Third Year Residents

Kelsey.jpgDr. Kelsey Brar was born and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in biology from Benedictine University and her D.M.D. from UIC. Kelsey has always had a strong interest and passion for treating children with special needs, thus she is very excited to begin her postgraduate training in Pediatric Dentistry at UIC.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, cooking and working out

MONIQUE LUU.jpgDr. Monique Luu was born and raised in Portland, OR and went to the University of Washington in Seattle for both undergrad and dental school She loves to travel and can’t wait to see more beautiful cities both domestic and international. During her free time, she likes to listen to music, cook, swim and spending time with family and friends.

Second Year Residents

Mohamad Alhadlaq.jpgDr. Mohamad Alhadlaq was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King Saud University. After completing his dental education, he worked as teaching assistant in Pediatric Dentistry Department. During his free time, Dr. Alhadlaq enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, walking around the city.

Nick Capezio.jpgDr. Nicholas Capezio was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Glencoe, IL. He received his B.S. in Neuroscience from Tulane University in 2013. Prior to attending dental school, he spent a year outside of Quito, Ecuador teaching English and Nutrition classes to children. In 2018, he received his D.M.D. degree from Boston University. He is very excited to return to Chicago and to continue his passion for working with children. In his free time he enjoys traveling, bicycling, reading, and listening to music.

Amanda Frankel.jpgDr. Amanda Frankel was born in Marlboro, NJ. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. She then went on to earn her D.M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She is very excited to be back in Chicago beginning her post-graduate training at UIC in Pediatric Dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring different restaurants, spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.

Austin LaMay.jpgDr. Austin LaMay  was born and grew up in the Rockford, IL area. He attended college at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and subsequently entered dental school at Southern Illinois University, graduated in 2018 degree in 2018. My love for pediatric dentistry grew out of experiences throughout dental school such as Give Kids a Smile, community clinic rotations, and eventually treating children myself. When not busy with school, I enjoy spending time with my wife our son doing things such as going boating, playing soccer, and visiting new restaurants. 

Amanda Pappas.jpgDr. Amanda Pappas was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She attended Tufts University where she obtained her B.A. in Psychology and received her D.M.D. from A.T. Still University (Missouri). Dr. Pappas began volunteering at the Children’s hospital during high school, which solidified her desire to work with kids. Dr. Pappas enjoys attending music festivals, yoga, fitness classes, traveling, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends. She is so excited to be back in Chicago!

Natalie.jpgDr. Natalie Tomás was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She obtained her B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Florida. She obtained her D.D.S from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During her free time Dr. Tomás enjoys traveling, cooking, cycling and dance classes, exploring new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

Deric Truskoski.jpgDr. Deric Truskoski was born and raised in Peru, IL. During high school after volunteering at a pediatric dental office he developed his love for working with children, especially with in the realm of dentistry. He then went on to achieve his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Following, he moved to the suburbs of Chicago to receive his D.M.D degree at Midwestern University. During his free time, Deric enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, going to as many concerts as he can, running and exercising, and exploring his favorite city, Chicago! 

Rachel.jpgDr. Rachel Vorwaller was born and raised in the city of Chicago. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a certificate in Global Health from Duke University and her D.D.S. from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She is very excited to be returning home to begin her post-graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry at UIC.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading a good book, working out, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Ivan Zhang.jpgDr. Ivan Zhang was born and raised in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut. He obtained a B.A. in Biochemistry and Economics from Bowdoin College. His passion for working with children stems from his experience as a teacher in Washington, D.C. for three years prior to earning a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. During his free time, Ivan loves to run, bike, kayak, cook, and travel.

First Year Residents

Dr. Nouf Alajaji was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She obtained her bachelor's degree of Dental Surgery from King Saud University. After graduation she joined a private practice for more experience. She is very excited for her new chaper to joing UIC and specialize in pediatric dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring new things.

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EJ Cho.jpgDr. Eun Jung Cho was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the US at the age of 8, growing up in Southern California. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology. She then moved to New York to work at a cancer center prior to earning her D.D.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. In her spare time, she likes to travel, practice yoga, explore new restaurants, and spend time with her family and friends.

