We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Our front office team is here to help with all your scheduling, financial, and insurance needs. Most often, our front desk staff members are the first smiling faces you’ll see when you come into the office. They’re always available to answer any question you may have and want to make your time here as pleasant, comfortable, and stress-free as possible
Jennifer – Business Manager
Jennifer enjoys working with our doctors, staff, and patients, striving to keep everything organized so the practice runs smoothly. She handles all of our bookkeeping, including accounts receivable and payable. In her free time, Jennifer prioritizes being with her husband, three kids, and the family dog. She also practices yoga and loves running and reading.
Peggy – Patient Coordinator
Peggy enjoys working with patients and parents from her community. She handles patient intake, creates charts, explains office protocols to patients and parents, and works with our new patient referrals, too. Outside the office, Peggy enjoys being with her husband of over 25 years, Steve, and their three adult children: Brian, Jack, and Lizzy. She also enjoys pickleball, bike riding, and walks with friends. Peggy’s favorite leisure activity is scrapbooking; she’s created over 75 albums.
Janice – Patient Coordinator
Janice prepares patients for their treatment by taking diagnostics and treatment records and presenting treatment plans. She joined our office in 1999 and finds it a true pleasure to work in an office that is so comfortable and full of wonderful people. Janice was born in Jamaica and came to the US when she was 17 years old. She has two sisters, four nieces and three nephews, and volunteers at her church.
Our orthodontic assistants help to place braces, change wires, take any necessary X-rays and photographs, and give instruction on the best ways to take care of your braces or appliance. They love meeting new patients and take the time to make sure your treatment is an easy, comfortable and all-around positive experience from the moment you enter the door.
Amy – Orthodontic Assistant
Amy assists with new patient consultations and enjoys getting to know our patients on a personal level. She’s especially happy to ease anxious patients’ minds when it comes to procedures, and is glad to be part of a team that changes lives by changing smiles. Amy spends much of her free time with her three sons and the family’s crazy rabbit, Boost. They enjoy swimming, biking, fishing, and most any outdoor activity, and Amy loves singing and photography, too.
Marilee – Orthodontic Assistant
Marilee likes working with patients to get a successful overall treatment and results. She enjoys seeing the various types of treatments and the time needed to provide the ideal care and outcome for different patients. In addition to offering chairside assistance, she also helps with our new patient consultations. Born and raised in the northwest Chicago suburbs, Marilee enjoys traveling but know Chicago is the best city. She likes music and sports, time with her dog and cat, eating good foods, and seeing her friends. Growing up as an athlete, Marilee makes sure to stay active and get lots of exercise.
Stifny – Orthodontic Assistant
Stephanie, who goes by Stifny, likes being around a supportive team and doctors, and seeing patients’ reactions when they achieve their goal of having their best smile. An Assyrian from Syria, Stifny speaks Arabic, Assyrian, and English. She grew up in a small family: mom, dad, and a younger sister who is now studying to become a dentist. Her favorite activities, when she’s not at work, including going to the gym, visiting with aunts and uncles, and singing in her church choir on Sundays. After church, Stifny usually volunteers to help the ladies in the kitchen.
Lina – Orthodontic Assistant
Lina has Master’s degrees in Bulgarian language and literature, and earned her certificate for dental assisting before joining us in 2002. She’s great at helping patients go through their orthodontic treatment and enjoys the smiling faces at the end. Lina loves spending her free time with her husband and four-year-old son Hristo.
As Dr. Chwa’s son, Evan has worked in our office since 2012 and every summer since then. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a Biology major, minoring in Anthropology. He was the president of the pre-dental club at Loyola. He did research about dental microwear with the Anthropology Department and his research paper was published in the American Journal Of Physical Anthropology. He is now studying at the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago, as a fourth year senior dental student. He is active in the American Student Dental Association, and tutored second year dental students. His hobbies include playing golf with his Dad, playing the piano, listening to music, and playing video games when he has the time.