Dentist in Palatine, IL

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

Steven Hillesheim DDS

Dr. Steven Hillesheim received both his undergraduate degree in 1980 and his dental degree in 1984 from Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Hillesheim is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society and the Chicago Dental Society. He established his practice in Palatine in 1985 and focuses not only on General Dentistry but also on cosmetics and esthetics, the restoration of dental implants, full mouth reconstruction and the treatment of sleep apnea / snoring using oral appliances.

When he is not in the office, Dr. Hillesheim can be found attending University of Iowa football games with his daughter or on the skeet field. Dr. Hillesheim is a competitive skeet shooter and has competed in the U.S. Open and World Skeet Championships.

Dr. Hillesheim and his staff look forward to partnering with you to achieve excellent dental health and a beautiful smile.

At Palatine Family Dental, our high standard of excellence is embodied by our professional and friendly staff. Each member of our treatment team holds certifications in sealant placement, expanded duties, porcelain staining and glazing, non-surgical periodontal care, office safety, patient privacy and life support. Our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. And more than that, we are all dedicated to making your experience with us as pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable as possible!


Paula is happy to be back working with Dr. Hillesheim after leaving to start a family. Paula was trained in the dental field by The United States Army. She has certificates in sealant placement, polishing and holds a certificate in Invisalign orthodontics. She has taken hundreds of hours of continuing education and enjoys keeping up with the latest technology in dentistry. Paula has over 20 years experience in the dental field and is fluent in Spanish. We are thrilled to have her back in the office.


Jennifer has been with Dr. Hillesheim since the summer of 1998. She has OSHA, HIPAA and CPR certifications. She has taken many continuing education classes in the clinical and administrative aspects of the practice of dentistry. Jennifer takes great pleasure in obtaining the maximum possible benefit from the patients' insurance companies. She truly loves working with patients. She takes great pride in making our patients feel comfortable. Her knowledge allows her to assist our patients with both administrative and clinical questions, and she is proud to help the patients with all of their dental needs.


Kathy is very excited to be back working as Dr. Hillesheim’s full time hygienist. She started in Dr. Hillesheim’s office part time in September of 2001 after graduating with honors from Harper College Dental Hygiene program. She has taken many hours of continuing education focusing on the non-surgical treatment of gum disease. She loves the relaxed atmosphere in Dr. Hillesheim’s office and feels it provides the perfect environment in which to deliver the ideal level of treatment to all of her patients. Kathy spends most of her time away from the office caring for her two wonderful young children.


Graduated from Rock Valley College in 2004, and started working with Dr. Hilleshiem in 2005 as needed. Resides in Rockford, IL with husband Jason and our four kids. When I am not working, we enjoy doing 5k's to 1/2 marathons and like spending time outdoors. We also enjoy going to Disney and country music concerts.


Liana started her career in dentistry in 1993 as a dental assistant and received her dental hygiene degree form Harper College in 2003. She has worked with our team for the past six years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids as family is very important to her.

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8:00 am-5:00 pm


7:00 am-2:00 pm




8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Once a month October - March)




What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "Visiting Steven Hillesheim DDS gives my family and me more reasons to smile."
    The Johnson Family
  • "Dr. Hillesheim provided me with excellent care when I needed it the most."
    Jennifer R.