Louis Kaufman, DDS
Nationally recognized as an educator, author, and practicing clinician, Dr. Kaufman brings a special “big-picture” approach to dentistry and his life. Graduating from UIC College of Dentistry in 1995, Dr. Kaufman has been treating patients with fully personalized care for over 25 years.
His love for helping patients achieve their dental goals, along with his father’s own work, inspired Dr. Kaufman to become a dentist. Under Dr. Kaufman’s watch, the now 70-year-old practice started by his father has continued to grow and flourish, providing a model for practices across the country.
Dedicated to being the best dentist he can be, Dr. Kaufman serves on the advisory board of numerous dental manufacturers, consults on product development, and has educated clinicians across the globe on a wide range of topics. In fact, Dr. Kaufman has been lecturing both nationally and internationally on continuing education programs for the last 15 years. He has also published numerous articles on restorative and cosmetic dentistry and is an administrator with Smile Source Chicago.
When he’s not helping patients create healthy, confident smiles, Dr. Kaufman enjoys attending live concerts and Chicago Bulls games. To stay active, he is fond of cycling, hiking, and hitting the gym. His two children, now both adults in their own right, are his pride and joy and he also loves spending time with them whenever he can.
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Dr. Kaufman holds professional memberships in The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and The Chicago Dental Society, The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, The Academy of Laser Dentistry, Illinois State Dental Society, International College of Oral Implantologists, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
I’m an FAGD dentist! What does that mean for you and your family?
FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist with FAGD after their name, you can rest assured that they care about knowing the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry. AGD Fellows practice these techniques in a classroom setting multiple times a year — not every dentist does this.
To become an AGD Fellow, a dentist must:
- Complete over 500 credit hours of CE.
- Earn 350 of those 500 credits in live courses.
- Pass an exam equal in difficulty to board certification exams.
Areas of Special Interest:
Dental Implants, Comprehensive Reconstruction, Treatment Planning, Cosmetic Smile Design, LUMINEERS, and Three-Dimensional Imaging, minimally invasive smile design, comprehensive full mouth reconstruction.
Lisa Minkowski, DDS
Dr. Lisa Minkowski is a native of Wisconsin, received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Loyola University Chicago. She then continued her education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University. She moved back to Chicago and joined the office as an associate in 2013. Dr. Minkowski is dedicated to providing excellent, gentle dental care in a relaxed, comfortable environment. She believes that communication and compassion are key when discussing comprehensive treatment plans with her patients. Dr. Minkowski seeks to educate her patients about dental problems and treatments, because she believes that informed patients are better able to make informed decisions about their health and their well-being. Her friendly personality creates an atmosphere where patients are comfortable asking questions.
Dr. Minkowski is an active member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. She consistently attends continuing education courses to ensure that the care she provides is the most advanced and up to date. Dr. Minkowski enjoys providing exceptional preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She is also certified in Invisalign®.
Deepika Aggarwal, DDS
Dr. Deepika Aggarwal is a general dentist who enjoys all facets of dentistry. She has over 13 years of private practice experience under her belt and is committed to continuous growth.
She enjoys building a relationship with each patient founded on trust and mutual respect. Each patient gets a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their individual needs. Dr. Aggarwal says, “I feel privileged in having the opportunity to educate and transform lives. Through dentistry, I can blend science and art to create a healthy and beautiful smile.”
Dr. Aggarwal values each patient and works to create a family-friendly environment where open communication is encouraged. With the goal to empathetically listen and address each patient’s concerns and needs while ensuring their comfort and allaying any fears they may have.
At Smile Design Studio, you will be embraced in a welcoming and professional atmosphere. Our highly trained and friendly team takes pride in patient care and education to provide the best possible care. Dr. Aggarwal says, “My patients have the confidence in knowing that I always have their best interest at heart.”
Born in Michigan, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Aggarwal has called Chicago home for the last four years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and can speak four languages: English, Hindi, and Punjabi.
Dr. Leila Soltani
Dr. Leila Soltani graduated from Dental School in 1999. She started her journey in Periodontics in 2001 at Melli University (National University of Iran) where she graduated as Board Certified from the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics in 2004.
Dr. Soltani started her private practice as a Periodontist in 2007.
After moving to the USA, Dr. Soltani was able to obtain a Preceptorship in Advanced Implantology from UCLA in 2013.
She continued her education in the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry (2013-2016).
During her education, Dr. Soltani achieved the following recognitions:
- Outstanding Award in “Basic Sciences “1996.
- Outstanding Award in “Periodontics Board Examination “2004.
- Chari’s Award in Advanced Education Program in Periodontics, 2016.
- Awarded as Clinical and Academic Excellence in Advanced Education Program in Periodontics”, 2016.
- Fellowship in “Advanced Laser in Dentistry”, LANAP Certified 2021.
Since 2001, Dr. Soltani has achieved excellent outcomes for her patients in the following courses of treatment:
- Treatment of chronic and aggressive Periodontitis
- Laser-assisted new attachment in Periodontics (LANAP)
- Implant placement and all related advanced surgical procedures
- Immediate implant placement
- Sinus lift (Crestal and Lateral)
- Osseous surgery
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Periodontal and Peri-implant soft tissue enhancement
- Root coverage, treatment of sensitive teeth
- Frenectomy, Frenotomy
- Treatment of Peri-implantitis
- Guided bone reconstruction
- Pre-prosthetic surgeries (Functional and Esthetic Crown Lengthening, Vestibuloplasty, GBR)
- Management of medically compromised patients
- Surgical exposure of unerupted teeth
- Periodontal maintenance
When she’s not at work, Dr. Soltani spends time watching movies, or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, running, and swimming. She was an NYC Marathon finisher in 2017!
Gayle Pelc, RDH, BS
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Gayle is committed to giving all of her patients the finest treatment she possibly can, leading to a lifetime of great oral health. With 36 years of experience, 35 of which have been with Dr. Kaufman and our practice, Gayle has been in dentistry for much of her life and is an integral part of our team. She has received an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene and a BS in Health Arts. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree as well.
In her spare time, Gayle enjoys gardening and baking. She is also a huge Chicago sports fan and describes herself as a “rabid” White Sox and Blackhawks fan. When not enjoying a game, Gayle enjoys going on nature preserve hikes with her beloved german shorthaired pointer, Buzz.
Nina Parker, RDH
With 18 years of experience, Nina has honed her skills as a hygienist to deliver an amazing patient experience for everyone who walks through our doors. Her dental philosophy is simple, yet no less critical for it: provide the highest quality of care possible. Nina has received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in dental hygiene, ensuring that patients can trust in her skill and understanding of dental care.
Nina chose to work in dentistry because she believes that smiles are everything. Accordingly, when she is not in the office, she loves cooking, exercising, and enjoying everything that life as to offer.