Current Prosthodontic Students/Residents


Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Dr. Connie Kim Dr. Allison Alberts Dr. Randold Binns
Dr. Amy Au Dr. Joanna Basaya Dr. Chris Coffey
Dr. Natalie Baker Dr. Virginia Hogsett Dr. Ghaith Darwish
Dr. Anthony Pallotto Dr. Adriana Padron Dr. Kyle Gazdeck
  Dr. Charles Palin Dr. Krystle Kendall
  Dr. Daniel Pinkston Dr. Tien Ha-Ngoc
  Dr. Lorenzo Prieto Dr. Ryan Matthews
  Dr. Craig Sikora Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz
  Dr. Alec Zurek Dr. Stuart Schelkopf
    Dr. Christina Schiltz



Class of 2015

Dr. Connie Go-Eun Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2000 with her family. She graduated with a Hon BSc in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia in 2008 and subsequently received her DMD degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2012. Dr. Kim chose to pursue the specialty of Prosthodontics in order to advance her understanding in the areas of dental materials, occlusion and esthetics, and to thereby treat complex cases most appropriately. Dr. Kim was drawn to UIC particularly for the program’s progressive approach to patient care and the strong emphasis on both didactics and clinical training.



Dr. Amy Au hails from the island of Taiwan and grew up in California. She graduated from University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry with honors. Her interests in 3D implant treatment planning and individualized patient care brought her to UIC.



Dr. Natalie Baker received her DMD degree from UMDNJ New Jersey Dental School and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her background in visual arts led her to Prosthodontics, which combines her desire to provide high quality oral health care with exceptional esthetic results. Her interests include implant prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics.




Dr. Anthony Pallotto received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University. He then received his DDS degree at the New York University College of Dentistry. There, he discovered an innate interest in prosthodontics and decided to further his studies. Dr. Pallotto is a third generation dentist in his family and was anxious to return to his hometown of Chicago for his post-graduate training. He strongly believes that in order to achieve the best and most predictable treatment for his patients, it is crucial to have a profound understanding in all aspects of restorative dentistry. Dr. Pallotto is grateful to be a part of the prosthodontic team at UIC. He is eager to learn from the exceptional faculty and provide progressive surgical oriented treatment to a diverse patient population.


Class of 2016

Dr. AlbertsDr. Alli Alberts was born and raised in the small town of Smithton, IL.  She earned her B.A. degree in Biology and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.  While there, she garnered All-American Honors in both Volleyball and Track and Field.  She then completed her D.D.S. degree from University of Illinois-Chicago where she was selected to be a part of the Advanced Pre-doctoral Implant Program as well as the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society.  She believes that the most rewarding part of dentistry is seeing a patient really smile after you’ve fixed their teeth.  Since there is no other specialty that gets to see this more than Prosthodontics, she decided to continue her education at UIC in this challenging and progressive field.  In her free time, she enjoys a multitude of sports including volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, and especially football.  She is currently wide receiver and safety for the LFL football team, the Chicago Bliss.


Dr. BasayaDr. Joanna Basaya was born and raised in the Philippines. She graduated with the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of the Philippines.  There, she was a dental practitioner and received a year of preceptorship training in Removable and Fixed Orthodontics.  In 2012, Dr. Basaya graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) through the International Dentist Degree Program.  After graduation, she worked as a general practitioner in Chicago.  She also taught as part-time faculty at the UIC pre-doctoral program.

Dr. Basaya decided to join the UIC Advanced Prosthodontics Specialty Program because of its prestigious program, the excellent faculty and staff who are highly qualified and very supportive, and the colleagues who are fun and helpful.  She is interested in functional and esthetic full mouth rehabilitation and maxillofacial prosthetic reconstruction.  Dr. Basaya loves to travel, considers herself a foodie and enjoys the performing arts. She is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists.


Dr. HogsettDr. Virginia Hogsett is from Baldwin City, Kansas. She went to William Jewell College, in Liberty, Missouri, where she double majored in Molecular Biology and Mathematics.  She received her DMD from Harvard University.  She decided to pursue specialty training in prosthodonics at UIC to gain knowledge and experience treating patients with complex needs and high esthetic expectations.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and coffee.


