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Meet Our Lake Zurich Dentist


Sam Calabrese, DDS


I grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois and attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school I attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and then went on to Loyola University Dental School. While attending dental school I operated my own dental laboratory and in my senior year assisted an oral surgeon in Bloomingdale where I learned a tremendous amount about surgical procedures. Upon graduation I was accepted into a one-year position as a resident in a downtown Chicago office in which I expanded my dental skills working alongside a group of my former teachers from Loyola. Throughout the year I received advanced training in endodontics, periodontics, and prosthetic dentistry. Working with these specialists was a wonderful learning experience, and because of this training I have always been able to offer my patients a wide variety of treatment options in my office.

In 1992 I began private practice in a busy Chicago practice. At this dental office I met Dr. McNerney and after working together for two years we decided to open a practice together in Lake Zurich. What a great decision! We opened our doors in 1995 and after only a few short years, constructed a building to accommodate the rapid growth of Sandy Point Dental. I have found the Lake Zurich area to be the perfect location for growing a dental practice. Our patients are awesome and present with such a variety of needs. A day at Sandy Point Dental has included providing cosmetic dentistry on a professional public speaker in the morning and helping a child understand the need for her first filling in the afternoon. Building each relationship on a foundation of trust helps our dental office stand out above the industry standards.

What I like about sandy Point Dental: I’m able to provide authentic and professional dentistry. My patients trust me because we have a genuine approach to dental care at Sandy Point Dental. We listen to our patient’s questions and concerns and then find out how our dental services can meet or exceed their needs and wants. I feel connected to my patients and I’m looking forward to my next 15 years at Sandy point dental..


John McNerney, DDS


I grew up in a family of six in Oak Park, Illinois and attended Oak Park High School. After high school I attended Triton College, UIC and then went on to Northwestern University Dental School. I graduated in the top ten of my dental school class, and afterwards completed a General Practice Residency at the Great Lakes Naval Base and the North Chicago VA in 1989. The residency focused on advanced training in oral surgery, periodontal treatments, and prosthetics.

In 1990 I began my private practice career at an office in Chicago. In 1992 Dr. Sam Calabrese was brought into the same practice and we immediately became fast-friends. We decided to go into practice together, and after an extensive search decided on Lake Zurich as an optimal location for a new practice. We opened Sandy Point Dental, P.C. in 1995, and by 2004 we had grown so quickly that we built our own building and moved into our present location. It has been a fun and successful 15 years in partnership with Dr. Calabrese at Sandy Point Dental.

What I like about sandy Point Dental: Our practice is in a beautiful, modern building with the most advanced technology to date. We love performing cosmetic dentistry, implants, and we are great with children too! However, I’d have to say our best attributes are that we are a relationship-driven practice, our team is exceptional with patient care, and we listen to patients and we do what we say we’ll do. .