistry. I live in Grand Ridge with my husband, son, and two stepdaughters. We are very active in our church and enjoy spending time together as a family. I look forward to my future working for Dr. Conness and with his wonderful team!
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