Dental Experts in Chicago Meet our accomplished staff! Art of Modern Dentistry is comprised of highly educated Chicago dentists who are continuously furthering their knowledge of dentistry to ensure you receive the most comprehensive, up-to-date treatment. We invite you to meet the distinguished dentists that make up our team: Dr. Nikoo Daftary - Art of Modern Dentistry owes its development to the leadership of Dr. Daftary since 2005. Dr. Daftary is a graduate of Northwestern University Dental School and also received certification in endodontics during her time at Longwood Dental Center, LLC, where she was appointed lead dentist in 2004. Since 2005, Dr. Daftary has been fully devoted to the development and success of Art of Modern Dentistry. She has lead Art of Modern Dentistry to become one of the most modern general dentistry groups in the City of Chicago. Dr. Leslee Rutherford - Our lead pediatric dentist, Dr. Rutherford helps set up children for a lifetime of good oral health through education and preventative treatment. Dr. Rutherford graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, and later received her certificate in pediatric dentistry in 2006.She places an emphasis on prevention with the children she treats, believing that early education and proper oral hygiene are the key to a lifetime of good oral health. Dr. Caroline Jermanus - Dr. Jermanus is a board certified periodontist, proficiently trained in all aspects of periodontics including non-surgical and surgical treatment of periodontal diseases. Dr. Jermanus attended Nova Southeastern University for her dental training, and she went on to finish specialty training in periodontics and dental implants at the University of Florida, where she received a certificate in periodontics and dental implants in addition to a master's degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Lauren Mell - Dr. Mell is a biology graduate from The Ohio State University and continued her education by attending OSU's College of Dentistry where she earned multiple scholarships and participated in research. After graduating from dental school cum laude with a DDS degree, Dr. Mell moved back to Chicago and furthered her education through the prestigious dental residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Currently, Dr. Mell is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. John Pawluk, DDS - John W. Pawluk, DDS, Director of Endodontic Associates of Illinois, offers an impressive record of success in providing endodontic treatments to thousands of patients who consistently praise him for his professionalism and compassion. Dr. Pawluk completed his postgraduate Microsurgical Endodontic specialty training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he served as Chief Resident and Instructor, teaching dental students clinical endodontics. Dr. Patricia Chao - Dr. Patricia Chao works as an Associate Dentist at the Art of Modern Dentistry, focusing on children ages 2 – 17. She holds a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Chao's approach to dentistry includes a firm belief in preventative care, patient education, and long-lasting treatment. Schedule a free consultation by calling our Lakeview office at (773) 935-3600 or our South Loop office at (312) 922-1898. Our staff looks forward to meeting you!