Jerry Udelson, DDS, PC
Jerry Udelson, DDS, PC has been a Pediatric Dentist for more than twenty 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 fellowship at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, which was sponsored by the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation. Dr. Jerry was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry for two years.
Throughout his career Dr. Jerry has spoken at various dental meetings and institutions, both nationally and internationally. In 2003, Dr. Jerry was invited by the People to People Ambassador Program to visit Cuba. There, he observed and learned about the state of health care in Cuba. He also participated in dialogue with Cuban dentists sharing ideas about how their pediatric dental care differs from that offered in the United States.
Dr. Jerry has the expertise, experience, and heart to treat children with a variety of special needs within his practice. His desire to work with special needs patient began years ago. While caring for his brother Mark who was severely disabled with cerebral palsy, he found that his capacity to care for him was natural and the results rewarding.
For many years, Dr. Jerry has offered his time and service to the community. His commitment to the special needs population is evident in his continued volunteer efforts, which has included treatment of individuals from The Infant Welfare Society.
Dr. Jerry was born and raised in the Oak Park Area and graduated from OPRFHS in 1975. He currently resides in the area with his wife Michelle and their four children. In his spare time, Dr. Jerry enjoys traveling with his family, golfing, and glass blowing.
Allison Horn, DDS, MS
Allison Horn, DDS, MS 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.
She earned her DDS degree with Honors in Pediatric Dentistry from NYU College of Dentistry. Her favorite clinical experiences involved treating patients with severe dental phobia 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. When it came time to attend a residency in Pediatric Dentistry, she was thrilled to be selected for the program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and to move back to the Midwest.
Allison truly loves treating children and special needs patients. She especially enjoys giving a child their first dental visit and making it an enjoyable experience for both the child and the parent. She has very fond memories of her own pediatric dentist and wants all of her patients to feel the same way.
She, her husband, and their daughter live within earshot of the homerun cheers at Wrigley Field. In her free time, Allison can be found walking along Lake Michigan with her family, exploring the Chicago food scene with her chef husband, or planning her next adventure vacation. She 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-TschirleyGunatillike 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.
Jennifer Foes, DMD
Dr. Jennifer is a true Mid-Westerner having grown up and spent most of her life in Illinois. She completed her Bachelors in Biology at Illinois State University and then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Jennifer followed this by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry through NYU Lutheran in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Jennifer worked as a general dentist for four years in a Chicago children’s community clinic, where she realized her true passion was working with kids! She headed back to school and completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at LYU Langone in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Jennifer is so excited to be a part of the Elmhurst Dentistry for Kids family and working in this amazing specialty! She strives to provide the highest quality care possible in a comfortable environment by taking the time to build trust and rapport with her patients and their families.
When Dr. Jennifer is not in the office, she loves running, staying active, and spending time with her husband, family, friends, and her boxer Max! Like any other true Chicagoan, Dr. Jennifer enjoys watching her favorite Chicago sports teams, the Bears, the Blackhawks, the Cubs, and the Bulls!
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!