Amy Shah, DDS, MS
Dr. Amy has wanted to be a dentist since she was 12 years old. She grew up in Rio Rico, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona on a full scholarship studying Psychology and Chemistry. After college she decided to head to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago where she completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery and received the Ann-Tschirley Gunatillike Award for Excellence in Dentistry. After finally achieving her childhood dreams, Dr. Amy practiced general dentistry for several years to ultimately become Dental Director for a public health organization where she treated Chicago’s underserved communities.
After experiencing all aspects of dentistry, she found her happiest moments were spent helping children and those with special needs. She decided to further her studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry while simultaneously earning a Master’s degree in Oral Sciences. Dr. Amy feels privileged to spend her days doing something she loves. She believes in providing kids with positive dental experiences so they can have great dental health for the rest of their lives.
When Dr. Amy is not in the office you can find her binging on TV shows and podcasts. She has probably listened to a podcast on just about everything. On the weekends you can find Dr. Amy enjoying Chicago’s many amazing restaurants with her husband and 2 daughters.
Jerry Udelson, DDS, PC
Dr. Jerry Udelson has been a Pediatric Dentist for more than twenty five years. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1987. He then completed two additional years of specialized training in pediatric dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Following that, Dr. Jerry was awarded a one-year fellow- ship at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, which was sponsored by the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation.
Dr. Jerry’s passion for pediatric dentistry began at a young age. His older brother, Mark, had Cerebral Palsy and Dr. Jerry was able to understand the real need for quality dentistry in children with special needs and disabilities. Dr. Jerry has based his entire career on providing the best quality care and service for the smallest, anxious, and most challenging pediatric patients.
When Dr. Jerry isn’t at the office, you can find him playing golf, riding motorcycles, or spending time with his family. Dr. Jerry and his wife Michelle live locally with their four children. In between attending the many games and activities of his children, Dr. Jerry considers himself a “foodie.” He and his wife Michelle enjoy going into Chicago, as well as the surrounding suburbs to try out new foods and restaurants. Although Dr. Jerry considers himself a Chicagoan now, when he can find time, he loves visiting his family home in Tennessee and spending time with friends.
Risa Hurwich, DDS, MPH
Dr. Risa Hurwich is so excited to be a part of the Little Teeth Big Smiles community! A true Midwesterner, Dr. Risa was born in Chicago, IL, and was raised across the border in Munster, IN. She graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts. She majored in Spanish while at Indiana, and she spent a semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain. Dr. Risa still loves any opportunity to practice her Spanish-speaking skills with her patients and their parents!
Dr. Risa continued her education at Indiana University School of Dentistry and quickly became interested in pediatrics. She served as the co-president of the Pediatric Dentistry Outreach Club and received a community service scholarship, as well as the Special Interest in Pediatric Dentistry award from the Indiana Society of Pediatric Dentists.
Dr. Risa has always loved working with children and thinks that pediatric dentistry allows for the biggest opportunity to make a difference in today’s world. She is grateful that she was able to return home to Chicago to pursue her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, where she was a recipient of the Health Resources and Services Administration grant. This allowed her to simultaneously complete her Masters of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Dr. Risa’s public health training has helped her to become a better pediatric dentist, and she feels very fortunate to be in a profession that is constantly evolving yet is always focused on the health of the child.
When not working as a pediatric dentist, Dr. Risa loves to do yoga and spend time with her family and friends around the city. She also enjoys podcasts, cooking and trying new bites on the Chicago restaurant scene.
Elissa Teasdale, DMD
Dr. Elissa grew up in a small town in New Hampshire’s vibrant Merrimack Valley. She attended Colby College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry. She then moved to Boston, Massachusetts to complete her dental school education at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Tufts, she was honored to receive the Honos Civicus award due to her dedication to providing outstanding community service to the underserved population in the Boston area. She regularly provided free dental care to homeless youth, visited local schools to educate children about oral health and hygiene, and organized an annual preventive-screening event, Tooth Day at Fenway, for all park patrons.
Following dental school, she completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency on the Navajo reservation in Winslow, Arizona. She considers this an invaluable experience in her professional life, as she continued to treat an underserved population of deserving patients. After completing her general residency, Dr. Elissa worked at a private pediatric practice in Charleston, South Carolina for three years. It was there that she realized her passion for providing care to the pediatric population and patients with special health care needs. She decided to pursue specialized training and went on to complete a two-year pediatric dental residency at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while continuing to work at the pediatric practice in Charleston on the weekends.
Dr. Elissa is excited to be a part of the Little Teeth Big Smiles family and is devoted to providing quality care in a positive environment for both her patients and their families. She considers herself lucky to be in a position where she has the ability to impact and influence children at such a young age. Dr. Elissa strives to create a calm and inviting environment for her patients in order to alleviate fears while promoting positive future dental visits. She loves seeing improvements and growth with each and every encounter. Dr. Elissa is passionate about pediatric dentistry and finds the profession incredibly rewarding.
Dr. Elissa visited Chicago frequently and was intrigued by the city, culture, and even the snow (after living in the Southeast for the last five years). When she’s not taking care of little teeth, you can find her staying active at yoga and group exercise classes, hiking mountains, traveling to untouched areas of the world, volunteering, exploring the Chicago food scene, and spending time with friends and family, both near and far. She looks forward to meeting you and your family soon!
Kelsey Brar, DMD, MS, MPH
Dr. Kelsey Brar grew up in the western suburbs and attended Benedictine University in Lisle where she received her undergraduate degree. She then went to The University of Illinois at Chicago where she obtained her D.M.D. After dental school, Dr. Kelsey furthered her education with a three-year pediatric dentistry residency program at the University of Illinois at Chicago while also pursuing a Master of Science in Oral Biology and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration. While in residency, she focused her research on reducing oral health disparities amongst pediatric patients.
Dr. Kelsey is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, Illinois State Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society. She is committed to continued education and growth in the dynamic field of pediatric dentistry. She loves to incorporate new techniques into her practice to provide the best care to all of her patients.
Dr. Kelsey believes that going to the dentist should be an enjoyable and positive experience for all children. She truly enjoys working with anxious children and helping them become comfortable in a child friendly dental environment, while teaching her patients the fundamentals for achieving a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Outside of her professional activities, Dr. Kelsey enjoys life in Downers Grove with her husband and children. Together they explore local parks and trails, and love to go on walks. Dr. Kelsey’s hobbies include arts and crafts, interior design, and staying active. She is so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Little Teeth Big Smiles team!