Our Staff

Karen Dopke, R.D.H.

Karen was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She completed her Dental Hygiene education at Harper College in 1987.
She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and the North Suburban Dental Hygiene Component.
Her passion for keeping up with current treatments and technologies in dentistry are evident while providing gentle and compassionate chairside care.
In her spare time she enjoy spending time with her dog, gardening and baking.

Patty Gawronski

Patty started working for Dr. Ujiiye in 2020 as a receptionist. She comes with experience in Human Resources and is excited to start a new chapter in dentistry. Patty is married with 3 children and has a cat named Bella. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and travel.

Hiromi Smith

Hiromi was born in Japan and moved to Illinois in 2004. She was a licensed dental hygienist in Japan and she has also completed her certification in Dental Assisting in the U.S. She joined Dr. Thomas M Ujiiye D.D.S.,PC. in 2007 and She is a chair side assistant for his practice.  In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with her pets.

Renata Sobczak

Renata has been working in the medical field since 2004 when she graduated college.  She’s worked in numerous medical specialties at Northshore University Healthcare System.  In 2005 she traveled to Haiti on a medical mission, and developed an even stronger understanding of compassion.  Her passion for people and their well-being is a big priority in her everyday life.  Her love of family, animals, books, writing, and cooking are only a few examples of what keeps her life full, and grateful.  Renata is married with two children, a mini poodle, and a sweet bearded dragon.  She is excited to apart of the A.H. Dentistry team, and looks forward to expanding her knowledge in Dentistry.

Lisa Ujiiye

Lisa has been working for Dr. Ujiiye since 2008 as a receptionist/assistant manager, and her intention is to accommodate in the practice of dental hygiene. When she is not at the office, Lisa is a yoga instructor, and is very passionate about sharing the mind/body/spirit connection. She also spends a majority of her time in playing guitar and piano.