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Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists Leadership

Our Executive Board
Officers & Directors

We pride ourselves on being a small and efficient professional organization, and this is due, in part, to our excellent Executive Board Officers and Directors. Their experience and passion for helping fellow dentists allows them to accomplish so much for the IPSD and its members. They are committed to building upon progress, so you can become the very best version of yourself.

Executive Officers

Our Executive Board enjoys forming relationships with each and every member of the ISPD, and before you join us, you can learn a little more about them and their credentials.

ISPD Directors

An outstanding team of directors supports our Board. They ensure that the ISPD continues to run well and provides excellent value for our members. You will find a little information about each of them below.

Ashlee Vorachek, DDS

President

avorachek@luriechildrens.org

Dr. Vorachek has been a member of the ISPD for 10 years and is thrilled to serve as President of an organization she truly believes provides so much value for both dentists and their patients. She has been practicing for 11 years and earned her dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. This was followed by her pediatric residency at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital., where she is currently the residency Program Director. She is also a Diplomate of the ABPD and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society and the Chicago Dental Society. Dr. Vorachek has taken part in multiple published studies, including “Inhibition of Autism Spectrum Disorder Associated Bacteria by Polyols.” She’s an advocate for resident research and was the first chair of the Dr. Indru Punwani Graduate Student Research Award from the ISPD.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Vorachek enjoys baking sweet treats, golfing with her husband, and traveling to visit her sister in Charleston, SC. She regularly takes classes at The Barre Code and likes to spend her weekends painting, taking her dog Nugget for a walk, or just sipping a nice cold margarita.

Reena Shah, DDS

Immediate Past President

drshah@growingsmileschicago.com

Dr. Shah has been practicing for 20 years and been a part of the ISPD for 14 years. As a pediatric dentist, she loves that every day is different but always fun because children bring such a unique happiness and energy to the world. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and completed her GPR at the University of Illinois. After practicing general dentistry for a few years, she earned her pediatric certification at Northwestern University. When she eventually joined the ISPD, she initially didn’t know what to expect, but she felt it was important to give back to the profession. As time went by, she learned the importance of organized dentistry and realized the power that a combined group has to better the profession versus just individuals. Today, she has a great appreciation for what the organization does, and she loves that she gets to meet and work with so many like-minded individuals with whom she can seek advice and share ideas. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Originally from Michigan, Dr. Shah and her husband have two teenage daughters and a new Australian Labradoodle puppy. When not spending time with family, she loves to frequent Chicago’s many terrific restaurants, play tennis, and practice yoga.

Victoria Ursitti, DMD

President-Elect

vursitti@sbcglobal.net

Dr. Ursitti has been a member of the ISPD for her entire 25-year dental career. She attended the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and earned her Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While she was still a student, she spent time going to schools providing an educational program called the Smile Squad. This type of outreach wasn’t very common back in the ’90s, so Dr. Ursitti is considered a pioneer when it comes to spreading awareness for oral health. She chose to get involved with the ISPD because she believes that sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas, and learning new techniques through continuing education keeps a dentist energized and fresh so they can provide the highest quality care. She also enjoys getting to mentor younger dentists so they can begin their careers on the right foot. She is currently a member of the ADA, ISDS, AAPD, and Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Ursitti is happily married with one son, and as a family, they enjoy skiing, traveling, cooking Italian food, and working on their small ranch. In the past, she has sung with multiple classical chorales in the Chicago area.

Maribel Reyes de Lobos, DMD. MS

Secretary-Treasurer

mreyes4@uic.edu

Dr. Lobos is an 18-year dental veteran, and she joined the ISPD in 2010. She says that nothing is better than helping a child get past their dental anxiety and feel proud of themselves. For her, the ISPD offers a way to help her stay abreast of the latest in pediatric dentistry. She also enjoys that it enables her to maintain old friendships and make new ones as time goes by. She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, where she earned her DDS degree as well as her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Masters in Oral Sciences. In 2013, she was certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Today, she also maintains memberships in the ADA as well as the AAPD.

Her primary hobby is running, with her favorite 5K being the Carrera de Los Muertos in Pilsen. She also likes to write poetry and find tasty, hole-in-the-wall cafes, but she says her greatest passion is international travel. She actually spent an entire year in Paris while in college!

