The Smile Extraordinaires
Our dentists understand the unique oral health needs of children and they’re trained in specific techniques and skills that allow them to treat developing teeth, gums and mouths while making kids comfortable. They’re compassionate, knowledgeable and friendly. Each doctor is dedicated to ensuring your child has a fun, positive experience, so they’ll actually look forward to hopping up in the dentist’s chair.
Dr. Sarah Duchaj
Dr. Sarah’s interest for the field of pediatric dentistry is ultimately driven by her passion for providing quality care for patients who require compassion, patience, and a special kind of attention and care. She enjoys working with children, their families, and has a passion for serving patients with special needs. Her practice philosophies encompass a team approach to caries prevention and comprehensive care that is individualized to each patient.
After earning her degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Dr. Sarah then completed her residency training through Northwestern at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital where she received extensive training on all aspects of pediatric dentistry including sedation, general anesthesia, and caring for patients with complex medical backgrounds.
She enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with their families and dog at home, and trying new restaurants around the city. She looks forward to working closely with you and your family as your child’s oral healthcare advocate, educator, and provider.
Dr. Maria Javier
AMERICAN BOARD CERTIFIED PEDIATRIC DENTIST
Dr. Maria was born and raised in the Southside of Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. She comes from a family of six, being the second oldest in line; because of this, interacting with children is like second nature for her. She understands what it takes to handle different personality needs. Every child is different, but she believes every one of them deserves the care and attention that a pediatric dentist can provide.
Dr. Maria encourages all parents to bring their children to see a pediatric dentist starting at age one, and continually every six months until the child feels conﬁdent to “graduate” and see a hygienist or general dentist. She welcomes all who feel passionate about their child’s overall dental health, as well as those who have difficulty finding a dentist for children with special needs.
Dr. Julie Lee
Dr. Lee is a pediatric dentist who is passionate about preventive care and helping kids form good dental habits from an early age. Dr. Lee loved going to the dentist as a child and realized the impact this had on her future dental visits and even in her choice of career. From this personal experience, making kids’ dental visits comfortable and even enjoyable is one of her top priorities.
Dr. Lee was educated in the east coast. After earning a degree in Neuroscience from Wellesley College, she attended Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Dr. Lee then completed her pediatric dental residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where she received a comprehensive training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry.
In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys reading, cooking, collecting and building Legos, and traveling the world with her husband.