Our Dentists

The dentists and staff at First Smiles Dental are a group of highly-trained and passionate professionals. Each member of our team is committed to providing quality care and a positive experience to every patient that walks through our doors.

Our Dentists

Dr. Scott Goldman, DDS
Dr. Goldman graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. After dental school, Dr. Goldman completed a two-year specialty program in pediatric dentistry from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Illinois Dental Society, and Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists. He is certified in pediatric advanced life support and by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Goldman encourages parents to take an active role in the oral health of their children and tries to make every child feel comfortable and proud of growing up. His philosophy is conservative in nature and he encourages preventive visits starting at age one.

Dr. Keta Radich, DMD
Dr. Michaella “Keta” Radich grew up in Neenah, WI and attended Marquette University, majoring in Biomedical Sciences and French. She graduated early to travel through 33 countries in Europe and the Middle East to satiate her wanderlust. Dr. Keta completed dental school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with clinical honors. She gained her pediatric specialty training at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where she worked with a spectrum of medically complex, special needs and behaviorally challenging patients. Coming from a brute of a family, Dr. Keta has a natural ease with children and wants every child to feel safe, empowered, and loved when they come to the dentist. This country girl enjoys laughing with family and friends, running, writing postcards, exploring the city, and baking sweets.

Dr. Leila Younger, DDS
Dr. Younger is a board-certified pediatric dentist with more than 20 years of experience. After earning her undergraduate degree in Biology and her dental degree from the University of Illinois, she completed her clinical training at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Dr. Younger also has her Master’s degree in pediatric dentistry from Northwestern University.

Dr. Younger serves on the board of directors for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

When she’s not treating patients at Smiles for Kids, she can be found teaching at the University of Southern California and visiting her two children who reside in Los Angeles. Dr. Younger also enjoys hiking and biking with her husband as well as traveling for medical mission trips to provide dental care in underserved areas.

Dr. Louis Whitesman, DDS, MS
Dr. Whitesman’s practice philosophy is to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment and create beautiful, healthy smiles. He believes all kids should be able to receive the benefit of a nice, straight smile. Dr. Whitesman grew up in Denver, CO and received a DDS degree from the University of Michigan. He later received his Certificate and Master’s degree in Orthodontics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Whitesman lives in Chicago and enjoys working out and learning Spanish in his spare time.

Dr. Megan Davenport, DDS
Dr. Davenport is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She grew up in South Bend, Indiana and attended the University of Notre Dame where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology. She then graduated with high distinction from Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. After working for two years at a community health clinic in central Wisconsin as a general dentist, Dr. Davenport completed pediatric specialty training in Milwaukee at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Dr. Davenport takes pride in providing exceptional dental care to children in a compassionate, gentle way. It is her priority to help children feel safe and at ease while at the dentist so that they can have a positive and fun dental experience.

In her spare time, Dr. Davenport enjoys baking, college football (Go Irish!), traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Gerry Aylward, Orthodontist
Dr. Gerry Aylward grew up in Dublin, Ireland and received his dental degree in 1975. Following graduation, he completed a general practice residency and moved to London where he was in general practice for two and a half years.  During this time he was awarded a full scholarship to study orthodontics at Northwestern University.  Upon completion of his orthodontic residency, he taught part-time in both the orthodontic and pediatric dentistry departments and received his MS in 1984.  Since then he has been practicing orthodontics exclusively in the Chicago suburbs.  He also has a M.Div. and an MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Aylward and his wife Linda, an attorney, live in North Barrington.  Their daughter, Brynna, is a senior copywriter for an advertising agency in Chicago. Gerry is also a musician with a passion for jazz and plays several instruments. Currently, he is a band member at Holy Family Catholic Church in Iverness and regularly leads worship on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Our Support Staff

Tammy, Karen, MaryAnn, Laura, Juanita, Ana, and Lori are our chairside dental assistants. They have received specialized training in and are certified in polishing and sealant application. We are proud to say that our dental assistants have been with the First Smiles Dental family for 10-15 years.

Colleen, Beth, Laura, Dawn, and Kelli are members of our business staff. They have many years of experience working in medical and dental offices and are happy to assist you with scheduling, insurance, and account inquiries.

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