Sonrisa Family Dental’s mission is to provide the best patient dental care for the community, while maintaining the upmost standard of integrity. Treating patients with respect, providing quality oral healthcare and education is at the forefront of our company. You will find the most caring and clinically advanced Doctors at our clinics. We are honored and proud to be your Dentist!
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Dr. Eric Andersen Dr. Nina Arora Dr. Shuba Bindra Dr. Meghan Condit Dr. J. Adam Dehart Dr. Carla Delafuente Dr. Amanda Henry Dr. Saba Kamal Dr. Jason Korkus Dr. Arpitha Marri Dr. Mark Mendiola Dr. Larissa O. Navarro Dr. Neil Parikh Dr. Ankur Shah
Dr. Brent Agran
Dr. Brent Agran is committed to providing high quality dental care in a manner that is comforting to his patients by treating each patient as an individual. Dr.Agran puts a premium on addressing patients’ needs, wants, and desires, while educating them on all treatment alternatives and possible outcomes in order to help them make the best decision possible.
A 2008 Honors Graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Dr. Agran enjoys treating patients from a variety of backgrounds and in all phases of dentistry. He is especially interested in cosmetic dentistry and has certifications in Lumineers and Invisalign to aid him in creating beautiful, natural-looking smiles. A life-long learner, Dr. Agran continues to update his techniques and materials through continuing education seminars. He is fluent in Spanish and is currently studying Russian.
Dr. Agran’s professional affiliations include the AmericanDental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, and Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. Prior to dental school, Dr. Agran graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. A native of the Chicago area, Dr. Agran currently resides in Wicker Park with his wife and son.
Dr. Shuba Bindra
Dr. Shuba Bindra is a Chicago native who grew up in Wheaton, IL. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a bachelors degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology. Dr. Bindra earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 2009. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society and keeps up to date on advancements in dentistry with continuing education. Dr. Bindra enjoys providing high quality dental care to a diverse patient population and loves working with children. She believes that patient education and preventive care are important steps in ensuring healthy smiles for life.
In her free time, Dr. Bindra enjoys practicing yoga, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.
Dr. Jason Difani
Dr. Jason Difani grew up in Bloomington, IL. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL in 2005. He then went on to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where he completed the DDS program in 2009.
Dr. Difani has lived in Chicago since 2005 and enjoyed every moment of it. Dr. Difani was recently married to his wife Kristen in January 2012. Kristen is a Chicago Public Schools first grade teacher at Turner Drew Language Academy. They currently live in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago.
Dr. Difani is a member of the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. He prides himself on providing comprehensive dental treatment for patients of all ages. He enjoys educating the patients and making sure everyone understands their treatment options to ensure the best care is provided.
Dr. Carla Delafuente
Dr. Saba Kamal
Dr. Saba Kamal grew up in the southwestern suburb of Tinley Park, IL. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2003. Dr. Kamal also earned her Bachelor of Science in Dentistry in 2006 and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008. Dr. Kamal stays up to date on dental advancements by attending continuing education courses regularly. She is an active member of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), the Chicago Dental Society (CDS), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Dr. Kamal believes in patient education as a means for preventing many avoidable dental problems such as tooth loss and gum disease. She prides herself on establishing a trusting relationship with her patients in order to make their dental visits more comfortable.
In her free time, Dr. Kamal enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her family, cooking and reading.
Dr. Mary Kim
Dr. Mary Kim is a Chicago native who, after many years, has found her way back to her hometown. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Psychology. She later returned to Indianapolis where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in May of 1998.
While in dental school, Dr. Kim was an active member of the Psi Omega dental fraternity and served as a member on the board during her senior year. Presently, she is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society and involves herself in many study clubs in and around the city.
Dr. Kim practiced dentistry one year in Indiana and moved to Minneapolis, MN where she practiced for over five years before returning to Chicago. She believes in treating others as she would like to be treated: with compassion, patience, and a gentle touch. She derives great satisfaction from helping patients understand their oral health and by beautifying their smiles. Dr. Kim believes that oral health is a reflection of one’s overall health and is a team effort between the dental health professional, staff, and the patient.
During her free time, Dr. Kim enjoys the great dining experiences that Chicago has to offer in addition to traveling, watching movies, boating, and spending warm afternoons on the beach.
