Current Orthodontic Residents
First year orthodontic residents (Class of 2025) Heading link
Dr. Suzanne Abreu was born and raised in Washington Heights, New York. In 2017, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Smith College. After graduating, she served as a Blue Engine Teaching Assistant (BETA) of AmeriCorps for a year, where she taught Algebra to high school students in The Bronx. Dr. Abreu has always been passionate about helping underrepresented minorities obtain access to quality education and healthcare, which led her to pursue a career in dentistry. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and a certificate in public health (CPH) from NYU College of Dentistry in 2022. While in dental school, she participated in extracurricular activities, research, public health efforts, and community service.
Her research project received the ADEA Section on Orthodontics Award and the second-place award at the ADEA 2022 Annual Session. She is the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship Award and the Samuel I. Botkin Memorial Award. Her dedication and commitment to excellence in dentistry led her to become inducted into the Omega Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society.
In her spare time, Dr. Abreu enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking, exploring large cities, and experiencing different cuisines and cultures. Upon graduation, Dr. Abreu plans to become ABO certified, enter private practice, and, one day, join a craniofacial team.
Dr. Nourah Abdul Kader Heading link
Dr. Nourah Abdul Kader was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in India. She graduated from dental school in India with honors in 2018 and later attended the Advanced standing program for International dentists at Southern Illinois University to receive her DMD degree. Nourah is the recipient of the International leadership award, Larry M. Lowe scholarship, and Doris and Bill Gvillo scholarship, and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor societies. Nourah has diverse interests in research and has published articles on 3D printing, Obstructive sleep apnea, and Oral candidiasis in reputed journals. Her current research interests include machine learning and biomechanics in orthodontic tooth movement.
Growing up in a household where her eldest sister was autistic, Nourah became sensitized by the need of the developmentally challenged. She has been voluntarily supporting multiple institutions that work with special needs and autistic kids. She also runs a startup – Caapid Simplified, that supported over 300 international dentists secure careers in the US. Nourah believes in breaking barriers and showing other women dentists that they can do it too. All her choices in life have been about breaking the stereotype where it limits growth. She most recently has been pursuing strength training to show herself and the world that strength comes from within. Learn more about her journey on her Asana Ortho Instagram handle.
Dr. Neil Chandok Heading link
Dr. Neil Singh Chandok was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a degree in Zoology. He was inspired to enter the dental profession after working at a non-profit pediatric dental clinic.
Dr. Chandok attended Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health earning a combined Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D) and Master in Public Health (MPH) degree. While at Arizona School of Dentistry, Dr. Chandok was the recipient of the A.T. Still University Research Fellowship and served as a student representative on the research committee. He was the student author of the ADEA (American Dental Education Association) policy research report published in 2022 and presented at ADEA’s annual convention. Upon graduation he was selected for the Pierre Fauchard Academy Senior Student Award of Merit and the Jack Dillenberg & Jamie Moret Future Dental Educator Award.
In his free time Dr. Chandok enjoys playing and watching sports, running, viewing documentaries, architecture, trying new cuisines, traveling and exploring various types of music. He intends to become board certified and dedicate time between dental education and practicing orthodontics for the underserved.
Dr. Evan Chwa Heading link
Dr. Evan Chwa grew up in Morton Grove and Northbrook, Illinois where he attended Glenbrook North High School. He later attended Loyola University Chicago earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Anthropology in 2018. There he was awarded the Mulcahy Scholarship which funded his research in dental microwear which was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology titled, “Artificial Resynthesis Technology for the experimental formation of dental microwear textures” (doi: 10.1002/ajpa.24395).
Loyal to Chicago, Dr. Evan continued his education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine. While in dental school he was granted the Dr. Jerry F. Balaty Award in recognition of excellence in diagnosis and treatment planning in operative dentistry. Dr. Evan joined the field of orthodontics because it intersects with his skill set and passion for treatment planning, oral health education, developmental growth, and anthropology. He looks forward to further investigate the clinical intersection of anthropology and orthodontics.
