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Doctors and Team

Meet the experienced and friendly dentists and team who make David J. Blackman, DDS the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Carol Stream.


Dr. David Blackman

Dr. David Blackman is a board-certified and licensed dentist with over 35 years of experience in general, cosmetic and family dentistry. Dr. Blackman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is a graduate of the College of Dentistry at UIC where he received his Doctorate in Dental Science.

Dr. Blackman’s approach to dentistry combines decades of experience with an eye for detail, resulting in a beautiful and healthy smile. A customized treatment plan is created for each patient to ensure a smooth experience from start to finish. This emphasis on personal attention and individualized treatment stems from Dr. Blackman’s commitment of providing patients with the best dental care.

Dr. Blackman provides a range of comprehensive dental services, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, implant restorations, dental crowns and bridges, along with complete general dentistry services. The professionals at David J. Blackman DDS & Associates are experienced in all areas of dentistry and offer orthodontic and oral surgery services onsite.

When he’s not at work, Dr. Blackman enjoys spending time with his wife and family. Dr. Blackman has been married to Patty for 35 happy years. They have 3 grown children. His oldest, Carolyn, is married to Andy. Dr. Blackman just became a first-time grandpa to Carolyn and Andy’s daughter.  Michelle is married to Justin, who is currently serving our country in the Army. Dr. Blackman’s youngest, his son Mark, is a junior at Marquette University.

Dr. Patrick Carroll, DDS – Oral Surgeon

Dr. Patrick Carroll is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon originally from the Chicagoland area. Dr. Carroll completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2003 with honors and earned an early admission to dental school. While at Indiana University School of Dentistry, he developed an interest in surgery. He graduated with distinction in the top 10% of his class in 2007. Then he began a hospital-based residency program in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN where he completed his training in 2011. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a tertiary care facility and Level-1 Trauma Center where Dr. Carroll was an integral part of the facial trauma and reconstruction team. In addition to various rotations in general surgery, anesthesia, and internal medicine, he was exposed to congenital deformities such as cleft lip/palate, head and neck pathology, facial cosmetics, orthognathic corrective jaw surgery, TMJ disorders, and all aspects of dentoalveolar surgery including dental implants and wisdom teeth.

Dr. Carroll enjoys private practice and impacting his patients lives in a positive way. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and exploring the great city of Chicago.

Dr. Rutger Stache – Orthodontist

Dr. Rutger Stache was born and raised in Winfield, a west suburb of Chicago. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He continued his education at UIC where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2016. He then went on to complete a 3-year orthodontics residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2019 and earned a Masters in Oral Sciences degree.

As a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, and both the Midwest and Illinois Societies of Orthodontists, Dr. Stache is always keeping up to date with the latest advancements in the field. During residency, Dr. Stache’s research focused on treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea using an oral appliance, and he has presented his research at various professional conferences throughout the country.

Dr. Stache believes he is in the best profession and feels extremely fortunate to be a part of it. What he loves most is being able to positively impact people’s lives by improving their facial esthetics and giving them confidence in their smile.

Dr. Stache currently resides in Chicago. He is an avid marathoner and triathlete. He can usually be spotted on the lakefront path any given morning. He is a self-proclaimed foodie, part-time dog sitter, and enjoys cheering for all the Chicago sports teams.


Liz – Hygienist

As a dental hygienist, I work with each individual patient, establishing their current oral health and answering any questions they may have to make their experience with us more comfortable. I love to build great relationships with my patients and their families and I’m always learning new techniques to make their dental experience better and more comfortable. I live in the western suburbs with my husband Kenny and our daughters Olivia and Juliana. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and friends.

Haley – Hygienist

Being a hygienist for five years now, I’m excited to have joined Dr. Blackman and his team because I can see that they share the same passion as I do for patients and the quality dentistry that they give. I have a heart for every single patient I see, especially working with little ones to calm any fears and make their visit fun! Rest assured any of your dental concerns will be addressed by myself or my amazing dental teammates!
My husband and I are now raising our young daughter in the same community we both grew up in. We love spending our time with her at the lake, boating, exploring and spending time with our families.

Heather – Office Manager

Working in this office as long as I have, I think of our patients more like friends I get to visit with every six months. I love building relationships with patients that extend past the dental office. Our doctors are friendly and easy going, and when it comes to your complete dental and oral health, they are the best! I live in the western suburbs with my husband, Tom, and our children, Alyssa and Thomas. I enjoy working out, taking walks with my husband and watching our kids’ sporting events.

Betty – Patient Care Coordinator

I am one of the newest team members to join the Dr. Blackman & Associates dental family. Even though I have only been here for a short time, it feels like I’ve always belonged. I have been a Patient Care Coordinator for over 25 years. I take great pride in helping others have the smile they deserve. I love that so many friends and neighbors already are patients here. I have been married for 27 years and have 2 grown children and one adorable granddaughter. I enjoy attending dental seminars, gardening, walking and most days cooking. I am very fortunate that I can walk to work. I look forward to being a part of this wonderful team for a very long time.

Kathy – Dental Assistant

Working in this office is like working with family. We love to laugh and have a lot of respect for one another. Our doctors are truly wonderful at what they do and treat patients with the absolute best care available. I think it’s very important to listen to what patients needs and concerns are so we can give them a great dental experience. I am married with three sons, grandchildren, two cats and a parrot. I love to go to classic rock concerts, take walks, go for bike rides, swim and go on vacations!

Missy – Dental Assistant

In all of my years of dental assisting, I have never worked with a more caring office. The doctors and staff truly care about their patients and each other. We know that a patients time is important and their care is our priority. In our office, we maintain a calm and easy going attitude to make our patients feel comfortable while using the newest and latest in dental technology. I love spending my free time riding my horse, cooking, painting, gardening or just spending time with my friends and family.

Laura – Dental Assistant

I help our patients develop the confidence and self-esteem that comes with a beautiful smile. We work with people of all ages, so we encourage everyone to participate in their treatment and educate and motivate them to maintain good oral hygiene. I love seeing our patients’ smiles when they’ve had a great experience in our office! I live in the western suburbs with my husband Rocky and two children, Stella and Michael. I love spending as much time as possible with my family and friends.