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Our doctors are pleased to offer beautiful and functional smiles to our neighbors in Tinley Park and surrounding communities.
Tom Ryan, DDS, was born and raised in nearby Oak
Forest, where he attended St. Damian grammar school and is a graduate of Oak Forest High School. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree with
honors from the Loyola University School of Dentistry, after earning his bachelor’s degree at Loyola. Upon graduation from dental school, he was inducted
into the dental honors fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon – an honor achieved by only the top ten graduating dentists. Dr. Ryan has served as Associate
Professor in the Department of Neuroanatomy at Loyola.
With over 600 hours of advanced courses, Dr. Ryan is constantly learning the latest dentistry techniques to keep improving his dental skills and ensure his ability to offer his patients the most comfortable options for achieving the smiles of their dreams. A consultant for dental articles in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Southtown Star, Dr. Ryan is also a fellow in the Academy of Laser Dentistry and has been interviewed by ABC News. He is involved with many charitable causes and donates his time as a dentist to serve patients in need who have “fallen through the cracks” of The System.
Dr. Ryan and Cheryl, his wife of 29 years, are very proud of their three children. Rebecca is recently married and a music teacher in Schaumburg, IL. Steven just graduated from Illinois State University with dual degrees in finance and insurance. Colleen is a figure skater and senior at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park. The youngest is Sydney, Dr. Ryan’s five-year-old Australian Shepherd. In his spare time, Dr. Ryan loves golfing, spending time with family and friends, keeping current on the latest advances in dentistry, and rooting for all the local sports teams – especially the Cubs!
Bohdanna Czerniak, DMD, grew up in
Orland Park and attended Providence Catholic. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, she went on to achieve
a master’s degree in biomedical science at Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove and her dental degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. Her
professional memberships include the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Illinois State Dental Society, Ukrainian Medical Association
of North America, and the Chicago Dental Society.
Dr. Czerniak especially enjoys working with kids. She also enjoys volunteering her time both locally and abroad. Her most memorable trip was when she traveled to the Kingdom of Tonga, where she had the opportunity to provide dental care to those in need. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, traveling and learning about other cultures, and watching the Chicago Blackhawks.
Craig Sikora, DMD, is originally from California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He then received his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, graduating cum laude. Following dental school, Dr. Sikora pursued his passion and completed an additional three years of advanced specialty training in Prosthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry.
During his time at the University of Illinois, Dr. Sikora received formal training in complex full-mouth oral rehabilitation, esthetic dentistry, digital dentistry, and implant surgery and restoration. While at UIC, Dr. Sikora published his award-winning biomaterials research, received his master’s degree in Oral Sciences, and simultaneously completed the rigorous Prosthodontics Board Examination, which distinguishes him as a Board-Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics.
In addition to time spent in private practice, Dr. Sikora also maintains a faculty position as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UIC College of Dentistry. He enjoys being an active member of the dental community, both by attending conferences and providing continuing education on the latest innovations in implant, esthetic, and reconstructive dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. Additionally, he is a member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, the American Dental Association, the Illinois Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Sikora enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, golfing, and being outdoors.
Rory J. Pranger, DDS, MS, is a Board-Certified Periodontist. A Midwesterner from Northern Michigan, Dr. Pranger received a Bachelor of Science degree from Alma College and attended Northwestern University School of Dentistry, where he earned his dental degree. Desiring an advanced level of understanding to elevate the quality of care he could provide, he went on to complete a general residency program at Yale University School of Medicine. Taking great interest in advanced surgical treatment, he returned to Northwestern University to pursue training in the specialty of periodontics. While there, he conducted and published original research while obtaining his Master of Science degree.
Upon completion of his formal education, Dr. Pranger became the first non-European citizen to be granted “Life-time Practice Privileges” in the European Community and commenced private practice in Verona, Italy. He continues the pursuit of higher learning in his specialty and has completed extensive training in surgical oral implantology at Temple University School of Dentistry as well as the Misch International Implant Institute. Dr. Pranger is a member of numerous professional organizations and has maintained a private practice forum encompassing the greater Chicago area for a number of years.
When not engrossed in his professional commitments, Dr. Pranger has studied archaeology in the Middle East and marine biology. He is a certified diver in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. He has also traveled throughout Europe enjoying his passions of skiing, bicycling, hiking, and photography.
Our doctors are excited to meet you and discuss your dental needs. Call our office today at (708) 532-4131 to schedule the first step toward your healthiest smile.