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brightsmiles Pediatric Dentistry

Welcome to brightsmiles Pediatric Dentistry

Our group of board certified dentists bring extensive expertise to the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago. We hope to provide our community with the best quality of care and experience for families and children, all delivered in a setting that is tech friendly, modern, and nurturing.




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Why Should You Choose brightsmiles?

Our mission is to provide a long lasting dental home for all patients in an environment that is safe, trusting, nurturing, encouraging, organized, and clean. We strive to ensure patient and parent satisfaction by using scientifically proven behavior management strategies to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for children.

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Meet Our Board Certified Pediatric Dentists

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Meet Dr. Menka Malhotra

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Menka Malhotra is a proud Chicago native.  After graduating high school, she was accepted into an accelerated 7-year dual-degree Pre-Dental Science program. She attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA for undergraduate studies and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.   After receiving her DMD degree, she completed a general practice residency and pediatric dentistry residency at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx, NY. During her residency, Dr. Menka was elected chief resident by her fellow peers and mentors due to her dedication to her patients and the field of pedodontics.  

Dr. Menka is a Board-certified Pediatric Dentist and an American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Diplomate.   She is an active member of the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists.  Dr. Menka continues to further her knowledge by attending various continuing education courses to provide the best care for your child.   Outside of the office, Dr. Menka loves to practice and teach yoga.  Other hobbies include travelling, reading, music, and spending time with family and friends. 

Dr. Menka is dedicated to providing excellent care to your children and building a positive relationship with your family.  The most rewarding part of her day is when she can transform a fearful or anxious child into a happy patient.  She does so by illustrating patience and a gentle, fun approach. Dr.  Menka is extremely excited to meet you and your little ones and to help brighten their smiles along the way.

Dr. Amelia Angelo

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Amelia Angelo-Ori, a Park Ridge, Illinois native, is thrilled to be working locally where many of her friends and large family reside. Helping others in her community is something that brings her a great sense of pride.

After working several years as a dental hygienist, Dr. Amelia chose to further her education in the field, receiving her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Midwestern University, Illinois.  She was among the select few to be inducted into the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

Dr. Amelia completed her pediatric dental residency at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago/Northwestern University. There she served as Chief Pediatric Dental Resident treating medically compromised children and those with specific healthcare needs. Dr. Amelia provided emergency care for patients with dental traumas and served as a member of several multi-disciplinary teams such as; the craniofacial and the hematology/oncology teams. 

Dr. Amelia is focused on individualized care by recognizing that each patient brings their own background, sensitivities and unique needs. She is dedicated to taking care of her patients as she would her own daughter, by creating a nurturing environment while providing dental care that is comfortable and safe. Dr. Amelia loves educating her patients and their parents on the importance of oral/systemic health and proper nutrition. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and skills. 

Dr. Amelia is on staff at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the Department of Surgery. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.

Dr. Reema Patel

Board Eligible Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Reema Patel was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She successfully completed the 6-year Accelerated Scholar’s Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. There she obtained her undergraduate education and Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

After graduation, Dr. Reema moved to Chicago to complete a one-year General Practice Residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic where she had extensive training with special needs and medically compromised patients. While practicing general dentistry for three years, her desire and interest to continue to work with children led her to specialize in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Reema completed her pediatric dental training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in 2018.

Her ultimate mission is to educate both parents and children on preventive dental care. She recognizes that each child has different needs and is committed to providing the highest quality of dental care to her patients in a fun and enjoyable environment. When Dr Reema is not in the office, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter. She looks forward to meeting you and serving the local community! 

Dr. Johnny Kuttab

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr Johnny Kuttab is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  He has been practicing in Chicago since 2008.  
He grew up in Hoffman Estates, an avid athlete and sports fan, idolizing legends such as Michael Jordan, Andrea Agassi, Mark Grace and numerous others!  
He completed his baccalaureate studies and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree in the combined, expedited GPPA program at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2008. In 2010, he concluded his 2 yr pediatric dental residency as chief resident at Northwestern University/Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.   A teacher at heart, he remained in academics for several years as an attending within the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at Lurie Childrens, while also founding Brightsmiles Pediatric Dentistry, Sprout Pediatric Dentistry, and Pediatric Dental Surgical Associates.
A member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, the Chicago Dental Society, and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he is especially passionate about hospital based dentistry, special needs, trauma, and the behavior management of children.  He is on staff with surgical privileges at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Advocate Children’s Hospital/Lutheran General.  
Married to Vera and with two children, Annelise and Abraham, he brings a family centered approach to practice and business.  As a parent himself, he applies a down to earth and logical method to pediatric dentistry, always trying to remain as conservative and preventative based as possible.  He strongly believes in early prevention as being the best intervention, and especially enjoys watching patients grow from infancy and beyond.  He is committed to the highest quality standards in our profession, ensuring all patients receive compassionate care, delivered in a modern and psychologically rewarding setting, using scientifically proven behavior management modalities, nitrous oxide, or general anesthesia as needed in an outpatient, ambulatory setting.
His purpose is to not only serve patients and families proudly, but also our community, while providing employees, doctors, and staff an enriching and rewarding, long term career.

Dr. Lauren Ming

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Lauren Ming is a compassionate pediatric dentist who continuously strives to provide the highest level of care for her patients.  She loves getting to know her patients on a personal level and treats each as she would her own family. Dr. Ming firmly believes that “prevention is the best medicine” and is devoted to building relationships and supporting each patient on their unique dental journey from infancy to adolescence, and beyond.  Dr. Ming believes that helping a patient improve and maintain their smile enriches their life and enhances their confidence to achieve their dreams!

Dr. Ming grew up in Los Angeles and attended Loyola Marymount University, where she was on the rowing team and graduated with a degree in Biology. She then went on to receive her D.D.S. degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans. While at LSU, she received the Dental Lifeline Network Award which recognizes a dental student committed to volunteerism & helping individuals with special health care needs.

After graduation, Dr. Ming moved to Chicago to pursue a General Practice Residency, which provided her with advanced training in areas of dentistry such as pediatrics and treatment of medically compromised and special needs patients.  She practiced as a general dentist for several years in private practice and community hospital settings before choosing to specifically focus on providing quality and specialized dental care for kids.   Dr. Ming served as chief resident and completed her pediatric training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Beyond dentistry, Dr. Ming spends her time with her husband, Jeff,  and dog, Brody (the best-est boy).  She enjoys going for long bike rides, cooking tasty meals, and practicing her crafting skills.   Dr. Ming is delighted to officially welcome you to the BrightSmiles family!