About Us

Our History: Pauly Family Dental Group

In 1920, Charles B. Freeman, a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Dentistry (which evolved into the University of Illinois school of Dentistry) came to Aurora and began the Practice of General Dentistry under the name of Charles B. Freeman, D.D.S. In 1952, Dr. Theodore J. Pauly joined his father-in-law, Dr. Freeman in the Aurora National Bank Building.

Together they practiced general dentistry until 1964 when the practice was moved to its current location in the Aurora Dental Arts Building. Dr. Freeman retired that year and Dr. Theodore J. Pauly, continued the practice of General Dentistry alone until 1977 when his son, James C. Pauly, D.D.S., joined him.

Five years later in 1982 Dr. James and Theodore Pauly joined forces with Dr. Thomas Spinozzi and took over our current space at the Aurora Dental Arts Building. In 2008 Dr. Theodore Pauly retired from practice.

In 2009, Dr. T.L. Spinozzi retired from the practice. In 2010, Dr. Brian Ross became a part time presence in our office to help care for our patients. And in 2013, Dr. Christopher Matesi also joined our team.

After 30 years in our current office we have maintained the same philosophy going back over 90 years. We strive to provide the best dental care we can while utilizing state of the art equipment and techniques. The history of Pauly Family Dental Group continues patient care with the same integrity and quality that we have provided for more than 95 years now.

Meet Our Doctors

James C. Pauly, D.D.S.

Dentist in Aurora, IL

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Dr. James C. Pauly has been a full-time presence in our office for over 39 years. For over 95 years, the Pauly family has a history of providing quality dental care in the Aurora area. Following his graduation from the University Of Illinois College Of Dentistry at Chicago, Dr. Pauly began his practice of dentistry here at the Aurora Dental Arts Building. A life-long resident of Aurora, Dr. Pauly and his wife, Jane (who you can also find working in the office!) have raised their five children in Aurora and enjoy golf, travel and trying to keep track of all of their children and their spare time. Dr. Pauly is a member of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, American Dental Association, Fox River Valley Dental Society and the Aurora Dental Society.

Christopher D. Matesi, D.D.S.

Dentist in Aurora, IL

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Dr. Chris Matesi joined our practice in 2013. Dr. Matesi attended Loyola University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and then went on to earn his D.D.S. degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Dentistry. His passion for dentistry is focused on restoring missing teeth with implants and using the Cerec to restore broken teeth. In his free time he enjoys trying new restaurants, exercising, golfing and traveling. He is an affiliate of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society.

W. Brian Ross D.D.S.

Dentist in Aurora, IL

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Dr. Brian Ross joined our practice in 2009, as a part-time presence in our office. Dr. Ross completed his undergrad career in Champaign, IL, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He later completed his D.D.S. degree at the University Of Illinois College Of Dentistry at Chicago. Though Dr. Ross resides in Chicago, he did grow up in the western suburbs. In his spare time, Dr. Ross enjoys golf, tennis, traveling, cooking, and spending time with his son and his wife. He is affiliated with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.

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Meet Our Team


Pam has worked in the dental field for over 30 years, joining our team in 2003. Her positions have included chairside assisting and Patient Care Coordinator at the front desk. She grew up in the Aurora area and has a daughter who graduated from Augustana class of 2013, and is now married. Pam is looking forward to becoming a grandma sometime this summer!


Cindy first joined our team in 2004 as a dental assistant. In 2007 she left to get her Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. We are lucky to have had her return as part of our Hygiene team in 2009. Cindy is also the OSHA Coordinator for our office. Her time off is spent with her husband and twins; Abi and Ben; and many farm animals.


April has been in the dental field since she became certified through a Dental Assisting Program in 2002, and is currently certified through the State of Illinois to assist in Conscious Oral Sedation. In 2007 she joined our team as Dr. Pauly’s assistant. April lives in Montgomery with her son, who takes up all of her free time.


Karen has been in our office since 2008 and is a part-time team member. She has had a variety of duties from clerical to chair side assisting. Beginning as a substitute assistant, she has progressed to having all assisting skills. She has also become most skilled at some of our more technologically demanding duties, exemplified with her expertise of our CEREC System for indirect restorations. Karen is also certified through the State of Illinois to assist with Conscious Oral Sedation. She is the daughter of Dr. James C. Pauly and can be found assisting the doctors and doing lab work. Karen spends her spare time with her many dogs—and volunteers as a foster home for a local rescue.


Lisa joined our team in 2016, and has worked in the dental field for 33 years! You can find her assisting Dr. Ross and Dr. Matesi, or at the front desk. Lisa lives in Millbrook with her husband and her two dogs. She spends a lot of her spare time tending to her garden, and enjoys spending time with her daughter and her two grandchildren.


Jessica joined our team in 2016, and prior to our practice Jessica has enjoyed 12 years of experience bonding with patients and helping them maintain healthy mouths. She has recently moved to Montgomery from Chicago. When her two children are not keeping her busy, Jessica likes to explore her new neighborhood. Suggest a new restaurant nearby next time you see her for your hygiene appointment!

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Our Community Roots

The Pauly Family Dental Group has roots going back more than 90 years in the Aurora community. During this time, family dental care has evolved significantly. In the early days, dentists mainly provided emergency care to people in immediate need. Today, comprehensive dental care involves a group of Doctor’s who can not only deal with dental emergencies of all kinds, but who also addresses every aspect of your dental needs.

Our Dentists take pride in a progressive approach that utilizes all the most advanced equipment and techniques to provide our family of patients the most advanced, efficient, and comfortable care possible. If you have an urgent issue, orthodontic challenges, pediatric or adult need, require restorative treatment, or are interested in smile design let us assist you.

The Pauly Family Dental Group is here to serve you. Please feel free to come in for an office tour and meet our friendly and professional team. See how dentistry with a personal touch makes you feel like part of our family, and how we can make your smile infectious.