La Grange: (708) 352-4500
Oak Park: (708) 848-5900

922 S. La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL 60525

6855 W. North Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302

John W. Polivka DDS, MS

John W. Polivka

John W. Polivka

Speciality DDS, MS

Education University of Illinois at Chicago

Experience 1 year

Office: Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics
922 South La Grange Road, La Grange, IL 60525

Phone: (708) 352-4500



Email: Info@awesomebraces,com

The opportunity to join Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics has become my journey to come home. I grew-up in the La Grange area and my family are parishioners of St. John of the Cross in Western Springs. I attended grade school at St. Johns and continued on to Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park for high school where I had an opportunity to excel in not only academics but also athletics, as captain of the varsity football team. While at Nazareth, Dr. Rick Battistoni took me under his wing and began the long process of mentoring me as I piqued an interest in the field of dentistry, and more specifically, orthodontics.
I attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry, with a pre-dental focus. During my undergraduate career, I also had an “uplifting” experience lettering as a Big Ten varsity athlete which provided me with the opportunity to participate in the 2008 Rose Bowl game…as a member of the co-ed Fighting Illini Cheerleading team. I continued on to a Masters of Science (MS) in Biology at UIUC where I taught an undergraduate Biology course and performed research in a genetics laboratory.
My career aspirations started becoming a reality when I enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC). As a senior, I took Dr. Battistoni’s mentor advice to heart when I qualified for the UIC orthodontic honors program and began working as an orthodontic research assistant. From that point forward my career goals became focused on specializing in orthodontics.
In the spring of 2013, I graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from UIC and was accepted into the UIC Department of Orthodontics residency that fall. Upon completion of the UIC Orthodontic program, I received a MS in Oral Sciences and became American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) eligible with the successful completion of the written ABO exam. I enjoy being an active member of several dental organizations, including our local West-Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois Society of Orthodontists, the Windy City Seminars (an affiliate of the Seattle Study Club), and the Arcolian Dental Society.
In June 2016, I was given an opportunity to practice in a state-of-the-art office in my ideal location – my hometown of La Grange and the nearby Oak Park. It is a unique experience to work with three doctors in one office, allowing us to formulate custom treatment plans based on multiple opinions. The wonderful staff at Battistoni and Beam want you to feel like you are at home with family and friends. I am excited to finally to be home and we look forward for you to come experience the difference with us!

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Personal Life

Immediately after graduating from UIC, I married my beautiful wife Laura and we have moved back to the western suburbs of Chicago. Both of our immediate families and siblings live in the area which allows for ample family time. I forgot to mention that I married into the Battistoni family and my mom works as our Treatment Coordinator in the Oak Park office. For me, Battistoni and Beam Orthodontics is truly a family affair! I have a special place in my heart for contributing to the fight against cancer. As for many people, several of our family members have been affected by this disease (including my mom) and I have been blessed with the opportunity to become an Advisory Board member of a local La Grange group called The H Foundation which is in conjunction with The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Medicine. I love spending my spare time with Laura, and our family and friends. I enjoy travel, fitness, and year-round outdoor activities, including skiing, hunting, football, and even some yard work!

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