I first became passionate about orthodontics after having braces myself. I saw firsthand how a great smile has a huge impact on one’s self-esteem. My favorite thing about coming into our practice is seeing how happy patients are when their braces are removed and their new beautiful smiles are revealed! I also enjoy seeing how once fearful patients look forward to jumping in the chair and telling us about their day.” – Dr. Volk
Education and Experience
Dr. Volk attended dental school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Volk was selected as a Regent Scholar for her high academic achievement, which provided her a full tuition scholarship. She also became a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, one of the highest honors granted to the nation’s dental students.
Dr. Volk then attended the three year orthodontic residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences and her Certificate of Orthodontics.
After graduation from her orthodontic residency, Dr. Volk was invited to teach as a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Orthodontic Department. She also became the first orthodontist in the nation to digitally submit all cases to become certified by the American Board of Orthodontists.
Dr. Volk is a published researcher in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Her research has also been presented at past American Association of Orthodontics general assembly meetings.
Outside the Office
In her free time, Dr. Volk enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Ryan Hurley, her daughters, Joslyn and Eyla, and their family and friends. She also enjoys playing recreational sports including basketball, volleyball, and softball. In high school, Dr. Volk ranked ninth all-time in scoring for Nebraska girls’ basketball. In college, Dr. Volk was both a Division II All-American and Academic All-American in basketball!
Dr. Volk is involved in giving back to her community and is an associate member of the Elgin Junior Service Board. This organization aims to enhance and support health, education, and well being of women and children in Elgin and the surrounding communities. Find Dr. Volk on Google+.