Comfortable care for you and your family

We've served Chicagoland for over 25 years

Dr. Kevin Boyd and our team of experienced professionals have been providing comprehensive pediatric dental care in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago for over 25 years. We are dedicated to improving the health and development of children of all ages. Our team understands the importance of a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. We’ll take the time to listen, address your concerns and explain your treatment recommendations in detail. We have extensive experience with children of all ages and needs. At Dentistry For Children, it all starts with a smile!

We are commited to the best possible experience

Our founder, Dr. Kevin Boyd, is a distinguished pediatric dentist and educator renowned for his expertise in diagnosing and treating pediatric airway health issues. He and his team opened Dentistry for Children with the vision of being a trusted dental home for all children. Our team has created a welcoming practice environment, ensuring your family feels safe, comfortable, and well-informed.

The Dentistry For Children difference

We cultivate a child-friendly environment
We recognize that the dentist's chair can be intimidating, especially for young children. That's why we've created a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment where your child's dental visit becomes a positive experience. Our friendly and experienced staff are experts in working with kids of all ages and varying needs, ensuring that your child feels at ease. By transforming the traditional view of the dentist into a place of fun and relaxation, we aim to eliminate any stigma associated with dental care to instill a lifelong appreciation for maintaining a healthy smile.
We prioritize preventive care
We're committed to revolutionizing pediatric dental care and orthodontics by prioritizing early diagnosis and prevention. That's why we advocate for children to visit our office at the earliest possible age. By identifying and addressing growth issues or oral problems sooner, we ensure less invasive and more effective treatment down the road.
We believe in collaboration with other providers
It would be silly to think we can treat a child’s health in a vacuum. So many of our bodily systems are intertwined. That's why we collaborate closely with other healthcare experts, such as ENTs and pediatricians. Additionally, we offer comprehensive services, including speech therapy and nutrition planning, to provide holistic care and help children live their healthiest lives.
We focus on educating parents and providers
Our mission extends beyond our practice. We're dedicated to educating and training fellow pediatric dentists, general dentists, and orthodontists on the importance of airway health. Dr. Boyd is an attending instructor for the residency-training program in Pediatric Dentistry at Lurie Children's Hospital and serves as a dental consultant to the Sleep Medicine service, ensuring that airway health is integrated into everyday practice.
We understand the importance of advocacy
We're passionate about raising awareness concerning pediatric oral health issues, including airway health and TMJ. Dr. Boyd's expertise is recognized globally as he lectures on topics like Early Childhood Malocclusion, pediatric sleep breathing hygiene, and the evolving field of Evolutionary Oral Medicine, always promoting the healthy development of children. You can listen to Dr. Boyd discussing the advantages of early intervention and malocclusion treatment with Airway Health Solutions here.

Dr. Kevin Boyd, MS, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Prior to receiving his specialty license in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa, he earned an MSc degree from Michigan State University in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. His graduate research interests centered around the impact of commercially-processed foods on dental health and body weight. His Nutrition background has served as a great foundation for the specialty practice of Pediatric Dentistry given that many oral health problems are often associated with unhealthy eating; dental caries (cavities) and early periodontal (gum) inflammation (gingivitis) are two of the most common problems associated with unhealthy snacking behaviors.

Dr. Boyd has extensive training and clinical experience in performing risk assessment, diagnosing, and treating very young children who present with non-self-correcting malocclusions with possibly-associated sleep and breathing difficulties.   

He lectures worldwide on the topics of Early Childhood Malocclusion (under 72 months), pediatric sleep breathing hygiene, and the newly emerging healthcare discipline of Evolutionary Oral Medicine, also often called Darwinian Dentistry.  

He is married and has two adult daughters. When not working, he enjoys tennis, skiing and sailing.

Dr. Janet Pannaralla, DDS

Board Certified General Dentist

Dr. Janet Pannaralla has been a vital member of the Dentistry for Children team for over 20 years. After attending the University of Illinois and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology & Anthropology, she continued her education at U of I by completing her doctorate in dental surgery (DDS).

As a Primary Care Dentist (PCD) who treats patients of all ages, she enjoys a special relationship with her pediatric patients and is known for the empathy and warm relationships she cultivates with both parents and children alike.

She is a member of numerous dental organizations and continues to seek and attend continuing educational learning opportunities to enhance her knowledge and expertise in the areas of pediatric cavity prevention and restorative treatment, airway health and orthodontic/orthopedic growth guidance. 

Dr. Janet has four children who additionally keep her very engaged in all things pediatric.

Dr. Shira Rose Levy, DMD

Board Certified General Dentist

Shira Rose Levy has been a member our team for nearly 3 years now having initially come to us as a dentist-mom seeking care for her own children at our office. Also a Primary Care Dentist (PCD) who treats patients of all ages, Shira has a special interest in advanced risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of issues often associated with jaw joint dysfunction, or ‘TMJ’ disease and the short and long-term problems it can pose for young children, adolescents and adults. 

After spending her formative years in Israel, she attended Tufts University where she earned her DMD degree. “I was drawn to dentistry because I needed quite a lot of dental work as a kid. My dentist was always happy to see me and made dentistry seem so great.”

Dr. Levy is married and is the mother of two small boys. In her spare time, she appreciates a good book, enjoys travelling (but hates to fly) and a nice meal.

Dragana Sarenac

Registered Dental Hygenist

Dragana has been a reliable and professional clinical team member since she started working with our practice over 15 years ago.

Dragana graduated from Rock Valley College in Rockford in 2003 where she earned a degree in dental hygiene. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Chicago Nutrition Association. 

Dragana enjoys working with young patients in helping them maintain exceptional oral health which also includes teaching them proper oral hygiene techniques and nutrition. In her spare time, Dragana enjoys city life and traveling all over the world.

Orla Keane

Office Manager

Orla joined our practice in 2002 as a dental receptionist, where she quickly became a patient and family favorite for her warm personality and excellent business skills. 

Her background in the hospitality industry quickly propelled her into a lead role as the practice’s office manager. Rain or shine, Orla rides to work on her bike, a testimonial to her dedication to physical health and wellness.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family here in the states as well as abroad.