Anthony lee 2.jpgDr. Anthony Lee was raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was first introduced to working with children at Sunny Hill Health Centre, an outpatient facility for kids with complex developmental needs. He continued his interest in the human condition and completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology at McGill University in Montréal before receiving his DDS in New York. Anthony enjoys discussions around linguistics, moral philosophy, and history. He also has an unhealthy obsession with real estate and is a proud father to his two cats, Axel and Ari. Chicago will be the fifth major city that Anthony has lived in and he anticipates all the new memories to come!

Misa_Krisha-Tyra2.jpgDr. Krisha Misa was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Spokane, Washington. She received her B.S. in Biology as well as her DDS from University of Washington. She is very excited to begin this new chapter here in Chicago for her post-graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys spending her time outdoors snowboarding, hiking and backpacking and loves wandering around to discover new places to eat. 

Briana Moody 2.jpgDr. Briana S. Moody was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2015 she received her B.A in African American Studies and a minor in Biology from Saint Louis University. Dr. Moody went on to receive her D.D.S from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2019. She developed a love and passion for pediatrics at a young age, even before her passion for dentistry. Because of this, choosing pediatric dentistry as her specialty was a no-brainer. She likes to spend her free time with family and friends, travelling, watching movies, and listening to music. She is very excited to be in the great city of Chicago and is ready to explore the city, try new restaurants, shop, and most of all... continue following her passion for  working with children and their families! 

Dhwani Patel.jpgDr. Dhwani Patel was born in Gujarat, India and raised in Suffolk, VA. She received her B.S. in Human nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech. She earned a M.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University prior to earning her D.D.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She is very excited to start her training in pediatric dentistry at UIC. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to different countries, exploring the Chicago food scene, and spending time with family and friends.

Vidhee Shah.jpgDr. Vidhee Shah was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She obtained her B.S. in Neuroscience at University of Illinois-Chicago. She then went on to earn her D.D.S. at Marquette University. Though Milwaukee was a fun city to live in for four years, Dr. Shah is thrilled to be back in her home city of Chicago and continue her passion to work with children! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, family and friends. She also likes to travel, paint, cheer on the Chicago sports teams (Go Bears!), explore and try new (vegetarian, but delicious) places to eat in the greater Chicagoland area.

Chad Silver.jpgDr. Chad Silver was born and raised in Northbrook, IL. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University in 2015 and earned his D.M.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2019 after serving as class president throughout dental school. Chad’s motivation for pediatric dentistry stems from his passion for working with children with special needs. In his free time, Chad enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and checking out the best and newest Chicago restaurants. 

 

Contact

Department of Pediatric Dentistry (MC 850)
UIC College of Dentistry 801 South Paulina Street, Room 250 Chicago, IL 60612-7211

For patient appointments please call 312-996-7532 or email dentpediatrics@uic.edu

Department Contacts

Jean O’Finn
Jwantrob@uic.edu
Program Coordinator
UIC College of Dentistry Department of Pediatric Dentistry (MC 850)
801 South Paulina Street, Room 256
Chicago, IL 60612-7211
(312) 996-7531

Dr. David Avenetti
Department of Pediatric Dentistry (MC 850)
UIC College of Dentistry
801 South Paulina Street, Room 250
Chicago, IL 60612-7211
Avenetti@uic.edu

Request an Appointment in Pediatric Dentistry

The Pediatric Dentistry clinics at UIC College of Dentistry in Chicago offer a full spectrum of services for all children at every stage of their lives from infancy through adolescence including those with special and complex oral health needs, and patients with special developmental and behavioral care needs. Our Pediatric Dentistry clinics provide comprehensive oral health examinations, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, restorative procedures (fillings, crowns, etc.), extractions and minor surgical procedures, space-maintainers, athletic mouth guard, teeth whitening (for adolescents), interceptive orthodontic when applicable, and urgent care (Trauma, infection, etc.). These services can be completed using inhalation sedation (Nitrous oxide), moderate sedation, and general anesthesia.

For Appointments

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