Class of 2016
Dr. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.