Dr. Jason Korkus
Dr. Jason Korkus is a Chicago native who grew up in New Buffalo, MI. He is the youngest of three children and takes pride in his ability to have become a bilingual Spanish speaking professional. Dr. Korkus obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology degree with a minor in Neuroscience from Miami University, Oxford, OH. He later received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan. He currently operates four practices including a not-for- profit school clinic within the Chicago Public School system named Uplift.
Since the inception of the practices Dr. Korkus has demonstrated his commitment to the health of the communities he serves by providing dental education in Head start Programs to the children and parents in the community. He believes in providing the most caring, professional dental services for everyone. He is a standing member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Illinois Dental Association (IDS), and the Chicago Dental Society (CDS). Dr. Korkus also sits on the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation Board of trustees as Chairman. His philanthropic skills have paved the way for the creation of a Mobile Medical Unit which provides vaccinations to the 28,000 unvaccinated students in the Chicago Public School system. In conjunction with the Director of the Foundation Board, Dr. Korkus is spearheading an effort to facilitate a $150,000 dental grant to provide dental access inside this medical mobile unit.
Dr. Korkus currently resides in Chicago with his wife, daughter Emily and son William.
Dr. Jeffery Korkus
Dr. Jeffery Korkus is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. During dental school Dr. Korkus participated in an extramural public health program at Salud Family Health Clinic, Commerce City, Colorado. He enjoys seeing patients of all ages. Dr. Korkus is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago dental society. In his free time he enjoys travel, the outdoors and playing the guitar.
Dr. Mark Mendiola
Dr. Mark M. Mendiola is a native of Standish, Michigan, a rural town three hours north of Detroit. He attended Grand Valley State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Studies and a minor in Chemistry. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Dr. Mendiola is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), and the Chicago Dental Society (CDS).
Prior to joining Sonrisa Family Dental in the fall of 2003, Dr. Mendiola took countless hours of advanced continuing education courses in postgraduate dentistry. He is thoroughly trained in all aspects and procedures of general dentistry. Dr. Mendiola is excited to provide optimal dental treatment to patients of all ages and different levels of need. Dr. Mendiola prides himself on being a lifelong student and continues to attend seminars and courses in order to stay abreast of the latest advances in dentistry.
Dr. Mendiola became a partner in Sonrisa Family Dental in 2008. As partner, he is focused on making sure that quality and comprehensive dental treatment is provided in an efficient and compassionate manner to all patients of Sonrisa Family Dental.
When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Mendiola enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, tennis, mountain biking, and reading.
Dr. Ankur Shah
Dr. Ankur Shah was born in Chicago, and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2008. He went on to complete a general practice residency at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, where he gained extensive training in complex dental conditions.
Dr. Shah finds it truly rewarding to educate his patients on the benefits of good oral health, and finds that teaching the importance of good hygiene to parents is sometimes the most important step in preventing oral disease in children. Dr. Shah continues to further his education and techniques through continuing education seminars and courses. He is currently an active member of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
In his free time, Dr. Shah enjoys traveling, tennis, golf, and spending time with his family. He currently resides in downtown Chicago with his wife, and loves exploring everything the city has to offer.
Dr. Sharone Shamir
Dr. Sharone Shamir grew up in the Midwest . She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2001 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Genetics from Michigan State University. Because of her pledge to bringing her patients the most advanced, aesthetic techniques available, Dr. Shamir has been dedicated to her professional development since graduation through continuing education and volunteering.
Dr. Shamir is committed to gentle dentistry and believes in making patients comfortable both in the chair and in the decisions that they make about their care. Her areas of special interest include cosmetic dentistry/smile enhancement, fixed and removable prosthodontics and pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Shamir moved to Chicago from Washington, DC with her family last year and is excited about joining Dr. Korkus at Sonrisa Family Dental. She lives in Northbrook with her husband and their young son. She is looking forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted.
Dr. Kelly Skerrett
Dr. Kelly Skerrett was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She’s a graduate of the University of New York at Buffalo and completed a General Practice residency in 2009 from Rush University Center. She fell in love with Chicago during her residency and did not want to leave, despite the bitter cold. Her goal as a dentist is to provide the best care she can while making the experience fun and relaxed for the patient.
