Dr. Lee graduated from The Ohio State University with two degrees: a BS in human nutrition and a BS in chemistry. She went on to earn her DDS degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Passionate about creating whole-mouth health for her patients, Dr. Lee continues her education with coursework in implantology and aesthetic smile design. Her professional memberships include the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
While volunteering in Mongolia, Dr. Lee performed more than 100 extractions a day for four weeks, a life-changing experience that reminded her of her promise to dedicate her life to serving people in need through compassionate dentistry. Dr. Lee returned to Mongolia two years later and has since volunteered her services in Nicaragua and for the local community at the Lawndale Dental Clinic. Her favorite part of patient care is hearing patients say, “I’ve had fear of the dentist for years and dealt with dental problems for years. I’m so glad that I found you! I’m finally pain free, and I can smile with confidence.”
Dr. Lee resides in Chicago with her sons Noah and Jonah. When she’s not creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Lee enjoys cooking, running, concerts, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Maria A. Jones is relocating to Chicago from sunny Los Angeles after years as a part of My Beverly Hills Orthodontist, working on numerous famous smiles. After being a dentist for 15 years, she has been committed to the highest standards of continuing education. Dr. Jones completed a three and a half year Master’s Degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics at UC in Venezuela and recently completed a two year postdoctoral program at UCLA School of Dentistry in California. Her clinical skills, research and lecturing skills awarded her with the UCLA Golden Eagle Award, the highest honor given amongst all the postdoctoral residents of the school.
Dr. Jones is known for her outstanding training in self-ligating braces and lingual orthodontics, which are the most aesthetic and fast orthodontic systems available. With braces placed behind the teeth, she is able to give you the smile of your dreams with comfort and absolute discretion. At the same time and as a mom herself, she is extensively trained in the diagnosis and treatment of growing children and teenagers alike, offering parents the piece of mind of treating their kids as they grow, which prevents more invasive treatment plans later on.
Dr. Anthony Besse attended The Ohio State University for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, followed by a general practice residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he continues to be an attending. Dr. Besse is involved in organized dentistry as a member of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. He stays current on dental advances and technologies in order to provide his patients with the most up-to-date and effective dental treatments and therapies.
With a belief in the importance of evidence-based dentistry, Dr. Besse encourages his patients to be informed and empowered so they can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. He takes the time to listen to his patients and understand their individual needs and concerns—a vital aspect of achieving a healthy long-term dental relationship. Dr. Besse takes pride in his profession and is grateful to have the opportunity to make such profound changes in people’s lives. With a background in public health, Dr. Besse knows ﬁrsthand the importance of oral healthcare for underserved communities. One day per week, he sees Howard Brown Health Center patients through a partnership with Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s dental department. He enjoys providing comprehensive dental care to patients that otherwise might not be able to access care.
Dr. Besse has a dog named Sammy—a three-year-old corgi-beagle rescue who loves long walks and going to the dog beach. When he is not working, Dr. Besse is usually running along the lakefront, exploring new restaurants and patios around the city, or traveling to visit friends.
Dr. Melinda Rosen has an MS in biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to dental school, she was an assistant and then clinical manager here at Lakeview Smiles. She loves restoring smiles, teaching patients about good home dental hygiene, and helping people overcome dental anxieties.
When she’s not seeing patients, Dr. Rosen is an avid reader; she met her goal of 52 books last year and is doubling that goal to 104 this year! She also enjoys traveling and loves taking photographs from unique angles.
Dr. Hardenbergh attended the University of Michigan for his BS in biology and completed his DMD at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is excited to bring an honest and caring attitude to every patient he sees. As one of SIX dentists in his family, Dr. Hardenbergh is uniquely familiar with the profession and always tries to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new technology and trends.
Dr. Hardenbergh moved to Lakeview in the summer of 2019 and felt an instant connection with the area. Originally from Michigan, he automatically bonds with anyone else from the Mitten State and begins talking about Michigander things—usually the Detroit Red Wings. Fun facts: Dr. Hardenbergh prefers the Great American Bagel over Chicago Bagel Authority, he has one dog (a goldendoodle), he enjoys golf and running, and he thinks he’s quite funny.
Dr. Shohreh Raoof is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. She received the Isaac Schour Scholarship for her research at the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration. Dr. Raoof first fell in love with Chicago in 2008, after moving here to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology for her MS in Cell and Molecular Biology, and is now happy to call it home. Her friendly and compassionate personality makes every patient feel comfortable and understood. Her philosophy is to build relationships with every patient while providing gentle and conservative care. She strives to stay current with the latest technology and techniques to ensure the highest level of care.
When she is not in the office, Dr. Raoof loves traveling, working out, exploring the Chicago dining scene, and spending quality time with family and friends. She is looking forward to being your new neighborhood family dentist.
Dr. Alexander Katsnelson graduated with a DMD and MS in neurophysiology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has published work in several national journals and holds membership in the Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Besides spending time with his wife Julia, a student at Rush University Medical School, Dr. Katsnelson enjoys computer technology, reading, digital photography, and foreign languages. He is fluent in English, Hebrew, and Russian.
Dr. Kyoung-Soo Choi received his DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry in 1996. After graduating, he completed his General Practice Residency at Evanston Hospital in 1997. To advance his education in dentistry, Dr. Choi completed three years of full time residency training in Advanced Implant Dentistry at Loma Linda University, College of Dentistry, and two years of full time residency in endodontics at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Choi has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and co-authored a chapter in the 7th Edition of Ingle’s Endodontic textbook. Dr. Choi has continued his passion by becoming an innovator in dentistry. He has invented Taeguk Scalloped Implant and EZI mini-implant systems.
Dr. Waeil Elmisalati is a board-certified periodontist and implant surgeon at Lakeview Smiles of Chicago. He graduated from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine receiving his degree in periodontology, dental implants, fellowship in periodontology, and master’s degree in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Waeil also taught as a professor of periodontics and dental implant at several academic institutions in the United States.
He has published and reviewed research articles in reputable national and international dental journals. In 2016, Dr. Waeil became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Waeil Elmisalati is well versed in minimally invasive dental surgery including impacted wisdom teeth extractions, gingival grafts, and implant placements. He is also an expert consultant for Joint Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Waeil Elmisalati finds being active in the community is crucial as a healthcare professional. In the past few years, he volunteered his time to provide free dental care as part of the Mission of Mercy. He also involved in organized dentistry, being an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the International Team for Implantology (ITI), the Academy of Osteointegration (AO), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). In addition, he is an ambassador for the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.
He moved to Chicago after living in Boston for several years for his education. In his spare time, Dr. Waeil Elmisalati enjoys exploring new restaurants, cooking, skiing, running, cycling, traveling, and spending time with his friends.