Meet Your Team

The Staff

Naperville Prosthodontist – Anthony LaVacca, DMD, FACP, FICOI

Dr. Anthony LaVacca has many of the characteristics you would look for when seeking the best Naperville dentist. What qualities make Dr. LaVacca one of the best Naperville dentists? Dedication to excellence, extensive training, and innovative contributions to the field of dentistry.

After completing undergraduate studies in accounting at Rutgers University, Dr. LaVacca attended Temple University, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He then completed a general practice residency at East Orange Veterans Hospital, and extensive post-graduate prosthodontics training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

abop-retouchAs a board-certified prosthodontist and a fellow of both the American College of Prosthodontists and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. LaVacca has presented lectures both nationally and internationally on several topics, including Superior Implant Replacement with State-of-the-Art Computer Software, a Brief Overview of Full-Mouth Rehabilitation using Implants, Decreasing Chair Time with a Controlled Indirect Technique for Fixed Prostheses and Surgical Implant Hands-on Training.

Before opening Naperville Dental Specialists, among others, he practiced Restorative Dentistry with University Associates in Dentistry, Implant Prosthetic Rehabilitation Dentistry at the Chicago Center for Advanced Dentistry, and Advanced Restorative Dentistry at LaSota & Lee Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York. Other professional appointments include serving as director of the general practice residency program and interim director of the postgraduate program in prosthodontics at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he served as an assistant professor.

Dr. LaVacca has received several honorary recognitions for his contribution to the field. He has presented table clinics for the Temple University Alumni Association, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He participated in a study focused on Bond Strengths of Laboratory Veneering to Gold-Coated Titanium and Bond strengths of Polymer Glass to Three Cast Alloys.

logo-hawksDr. LaVacca maintains memberships with the American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration and the International Association for Dental Research.

Dr. LaVacca proudly supported the Chicago Blackhawks by providing the team with excellent dental care from 2005-2010 and was affiliated with the team for the Stanley Cup.

Naperville Oral Surgeon – Michael Jones, DDS

Dr. Michael Jones is a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Dental School and did his Oral Surgery residency at Cook County Hospital in downtown Chicago. He is the past president of the Chicago Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and has been a member of both the board and the anesthesia review committee for the Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was also an associate clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Dental School and volunteer faculty at the University of North Carolina.

His clinical interests are in implantology, dentoalveolar surgery(wisdom teeth), maxillofacial trauma and oral pathology, but his real passion is teaching. For that reason, he is Director of the Northwest Suburban Chicago Study Club, a multidisciplinary group.

He is excited to join the teams of Naperville Dental Specialists, Innovative Orthodontic Centers, and Innovative Pediatric Dentistry, and feels that ideal dental treatment comes only with excellent communication between all members of the treatment team. As many dental offices spend time and energy trying to communicate between the general dentist and varying dental specialists, the opportunity to participate in an office that provides all of these treatment options “under one roof” is truly a dream come true. His hobbies are music, triathlons and running marathons. He is married with one son, Nathan, who is the love of his life.

Naperville Dentist – Irene Pisareva, DMD

Dr. Irene received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago in Social Psychology, and completed her D.M.D. degree at Midwestern University in Glendale AZ. Dr. Irene utilizes the most up-to-date, innovative, state-of-the-art methods in dentistry with proficiency in the newest technologies and materials.

Dr. Irene is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has extensive training in esthetic smile design, general dentistry, surgical procedures, and occlusion/TMD. Her belief is that a humanistic approach to patient care and exceptional attention to detail will help her patients meet their dental needs and achieve radiant, healthy smiles.

Naperville Dentist – Lidia Ickes, DDS

Dr. Lidia Ickes grew up in Southeastern Michigan where she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oakland University followed by Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Dr. Ickes graduated with recognition for her academic accomplishments and she is a member of the National Dental Honor Society-Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

Before Dr. Ickes moved to Illinois, her dental career was dedicated to private practice in Michigan. There she excelled in all aspects of general dentistry and she treated patients of all ages and dental needs. Her dedication and patient-focused approach demonstrates her proven commitment to oral health. Dr. Ickes always maintains a high level of comfort while achieving the optimum desired results. She takes pride in delivering compassionate comprehensive dental care with a strong emphasis on prevention and patient education.

To broaden her knowledge of the latest dental advances and the evolving technology in the industry, Dr. Ickes regularly attends continuing education classes and workshops. This is a priority that helps her daily practice demonstrate innovative clinical excellence. She is professionally affiliated with Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society.

Dr. Ickes recently moved to Illinois with her husband, Matt. They currently live in the city of Chicago where they are experiencing all the best the city has to offer. In their spare time they enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, running, golf, and spending time with family and friends.

Naperville Dentist – Brian Ruby, DDS

Dr. Brian Ruby was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois and graduated from Evergreen Park Community High School in 1985. Following high school, he attended Illinois Benedictine College, where he played four years of baseball and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1989.

Dr. Ruby began dental studies at University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1989 and graduated in May 1993. In September 1993, he received North East Regional Board licensure and began working as an associate dentist at Oak Lawn Dental Center. In October 1996, Dr. Ruby acquired Hickory Hills Dental Center Ltd. in Hickory Hill, and in October 1999, he acquired Dr. Brian D. Ruby Ltd. in Naperville.

Notable Accomplishments

  • June 2013 – Completed Advanced Invisalign certification
  • May 2011 – Was honored at UIC College of Dentistry’s graduation ceremonies for his student mentorship program.
  • April 2007 – Acquired certification from Invisalign® for basic orthodontics I and II.
  • Since 2007, Dr. Ruby has regularly participated in continuing education.
  • May 2009 – Completed a two-day course on Lumineers® placement and shade modification.
  • June 1999 – Completed a three-day course on Aesthetic Posterior Restorations from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
  • 12-year member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.
Naperville Dentist – David Gershenzon, DMD

Dr. David graduated from Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine in Glendale Arizona.While at Midwestern University, Dr. Dave received advanced training in general & cosmetic dentistry as well as training in oral surgery, periodontal surgery, endodontic surgery & implant placement. Along with his dental training Dr. Gershenzon is also BLS (basic life support) certified. Currently, he is a member of the American Dental Association, he is an active participant in the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and most importantly, is committed to continuing his education in the field of dentistry.