First Year Residents
Dr. Stepahnie Bollow was born and raised in Downers Grove, IL. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign for her undergraduate studies where she double majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology and went on to earn her D.M.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bollow’s interest in pediatrics stemmed from growing up with a niece and nephews and was solidified after working as a pediatric dental assistant in private practice before entering dental school. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Chicago Bears, cooking with her husband, and playing with her goldendoodle puppy, Kona.
Dr. Bhakti Desai was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, where she fell in love with pediatrics and dentistry in high school. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Birmingham-Southern College and her DMD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. She is excited for Chicago to be her first big move to a new city and loves to hike, cook, and explore new music in her free time.
Dr. Jorman Garcia was born in Cuba and was raised in Miami, FL. He attended Nova Southeastern University where he obtained his DMD. Having lived in South Florida throughout most of his life, he is very excited to be in Chicago and experience a real winter! On his spare time, Dr. Garcia enjoys boating, cooking, fishing and trying different restaurants..
Dr. Geri Jones was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, IL. She received her B.S from Illinois State University in Community Health Education and earned her M.S. in College Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University. Her love for working with children began with providing healthy cooking classes to children and their families. Having a passion for oral healthcare, she enrolled in the DMD program at UIC College of Dentistry and graduated in May 2020. Geri enjoys antique shopping, traveling, and exploring new cuisine with her family and friends.
Second Year Residents
Dr. Nouf Alajaji was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She obtained her bachelor's degree of Dental Surgery from King Saud University. After graduation she joined a private practice for more experience. She is very excited for her new chaper to joing UIC and specialize in pediatric dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring new things.
Dr. Justin Baik was born in Chicago and was raised in Glenview, IL. He obtained his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his M.S. from Rush University, and his D.M.D. from the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. He is very excited to stay at UIC for his residency in Pediatric Dentistry. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants and coffee shops, finding new music and podcasts to listen to, and spending as much time as possible with his loved ones.
Dr. Eun Jung Cho was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to the US at the age of 8, growing up in Southern California. She attended Washington University in St. Louis where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology. She then moved to New York to work at a cancer center prior to earning her D.D.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. In her spare time, she likes to travel, practice yoga, explore new restaurants, and spend time with her family and friends.
Dr. Anthony Lee was raised in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was first introduced to working with children at Sunny Hill Health Centre, an outpatient facility for kids with complex developmental needs. He continued his interest in the human condition and completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology at McGill University in Montréal before receiving his DDS in New York. Anthony enjoys discussions around linguistics, moral philosophy, and history. He also has an unhealthy obsession with real estate and is a proud father to his two cats, Axel and Ari. Chicago will be the fifth major city that Anthony has lived in and he anticipates all the new memories to come!
Dr. Krisha Misa was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Spokane, Washington. She received her B.S. in Biology as well as her DDS from University of Washington. She is very excited to begin this new chapter here in Chicago for her post-graduate training in Pediatric Dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys spending her time outdoors snowboarding, hiking and backpacking and loves wandering around to discover new places to eat.
Dr. Briana S. Moody was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2015 she received her B.A in African American Studies and a minor in Biology from Saint Louis University. Dr. Moody went on to receive her D.D.S from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2019. She developed a love and passion for pediatrics at a young age, even before her passion for dentistry. Because of this, choosing pediatric dentistry as her specialty was a no-brainer. She likes to spend her free time with family and friends, travelling, watching movies, and listening to music. She is very excited to be in the great city of Chicago and is ready to explore the city, try new restaurants, shop, and most of all... continue following her passion for working with children and their families!
Dr. Dhwani Patel was born in Gujarat, India and raised in Suffolk, VA. She received her B.S. in Human nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech. She earned a M.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University prior to earning her D.D.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She is very excited to start her training in pediatric dentistry at UIC. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to different countries, exploring the Chicago food scene, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Vidhee Shah was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She obtained her B.S. in Neuroscience at University of Illinois-Chicago. She then went on to earn her D.D.S. at Marquette University. Though Milwaukee was a fun city to live in for four years, Dr. Shah is thrilled to be back in her home city of Chicago and continue her passion to work with children! In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, family and friends. She also likes to travel, paint, cheer on the Chicago sports teams (Go Bears!), explore and try new (vegetarian, but delicious) places to eat in the greater Chicagoland area.
Dr. Chad Silver was born and raised in Northbrook, IL. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University in 2015 and earned his D.M.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2019 after serving as class president throughout dental school. Chad’s motivation for pediatric dentistry stems from his passion for working with children with special needs. In his free time, Chad enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and checking out the best and newest Chicago restaurants.