In his spare time, Dr. Evan loves to hike, try new restaurants, play tons of video games, and find new posters to hang up. After graduating, he plans to join his father’s orthodontic practice in Northbrook, Illinois.
Dr. Katherine Howard Heading link
Dr. Katharine Howard grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Benedictine University in 2018 with a major in Health Science and a minor in Mathematics prior to attending the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, where she earned her DMD degree in 2022.
Dr. Kate was an active member of several student organizations throughout her time in dental school, including serving on the executive boards of the American Association of Women Dentists and the Practice Management Club. She also co-founded and served as president of the Orthodontics Club at UIC. Her research interests include evaluating the demographic and clinical relationships between COVID-19 and obstructive sleep apnea, and she has presented her research at national conferences such as the Hinman Research Symposium at the University of Tennessee in 2021, the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research’s annual session in 2022, and the American Association of Orthodontists’ annual meeting in 2022. When she graduated, Dr. Kate was named as an A.C.E. Student Scholar and was awarded the American Association of Orthodontics Award, the American Institute of Orthodontics Award, and the Dr. Susan A. and Dr. Daniel A. Rowan Scholarship.
Dr. Kate is a self-taught artist and enjoys drawing in her free time. She also enjoys travelling with her family, trying new restaurants, and attending Broadway musicals. Upon graduation, she plans to become board certified, enter private practice, and potentially teach part-time.
Dr. John Lorenz Heading link
Dr. John Lorenz was born and raised in Libertyville, Illinois. In 2013 he graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa with a degree in neuroscience. He then attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry where he obtained his D.D.S. and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Lorenz has spent the last five years serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force. His military career first brought him to David Grant Medical Center in California, for a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency. After California, he volunteered for a one year deployment in southern Turkey. During this year he was awarded the base top company grade officer of the quarter for his work as a dentist and military officer. Dr. Lorenz concluded his military career with a three year assignment at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he practiced general dentistry and led multiple military operations and teams.
After 4 years of traveling abroad, Dr. Lorenz is excited to have finally returned to his home state of Illinois. He looks forward to spending time with family and friends as well as enjoying Chicago’s international food scene and storied sports franchises.
Dr. Priya Shah Heading link
Dr. Priya Shah was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She attended Case Western Reserve University’s 7-year Dental Pre-Professional Scholar’s Program and earned her D.M.D. in 2022. During her time in dental school, Dr. Shah conducted craniofacial orthodontic research, was an active leader in several student organizations, and contributed to diversity initiatives in the local dental community. Dr. Shah’s dedication to the profession led to her induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
In her free time, Dr. Shah enjoys fitness, dance, fashion design, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family. She is also a Certified Henna Artist, and received her training from VLCC Institute of Beauty and Nutrition in Ahmedabad, India in 2015.
Upon graduation, Dr. Shah plans to become ABO certified, continue her training in craniofacial orthodontics, and then work in a private practice and a craniofacial team.
Dr. Buddhapoom (Poom) Wangsrimongkol Heading link
Dr. Buddhapoom (Poom) Wangsrimongkol was born and raised in Thailand. Both his parents and sister are orthodontists and faculty members at Khon Kaen University. He received his DDS from Chulalongkorn University in 2015. Right after graduation, he became a full-time faculty at Sirindhorn College of Public Health, Thailand, as well as a full-time cosmetic dentistry doctor and vice-manager at his family-run multidisciplinary dental offices. With a passion for learning and paying it forward, in 2017, he moved to the States to take part in several dental programs in Boston and New York. He received a Preceptorship Certificate from Boston University. He also received Advanced Certificates in Esthetic and Implant Dentistry, as well as a Master of Science in Oral Biology from New York University.
While studying at NYU, he also participated in numerous academic activities, including AAO conferences and community services. He also took part in several clinical studies in orthodontics-related esthetic and implant dentistry and has so far published 3+ research articles and one book chapter with his co-authors. Currently, Poom is an orthodontics resident and MS Candidate at UIC. After finishing this program, Poom intends to stay at UIC to pursue his PhD in Oral Sciences so that he can later return to Thailand and work as a university lecturer and a faculty in his hometown.
In his free time, Poom enjoys socializing and exploring cities with friends. He is a foodie and curious by nature, so going to a new restaurant with friends to relax and discuss life or academic stuff is what he loves the most.
Second year orthodontic residents (Class of 2024) Heading link
Dr. Evan Booth was born and raised in La Grange, Illinois and is a proud alum of Lyons Township High School. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with degrees in Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, Evan interned with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, a non-profit in Northwest Montana, just outside of Glacier National Park. He then returned to the Midwest, completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2021.
In his free time, Dr. Evan enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors fly-fishing and birdwatching. He also enjoys cooking and reading. Upon graduation, Dr. Evan plans to become board certified and enter private practice.
Dr. Emelia Karkazis Heading link
Dr. Emelia Karkazis is from Bannockburn, Illinois. She attended Marquette University as a seven-year pre-dental scholar, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 2018. Dr. Karkazis then attended Marquette University School of Dentistry where she earned her D.D.S. in 2021. Emelia is the recipient of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Student Merit Certificate Award, the Quintessence Publishing Company Clinical Achievement in Research Award and was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJODO) in dental school. Emelia’s dedication to the dental profession led to her induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Dental Society Xi Chapter.
In her free time, Emelia loves to travel, bake, try new restaurants around Chicago, and spend time with her family, friends, and dog. Upon graduation, Emelia plans to become ABO certified and enter private practice.
Dr. Matthew Rhee Heading link
Dr. Matthew Rhee was born in Berkeley, CA and raised in Sartell, MN. He later would attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign obtaining a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2017. For his dental training, Dr. Rhee completed his Doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2021.
In dental school Dr. Rhee participated in multiple student organizations serving in roles involving peer development as well as executive functions in groups such as the student chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Student Research Group. His research interests during his pre-doctorate years included A.I. enhanced Orthodontic treatment planning, the oral health impacts of anxiety and depression, and socioeconomic disparities relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Rhee was the recipient of the American Association of Orthodontics Award, John W. Davis Orthodontic Scholarship Award and the Society for Color and Appearance in Dentistry Student Award of Merit.
In his free time Dr. Rhee enjoys playing golf, ice hockey as well as building and fixing cars. He is also an avid fan of Hip-Hop music and loves exploring Chicago and its food scene. Giving him restaurant recommendations is strongly encouraged!
Dr. Zachary Skabelund Heading link
Dr. Zachary Skabelund grew up in various locations during childhood including Iceland and Texas, then eventually settled in Logan, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.
Dr. Skabelund then attended the Ohio State University for dental school, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2021. During this time he earned various scholarships including the Academic Achievement Scholarship, and Student Research Scholarship. Upon graduation, he was selected for the American Association of Orthodontists Student award, Pierre Fauchard Academy Senior Student Award and became a member of the Theta Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Skabelund participated in a mission trip in northern Brazil and became fluent in the Portuguese language. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports, viewing documentaries, listening to 90s music and alternative rock, and tinkering with electronics. He is a lover of animals and enjoys spending time with his fish tanks. He intends to become board certified and join private practice following graduation.
Dr. Analia Tahir Heading link
Dr. Analia Tahir was born in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minored in Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. She went on to complete a Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2017. Dr. Tahir then graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine and received her D.M.D. in 2021. Dr. Tahir has a special interest in community service and enjoys providing clinical care to underserved populations.
In her free time, Dr. Tahir enjoys trying new restaurants across Chicago, making music playlists, exercising, spending time with her loved ones, and indefinitely cuddling her two dogs by the fireplace. Upon graduation, Dr. Tahir plans to enter private practice and serve her community.
Dr. Stephen T. Treacy Heading link
Dr. Stephen T. Treacy was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. He then attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Science-Business. During his summers while attending Notre Dame, Dr. Treacy split his time between working at an orthodontic office in his home town, and pursuing business internships at a number of companies, including Under Armour.
Dr. Treacy then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) degree. While at UNC, Dr. Treacy was the first-ever recipient of the UNC Business Essentials scholarship, and earned a Certificate in Business from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Additionally, he was an executive board member for the Student Entrepreneurs in Dentistry, and a co-founder of the Dental ReStore – a non-profit organization focused on providing mission groups and local community clinics with dental equipment.
During his free time, Dr. Treacy enjoys everything sports (especially Notre Dame football), reading about history, making and eating baked goods, listening to 2000’s pop-punk music, and spending time with family and friends. Upon graduation, Dr. Treacy plans to become board certified and enter private practice.
Dr. Hsuan (Rebecca) Tsuei Heading link
Dr. Rebecca Tsuei grew up in Cupertino, California, otherwise known as Apple’s headquarters. She earned her Bachelor of Science at UCLA in 2015, graduating with a major in Psychobiology and a minor in English. Post-graduation, Dr. Tsuei worked in a dental office and in a research lab that collaborated with NASA to send mice to space. She then returned to UCLA for dental school, receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2021. While at UCLA, Dr. Tsuei served on the executive board of student government and conducted clinical research on the effect of micro-implant supported skeletal expansion on orthodontic tooth movement.
In her free time, Dr. Tsuei enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Although she does not squat 400 pounds, as circulating rumors might suggest, she also enjoys lifting and trying new workout classes. Upon graduation, she plans to become ABO certified, work in private practice, and join a craniofacial team.
Dr. Shirley Zhang Heading link
Dr. Shirley Zhang was raised in Naperville, Illinois. She attended Northwestern University where she earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in biology and psychology. In college, she continued her passion for dancing as a competitive Latin ballroom dancer, winning the 2016 National Collegiate DanceSport Championship her senior year. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree with honors.
While in dental school, she was active in community dentistry as well as in advocacy for the LGTBQ+ community, co-founding the Penn Dental Pride Alliance. She was the recipient of the International College of Dentists Humanitarian Award, the Penn Dental Medicine Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, and the Herman Segal Emergency Care Award. Her dedication towards her profession led her to be inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor society.
In her spare time, Dr. Zhang enjoys Latin ballroom dancing, acrylic painting, trying new cuisines, and spending time with family and friends.
Third year orthodontic residents (Class of 2023) Heading link
Pheba Abraham hails from Yukon, Oklahoma. Like most Oklahomans she is a die-hard Sooner fan. She graduated with honors from Mahatma Gandhi University with her Bachelors in Dental Surgery in 2014, and then worked for a year as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgery intern at Emory University, College of Medicine. She continued her education and went on to attend Dental College of Georgia, where she graduated Magna Cum Lade with Masters of Oral Biology in 2017 and UIC Dentistry with her DMD in 2020.
While in dental school, she served at various roles in organized dentistry, ranging from the Class President of her graduating cohort to Secretary for Dental Student council. Dr Abraham received the Dr James R Havera Scholarship for academic excellence and the Dr Joseph Kolodziejck Award for exceptional commitment to student government in 2020. Dr Abraham’s dedication towards dentistry and leadership led her to be inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor society.
In her spare time, Dr Abraham enjoys exploring new places, taking long walks, trying exotic food and cooking. Upon graduation, she plans to become an ABO Certified Orthodontist, and enter private practice.
Dr. Jessica Begley Heading link
Jessica Begley grew up in Ortonville, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 where she earned her B.S. in Biomolecular Science. Jessica then moved to New York to pursue the D.D.S. program from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. While in dental school, she was involved in dental advocacy and lobbied with the American Student Dental Association on Capitol Hill. Jessica also participated in global outreach programs in Tanzania and the Philippines, and conducted clinical research in the Department of Orthodontics.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys cooking, with chicken piccata being her favorite dish to make. She also loves spending time outdoors, attending University of Michigan sports games, and attending live music concerts.
Dr. Sara Kahng Heading link
Dr. Sara Kahng grew up in Tarzana, California. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology in 2015. She continued her education at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2020. During her time in dental school, Dr. Kahng was involved in community outreach dental programs and conducted cleft palate research. She received the Academy of Excellence in Dentistry Scholarship, the Dental Alumni Association Scholarship, and the Dr. Clifton Dummett Endowed Scholarship. She is also a member of the OKU Zeta Chapter Honor Society.
