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Sabadosa: Oak Lawn dentist chosen as ‘Southland’s best’

Dr. Vincent E. Biank  |  Supplied photo

Dr. Vincent E. Biank | Supplied photo

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Dr. Vincent Biank was recently voted “Best Dentist” in Chicago’s Southland for 2013 by the readers of the SouthtownStar.

His reaction?

“I’ve been around for so long that they decided it was my turn to get the award.”

That’s a typically humble response from Dr. Biank, who will celebrate 40 years as an Oak Lawn dentist in June.

His wife of 44 years, Nancee, assured me that her husband is “still going strong and has no retirement plans. He loves dentistry, is really healthy and serving Oak Lawn families gives him a real purpose.”

Full disclosure — Dr. Biank has been my dentist for 30 years, and my husband and children are also his patients.

Reflecting back, he told me that he opened his dental office at a time when it was really “crazy” for him and his wife. They were parents of a young son with a second on the way while he was completing his dental degree.

Today, both sons, Vincent and Ross, are married with families. Nancee described her husband as the “patriarch of a growing family.” The couple are expecting their sixth grandchild in May.

Dr. Biank grew up in the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated in 1974 with special honors from Loyola University Dental School and began his practice in 1978. It has been at its current location, 5867 W. 95th St., since 1986.

He’s a member of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Dental Society, American Dental Society and American Association of Dental Anesthesiology.

He also holds a certificate of orthodontics from the U.S. Dental Institute, having completed a five-year program in orthodontics.

During his practice, Dr. Biank has mentored two staff members who have gone on to become dentists and two others who are now hygienists.

His slogan, “We Cater to Cowards,” says a lot about his sense of humor and how he conscientiously treats his patients.

One of the biggest cowards to have ever walked through his doors, I was in a lot of pain with a badly infected front tooth when I came to his office 30 years ago.

He managed to save my tooth with a procedure he invented. Dr. Biank believes in saving, rather than extracting, teeth.

This year, in honor of the teachers and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where 26 people were killed in the December 2012 mass shooting, Dr. Biank is picking a teacher-patient each month to receive dental care without charge, Nancee said.

Outside of his practice, Dr. Biank enjoys time with his family and “loves to garden and cook.

He grows his own tomatoes and makes his own tomato sauce,” his wife said.

When he finally retires, will he follow in the footsteps of “Newman’s Own?”



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