Current Prosthodontic Students/Residents

 

Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Dr. Allison Alberts Dr. Randold Binns Dr. Saad S. AlResayes
Dr. Joanna Basaya Dr. Chris Coffey Dr. Sara Chen
Dr. Virginia Hogsett Dr. Ghaith Darwish Dr. Nathaniel Dancykier
Dr. Adriana Padron Dr. Kyle Gazdeck Dr. Ingrid Carolina Herrera
Dr. Charles Palin Dr. Krystle Kendall Dr. Ashley Nozik
Dr. Daniel Pinkston Dr. Tien Ha-Ngoc Dr. Albert C. Park
Dr. Lorenzo Prieto Dr. Ryan Matthews Dr. Jesspreet Parmar
Dr. Craig Sikora Dr. Miguel A. Ortiz Dr. Samira Salari
Dr. Alec Zurek Dr. Stuart Schelkopf  
  Dr. Christina Schiltz  

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Class of 2018

Dr. Saad S. AlResayesDr. Saad S. AlResayes was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2012, Dr. AlResayes earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the College of Dentistry- King Saud University including successful completion of six years of comprehensive studies and a one year internship. Upon graduation, Dr. AlResayes received The Ideal Student Award from the College of Dentistry for his academic excellence and clinical performance. Dr. AlResayes’ work experience includes practicing part time in a general practice and two years of participation as a Teaching Assistant in the College of Dentistry- King Saud University. Dr. AlResayes chose to specialize in Prosthodontics to gain the knowledge and skills to manage complex esthetic and implant cases that will improve patients’ quality of life. In his free time, Dr. AlResayes likes to explore the city of Chicago and take photographs of architecture and abstract art.

 

Dr. Sara ChenDr. Sara Chen was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire. She received her B.S. degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. She subsequently earned her D.M.D. degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Chen is excited to continue her education at the UIC Advanced Prosthodontics Specialty Program and further her knowledge in treating patients with complex restorative needs.

 

 

Dr. Nathaniel DancykierOriginally from New York, Dr. Nathaniel Dancykier attended the University Of Maryland School of Dentistry where he received his D.D.S. degree. Dr. Dancykier was awarded the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics from UMSOD upon graduation. He also participated in an Implant Clerkship in his final year of dental school. Dr. Dancykier's interests in dental implantology, esthetics and his determination to deliver the highest quality of treatment to his patients are the driving forces behind his decision to further his education at UIC. Aside from dentistry, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

 

 

Dr. Ingrid Carolina HerreraDr. Ingrid Carolina Herrera was born and raised in Colombia. She earned her DDS degree from the National University of Colombia in 2003, where she remained a dental practitioner for a couple years. In 2005, Dr. Herrera moved to the United States, and attended NOVA Southeastern University, graduating in 2015 with her DMD degree through the International Dentist Degree Program. After graduation, she worked as a general dentist practitioner in Miami for two years. Married, proud mother of twins, she strongly believes in always doing things not just the best she can, but the best they can possibly be done. She also believes that experience alone is not enough, but proper training is absolutely necessary. That is why she decided to further her education in the Prosthodontic field at UIC, the school she is sure can offer her the best training.

 

Dr. Ashley NozikDr. Ashley Nozik is from Rochester, a city in upstate NY. She attended Virginia Tech for undergraduate studies, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Business. After a year in business she decided to pursue dentistry and after graduating attended the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine as a 3rd generation dentist. Dr. Nozik decided to pursue a prosthodontics specialty at UIC because she has always enjoyed the challenges of comprehensive treatment planning and is particularly interested in how technology is enhancing the field of practice. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, crafting, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Dr. Albert C. ParkDr. Albert C. Park is from Vancouver, BC Canada. He attended the University of British Columbia where he received his Bachelor of Human Kinetics. After several years in sales and marketing, he decided to further his education at Howard University where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honors Society. Dr. Park's desire to treat complex cases and provide highly esthetic restorative care has brought him to the UIC Advanced Prosthodontics program. In his free time, he enjoys playing a variety of recreational sports and is an avid ice hockey fan.

 

 

Dr. Saad S. AlResayesDr. Jesspreet Parmar was born and raised in Southwest Florida. He attended to the University of Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Cell Science. He continued his studies at UF and received his D.M.D in 2015. He decided to pursue specialty training in prosthodontics at UIC to expand his knowledge in complex restorative treatment plans, implant placement and aesthetics. In his free time, Dr. Parmar enjoys spending time with family and friends, skeet shooting, playing video games, and traveling.

 

 

Dr. Saad S. AlResayesDr. Samira Salari received her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and joins the UIC Prosthodontics department after a year of general practice residency in a community health center in South Boston. She completed her Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master of Science degree at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Salari is excited to advance her skills in dentistry to be able to offer better treatment options to her patients with complex needs. She was born in Tehran, Iran, where she lived for 13 years. She really enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures.