When I was a young man, my mother took us to a dentist who I really enjoyed being in his office. He kind of opened it up and let me look around. Even at a young age, I decided that this might be a nice profession.
Later on in life, I went as a missionary for a couple of years and one of the supervisors there, we called him President of the mission, mentioned that he thought I'd be a good coach. I went to school, becoming a coach. I played basketball for a small college in Utah. My coach asked me what I was going to be doing. I said ... I thought he'd be proud ... I'm going to be a coach. He said, "What do you want to do that for?" I said, "Well, what would you do?" He said, "Well, I'd go into one of the professions." I went back into dentistry and it was one of the best things I ever did.
After being a missionary, I went to Chicago for work. I met two young men, who were really nice young men, and they introduced me to their sister. We married, eventually, and had five children.
After dental school, I was fortunate enough to work with a dentist who is one of the finest dentists I've ever known and was able to learn some really wonderful things not just about the quality of care that you can provide for patients, but also for being able to know about how to spend some time with patients, help them know what kind of care they can actually have, if they choose.
I've been on that over 30 years—that journey, if you will, to try and be the kind of dentist that a patient could talk to about their health concerns and about how to provide that good care for them.
John C. Workman, DDS was born in Boise, ID and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. The oldest of eight children, he played basketball in high school and college, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and also served as a missionary for two years in New Zealand. He was inspired to become a dentist because of positive experiences with his family dentist. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1977 with a degree in comparative anatomy, he moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University of Chicago Dental School.
He met his wife, Kandy, in Chicago. The two of them raised five children while he was attending dental school, an impressive parenting feat. He also worked throughout his time in dental school. After graduating and briefly practicing dentistry in Hinsdale, IL, Dr. Workman moved to Glen Ellyn, where he’s remained in practice since 1985.
Dr. Workman prides himself on spending time with his patients and getting to know them so he can understand what they would like dentistry to do for them. His practice philosophy is to provide all the facts and give patients the opportunity to choose the level of care they want.
Dental Implants Are a Game Changer for Dr. Workman’s Patients
Dr. Workman has a passion for education, which is evident by the advanced training he’s received, especially in dental implants and dental occlusion (the relationship between upper and lower teeth). After completing the entire curriculum at the respected Pankey Institute, Dr. Workman taught there as a visiting faculty member. He has also studied and taught at the Dawson Academy. And he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Henry Tanner, a pioneer of using dental appliances for TMJ treatment.
Dr. Workman has had extensive training in dental implants, including learning to place several different types of implants. He was one of the first general dentists in the Chicago area to place dental implants using a CT scan to fabricate guides for the safest and most accurate placement.
He loves seeing the impact and joy that comes from giving a patient a beautiful smile. In particular, he describes dental implants as a real game changer for patients. He finds it exciting when a patient comes in with an old denture or unhealthy teeth and leaves the same day with a beautiful smile and replacement teeth that function like natural teeth.
Dr. Workman and Kandy live in Wheaton, IL. They like to travel out West whenever they can to visit their five children and 14 grandchildren. Dr. Workman’s other favorite activities include taking care of his yard, fishing, hiking, riding bicycles, traveling, spending time with his wife and friends, and reading. He also enjoys experiencing foods from different cultures.