Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FASD, FICD, FADI
Growing up locally, Dr. Jackson attended Hinsdale Central High School where he was a member of the school’s tennis team as well as the stellar basketball teams that competed in the Illinois State High School Association (IHSA) State Tournament two years in a row. After graduation, he attained his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Jackson then returned to the Chicagoland area to complete his dental training at The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry attaining not only his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree but a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (BSD) as well. In his final year of dental school, Dr. Jackson was awarded The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award for his efforts and skill in the field of dental radiology. Dr. Jackson has a love for dentistry in his blood. During the period between the 1940’s through the 1960’s, Dr. Jackson’s great-grandfather owned and operated Modern Dental Laboratory located near 63rd and Halsted in Chicago. Dr. Jackson’s father maintained an orthodontic practice near Midway Airport in Chicago for over 40 years. In addition to private practice, his father instructed orthodontic students as a clinical assistant professor in The Orthodontic Department at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry for 20 years.
Dr. Jackson is a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning and takes numerous continuing education courses annually to further his skill. Throughout his career, several dental organizations have awarded Dr. Jackson with multiple Fellowships as well as one Mastership. These designations are indicated by the letters after the “DDS” (Doctor of Dental Surgery) that appears after Dr. Jackson’s name and are often compared to Masters and Doctorate degrees earned by those with careers in education.
2011 Fellowship in The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI)
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Dr. Jackson has received a variety of professional distinctions throughout his career. A few of these are:
In 2019 he was the recipient of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation’s Vision Award at the 155th annual Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. This annual award honors outstanding volunteerism and philanthropic commitment. Award recipients are selected for their contributions to oral health education and access to care for the underserved.
In 2018, 2019, and 2020 he was named as one of Chicago’s Top Dentists in Chicago Magazine.
In 2017, he was named runner-up “Best Pediatric Dentist Near West Suburbs of Chicago” by the Kidlist: Activities for Kids website.
In 2015 he was 1 of 12 individuals to be presented the annual “Best Under 40” award by Suburban Life Media. This annual award is given to individuals of any profession in recognition of outstanding leadership and professional accomplishment within Chicago’s western suburbs. In addition to an awards luncheon & formal awards banquet held at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge IL, each recipient received a photoshoot and interview for a feature article that ran in 16 different Suburban Life Media publications across Chicagoland.
In 2015 Dr. Jackson was 1 of 2 dentists in DuPage County to receive the accolade of “Top Dentist” by West Suburban Living magazine. Recipients of this award are selected by their peers and are recognized as providers of high-quality dental care in their county.
Positions held within Professional Societies
Dr. Jackson served on The Chicago Component of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry (CAGD) Board of Directors for 10 years (2010-2020). This privilege allowed Dr. Jackson to further the profession of dentistry on local, statewide, and national levels. In 2011 he was elected to the CAGD Executive Board of Directors and went on to serve as Editor, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, & President of the organization. He served as the 2014-2015 Education Program Course Director for the CAGD and was responsible for the creation, promotion, and implementation of four dental continuing education events in the Chicagoland area over the course of that time period.
From 2010-2016 Dr. Jackson served as a dentist manuscript editor for General Dentistry magazine, the national publication of The Academy of General Dentistry. It is the responsibility of manuscript editors to review & critique the many scientific studies submitted to the magazine in hopes of publication.
From 2013-2015 Dr. Jackson was an active part of the Membership Committee of The Chicago Dental Society (CDS). Members of this committee recruit and retain members for the organization. This is done by attempting to identify needs and concerns of dentists and offer recommendations to respond to those needs or existing concerns. The committee is responsible for The CDS Mentorship Program, and to review and offer recommendation to the Board regarding appropriate CDS endorsed program opportunities.
In 2017, Dr. Jackson was asked to join the National Board of Directors of The Academy for Sports Dentistry. After serving on the Board for 3 years he was elected to the Executive Board of Directors and will serve as the organization’s President-Elect in 2020 and President in 2021.
Since 2013 Dr. Jackson has served as the official, and first ever, team dentist for The Chicago Bandits women's professional fastpitch softball team. He is thrilled to be affiliated with this great organization and has been a fan of the team since their 2004 inception. Through his partnership with the Chicago Bandits, Dr. Jackson has been able to increase public awareness about the importance of dental mouthguards within all levels of organized sports.
Lecture & Speaking Engagements
On multiple occasions, Dr. Jackson has lectured to other dental professionals at various Chicagoland dental meetings as well as non-dental professionals via local community groups. Dr. Jackson loves speaking locally within our community. A few of his recent local speaking engagements include the North Central College Department of Kinesiology, The Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, the Christ Church of Oak Brook Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS), the Proviso West High School Health Department, as well as multiple Career Days & Health Fairs at local school and businesses He is always interested in new opportunities to speak within our community. If you would like Dr. Jackson to speak for your organization, please feel free to reach out and contact us.
