Dr. Chris J. Morfas is a life-long resident of the Calumet Region. He is married to his wife of 38 years, Therese, and together they raised two boys, Alex and Nick. Dr. Morfas enjoys playing a competitive game of tennis, traveling, fishing, old and new cars and spending time with his family and friends. Dr. Morfas values the community in which he lives and has served as a Rotarian, a Booster Club member of Munster High School and as an Elder at Westminister Presbyterian Church.A graduate of Munster High, he completed his undergraduate work at Purdue University. He then received his graduate degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Morfas is a member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, Northwest Indiana Dental Society and the Chicago Dental Society. He has continued his dental education through seminars, courses and is an avid reader of all dental journals.
Dr. Fried is originally from Flossmoor, IL and attended Marian Catholic High School. She subsequently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a B.S. in Biology and loves anything Badger related! She also graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry (D.D.S). Dr. Fried loves watching Chicago sports – so be sure to ask her about her favorite teams! She also enjoys traveling, reading and playing tennis in her free time.
Julie Sannito has been a part of Morfas Family Dentistry since 1979. Following a brief high school career in the fast food business, Julie’s mother had grown weary of the smell of frying oil in her home. So her father, Dr John Morfas, graciously gave her a part time job at his dental office after school and on Saturdays. She enjoyed working in the family business so much that she graduated in 1985 with a degree in Dental Hygiene from IU Northwest. She worked for several dentists around the area until settling down to a career with her brother, Dr. Chris Morfas, in the family business. She believes, “Working with family has its challenges, but it’s the best decision I have made in my professional career.”
Following graduation, she also married her high school sweetheart, John Sannito. They have two kids, Andru and Jane. Living in Munster and raising kids while working part-time has filled her life with love and joy, and she often wonders where the years have gone. Then she realizes that her kids are 27 and 20 and she has been a part of the Morfas Family Dentistry team for 37 years! Time flies when you’re having fun! She is blessed to be married to a wonderful husband and working at a thriving practice with a brother who respects and values her in the practice.
When she is not attending to family and work, Julie loves to cycle. Bicycling has fulfilled a place in her heart that allows her to relax and escape. Apparently, she needs to escape a lot because she commits to a goal of riding about 100 miles a week during the season and participates in rides that go up to 100 miles per day. According to Julie, “100 miles in the saddle is better than 100 hours in therapy.” When she is not riding, she can be found hiking the Dunes with her dog, Zoe.
Dental Hygiene has been a fulfilling career and a passion for Julie for the last 30 years. She is dedicated to serving her patients with careful consideration, professionalism and kindness. Serving the dental needs of her patients, attending education classes, and caring for those she serves and the people she serves alongside are the best part of her professional life. Although she works part-time, she looks forward to coming to the office every day she is scheduled because the relationship with her patients is deeper than clean teeth and healthy gums. Working with the patients at Morfas Family Dentistry is an honor and another blessing for which she is sincerely grateful.