Dr. PadronDr. Adriana Padron was born in Venezuela, and is a fourth generation dentist from both sides of her family.  Since she was a child, she always showed interest in dentistry and became one when she graduated first in her class from el Bosque University in 2006 (Bogota, Colombia).

She moved to the USA in 2007 with her family.  In 2013 she graduated with honors from the NOVA Southeastern University International Dentist graduate program (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and earned her DMD.

She made the decision to apply to prosthodontics because she enjoys the spending time helping people in a field where she can apply knowledge, art, science and beauty.  She loves to see people smile, be happy with the outcome, and express satisfaction when expectations are fulfilled.  She is proud to be part of UIC because of the faculty members, its worldwide reputation and it’s location in a beautiful city with awesome people.  In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, do yoga, cook, dance flamenco, and travel.


Dr. PalinDr. Charles Palin is originally from Wyomissing, PA.  He attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Studio Arts in 2008.  Continuing on at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2013.  Charles' interest in prosthodontics stems from his strong background in the arts and sciences.  He came to UIC Advanced Prosthodontics to increase his knowledge and experience in complex prosthodontic care of his patients.


Dr. PinkstonDr. Daniel Pinkston is from St. Louis, Missouri.  There he attended Saint Louis University and received his B.S. in Biology.  He graduated from the University of Missouri in Kansas City where he received his D.D.S. degree.  Dr. Pinkston was awarded the Outstanding Clinical Performance Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics from UMKC upon graduation.  He was also a participant in a Senior Departmental Advanced Studies Program in Restorative Dentistry during his final year of dental school.  Becoming a prosthodontist, a master treatment planner, has always been his end goal.  His desire to treat a diverse population of patients with complex restorative needs has led him to UIC.


Dr. PrietoDr. Lorenzo Prieto is from Midland, Michigan.  He earned his bachelors in cellular molecular biology at the University of Michigan.  He then completed his doctor of dental medicine degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  His return to the Midwest at UIC to pursue his certificate in prosthodontics is driven by the love and the challenge prosthodontics presents.  He finds tackling complex patient care and finding the proper treatment for patients to restore their smile to be functionally and esthetically pleasing extremely rewarding.  In his spare time Lorenzo likes to be active by playing soccer and mixing electronic music as a DJ. 


Dr. SikoraDr. Craig Sikora, originally from California, received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He continued his education in the state of Nevada, earning his DMD degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. He chose to specialize in prosthodontics in order to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to manage the most complex esthetic and reconstructive dental situations. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Sikora looks forward to improving the quality of his patients’ lives by providing them with superior care and enduring results.  Aside from dentistry, Dr. Sikora enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, skiing, and photography. 


Dr. ZurekDr. Alec Zurek is a local resident, being raised and living the majority of his life in the suburbs of Chicago.  Alec earned his B.A. in Biology at Illinois Wesleyan University, and graduated from UIC's College of Dentistry where he received his D.D.S. degree.  His decision to entire the field of Prosthodontics reflects his desire to be exceptional at restorative dentistry.  This includes being proficient in providing specialty treatment to patients with the most compromised of situations, but also to be a master in restoring esthetics and function for less involved cases.  Upon graduation, he intends on using his education to work alongside his father who has been practicing in Naperville for over 20 years.


Class of 2017

Dr. Randold Binns was born and raised in the Republic of Panamá. He obtained his D.D.S. from the School of Dentistry at the University of Panama and practiced general dentistry in both the government health sector and private practice. Dr. Binns moved to the U.S. to pursue a specialty career. He received his D.M.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 2014 and was recognized by the American College of Prosthodontics and Academy of Osseointegration for his prosthodontic excellence. Dr. Binns strives to serve his patients with advanced information and techniques, gaining the best results and patient satisfaction. Attaining quality training in implant dentistry is very important to Dr. Binns, which attracted him to UIC’s Advanced Prosthodontic Program. In his spare time, Dr. Binns enjoys the beach and Salsa dancing.


