Dr. Ghassan Abboud is founder and President of 1st Family Dental. He opened the flagship office at the Clark Street location in 1996. He received his dental and specialty training at Loyola University concentrating in full mouth rehabilitation, removable dentures, and implants. Dr. Abboud practices at nearly all clinics and sees patients full-time. Dr. Abboud also handles executive management of the 1st Family clinics. Despite his busy schedule he manages to find a bit of time to enjoy some of his interests, which include traveling, horses, and nature.
Dr. Albert (Abdullah) Abboud has been a member of the 1st Family Dental team since 2004. His favorite part about practicing dentistry is that he can help you walk out with a smile, no matter how your mouth felt as you were walking in! Dr. Albert attended Loma Linda Dental School, graduated with my DDS, and completed a residency at UIC in Prosthedontics and Implant Technology. His proficiencies include regular and deep cleanings for healthy gums and teeth, regular and surgical extractions, and treatment planning. His main goal for you as a patient is simple: to learn about your dental health goals and give you great care and recommendations for your healthiest smile. In his spare time, Dr. Albert is something of a movie buff, enjoys dining out, spending time with his family, and when he can squeeze it in, he loves to play soccer.
Dr. Adams graduated in the Clinical Honors Program and ranked top in his class in clinical performance from Loyola University School of Dentistry. Immediately after Dental School he served as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy where he completed many courses, including Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology and Advanced Trauma and Life Saving. While in the military, he became a life member of the Association of Military Surgeon of the United States. Dr. Adams received certification in Oral Implantology from Scripps Implant Dental Education and Research Center in San Diego, California in 1991.
Dr. Adams is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and a member of both the American and International Academies of Implant Dentistry, as well as numerous other professional organizations. He also received a fellowship award in 1998 from the International College of Dentists in San Francisco, California. Dr. Adams received America’s Top Dentists Award in 2005, 2006, 2007 for Cosmetic and Implant Reconstructive Dental Surgeon by Consumers Research Council of America. Dr. Adams currently practices in our Andersonville and Arlington Heights Locations.
Dr. Akhikar joined 1st Family Dental in 2006. He graduated from Boston university school of dental medicine with High Honors. Dr. Akhikar's post graduate study and residency program in advanced education in general dentistry was completed at Boston university school of dental medicine. Dr. Akhikar is a fellow of American Dental Implant Association, and fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologist. He is the recipient of several awards and distinctions.
Since joining 1st Family Dental, Dr. Akhirar has acquired
more than 700 continuing education hours in the field of
general and implant dentistry. Dr. Akhikar practices at
the suburban 1st Family Dental clinics in Elgin and Aurora, as
well as our downtown clinic on Division St. and Wells.
Dr. Joumana Basha-Farhat
Dr. Joumana Basha-Farhat has been
practicing with the 1st Family Dental team since 2006. Dr.
Basha's friendly, patient and compassionate demeanor, as well
as her extensive experience working with children and adults,
makes her an excellent choice for family visits.
Dr. Ramzi Duaibis, Board Certified Orthodontist
Dr. Duaibis graduated from the University of Jordan Dental School in 2004 at the top of his class with many awards and honors. After practicing dentistry and teaching for 2 years, Dr. Duaibis pursued his dream to become an orthodontist and completed a three-year orthodontic residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Sandy Murad
Dr. Sandy Murad has been a member of the
1st Family Dental team since 2008. She graduated from the
University of Illinois-Chicago College of Dentistry after
receiving her Bachelors degree in Biology.
Dr. Murad's goal is to keep her patients involved and informed in all aspects of the dental treatment planning and decision-making. Her first priority is taking her patient's questions, fears, goals, and expectations into account, so that they are comfortable and at ease from the beginning to the end of the procedure. Dr. Murad is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic, and welcomes seeing patients of all ages. She uses the most current techniques and technologies available. When Dr. Murad is not seeing patients, she is spending most of her time with her family and two dogs.
Dr. Firas Najeeb joins the1st Family Dental team with more than 10 years of experience in both general dentistry and orthodontics. Dr. Najeeb graduated from New York University College of Dentistry, with an additional background in Orthodontics. Dr. Najeeb enjoys working with families and children. He approaches dentistry as a partnership with patients from the very beginning. Dr. Najeeb recommends and approaches all dental treatment at a pace that is set by the patient, and his goal is always complete satisfaction. When Dr. Najeeb is not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending time with hiswife and young son, and he also enjoys reading. Dr. Najeeb practices at our locations at Albany Park and Logan Square.
Dr. Nidal Obeid
Dr. Nidal Obeid has been with the 1st Family Dental team since 2004. Dr. Obeid graduated from dental school in the Ukraine in 1993, and also completed extensive training for a specialization in orthodontics at the University of Moscow in Russia. Dr. Obeid has also completed two rigorous programs in the United States, including a 1-year Prosthedontic fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and a 2-year fellowship for advanced education in general dentistry at the University of Miami. Dr. Obeid is also a proud recipient of the Nova Southeast University 2009 “John Tobak Memorial Award for Special Care Dentistry” for his work with patients with developmental disabilities and other special needs.
Dr. Obeid grew up in Syria, and has family there as well as in the U.S. Through his travels and studies, Dr. Obeid has become fluent in Arabic, Russian and English. In his spare time, Dr. Obeid enjoys sport fishing and playing pool.
Dr. Tamara Oweis, Board-Certified Orthodontist
Dr. Tamara Oweis is excited to join the 1st Family Dental team to provide orthodontic services at our downtown location at Division & Wells. After finishing dental school, Dr. Oweis pursued her orthodontic education and received a Master of Oral Sciences degree and a Certificate in Orthodontics from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Oweis is a board-certified orthodontist in the state of Illinois and she is an active member in the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists and the Illinois Society of Orthodontists.