During her spare time, Dr. Kahng enjoys running, baking bread, picnics, and farmers markets. She is an avid dog lover and can’t wait to have one of her own. She loves traveling and is excited to explore Chicago! Upon graduation, Dr. Kahng plans to become ABO certified and enter private practice.
Dr. Sophie Ju Hyung Moon Heading link
Dr. Sophie Moon was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Washington, DC in 2001. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors from the George Washington University in 2011. She continued on to work in mental health for several years before pursuing a career in dentistry. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2020. She is a recipient of the 2018 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Fellowship Award and a member of the Chi Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Dental Honor Society.
During her free time, Dr. Moon enjoys swimming, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and her corgi. Upon graduation, she plans to become ABO certified, enter private practice, and someday join a craniofacial team.
Dr. Alexandria Rozgony Heading link
Alexandria Rozgony (aka Dr. “Roz”) is an Illinois native who grew up in Naperville. She attended The University of Kentucky, graduating Summa Cum Lade and earning two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Human Health Sciences in 2016. After four years of horse country and die-hard UK basketball fans, she decided to return home to complete her DMD degree here at UIC, graduating in May of 2020. While in dental school, Alex was an active leader, including being President of the Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity, Secretary of Dental Student Council, UIC COD Representative of the Health Professionals Student Council and a teaching assistant. She has received several awards and scholarships, recognizing her exemplary leadership, public health research, and clinical/academic excellence. Her dedication to the profession led her to be inducted to Omicron Kappa Upsilson, National Dental Honor Society.
During her spare time, Dr. Roz enjoys traveling abroad, spending time with loved ones and learning about vino. She is an avid dog lover and hopes to get a mini Golden Doodle while in residency. Upon graduation, she plans to become board certified, enter private practice and have a family of her own.
Dr. Chandani Shukla Heading link
Dr. Chandani Shukla was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from University of California at Los Angeles, and went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and Certificate in Public Health from Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. While in dental school, Dr. Shukla was heavily involved in community service, interprofessional collaboration, and public health initiatives. Her exemplary scholarship and leadership during her time in dental school led her to be inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honor society.
In her free time, Dr. Shukla enjoys being with her family and friends. She loves cooking, dancing, watching basketball and especially loves trying new (spicy) foods. Upon graduation, she plans to become ABO certified and continue working in public health.
Dr. Youngjae Sung Heading link
Dr. Youngjae Sung was born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to the United States at age 5. She grew up in Boston, MA, where she experienced firsthand the intensity of Boston sports fans. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry with high honors at New York University in 2016. She then moved across the country to attend UCLA School of Dentistry, where she was involved with the American Student Dental Association, the National Student Research Group, the alumni association at UCLA SOD, and local pediatric outreach. She was the recipient of the 2018 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) Bloc Travel Grant, and was able to present at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) in London in April 2018. She graduated from UCLA School of Dentistry in June 2020.
In her free time, Dr. Sung enjoys exercising, crocheting, spending time with friends and family, and of course, supporting Boston sports teams (sorry Chicago fans!). She is excited to explore everything Chicago has to offer, and finally return to a place that has four seasons, especially snow.
Dr. Kayla Yip Heading link
Dr. Kayla Yip is from Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She attended the University of Alberta, where she earned two degrees: Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences with a minor in Business in 2011 & Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science in 2014. She graduated with her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University – Illinois in 2020.
While in dental school, Dr. Yip was involved with the American Student Dental Association, the Orthodontics Club and Student Council. She received the Oral Health Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Student Scholarship in 2019, the Student Leadership Award from the International College of Dentists USA Section in 2020 and was inducted into the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Yip is an avid Edmonton Oilers hockey fan and loves playing intramural soccer. When she isn’t in clinic, you’ll find her buying new plants, enjoying sushi with friends or adventuring in a country on her bucket list.