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Park East Dental

Dr. Dean and Laurie Francis

Dancing at Cantigny Park

Dr. Dean Francis

Dr. Francis went to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for his undergraduate studies and then went to the University of Illinois School of Dentistry where he received his DDS degree in 1982.


He has practiced in Wheaton since 1988 and moved to his present location in 2007.


He and his wife Laurie have 2 sons and 2 daughters. Three are graduates from the University of Illinois and one son is an officer serving in the United States Air Force. They also enjoy their three grandsons.


Dr. Francis and his wife enjoy dancing and have been teaching ballroom dancing at the Wheaton Park District for over 7 years. Additionally, Dr. Francis enjoys gardening, walking, tennis and golf. Photography is a hobby that Dr. Francis shares with his patients with many of his photographs on display in the office and in his many photo albums in the reception area.  Here is a link to their dance website with information on local dance venues and bands: Dupage Ballroom.




Dr. Roberta Valent

Dr. Valent started off as a dental assistant getting her associates' degree from Elgin Community College. She later got her hygiene degree from Parkland College in Champaign, IL.  After 10 years as a hygienist she went back to school and got her dental degree from the University of Illinois School of Dentistry. So she knows all of the facets of dental care. She and her husband, Charles, have lived in Wheaton since 1996 where they raised their son and daughter who are now both in college. Dr. Valent enjoys gardening, bike riding, camping and kayaking. And after taking dance classes from Dr. Francis and Laurie she is adding dancing to her repertoire.