Dr. Jackson has been featured in a variety of different media and publications throughout his career. A few noteworthy and interesting examples include:
In June 2020, Dr. Jackson was featured in the cover article “Volunteering Locally Leads to a Greater Sense of Community” in of the AGD Impact magazine, the official publication of the Academy of General Dentistry. He authored an article “Protecting Your Practice Financially During the COVID-19 Pandemic” for the This Week at AGD members email. He also authored “Strengthen & Grow your Hygiene Program in 2020”, the cover article of the December 2019 AGD Impact magazine.
Since 2017, Dr. Jackson has been a contributing author for The Academy of General Dentistry’s online publication The Daily Grind. With a target audience of other dental professionals, his articles are read across the globe by interested dental team members. Click HERE to link to The Daily Grind website.
In December of 2017, Dr. Jackson was interviewed by Mr. Michael Arias of The Dental Marketer podcast. The interview was episode #88 "If You Have A Comprehensive Modern Dental Practice, Listen to This Now! With Dr. Eric Jackson."
In 2015 Dr. Jackson was featured in an hour-long interview by famed American dentist Dr. Howard Farran for his “Howard Speaks!” podcast. The hour-long interview entitled Episode 176 “Why Be Multidisciplined? With Eric Jackson, DDS: Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran” was distributed and seen in over 150 countries in multiple online locations.
In 2015 Dr. Jackson was interviewed and featured in sixteen different media sources under the Suburban Life Media umbrella for the “Best Under 40” award he was granted that year.
In 2014 Dr. Jackson’s article on the 2014 ISDS Mission of Mercy volunteer event was featured on the cover of Cornerstone (the official publication of the Illinois State Dental Society).
In 2013 the CDS Review (the official publication of the Chicago Dental Society) ran their own interview/article with Dr. Jackson about his official team dentist position. Additionally, in 2013 The Downers Grove Patch ran a feature article on Dr. Jackson’s new position as official team dentist of The Chicago Bandits professional softball team. From 2012-2014 he published articles monthly to The Downers Grove Patch newspaper on a variety of different dental topics.
In 2012 he was interviewed three times by Chicago FM News 101.1 on the topic: “Surprising Conditions Your Dentist Can Discover Through Examination.”
Volunteer & Community work
Dr. Jackson is actively committed to providing quality dental care to patients of all income levels and medical conditions. He regularly volunteers his time and dental skills to a variety of local, regional and national organizations. The following is a partial list of the groups he has recently worked with:
- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation / Shamrockin’ For A Cure
- Host of Little YOUth Dental Event providing free pediatric dental exams
- Operation Support Our Troops -America
- Wellness Fair speaker at Downers Grove North and South High Schools
- Our office’s annual Salute Our Troops free dentistry event for veteran’s
- Bernie’s Book Bank
- Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy for the Troops
- The American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Day
- Free pediatric dental exams and sealants with the DuPage Health Department
- Host of annual Blood Drive with LifeSource Blood Center
- Downers Grove DOLLS youth girls softball team sponsor
- U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program official drop-off location
- Downers Grove Park District Annual Fishing Derby official sponsor
- Homeless Veteran’s Standown event at DuPage County Fairgrounds
- Member Wheaton-Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative
- Dental partner to the Health Advisory Committee of the Head Start program of DuPage County
- Catholic Charities “Back to School Fair” in conjunction with the DuPage County Health Department
- The CDS Foundation Clinic, Wheaton, IL
- American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day
- Illinois State Dental Society Foundation Mission of Mercy
- DuPage County Health Department Dental Program
- CURE Network medical mission event, LaGrange, IL
- Hope’s Front Door (formerly Walk-In Ministry of Hope)
- The Downers Grove Park District “DG 5-Miler” official sponsor
- Bonfield Express 5K official sponsor
- The DuPage Community Clinic, Wheaton, IL
- Fundraising events on behalf of Alliance for Smiles
- Downers Grove “Santa Parade” official sponsor & parade float
- Heartland Center for Oral Health Clinic (formerly The Spang Center for Oral Health), Chicago, IL
- Robert R. McCormick Boys & Girls Club Pediatric Dental Clinic, Chicago, IL
Dr. Jackson is an active member in multiple professional societies including The American Dental Association, The Illinois State Dental Society, The Chicago Dental Society, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Academy of Dentistry International, The International College of Dentists, The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity, & The Academy for Sports Dentistry.
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Jeffrey S. Wascher, DDS
Dr. Jeffrey Wascher is a graduate of Loyola University School of Dentistry, where he earned the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Achievement Award and the Oral Surgery Clinical Honors Award. After dental school, he completed a one year general practice dental residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Wascher always takes continuing education credit above the annual requirements for the profession. He is a member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and The Academy of Sports Dentistry.
Dr. Wascher lives in his hometown of Downers Grove with his wife Juli and two sons, Zack and Max. Dr. Wascher and his sons bleed Blackhawk Black & Red. Watch the stands closely on TV as attending Hawks games are one of their favorite pastimes.