Dr. Harris to preside over Arcolians

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Dr. Mary Harris has risen through the ranks to the presidency of the Arcolian Dental Arts Society, becoming the youngest female president in the organization’s 88-year history. Joining her as officers are President-Elect Dr. Jessica Mattern, Vice President Dr. Lauren Allegretti, Treasurer Dr. Charles Martello and Secretary Dr. Megan Ratliff.

The niece of past Arcolian President Dr. Michael Biasiello, Harris joined the organization right after going into practice six years ago.

“I originally started coming to the meetings at the suggestion of my uncle. I quickly learned that the Arcolians are an amazing group of talented dentists that are passionate about both their profession and their Italian heritage,” she says. “I am so proud to be a part of this group.”

A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, she is in private practice at Dartmoor Dental in Crystal Lake. This fall, she’ll also be joining her alma mater as a faculty member. “I am so excited to start teaching and sharing my knowledge with students,” she says.

Prior to graduate school, she was an undergraduate researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry, and she did volunteer work in Nicaragua, where she helped a local dentist deliver care to underserved areas of the country.

Harris and her fellow officers will be installed on April 26 at Toscana Restaurant, 1859 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7, with the installation to follow. To make reservations, call Dr. Megan Ratliff at 312-286-7654.


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