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 Excellence In Dentistry, LTD - Gurnee, Illinois Family and Implant Dentist

Dr. Howard I. Cooper

Dr. Howard I. Cooper graduated in 1991, from Loyola University of Chicago.  Since graduation, he has accomplished more than most in Dentistry.  One of his most important attributes is his passion for knowledge, which aids him in treating his patients with the most up to date techniques available.  Our office is a wonderful place for children and adults, no matter how frightened they are. 

He has earned Fellowship and Mastership awards from the Academy of General Dentistry and was one of three people in the world to earn the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition award the first year it was given.  These awards can only be attained after taking thousands of hours of continuing dental education and passing a lengthy examination.  He has also received Fellowship awards from the Academy of Dentistry International, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Misch International Implant Institute.  He has received both Mastership and Diplomate Awards from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, as well. 

Dr. Cooper is also involved in organized dentistry.  He has held multiple positions in many dental societies, including the position of President for the Lake County Dental Society, the Chicago Academy of General Dentistry, and the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry. 

Dr. Cooper has also served his country by being a part of two federal government teams:  Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) and Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team Weapons of Mass Destruction (DMORT WMD). 

The morning of September 11, 2001, Dr. Cooper was activated, along with other members of DMORT and the following day were flown on an Air Force C-130 from O’Hare Airport to New York.  The team had many functions, but Dr. Cooper worked at Ground Zero and at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner helping to identify victims of the horrific attack. 

After Hurricane Katrina, he was activated as part of the DMORT WMD team.  His task at this event was victim recovery, decontamination, and identification.  Dr. Cooper spent 5 weeks in the New Orleans area helping to bring closure to the victim’s families.

In 2011, Dr. Cooper was awarded the Response Team Distinguished Member of the Year Award from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).

Dr. Cooper is also a published author on the topic of forensic dentistry and lectures on that topic across the country.

When he’s not enjoying treating patients, Dr. Cooper spends his time traveling the U.S. in his motorhome with his wonderful family.


Dr. Kate Limardi

Dr. Kate Limardi completed her Bachelors of Science at the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a major in molecular and cellular biology and a minor in spanish.  She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and continued on to complete a General Practice Residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
During her residency, Dr. Limardi received extra training in all aspects of dentistry, including oral surgery, IV sedation, pediatrics, periodontics, endodontics, implant dentistry (including surgical placement), and restorative dentistry.  
Early in her training, Dr. Limardi joined the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).  Currently, she is Board Member for both the Chicago Component and the Illinois Component of the AGD.  The AGD provides her with ample continuing education opportunities because lifelong learning is paramount in providing the highest quality dentistry to our patients.  Dr. Limardi is in the AGD Pre-Fellow program and her goal is to receive this honor within 5 years.  The requirements include 500 hours of approved continuing dental education and an extensive examination covering all aspects of General Dentistry.  

Dr. Limardi is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.

Dr. Limardi was raised in the northern Chicago suburbs and now loves living in the heart of the city.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, attending Chicago sporting events (besides the Sox!), enjoying Chicago summers, yoga, and running on the lakeshore.