Our story of almost 60 years creating beautiful, natural, balanced smiles cannot be told without acknowledging our gratitude to my father, Dr. Frank Klepacki.
I always cringe a little when people say “Oh, you followed in your dad’s footsteps.” The truth is, I was blown away by his passion and love of orthodontics, and all the beautiful smiles he created around the Hinsdale area. I am constantly told by former patients about how different and beautiful his smiles looked compared to those done by other orthodontists at that time.
My profession means a lot to me. I am so proud of all the work that so many people who have come before me have done. I feel so blessed to be in a profession that allows me to have such a strong personal relationship with people and fulfill the engineering and artistic side of my brain, as well as the emotional side, like coaching and motivating kids to do a better job at brushing or with elastics.
It is amazing to take 28 imperfect white objects and align them into a beautiful, balanced smile that a person will look at every day of their life. It is a big part of what they will recognize about themselves. They can say it all without saying a thing if all they did was smile!
I’ve always loved kids and had given a lot of thought to being a pediatrician or pediatric cardiologist. And then it hit me! Orthodontics was a chance to work with kids and families in a life-changing manner under more positive circumstances. Man, was I right! After graduating from Texas Christian University, I attended Baylor University College of Dentistry for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and completed my orthodontic residency and master’s degree in orthodontics at Northwestern University.
Over the nearly 30 years I’ve practiced orthodontics, new technologies have emerged and made it easier to achieve high-quality results more efficiently. This, along with high-tech imaging systems such as digital scanners and cone-beam CT scans, have enabled me to develop more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. The results of my ongoing clinical education are best seen in my patients’ smiles!
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Illinois Society of Orthodontists, president, 2000-2001
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
- Chicago Dental Society
- West Suburban Branch of Chicago Dental Society
Family and Community
I grew up right here in Hinsdale and still live five blocks from my childhood home. I am married to Ellen, the sweetest woman to ever walk this earth. No lie; ask anyone who really knows her! She really cares about people and is a wonderful mom to our three children. We also have a dog named Toby!
Outside the office, I can be found doing work with charitable organizations, where my life has been greatly enriched. I believe that getting outside of your comfort zone and trying to make things better for other human beings will lead to a blessed and fulfilled life.
Goodcity, Chicago, Illinois: The mission of Goodcity is to identify and then support high-potential, community-based entrepreneurs whose goals are to create or enhance neighborhood and faith-based programs that promote self-sufficiency, hope, and a sense of purpose in the lives of individuals in under-resourced communities in Chicago. I have been a board member and was co-chair for its most recent annual Stories and Sounds: an evening of experiencing the arts, talents, and profiles of Chicago’s unsung heroes.
Wellness House, Hinsdale, Illinois: Wellness House is a support system for cancer patients and their families that provides programs to educate, support, and empower participants to improve their emotional well-being. I am a founding board member and partner.
Texas Christian University: TCU is very near and dear to my and my wife’s hearts. We are both graduates and continuing supporters of the university in many different facets. In addition to Ellen’s participation on the board for its School of Education and the Clark Society, both she and I have sponsored two initiatives at the university in ethics, and most recently, a four-year commitment to nutritional health and awareness for the TCU student body.
Naomi’s Village Children’s Home: With great excitement, we are helping to sponsor a former youth pastor from Western Springs and his wonderful family in their full-time missionary assignment at Naomi’s Village in Kenya. Naomi’s Village Children’s Home is a fully registered facility that provides complete care to total orphans. They opened in 2011, and have since brought in more than 55 children, including abandoned babies and those left parentless by terrorist attacks, HIV/AIDS, disasters, and domestic violence.
I am passionate about God and am grateful for how he loves us. I love that he has a purpose for our lives; whether we set out a plan and everything goes perfect, or if we are shaped by life’s adversities, great things can still happen!