Dr. Oweis provides orthodontic treatment to patients of all age groups and offers several treatment alternatives including conventional braces, clear braces and Invisalign.
Dr. Inah Park
Dr. Park has been with 1st Family Dental since 2003. She practices general dentistry, including Lumineer and Invisalign at our clinics in Andersonville on Clark St. Dr. Park received her dental degree at the University of Michigan. Dr. Park enjoys golfing, playing tennis and skiing, as well as spending time with her two children.
Dr. Mo Pezeshk
Dr. Mo Pezeshk (Dr. Mo) earned his bachelors degree in Chemistry with emphasis in Biological Sciences at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He continued his education at Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He believes that all patients deserve compassionate care and uncompromising quality. Dr. Mo enjoys seeing children and families and also administers Nitrous Oxide (lauging gas). His goal is to help parents to become very educated in dental health for their children, which will help keep kids healthy for life. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, exercising, and cooking. Dr. Pezeshk is an active member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Bilus Poles
Dr. Bilus Poles has been practicing with
1st Family Dental in our family-friendly
Elgin clinic since 2007. Dr. Poles has experience providing
great dental care for the whole family. Beyond general dental
services such as regular checkups and cleanings, Dr. Poles also
has extensive ... more... training and experience in cosmetic
dentistry such as dental implants.
Dr. Irene Renieris
Dr. Irene Renieris has
been practicing with 1st Family Dental since 2005. Dr.
Renieris completed her training and education at Indiana
University school of Dentistry, graduating in 2004. Dr.
Renieris completed her General Practice Residency at the
University of Michigan. Dr. Renieris welcomes patients of
all ages, and much of her time with 1st Family Dental is spent
working with children and families. Dr. Renieris'
professional interests include pediatric dentistry as well as
sports dentistry. She is a member of the Hellenic
American Dental Society, as well as the American Dental Society
and the Chicago Dental Society.
Dr. Robert Sandusky
Dr. Sandusky (we call him Dr. Bob)
graduated from Northwestern University Dental School, and
completed his formal education with a post-graduate degree from
Marquette University Dental School. He has been an attending
faculty member at Northwestern's TMJ clinic and attending staff
at Children's Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Irene Sheynman graduated in 2006 from the Marquette University School of Dentistry and completed her Residency at Loyola University Medical Center. During her residency, Dr. Sheynman focused on pediatrics, oral surgery, cosmetic and esthetic dentistry, as well as prosthodontics (restorative procedures). Dr. Sheynman has been practicing with 1st Family Dental since then. Dr. Sheynman enjoys working with children, and both children and adults who love her calming and reassuring demeanor. Dr. Sheynman administers Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) for those who may feel a little nervous about seeing the dentist. Dr. Sheynman likes to look at whole-mouth health, which helps her patients to not only know what is going on right now, but also focuses on education and preventive techniques to make sure the future holds a bright and healthy smile! Dr. Sheynman is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Sheynman is also fluent in Russian.
In her spare time, Dr. Sheynman enjoys a variety of activities including gardening, running, yoga, cooking, reading and knitting. Dr. Sheynman practices in our Logan Square, Albany Park and Andersonville locations.
Dr. Alan Shlimon
Dr. Alan Shlimon joined the 1st Family Dental team in 2010. Dr. Shlimon graduated from the University of Chicago College of Dentistry, and during his education has been the recipient of academic awards for excellence in research. Dr. Shlimon has also co-authored several publications in the field of dental medicine. Dr. Shlimon has also completed special additional training and practice in cosmetic dental procedures including dental implants and Invisalign.
Dr. Shlimon currently practices at our family-friendly
clinic in Aurora, IL. Dr. Shlimon welcomes patients of
all ages, and enjoys taking the extra time and care to help
patients to feel comfortable and educated. Dr.
Shlimon is well-traveled, having lived in Iraq, Jordan, Greece,
and the United States. He is fluent in English, Arabic,
Assyrian, and Greek, and in his spare time, enjoys playing
outdoor sports such as soccer.
Dr. Sharon Varghese
Dr. Sharon Varghese graduated from the Marquette University, where she was a National Health Service Corps Scholar and committed 3 years of service to underserved and uninsured patients in the Indianapolis area. Dr. Varghese believes strongly in the importance of patient education. Dr. Varghese loves teaching patients how they can keep their smile healthy and beautiful. Pediatrics is her favorite aspect of dentistry. Educating children at an early age can help them maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime. Dr. Varghese is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. When she is not practicing dentistry,
Dr. Varghese enjoys working out and playing sports, especially soccer. She likes to cook and enjoys eating even more! She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband Danny and young daughter Ariana
Dr. Lawrence Velano
Dr. Velano has been a part of the 1st
Family Dental team as a general dentist since 2003.
He received his dental degree at the top-ranked University at
Buffalo, New York. He completed advanced training in the
Navy for exodontia at the Naval Dental Center in San Diego, CA,
and extensive training in prosthodontics and aesthetic
dentistry at the Naval Dental Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Velano served our country for 4 years as a Dental
Officer in the U.S. Navy, and was stationed at Camp Pendleton,
CA and Great Lakes Naval Dental Center. He also served
for 4 years in the Navy Reserves. Dr. Velano practices
at our Little Village Clinic on 26th St, as well as the
Adersonville Clinic on Clark St., and the Kedzie Avenue Clinic
in Albany Park. During his free time Dr. Velano enjoys,
running, photography, golf, and motor sports.