Miranda Albert, DDS

Director

mira.albert1@gmail.com

Dr. Albert joined the ISPD the same year she started practicing dentistry—2006. She chose pediatrics because she loves helping children be happy and healthy, and she saw that the ISPD would give her the opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded dentists and advocate for the profession. She earned her dental degree from the University of Michigan and obtained her Master's degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of the ISDS and is a national spokesperson for the AAPD. She is also involved with the ABPD on their examination committee.

Dr. Albert is married with two children and a dog, so she likes to spend the majority of her off time with her family. Some of their favorite activities include skiing, watersports, and traveling.

Kristin Elliot, DDS

Director

kristinmelliot@gmail.com

Dr. Elliot has been practicing dentistry for 14 years, and she’s been a proud member of the ISPD for her entire career. For her, the best part of her job is getting to experience the lightheartedness and playfulness provided by her little patients every day. She obtained her dental degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Memorial Medical Center. She joined the ISPD because she wanted to be a part of organized dentistry and give back to the field that has already given her so much. She is also a member of the ADA, AAPD, ISDS, and CDS.

When she’s not working, Dr. Elliot primarily spends her free time with her husband, their three daughters, and their pet bunny, Fergus. On the weekends, you’ll often find her reading, crafting, watching movies, and baking (she has a major sweet tooth!).

Tehemina Richardson, DDS

Director

drtehemina@care4kidsteeth.com

Dr. Richardson has 15 years of dental experience, all of which she has spent as a member of the ISPD. She is a graduate of the NYU College of Dentistry and earned her Pediatric Dental Certificate from the same institution. She says that her mentors taught her early that organized dentistry is important because it helps dentists represent themselves to the outside world in a unified way, plus it enables them to advocate for their patients (which is especially important when it comes to children). She is a member of the ADA, AAPD, ISDS, CDS, and College of Diplomates of the ABPD.

Dr. Richardson is a proud mother and describes her family as “warm, loving, and crazy in a good way!” She is a passionate avocational singer and enjoys performing for her patients and is a member of an a capella group. She also likes to knit, cook, and bake.

Marilia Montero, DDS

Executive Director

mariliamf05@gmail.com

Dr. Montero comes to us all the way from Fortaleza, Brazil, and she has 28 years of experience in the dental field. After graduating from the Federal University of Ceara, Brazil, she then completed a two-year AEGD at the Eastman Dental Center. This was followed by a GPR at the University of Rochester, and she received her pediatric dentistry certificate in 2000 from the University of Connecticut.

This was followed by a pediatric dentistry fellowship at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Dentistry. Today, she is also a member of the ADA, AAPD, ISDS, and CDS.

Risa Hurwich, DDS, MPH

Director

hurwich.risa@gmail.com

Dr. Hurwich is a pediatric dentist because she wants to positively impact the lives of children. This is also what drew her to the ISPD. She values a voice in organized dentistry and works to adequately represent the ideals of the local pediatric dental community. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Hurwich obtained her pediatric certification from the UIC College of Dentistry. She is an active member of, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society and the Chicago Dental Society. She is also a founding member of the Chicago Pediatric Dentistry Study Club.

When she is not helping patients or supporting fellow dentists, Dr. Hurwich likes to spend of her free time with her family and friends. She enjoys practicing yoga, traveling with her husband and exploring the vibrant Chicago restaurant scene.

Allyson Feinstein, DMD

Director

agfeinstein@hotmail.com

Dr. Feinstein has been a pediatric dentist for 10 years, and she truly loves the profession because she gets to be a positive role model for children and play an active part in their lives, ensuring they grow up healthy. She attended the University of Pittsburgh for dental school as well as her pediatric residency. She joined the ISPD because she believes that organized dentistry is critical to providing the best care for children, which is why she is also a member of the ADA, ISDS, AAPD, AAP, and CDS.

At home, Dr. Feinstein stays nice and busy thanks to her husband and their three children. She enjoys playing with her kids, needle pointing, reading, and cheering on her beloved St. Louis Cardinals (she is originally from St. Louis).

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