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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

HOME SWEET HOME

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

New York.

“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

LaGrange Road.”

Newer residents may not know that

Dr. Germino first opened his Orland

Park office - Germino Dental - in

1981, located at what is now Clyde

Coyle’s Draperies.

“I opened the practice with one chair

and zero employees,” the father of

four said.

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

Kramer Dairy.

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

HOME

sweet

HOME

SECOND GENERATION

FAMILIES, CONTINUING

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

endodontic work.

“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

see multi-generations.”

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

the road.

“Orland Park has done a good job

maintaining that small town feeling,”

Dr. Tom said. “Orland is very

family-centric.”

“Orland Park has

done a good job

maintaining that

small town feeling.

Orland is very

family-centric.” 

Dr. Tom Germino

GERMINO DENTAL

9763 W. 143RD STREET, SUITE A

ORLAND PARK, IL 60462

(708)349-3443