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meet the dentists






Dr. Ghassan Abboud, Founder & President

Dr. Ghassan Abboud, President & Founder

 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

Dr. Ghassan Abboud, President & Founder

 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. Thomas Adams

Dr. Ghassan Abboud, President & Founder

 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. Joseph Akhikar

photo of dr. akhikar 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. Sam Azzam

Dr. Azzam has been practicing dentistry since 1994. Over the years he has acquired a great deal of experience in all aspects of general and specialty dentistry providing a full range of cosmetic, surgical and restorative dental services; including crowns, bridges, dentures, root canal treatment and extractions.

After being in private practice, he completed two years of post-graduate residency in advanced education in general dentistry at Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

Dr. Azzam believes in practicing dentistry in a relaxed, stress free atmosphere using the latest dental technologies.  Dr. Azzam is committed to providing his patients with the best care in all aspects of oral health.  Dr. Azzam has always been passionate about dental care, and says: "Everyone deserves the best care and treatment." 

Dr.Azzam is married and a proud father of a boy & a girl,enjoys playing tennis,cooking and spending time with his family.


 Dr. Joumana Basha-Farhat

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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.

Do you or a loved one experience some anxiety when visiting the dentist? Let Dr. Basha and the 1st Family Dental staff put you at ease with their friendly and calming attitude. Dr. Basha is fluent in English, French and Arabic, and is looking forward to seeing you soon at your next appointment!

Dr. Ramzi Duaibis, Board Certified Orthodontist

Dr. Ramzi Duaibis, 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. Duaibis is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction achieved only by one in four orthodontists in the USA. Dr. Duaibis provides orthodontic treatment to children, adolescents and adults and offers several modern treatment options in addition to traditional braces including clear braces, Invisalign and Incognito Lingual braces which are placed behind the teeth.  Dr. Duaibis practices and is available for consultations in the following 1st Family Dental clinics: Clark St. in Andersonville, 26th St. in Little Village, Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square, Kedzie Avenue in Albany Park, as well as the suburban locations of Arlington Heights, Elgin, Roselle, and Aurora/Fox Valley.  Ask about our free braces consultations!

Dr. Sandy Murad

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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. 
As a UIC student, she received an award in prosthodontics for academic excellence. Dr. Murad is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and Chicago Dental Society.  Dr. Murad has completed speciality training courses in Dental Implants, Botox/Collagen fillers, Invisalign, and Lumineers. 

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. Nidal Obeid

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. Nidal Obeid 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

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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

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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

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Dr. Bilus Poles has been practicing with 1st Family Dental in our family-friendly Elgin and Fox Valley clinics 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 training and experience in smile-transforming dental treatments such as dental implants and veneers.


Dr. Irene Renieris

photo of dr. 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. Renieris is fluent in Greek as well as English, and is originally from Detroit, MI.  Dr. Renieris loves to watch college sports in her spare time, and is an avid fan of any team from the University of Michigan!

Dr. Kashif Rizvi

photo of dr. renieris   Dr. Rizvi completed his Masters in Biology at the Purdue School of Science, after which he went on to complete his dental training at Indiana University School of Dentistry and graduated in 2012.  Dr. Rizvi had further training by attending a general practice residency at Loyola Medical Center and the Hines VA hospital in Illinois as well.  He has extensive training in bone grafting, placing implants, and restoring implants as well.  He also loves to see kids of all ages and is trained in administering nitrous oxide.  He is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Chicago Dental Society.  He believes in providing only the best and equal care to every patient and making sure they are involved in the treatment process.  He enjoys traveling, live music, and spending time with his friends and loved ones.


Dr. Irene Sheynman

photo of dr. shyenman 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

photo of dr. shyenman 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. Laila Tuche Rosen

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Dr.Laila Tuche Rosen holds degree of Doctor of Stomatological Sciences from Riga Stradins University, Latvia (1990). In 2001 she graduated from UIC International Dentist Program and is licenced D.D.S., practicing Dentistry and Myofunctional Therapy in Chicago and North Shore. 

Dr. T. Rosen has 23 years of experience in general dentistry and periodontics, and over 12 years experience in pediatric practice settings, using Procedural Sedation and Nitrous Oxide. She is proficient in Latvian, English and Russian.
In addition Dr. T Rosen holds certifications and has training in Childhood Dental Disease, Management for Pediatric Patients with Complex Needs, Esthetic Periodontal Surgery for the General Practicioner, Nonpharmacological Methods of Reducing Patient Stress, Pain and Anxiety Management of Pediatric Patients, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Disorders, Buteyko Breathing Method, ADHD coaching, she was enrolled in NY University College of Dentistry Educational Program on Sleep Apnea and Appliance Therapy. Dr. T. Rosen volunteers her services to underprivileged children in her community.
Laila is married with 3 children and lives in a North Suburb of Chicago. She possesses many superpowers, but the ones she enjoys the most are: cooking, gardening, cross-the-world traveling, and crocheting. 
To my pediatric patients: I remember quite well how to be a child. To my adult patients: I know how you feel when you sit in the chair beside me.


Dr. Sharon Varghese

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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

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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.


Dr. Christopher Krob

Dr. Christopher Krob has been providing general dental care for his patients 1988 . His recent continuing education and training include the areas of geriatric dentistry, as well as cosmetic and laser dentistry. Dr. Krob is committed to providing his patients with the most up to date and highest level of care as dental treatments and technologies continue to change. Dr. Krob enjoys getting to know his patients as individuals and believes that dentistry should be as unique as each person he meets.




Dr. Shane Tewis

Dr. Shane Tewis was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He attended undergraduate school at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas and graduated dental school from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 2001.

Dr. Tewis has been providing outstanding dental care for patients in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow communities for many years.  Dr. Tewis is experienced in general dental services as well as oral surgery and implant dentistry.  Dr. Tewis has been focusing for the past several years on training and education for implant technology and techniques.  

Dr. Tewis lives in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area, is married and has a young daughter.  In his spare time, Dr. Tewis enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying good food and good red wine, snowboarding, golf, and playing the guitar for his local faith community.



Dr. Hunter Jacob Hanus

Dr. Jake Hanus was raised in Bixby, Oklahoma.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University and earned his dental degree at the University of Oklahoma, graduating with distinction.

Dr. Hanus returned to the Tulsa area to practice dentistry and is very happy to be back in the community.  Dr. Hanus provides general dental services for the whole family.  Dr. Hanus is a member of the American Dental Association, the Oklahoma Dental Association, as well as the Tulsa County Dental Society.

Dental health is a highlight of the Hanus household.  Dr. Hanus is married to his highschool sweetheart, [Whitney], who is a dental hygienist, and they have a young son together.  When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Hanus enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and golf.










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