In her spare time, she likes to take advantage of what Chicago offers. She enjoys record shopping, going to concerts, and abstract painting. She also just began taking bass lessons…watch out Joan Jett! You can find her at Sonrisa 5 days a week.
Dr. Nina Arora
Dr. Nina Arora is excited to be practicing at Sonrisa Family Dental. She loves working with patients of all ages, and especially enjoys working with young children. Dr. Arora understands the importance of establishing proper dental habits at an early age, and believes in providing the highest quality care. She takes the time to make sure that her patients are comfortable and understand their dental needs.
Dr. Arora completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, graduating with a degree in Biology in 2004. She then went on to the University of Illinois College of Dentistry, where she received her DDS in 2008.
Dr. Cynthia A. Cardenas de Shibla
Dr. Cardenas was awarded a Health Professional Scholarship from the US Navy to attend the University of Detriot, Mercy School of Dentistry. She completed her dental degree in May 2000. She then went on the complete a year long Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Naval Dental Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. During her five years of distinguished service in the Navy, Dr. Cardenas completed a six-month tour during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Persian Gulf onboard the USS Kennedy, and was awarded several prestigious leadership awards.
Dr. Cardenas is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society. Dr. Cardenas enjoys cooking and entertaining friends and family, and spending time with her husband and twin boys.
Dr. Neil Parikh
Dr. Neil Parikh was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He attended Loyola University Chicago graduating Magna Cum Laude. Thereafter, he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. During his time in dental school, he actively participated in the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) promoting advocacy in oral health education.
As a lifelong Chicago native, he’s committed to serving those in the community. Dr. Parikh enjoys all facets of dentistry and continually keeping up with the advancements in dentistry. Dr. Parikh is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society. The most rewarding aspect of dentistry for Dr. Parikh is viewing the positive impact a healthy and attractive smile can have on a person’s life.
In his free time, he enjoys travelling, tennis, watching Chicago sports, and living in the greatest city in the world.
Dr. Arpitha Marri
Dr. Marri grew up in Crawfordsville, IN. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree with minor in religion from Depauw University, Greencastle IN. She later received her doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Northwestern University Dental School. Dr. Marri has attended and continues to attend several continuing educations courses including invisilign. She is an active member of the Illinois State Dental(ISDS), the Chicago Dental Society(CDS), and the American Dental Association(ADA).
Dr. Marri values quality work, efficiency, accuracy and honesty. She strongly believes in the importance of patient education and strong doctor-patient relationships.
In her free time, Dr. Marri enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with loved ones and community service(Big Brother Big Sister).
Dr. Meghan Condit
Dr. Meghan Condit grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and is the oldest of three daughters. She attended college in Ann Arbor and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry with a D.D.S. Her primary goal is to work closely with her patients to address all of their concerns and help them achieve optimum oral health. Dr. Condit’s comprehensive approach addresses each patient as an individual with unique needs. She believes every patient deserves to be treated with respect and should receive high-quality dental care.
Dr. Condit looks forward to creating a comfortable and friendly dental experience for her patients alongside the staff. She believes that patient education is an important foundation to a healthy mouth and is eager to answer any questions you may have.
Dr. Condit’s professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and the America Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. J. Adam Dehart
Dr. Dehart is from West Virginia. He received both his undergraduate and doctorate degrees from West Virginia University. He enjoys golfing, baseball, and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dr. Eric Andersen
Dr. Eric Andersen is a native of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Science with Distinction in psychology. After graduating, he returned to Chicago, where he earned his dental degree from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, and the Alpha Omega International dental fraternity.
Dr. Andersen is pleased to treat patients of all ages and in all areas of general dentistry. He places an emphasis on prevention and patient education in order to ensure long-lasting and healthy smiles.
Dr. Andersen currently lives in Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys running by the lake, playing tennis, cooking, listening to music, and reading.
Dr. Amanda Henry
Dr. Amanda Henry is a Chicago native. She completed her undergraduate degree at Indiana University where she majored in biology, with minors in chemistry and psychology. Dr. Henry graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. During her time in school she received the “Golden Scalar” award for clinical excellence in periodontics, and had the opportunity to travel to China to practice dentistry.
Dr. Henry loves providing care to patients of all ages, especially children! In her spare time Dr. Henry enjoys yoga, volunteering, traveling, and taking Spanish classes.