Dr. James Discipio graduated from Loyola Dental School in 1984 and received a graduate degree in oral biology in 1985. But his “career” in dentistry began long before the 1980s.
The son of a dentist, he grew up in the practice his father, Dr. Joseph Discipio, opened in 1954, right down the block from where the two men practice together now. J.V. Discipio & Associates Ltd reopened at the current location, 6737 Stanley Ave. in Berwyn, in 1956, and they have been there ever since.
“What I find most rewarding about my profession is the ability to help people maintain a high quality of life,” the younger Discipio explains. “Being able to get a person out of pain, restore the mouth and teeth to proper form and function, and establish a true relationship with our patients are all rewarding experiences; but for me, one of the most rewarding experiences is being able to work with my father for 25 years and feeling blessed to follow in his footsteps.”
Over the years, the father-son dentistry team has continually updated the practice — both physically and technically — offering their patients state-of-the-art dentistry in a caring environment.
“Our practice focuses not only on all phases of dentistry, but also on any age group. We treat families with young children, their parents and grandparents,” Dr. Jim says. “This is the family part of our practice.”
Dentistry is a very dynamic profession, he continues, adding that educating patients on both the regimens of care and the advances in technology continue to transform the way they practice.
“We have the ability to place implants, whiten teeth, fabricate porcelain crowns in one sitting and improve our diagnostic capabilities with digital x-rays,” says Dr. Jim.
In addition to service provided through the dental practice, both Dr. Jim and his father are committed to giving back to the community. “My father has always been involved in organized dentistry, becoming president of the Chicago Dental Society in 1990. When I came out of dental school, I also became involved in organized dentistry, serving on many committees in the Chicago Dental Society and being on the board of trustees for the Illinois State Dental Society. My father was always involved, and again, I followed in his footsteps.”
Eventually, Dr. Jim wanted to be involved not only in organized dentistry but in his residential community as well.
He lives in LaGrange Park with wife, Nancy, and three children, Nick, Jake and Jenna. Having served as park district commissioner as well as on the school and zoning boards, Dr. Jim became president of LaGrange Park in 2005, in and is now in his third term.
“I’ve lived in LaGrange Park most of my life and have been very fortunate to be in a position to give back to the community in which I was raised,” says Dr. Jim. “As with dentistry, I genuinely love what I do. In retrospect, I have been truly blessed. I followed my father in the profession of dentistry and was able to work with him and see first-hand the success of a quality practice.
“To give back what has been given to me is truly rewarding,” he adds. “It doesn’t get much better than this.”
J.V. Discipio & Associates Ltd
6737 Stanley Ave. | Berwyn, IL 60402 | 708-749-0133