Dr. Chris Coffey is from the south suburbs of Chicago. He received a B.S. degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Psychology, from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. He continued his education at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he earned a Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. Subsequently, he earned his D.D.S. degree from the Indiana University School of Dental Medicine and received the American College of Prosthodontists Award upon graduation. His desire to treat complex dental cases and offer his patients the highest level of treatment has led him to the field of prosthodontics. The diversity of patients and the progressive nature of the program made UIC’s Advanced Prosthodontic Program an ideal fit for him to pursue his prosthodontic goals. When not spending time with teeth, Dr. Coffey enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, golfing and relaxing by the lake.

Dr. Ghaith Darwish is originally from Iraq. In 2014, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago through the International Dentist Degree Program and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society upon graduation. Dr. Darwish favors prosthodontics due to his aptitude for science and passion for art. After residency, he would like to continue his education with fellowship training in maxillofacial prosthodontics.



Dr. Kyle Gazdeck hails from North Carolina, where he graduated as Valedictorian from North Carolina State University and received his D.D.S. degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Gazdeck’s interest in prosthodontics stem from enjoying complex treatment planning and innovations in dental implants. He is looking forward to exploring Chicago, which has a population roughly 250 times that of his hometown. At the Advanced Prosthodontic Program, his Southern accent truly makes him stand out from his co-residents. In his free time, Dr. Gazdeck enjoys playing golf, reading, and trying out new restaurants, especially in Chinatown.


Dr. Krystle Kendall received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. She earned her D.M.D. degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation she received the American College of Prosthodontics Award and Outstanding Clinical Performance Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics. Dr. Kendall decided to pursue a prosthodontics specialty at UIC to further her knowledge involving implant restorative options and to provide care to patients with complex treatment and esthetic needs.


Dr. Tien Ha-Ngoc is from Massachusetts and received her B.A. from Dartmouth College where she majored in French and Linguistics. Following college, she worked as a youth counselor in Boston before starting her career in dentistry. She then stayed in the Northeast and received her D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. This is her first time living in the Midwest, so not only is she looking forward to working with and learning from the excellent faculty and co-residents at UIC but also is excited to explore Chicago and all that the city has to offer.


Dr. Ryan Matthews grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology at the University of North Carolina and later his D.M.D from Temple University Dental School. Upon graduation he was bestowed the award for outstanding work in Removable Prosthetics. Before entering dental school, Dr. Matthews worked as a dental technician, assistant and dental hygienist. His interest in comprehensive care and aesthetic dentistry is what drew him to UIC’s Advanced Prosthodontic Program. Aside from dentistry, Dr. Matthews enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as enjoys playing and watching sports.


Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz started his dental career in his home country of Argentina. At the young age of 21, he studied dental technology at the Los Angeles City College, where he graduated with honors and received the departmental Chemistry Student of the Year Award. Concurrently, Dr. Ortiz was a full-time dental technology team member at Den Tech, dental laboratory in Pasadena California. In 2010, he received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry with honors from the California State University at Los Angeles. Subsequently, Dr. Ortiz pursued his Doctoral Degree at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he received the Leo Talkov Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry. Dr. Ortiz’s passion for dentistry is apparent in every step of his training. His approach to patient care resembles that of a close friend. In his own words, “I treat every patient as if they are part of my family, presenting the same options and quality of care as I would do with my own parents”. His major strength is his ability to balance a personal and professional life without compromising either. Dr. Ortiz loves to spend time with his wife and children.

Dr. Stuart Schelkopf grew up in Dekalb, IL and graduated magna cum laude with University honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Chemistry. Successively, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014, where he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honors society upon graduation. Dr. Schelkopf’s interests in complex restorative dentistry, dental implantology, and esthetics led him to continue his education at UIC in the Advanced Prosthodontics Program. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Schelkopf enjoys staying active in sports such as golf and basketball and spending time with his friends and family.


Dr. Christina Schiltz received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and subsequently her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa. Her interest in treatment planning and esthetics has led her to pursue the specialty of prosthodontics at UIC’s College of Dentistry in order to provide long-term complex restorative care that is not only visually appealing but also highly functional. She most enjoys helping patients achieve their oral health goals and gain a sense of confidence in their appearance. In her free time she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and son, Gavin.