Our Team

Dr. Heather Hruskocy


Dr. Hruskocy (pronounced Ra-sko-see) was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She is thrilled to be practicing dentistry in her favorite city. Heather received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) and attended Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine for her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hruskocy believes that patient education and communication are the key to helping every patient experience a positive dental visit. She also strives to dedicate time during each visit to provide details on procedures and treatment options to allow patients to feel more comfortable about receiving dental work.

Although Dr. Hruskocy has spent the majority of her life living in the Midwest, she loves to travel and explore new cultures. She has spent time in Morocco and Jamaica volunteering in the medical and dental field. In her free time she loves to take her dog, Buddy, to the beach, explore new restaurants around the city, and spend time with family and friends.

Dr. Heather Kitchens


Dr. Kitchens strives to deliver quality and compassionate dentistry personalized to her patients’ needs. She is dedicated to exceeding the American Dental Association requirements in continuing education, and has completed hundreds of hours of post-dental school education in all phases of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She is actively involved in several dental organizations including the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, American Society of Forensic Odontology, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Kitchens is a graduate of Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine and also completed a general practice residency program at Harvard’s School of Dental Medicine.

Prior to starting Freshworks Dental Studio, Dr. Kitchens was an associate in several area dental practices, learning from some of the best in the business. She is excited to be serving patients using the latest and greatest techniques in the Northcenter community where she has resided since 2003.

During her free time, Dr. Kitchens enjoys music, art, great food, long walks with her husband, and spending time with family and friends. She is a pianist and an avid reader.

Dr. Kitchens looks forward to meeting you and discussing your dental questions or concerns.


Hannah graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2014 and is happy to be part of the Freshworks team! Hannah prides herself on forming meaningful relationships with her patients and treating them like family.

Originally from southern Indiana, she moved to Chicago with her husband, Bradley, in 2015. They have two fur-babies, a cat named Kitan and a puppy named Poppy!  Outside of the office, Hannah coaches cheerleading and dance at Lake View High School. She also enjoys running and traveling. Hannah can’t wait to meet you at your next 6 month check-up appointment!


Nicki’s career in the dental field began as an assistant in 2005 before becoming the clinical manager of a dental office. Her passion for patient care drove her to obtain a degree in Dental hygiene from Kennedy King College/ UIC College of Dentistry in 2011. Her certifications include the administration of local anesthesia, delivery of nitrous oxide, and the use of a soft tissue laser in the treatment of periodontal disease. She prides herself on being a patient advocate and educating patients on oral hygiene’s impact on overall health. Her favorite part of dental hygiene is converting a fearful patient into an enthusiastic flosser who understands the importance of a healthy mouth!

Nicki has many passions outside of dental hygiene including music (currently she is learning to play the Ukulele!), trying new restaurants, and traveling but the most important is her family. When she’s not hitting the gym, she enjoys exploring the city with her husband, rambunctious son and her Pomeranian, Walter.


Grace has been a member of the Freshworks Team since the beginning in 2010!  She has over 20 years of dental experience, both in general dentistry and specialty fields. Her personal goal is to provide the best chairside experience for our patients.

She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She enjoys dancing, collecting music, and is an amazing disc jockey.

What our clients say

I have huge dentist anxiety and yet felt so comfortable in the hands of Dr. Kitchens. She listens to me and takes the time to answer any questions. I highly recommend them.

Carrie S.

Dr. Kitchens will now be the standard I hold any other dentist. Very friendly, very knowledgeable, calm demeanor, and made the fillings I needed a breeze. I mean, honestly, who makes fillings enjoyable?

Lyssa P.

I could not have been happier. Dr. Kitchens and her staff are amongst the friendliest that I’ve known in my life. They made me feel at ease and the experience was worry-free.