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Meet Our Team

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Dr. James M. Maragos

Dentist La Grange, IL

Dr. Maragos received his D.D.S. from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1981. He was then accepted into a one-year general dentistry residency at Loyola Hospital, where he learned advanced techniques in treating medically compromised patients and the use of sedation medications to relax the patient. He taught at both the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and Loyola School of Dentistry from 1982-1988 while practicing as an associate in dental offices in Oak Lawn and Chicago. In 1987, he took over the practice of Dr. Don Ourada, D.D.S., and then established his own private practice in LaGrange, Illinois.

Our Team

Smiling Marisa Rugino

Dr. Marisa Rugino, DDS

Dr. Marisa Rugino is originally from New Jersey and is a graduate of Penn State, class of 2015. After receiving her DMD degree from University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 2019 with an honors in community oral health, she recently completed a General Practice Residency at Loyola University here in Chicago.

Dr. Rugino is eager to keep up with the latest advancements in dentistry and is an active member of:

• American Dental Association

• Academy of General Dentistry

• Illinois State Dental Association

• Chicago Dental Society

In addition to her dedication to dentistry, Dr. Rugino enjoys running on the lakefront path with her rescue dog, trying new restaurants in Chicago, and spending time with her family and friends. She is very excited to work with Dr. Maragos to bring brighter smiles to her patients.
Dental Assistant Virginia


Dental Assistant

Virginia was born in Lithuania where she received a degree in Business Management in 1998. In 2002, she came to the United States and studied English at Moraine Valley College until 2006. Virginia has been a dental assistant for 18 years and completed a coronal polishing and dental sealant course in 2010. She is fluent in Russian and Lithuanian.

Virginia’s favorite thing about working here:is helping people.

When Virginia is not at the office she loves spending time with her granddaughter.
Smiling photo of Janet


Administrative Assistant

Janet joined our team in 2018. She has 8 years of experience in the dental office. She loves working with our patients to help them with insurance and scheduling needs. Janet will always welcome you to our office with a smile. 

When she is not working, Janet is spending time with her 2 girls at the park and other activities.
Dental Assistant Eleni


Dental Hygienist

Eleni has worked as a dental hygienist for Dr. Maragos and Dr. Rugino since August of 2021. She graduated from Loyola University Dental Hygiene Program in 1988. She is certified in Nitrous Oxide and Local Anesthesia. Eleni has 35 years experience as an OSHA officer. Her favorite thing about being a dental hygienist is her ability to provide the highest quality of dental care for her patients. In Elenis spare time she enjoys baking and cooking Greek food for her family and friends.


Dental Hygienist

Julie graduated from Prairie State College Dental Hygiene School in 1992 and completed the University of Illinois Chicago’s local anesthetic course in 2011. She has been working with Dr. Maragos since March of 2010.Julie’s favorite thing about working here: I enjoy my patients and work well with my co-workers. Dr. Maragos is good with patient education and keeps his staff up-to-date with new technology and current procedures.