The Team

Meet the team

Our team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implant Center is committed to providing comprehensive Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery care. They are trained in today’s modern diagnostics, treatments, procedures and equipment and have a strong professional commitment to provide you with the finest treatment available.

victor58-tmc-webDr. Escobar

Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon

Education:

PhD from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Medical Genetics

Medical School:

Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis

Residency:

Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, General Practice; Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Fellowship:

John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, TX, Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Certification:

Diplomate American Board of Dental Anesthesiology and International Association Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (Fellow)

Professional Organizations:

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, American Academy of Oral Medicine, and more

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team-dawnDawn Ragona, RN, BSN

Office Coordinator & Registered Sedation Nurse

I work with patients to make them feel comfortable during their procedure. I am certified in sedation nursing and monitor patients throughout their entire surgery.

I have enjoyed working with Dr. Escobar and the entire staff for 10 years now. I am certified in ACLS, PALS, and CPR. I have a wonderful husband who also works for Christie Clinic. We enjoy spending time at the lake or at sporting events with our very active children.


team-nancyNancy Cribbett

Scheduling Coordinator

I joined Oral Surgery in August 2011. My duties are answering the phone and scheduling appointments for patients. I check them in for their appointments. I also schedule their surgeries both here at the clinic and at the hospital. I take all medication refill requests. I prepare the daily morning meeting report of the previous day. I track all the case acceptances. I enjoy working with everyone in my department. Our goal is offering the best service and patient satisfaction. We all work well together and make a great team.

I am married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren, with another one on the way. I enjoy traveling and spending time with all my friends and family.


Donna Knowles

Financial Coordinator

I meet with patients In regards to insurance coverage, to show how much patient responsibility will be left on day of surgery. We then go over payment arrangements and try to find the most affordable way to handle this. I file all claims to insurance and follow up for payment. Christie Clinic Oral Surgery is a very friendly department, we enjoy our patients and helping to serve their needs.

I have 2 daughters 21, and 24 along with 3 miniature Daschunds. I live in Champaign and enjoy listening to live music and spending time with good friends.


team-saraSara Thomson

Oral Surgery Assistant

I do my best to make patients comfortable while prepping them for procedures. I assist Dr. Escobar in surgery and recover patients before discharging them to their loved ones. I also take x-rays and medical histories while getting to know our patients at their consults. I love that every day is different and poses new challenges. Dr. Escobar does more than extract teeth, so I get to help with many different procedures.

Outside of work I’m busy with two young children. In my free time I enjoy reading and cooking Sunday dinner for my family and friends.


team-kellyKelly Vallowe

Oral Surgery Assistant

I received my Dental Hygiene degree from Parkland in 2006. I administer local anesthetics, provide patient education, and assist Dr. Escobar in all surgical procedures here at the Clinic and in the hospital setting. I have worked here since 2009, and enjoy meeting new patients and helping them in their time of need. I also love to do the more complicated cases with Dr. Escobar at the hospital, especially the orthognathic surgeries, because there is such a huge change in the patient’s life.

I was born and raised in Mahomet, where I live with my husband and two beautiful children. I love to enjoy my free time with family and friends, and get out for the occasional Harley ride with my husband.


Kyle Kappes, Registered Nurse

RN Oral Surgery

I have been working at Christie Clinic since I graduated from Nursing School in May of 2013. I have always loved to help people, which is why I went into nursing. I love the one on one care that we provide our patients in oral surgery.

I am married with 2 boys. I enjoy spending my free time watching them play hockey, hunting, and fishing.