Helping Others, One Person at a Time
Being a periodontist means I can improve the health of patients! It is rewarding to know the different therapies that can bring the gum from an unhealthy state to full health. This knowledge allows me to improve the lives of others through prevention or elimination of disease, improving the aesthetics of the gum, and rebuilding lost bone.
Professionally, I am most passionate about gum grafting and the various techniques I can use to restore health by re-growing the gum. I am also passionate about improving a person’s smile with gum re-contouring or dental implant therapy.
When I tell a patient we can correct their periodontal disease, improving function, health, and boosting their smile, many seem stunned. We undertake the process, together, and soon they realize I was serious: they’re going to enjoy eating the foods they love and share a confident smile once again!
I was introduced to the dental field about 15 years ago, working as a dental assistant while in college. I fell in love with it, immediately, and knew that becoming a dentist was a goal I wanted to achieve. Then, while in dental school, I fell in love with periodontics and what it can do to improve a person’s gum and bone health, and pursued a three-year residency.
That extra schooling was the best decision I could have made: I have enjoyed being in private practice for several years and love everything about it!
I am naturally a friendly person and like getting to know others. Being in a big city like Chicago, everyone has different and interesting experiences. I love interacting with patients and getting to them personally.
Education and Professional Affiliations
- Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, University of Detroit Mercy
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry
- Master’s degree in Oral Sciences, Certificate in Periodontics, University of Illinois-Chicago, School of Dentistry
Constantly furthering my education is critical to staying up-to-date on the latest procedures in periodontics and implant dentistry. There are always new ways to perform soft tissue and bone grafting, and predictable implant success. Learning the latest research-based therapies is critical to providing patients with the best possible treatment and outcome.
In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, I am a member of the:
- American Academy of Periodontology
- Midwest Society of Periodontology
- Illinois Society of Periodontists
- American Dental Association
- Chicago Dental Society
These organizations offer numerous opportunities for me to learn, through meetings, lectures, seminars, and publications. I have completed several advanced courses in Soft Tissue Grafting and Implant Therapy through the American Academy of Periodontology. I am also a member of Spear Education and turn to Dental XP for surgical videos and online courses.
Beyond the Office
I grew up in Lapeer, Michigan and moved to Chicago after dental school to pursue my periodontal certificate. After several years in the city, my family and I moved to Deer Park this year. I have a loving, caring, and wonderful husband, Jawad; we just welcomed our baby boy, Daniel, this past March!
When I’m not work, I am spending time with my husband and our young son. We love trying different restaurants, traveling, and learning about and exploring new places! I also love cooking; finding new recipes to try keeps things interesting!