Allison Horn, DDS, MS
Dr. Allison Horn attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts and majored in Psychology. She graduated with High Honors and was awarded the Banneker Key Scholarship. She then moved to New York City to work for a non-profit organization, Project Renewal, where she assisted clients battling homelessness, substance abuse, histories of incarceration, and mental illness.
During dental school, Dr. Allison’s favorite clinical experiences involved treating patients with severe dental phobias and utilizing her psychology background to make them more comfortable in a dental setting. Realizing that children offered the ultimate opportunity in helping patients overcome their fears, she decided to specialize in pediatrics. So after earning her DDS degree with Honors in Pediatric Dentistry from NYU College of Dentistry, she elected to continue her training with a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. While completing her residency training, she simultaneously earned a Masters in Oral Sciences. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is actively involved in clinical research on new cavity detection devices.
Dr. Allison truly loves treating children and special needs patients. She especially enjoys being a part of a child’s first dental visit—making it an enjoyable experience for both the child and their parent. She has very fond memories of her own pediatric dentist and wants all of her patients to feel the same way. Dr. Allison can’t wait to meet you and your family!
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.
Ara Cho, DMD
Dr. Ara Cho graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry in 2006. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston in 2010. During her fourth year of dental school, she served as a Preclinical and Clinical Teaching Assistant. Also, she was honored with the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Horace Wells Senior Student Award.
Dr. Cho has always been drawn to working with children since she was a young girl. Having always enjoyed the dental experience herself, Dr. Cho wanted to provide children with the same dental treatment she remembered as a youth. Dr. Cho had no doubt that she wanted to specifically be a pediatric dentist before applying to dental school. When asked what Dr. Cho loves best about being a pediatric dentist, Dr. Cho states, “I was drawn to the challenge of calming an anxious child…I can be silly and play games. Kids can be so funny and many times can make me laugh unexpectedly.”
Although Dr. Cho considers herself a Midwestern local, she was born in South Korea and grew up in Australia before moving to the United States when she was 15. Dr. Cho loves to eat and enjoys discovering new and interesting places to go in the Chicago area. Dr. Cho enjoys hiking, traveling, and picking up a good book to read. She loves spending time with her family and her daughter AnnaBelle.
Dr. Cho is a member of the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), the ABPD (American Board of Pediatric Dentistry) and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
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.
Wendy Yang, DDS, MS
Dr. Wendy Yang was born in Los Angeles and earned her B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as a Masters Degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Wendy then came to the Windy City to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, she traveled to northern California to complete her three year program to obtain her Pediatric Specialty Certificate from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Wendy is a Board certified Pediatric Dentist.
Dr. Wendy enjoys doing research, volunteering, and working abroad. She has helped provide dental services in both Honduras and Guatemala. Through her research, Dr. Wendy has presented at the International Association for Dental Research, worked as a Global Health Intern, and received the Student Award for Achievement in Global Oral Health.
Dr. Wendy enjoys traveling, making jewelry, cooking, dancing, and learning languages. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish, and is currently learning Russian and Portuguese—and loves practicing with all her little patients and their parents. Dr. Wendy loves making little teeth into big smiles.
Dr. Wendy is a member of the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Chicago Dental Association, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.