I cannot imagine being anything other than a dentist, and appreciate serving my hometown.
Every day presents numerous ways to help others, while strengthening relationships. With each patient, I am able to assist them achieve better oral and overall health, to alleviate their pain and discomfort, to restore function, and to improve their smile.
Many of my patients have been with this practice for their whole lives and we have the pleasure of caring for many multi-generational families. I appreciate their confidence and loyalty, and the trust they place in me and my team.
Over the years, my patients have come to be an extension of my family, and that is the most fulfilling aspect of my profession. I value my patients as people and am dedicated to providing high-quality, gentle dentistry – one person at a time.
~ Dr. Anthony J. Collins
Background and Education
Dr. Anthony Collins grew up in this practice: his father, Dr. John M. Collins, established Gentle Dental Care in 1968. All five of Dr. Anthony Collins’ siblings have worked in the office and his older sister, Dr. Rose Collins, preceded him in the practice.
As a teenager working with his father and sister, Dr. Anthony Collins was drawn to the science and technology of dentistry. At the same time, he realized the field was an opportunity to help others and build relationships.
After completing his Bachelor of Science at the University of Illinois-Champaign, Dr. Collins attended the University of Illinois Dental School in Chicago. He was awarded his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1995.
Dental school provided Dr. Collins with a solid understanding of modern medical, technological, and aesthetics aspects of dentistry. At the same time, it also impressed on him that the field is constantly advancing and it is critical he stay current with the latest developments in order to best serve his patients.
Through continuing education, Dr. Collins ensures he is always up-to-speed on the latest technologies, new materials, and best practices. He is a member of numerous study groups, including the Spear Study Group, and attends many lectures, seminars, and meetings each year.
Dr. Collins is an active member of the:
Through these professional organizations, he learns from the top practitioners and researchers in dentistry.
Beyond the Office
Dr. Collins and his wife of over 25 years, Andrea, have three children: a daughter and two sons. Their middle son is interested in following the family tradition and becoming a dentist.
When not seeing patients, Dr. Collins prioritizes time with family and friends. He loves to travel and play golf, enjoys running and biking, and is an avid reader and woodworker.
Dr. Collins is also community-minded and believes that volunteerism helps keep him grounded, while bettering the lives of many. By participating in service trips, and being active in Rotary and St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, he strengthens local connections and serves others.