First Year Postgraduate Students
Dr. William C. Cheng
Dr. William Cheng comes from Hinsdale, Illinois and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences as a part of the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. William graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2015. During his senior year at the UIC College of Dentistry, William participated in the D4 Advanced Endodontics Track and was awarded the American Association of Endodontists Student Achievement Award. William completed a general practice residency at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in 2016 prior to beginning the program.
In his spare time, William enjoys playing soccer, learning about space, and spending time with family and friends.
Upon graduation, William plans to enter private practice. He also intends to become Board Certified by the ABE.
Dr. Sundeep Dhawan
Sundeep Dhawan comes from Orland Park, Illinois and earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2006. Dr. Sundeep Dhawan graduated from the UIC College of Dentistry in 2010. Dr. Dhawan has been in private practice since graduation. Dr. Dhawan’s area of research interest include File design.
In his spare time Dr. Dhawan enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
After completion of residency Dr. Dhawan hopes to enter private practice, get board certified, and teach part time.
Dr. Parth Nanavati
Dr. Parth Nanavati was born and raised in Niles, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he obtained his Bachelors in Biological Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Economics. Dr. Nanavati then remained at the University of Illinois at Chicago for his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree. While at the college, he was awarded Endodontic awards in the William J Starek Award in 2014 and the Donald L McElroy Award in 2015. As well as the Academy of Operative Dentistry Outstanding Senior Achievement Award.
After graduation Dr. Nanavati spent a year working in Private Practice as a general dentist in the Northwest suburbs.
During his free time Dr. Nanavati enjoys following his beloved Chicago sports teams, watching and attending as many games as possible. As well as traveling with his wife.
Upon graduation, Dr. Nanavati plans to become board certified by the ABE, enter private practice, and would like to teach at the college.
Dr. Ryan J. Pasiewicz
Ryan Pasiewicz is from Glenview, Illinois and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pre-professional studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. Dr. Pasiewicz graduated Magna cum laude from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2015. While at Boston University School of Dental Medicine he completed an externship in Barrow, Alaska through Indian Health Services, as well as an externship at Blackstone Community Health Care Center in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Following graduation, Dr. Pasiewicz completed a one-year hospital based general practice residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic in Chicago, Illinois.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys running, tennis, golf, watching sports and spending time with friends and family.
Upon graduation, Dr. Pasiewicz plans to enter private practice and academia while becoming Board Certified by the ABE.
Dr. Mary Um
Mary Um comes from Ann Arbor, MI but lived in Seoul, South Korea through her adolescent years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the Michigan State University, East Lansing MI in 2006. Dr. Um graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2010. During her first year of dental school, she was awarded the Health Professional Scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. After graduation, she was station in Mountain Home AFB, ID for two years and Lackland AFB, TX for three years. During her time at Lackland AFB, she was deployed to Al Udeid AFB, Qatar for 7 months. After 5 years of Active Duty, Dr. Um was honorably discharged and worked in private practice for an year until starting the program.
In her spare time, Mary Um enjoys playing Underwater Hockey.
Upon graduation, Dr. Um plans to enter private practice and also wants to teach.
Second Year Postgraduate Students
Dr. Ashley Coulter
Dr. Ashley Coulter is from Novi, Michigan and earned her Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Bioethics at the Lyman Briggs College of Michigan State University in 2010. She graduated cum laude from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2014 and is a member of the Gamma Gamma Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Coulter then completed a one-year hospital-based general practice residency at the University of Michigan prior to beginning her endodontic residency.
In her free time she likes to spend time with her fiancé, family, friends and her dog, Riley.
Upon graduation, Dr. Coulter plans to become Board Certified by the ABE and return to Michigan to start her career both in private practice and part time in academia.
Dr. Julia Nguyen
Dr. Julia Nguyen is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Finance from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Nguyen received her DDS degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2014. During her senior year of dental school, she participated in an Advanced Studies Program in Endodontics. This past year, Dr. Nguyen completed a General Practice Residency at York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania.
Julia enjoys traveling, tennis, pilates, and spending time with friends and family.
Upon graduation, Dr. Nguyen plans to enter private practice. She also intends to become board certified by the ABE.
Dr. Manila Nuchhe Pradhan
Dr. Manila Nuchhe Pradhan is originally from Nepal. She received her degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine from University of Baguio, Philippines in 2002. Upon graduation, Dr. Pradhan returned back to her home country and practiced as a General Dentist and also volunteered for numerous outreaches in remote regions of Nepal.Dr. Pradhan moved to the United States in 2008. She joined New York University College of Dentistry for Advanced Standing program in 2009, graduating in 2012. While at NYU Dr. Pradhan was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Omega chapter. Dr. Pradhan’s area of interest for research is Pulp Revascularization. After graduation Dr. Pradhan worked as a General Dentist for three years in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Pradhan enjoys spending time with her family, and loves hiking and biking. She would want to trek to Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp in the future.
Upon graduation, Dr. Pradhan plans to become Board Certified by the American Board of Endodontics and join private practice in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Masood Sirjani
Masood Sirjani comes from Arizona and earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Arizona in 2003. He graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 2008. While attending New York University, Dr. Sirjani was awarded the Dean's Scholarship for academic achievement. He is also the recipient of the Lilu Hunter Stevens, Andrew P. Martin, Samuel H. Morris, and Charles M. Nielsen scholarships for community service. After completing a general practice residency at Greater Los Angeles VA / UCLA in 2011, Dr. Sirjani was in private dental practice and public health dentistry for over 3 years prior to beginning the program. His areas of research interest include stem cell research, peptide binding motifs of MHC class I molecules, and pharmacology of pain and inflammation.
Dr. Sirjani is married with one daughter. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, photography, racquetball, hiking, camping, fishing, volunteering as a dentist abroad, and serving the underprivileged.
Upon graduation, Dr. Sirjani plans to become board certified by the ABE, enter private practice, teach, and continue his involvement in public health.