We are here to STAY AND CARE for our patients. However, that care will look different over the next couple of weeks. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our office at 815-625-6842. Click here for a letter from Dr. Ferris and a poem by Brother Richard Hendrick.

We work. It is what we do. Some work for the satisfaction and joy of improving the oral health of others. Some work to pay for their child’s education of other needs. No matter the reason, we all have a routine.

This routine has been tossed into disarray, not just for us, but for all. The unprecedented world condition necessitates altering routine in order to protect our patients and team members.

In order to respond to the need to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and in compliance with the recommendations of the Illinois State Dental Society, we will be suspending normal daily operations and will be limited to emergency care only.

The reason is two-fold. One, to flatten the curve of the outbreak, and two, to preserve dwindling supply resources.

We will keep you informed via social media, at ferrisdental.com, or by phone as we continue to respond to this unique time in all of our lives.

Be safe and be thankful for your loved ones. We will all get through this.

Dr. Jim Ferris


Brother Richard Hendrick

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,