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!
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.