At Shine Pediatric Dentistry, we consider it a privilege to work with children and love helping them learn to feel relaxed at the dentist. We practice pediatric dentistry in a way that is gentle, instructive, and inviting, and we work hard each day to help our young patients learn the SHINE principles.
We understand that children have different dental needs than adults, and our caring dentist, Dr. Lynse Briney, has years of experience working specifically with pediatric dental patients. She understands how to communicate with children in a way that makes sense to them and helps them want to become more involved in their dental care. We have made it our mission to help children all across Downers Grove discover what it means to truly be their brightest selves.
We invite you to spend some time getting to know our dental team by reading our bios below.
Dr. Lynse Briney
Dr. Lynse Briney is excited to be opening Shine Pediatric Dentistry and to serve the Downers Grove Community. Having her very own pediatric dental practice is a dream come true for Dr. Briney, as it means she will get to improve the lives of children each and every day!
Dr. Briney grew up in central Illinois and received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. She then went on to receive her D.D.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2005. Dr. Briney knew early on in her dental career that she loved working with children, so she returned to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a Pediatric Dental Residency from 2009 to 2011 and concurrently completed a Masters of Science program in Oral Biology. Dr. Briney worked hard to receive a great dental education that would benefit her patients for years to come. Dr. Briney is even the first college graduate in her family!
During her time as a dentist, Dr. Briney has served many different communities throughout the Chicago area. She has worked in a variety of professional dental capacities, including as Oral Health Director of a nonprofit organization. Dr. Briney has completed clinical residency rotations in all dental specialities and has had the opportunity to treat low-income and special needs dental patients. Now, Dr. Briney is thrilled to be able to work directly in her own personal community! Dr. Briney’s husband grew up in Downers Grove, and her two young boys will attend Downers Grove North.
Dr. Briney has chosen to focus specifically on pediatric dentistry. She absolutely loves working with kids and considers it a privilege to help change children’s minds about going to the dentist. Dr. Briney encourages every one of her pediatric patients to be their "brightest self" and wants to help keep their smiles healthy and beautiful.
Dr. Briney is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, the American Dental Society, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Briney is also affiliated with Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Briney regularly continues her dental education through advanced training in new dental specialties such as tooth-colored pediatric crowns and new treatments aimed at preventing the advancement of cavities. Dr. Briney’s main goal is always to provide her pediatric dental patients with the best in dental care. She has committed herself to a lifetime of learning more about her specialty.
When she is not working, Dr. Briney can be found gardening, cooking, or traveling with her husband and two young boys. Dr. Briney is truly thrilled to welcome you to Shine Pediatric Dentistry!
Desiree is a dental assistant who has been with Shine Pediatric Dentistry since the practice opened in 2019. She is currently in school studying pre-dental hygiene and is certified in performing coronal polishing treatments and applying dental sealants.
Desiree is originally from Chicago. Her favorite part of working in pediatric dentistry is her chance to make a difference in a child's smile from the moment they walk through the door.
In her spare time, Desiree enjoys traveling and eating sweet treats.
Patient Care Coordinator
Karen is Shine Pediatric Dentistry's friendly Patient Care Coordinator. She is originally from Chicago, is trained in business management, and holds a dental assistant certificate. Karen is also certified in coronal polishing and dental sealants.
Karen loves being part of the Shine Pediatric Dentistry family and has a genuine love for learning. Her favorite aspect of her job includes working with our young patients and their families from the beginning of their dental journey to the very end.
When she's not at work, Karen enjoys traveling, watching tv shows, and spending time with her family and two dogs.