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Dental Office in Sandwich, IL

The Waters Dental Group is a comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry practice that puts you first.

Here, we care for your entire wellbeing and have a focus on keeping you healthy. Feel comfortable at our office, and confident that you can voice your concerns in an open environment. With any procedure, we will let you know what you can expect, discuss your needs and recommend what is best for you, whether it is preventive care or restorative work. This commitment to your care extends through every interaction our staff has with you, whether it be during front desk check-ins or an after-hours phone call to see how you are doing. At The Waters Dental Group, we go above and beyond to provide care that exceeds your expectations of what dental care should be. At The Waters Dental Group, we use state-of-the-art equipment including computer charting, intra-oral photography and digital X-rays – all to ensure that you are receiving quality care you can be confident in.

Meet Our Doctors and Staff

John Waters, DDS

After graduating from the University of Illinois Dental School in 1985, I proudly served in the United States Navy, and have been practicing general dentistry here in Sandwich since 1993. But that doesn’t mean I’m done learning; I participate extensively in continuing education through The Dawson Academy, The Pankey Institute, and Academy of General Dentistry where I was awarded Fellowship in 2007. I’m a member of the American Dental Association and have repeatedly served as a voting delegate to the Illinois State Dental Society. I’m also a former president of the Fox River Valley Dental Society.

One of the hallmarks of our practice is what we call “Compassionate Dentistry.” It goes beyond expert, high-level dental care. It’s a way of practicing dentistry that puts our patients’ comfort first. Gentle, informative dentistry has become our standard of care.

I am a firm believer in giving back to the community as exemplified by my participation in the Dentist with a Heart program that provides free dental services to local citizens in need. I also volunteer time to educate local school children during Children’s Dental Health Month. I have participated in the Illinois State Dental Society Mission of Mercy, which provides dental care to thousands of patients. We participate in the Donated Dental Services program, which provides free care to patients with special needs. Traveling with a Christian mission in 2008, 2009, 2011, and, 2013 to provide dental services to the people of Honduras has been a rewarding opportunity for me to extend my service to our fellow citizens of the world. During each of these opportunities to serve, I have been blessed to be assisted by a giving and dedicated staff who readily volunteer to help.

When I’m not practicing dentistry, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Lisa, and, our children, Jennifer and Daniel, as well as traveling, snow skiing and golfing.

Kara Flynn, DMD

I grew up in Naperville, IL and currently reside in Aurora, IL with my husband/high school sweet heart, Kevin. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Iowa and returned to Chicago to complete my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Midwestern University-Illinois. I was trained in the latest technology and techniques and I am excited to provide exceptional care for the Waters Dental Group family!

In line with Dr. Waters philosophies and values, I am focused on providing patient-centered, compassionate, comprehensive dental care while forming lasting relationships with my patients. I hope my fun-loving, honest and warm personality helps to ease your dental experience.

I am an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and Chicago Dental Society. Dr. Waters and I share a passion for learning and I am frequently attending meetings and continuing education courses in order to provide the best care possible for my patients.

Outside the office, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, family, friends and our puppy. I love to travel, enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and diving into a great book!

I am so excited to be a part of the Waters Dental Group family and to meet each and every patient!

Jenna, Business Coordinator

I am a lifetime resident of the Sandwich area and thoroughly enjoy working and living within this community. I graduated from Waubonsee Community College in 2008 with a focus in Medical Science. I have opened my own massage therapy business, and enjoy owning two small businesses on the side. I joined The Waters Dental Group family in August of 2011, before I was a patient. I did not know anything about the dental field when I began here, but I have learned a lot, and now I continue to love learning about dentistry and advancements in their field. I am a board member for The Sandwich Chamber of Commerce, and LOVE this business community and the “faces” and leaders of each business. In 2017 I was awarded the prestige Karen Bohr-Sepaniak Award for Volunteer of the Year, and this is a team effort allowing me to be the face of Waters Dental Group while the rest of the team runs the office. Outside the dental industry, and entrepreneurship, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends doing various outdoor activities, including boating, campfires, and flying an airplane. I love to travel and have a lot of places to see on my bucket list.

Jennifer, Registered Dental Hygienist

Since my graduation from Parkland College in 1999, I have been a hygienist with Dr. Waters. Prior to my schooling, I was a dental receptionist and chairside assistant. I enjoy working and living in Sandwich. I find it especially rewarding when I see patients in the community and they get to meet my husband and daughters. I love the connections I make here with my co-workers and patients.

Julie, dental office hygienist

Julie, Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from William Rainey Harper College with my degree in Dental Hygiene in 1990. Prior to graduation, I worked in a dental office assisting chair side, at the front desk and in the lab. In 2004, I completed and became certified to administer local anesthetic. This course was made available to dental hygienists after I had graduated. I also believe that continued learning is paramount to good practice, so I attend many hours of continuing education each year. 

I consider myself a lucky person who truly enjoys her career and looks forward to going to work each day. I joined The Waters Dental Group in 2011 and it has been my privilege to get to know the people in this practice and throughout the community. I am looking forward to getting to know those patients whom I have not yet had the pleasure to meet.

In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. We love to swim, ski (both snow and water), kneeboard, and hike.

Jennifer, Registered Dental Hygienist

Originally from Bourbonnais, IL., I completed my degree in dental hygiene at SIU-C in 1992. I began my career on the south-side of Chicago for a few years before settling at an office in Yorkville where I continue to work part-time. I had the privilege of becoming part of the Waters Dental Group in 2012, filling in when needed. The staff and patients have given me a warm welcome as I inspire to continue making a difference in the dental experience.

I reside in Sandwich with my husband, Brad, two children, Jake and McKenna, and Labrador, Jersey. In my spare time, I can be found hitting the gym, enjoying outdoor activities and taking care of my family.

Sheila, Clinical/Lab Assistant

Of my 41 years in dentistry, 36 of them have been spent with The Waters Dental Group. I graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Elgin Community College, and since then, I have pursued continuing education opportunities and have received certification in coronal polishing and sealants. I enjoy many aspects of dentistry, especially learning all the new technology and the close relationships with co-workers and patients. I’m happy to know that the patients we treat at The Waters Dental Group are receiving the best possible care.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family. I have been married to my husband Gene for 41 years we have two grown children, and one granddaughter (who is the light of our lives!).

Leah, Clinical/Lab Assistant

I recently relocated to the Sandwich area from upstate New York. I have an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Science. I also took an accredited program in Dental Assisting and finished my internship in 2000. Each year, I participated in classes at the University of Buffalo Dental School to continue my education. I worked as a certified Dental Assistant for a general dental office for 14 years. The office was located in a rural community where we saw patients that were local farmers and migrant workers.

In 2013, I was able to provide dental care to the people of La Ceiba, Honduras, as part of a mission team. I am looking forward to more trips, in the future.

When I’m not in the office, I love to cheer on my kids at their school and sports activities. I enjoy gardening, hiking, and camping. I am excited to be a part of a team that focuses on compassionate dentistry with great integrity.

Shauna, Clinical/Lab Assistant

I have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and while going to school, I got a job as a dental assistant and fell in love with dentistry. I have been assisting for over 20 years now. I love educating patients about their dental health and love getting to know the patients. I have a lot of experience with not only general dentistry, but also orthodontics, oral surgery, and periodontics.

I reside in Yorkville with my husband, Keith, and our 4 children; TJ, Addisyn, and twins, Drew and Teaghan. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. When not at work you can find me on the sidelines of either a field or a court doing what I love the most…watching and cheering on my very active kids.


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