FALL WINTER 2017
FALL WINTER 2017
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Long-time Orland Park resident and
dentist Dr. Tom Germino has a love of
Orland Park that goes back to the days
when a pig farm occupied the property
known as Orland Square Mall.
Dr. Germino first called Orland Park
home in 1964, when his parents
relocated to the Midwest from
“There was very little housing and
businesses back then. I used to
walk to the drug store at the corner
of 143rd Street and West Avenue;
today it’s an optometrist office,”
Germino recalls. “I remember
cutting through fields to get to the
Dairy Queen located on a two-lane
Newer residents may not know that
Dr. Germino first opened his Orland
Park office - Germino Dental - in
1981, located at what is now Clyde
“I opened the practice with one chair
and zero employees,” the father of
In 1987, Dr. Germino relocated to
his current office just 100 feet away,
located at 9763 W. 143rd Street.
The office building was built in the
1980s, but as Germino explained,
the land was once the site of a
business he believed was called
From there, his practice grew.
Today, Germino Dental has grown to
accommodate a full staff, including
adding another Dr. Germino.
In 2010, Dr. Germino senior
welcomed his second oldest - Greg
Germino - to the practice. The two
Germinos have been practicing side-
by-side for nearly a decade sharing
THE TRADITION OF
LIVING AND WORKING
IN ORLAND PARK.
patients, schedules, and, when
necessary, filling each other’s cavities.
“We both have different things we
enjoy doing in the office. Our scope
is so broad, so we complement each
other within the practice,” Dr. Greg
Germino said, noting that he enjoys
placing implants and extracting
teeth, while his dad will handle
more Invisalign patients and
“Most people aren’t that fortunate
to be able to come to work and
be so compatible with those they
work with,” Dr. Tom Germino said.
“When you love and respect
each other, it’s a lot easier to work
together.” Tom added how nice
it is to see his son every day.
Germino Dental has patients who
have been coming since the doors
opened – which now includes
second and third generation patients.
“The bulk of our patients are in
Orland Park,” Dr. Tom said.
“Some have been coming for
38 years, and we now see their
kids and grandkids. It’s neat to
The father and son duo call St.
Michael School and Marist High
School their alma maters, and
both dentists live in Orland Park.
“My wife and I moved into a home
three minutes from my parents,”
Dr. Greg said. “Aside from college,
I’ve always lived in Orland Park.
Orland has always been home. I think
the community really stays here.”
In addition to having someone to
share the workload and take care of
emergencies, Dr. Tom said having
his son by his side means it’s much
easier to offer a personal touch.
And while he’s not thinking about
retiring, Germino senior says having
his son in the practice allows him
the freedom to take time off without
worrying about his patients.
Both doctors agree they love getting
to work together – which includes
joking around and ‘busting each
other’s chops.’ While they may have
complementary personalities, there is
one thing that divides the two.
“I’m a Sox fan and he’s a Cubs fan,”
Senior Germino said, noting that
both have framed posters of their
World Series teams that they take
turns displaying in the office.
Baseball aside, the Germinos spend
time together outside the office
cheering for a team they both can
agree on - Chicago Fire soccer.
As for a favorite place to eat in
the village, the two were quick to
name Hienie’s McCarthy’s Chicken,
another long-standing Orland Park
business just a few block up
“Orland Park has done a good job
maintaining that small town feeling,”
Dr. Tom said. “Orland is very
“Orland Park has
done a good job
small town feeling.
Orland is very
Dr. Tom Germino
9763 W. 143RD STREET, SUITE A
ORLAND PARK, IL 60462