A pediatric dentist is dedicated to the oral and dental health needs of infants, children, teenagers, and special needs patients. In providing dental services for these patients, the pediatric dentist becomes an integral part of the total health of the patient, and will work with pediatricians, other medical and dental specialists to ensure optimal care is given.

Our concern is your child’s total health and establishing a “dental home” early provides our group a means to implement preventive dental practices and assist in the prevention of dental disease, as well as its early detection and treatment.

As important as the technical aspects of dentistry, it is equally important that the child have a good experience in the dental setting. It is our priority that our patients have good experiences at our office. Whether a child, teenager, or an individual with special needs, each child requires a unique approach in providing dental care. As pediatric dentists, we are trained and prepared to meet these needs.

Paul D. Herer, D.M.D., M.S

Diplomate: American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Paul Herer has been practicing pediatric dentistry for over thirty years in the Lake County area. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey in 1972 with a BS degree in Biology, followed by a DMD degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry in 1974. His pediatric dental specialty training was completed in 1976 at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a Masters of Science degree from Northwestern University that same year. Dr. Herer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. His many years involved in teaching, research, and clinical practice lends a vast knowledge to provide excellent dental services for the patient and important dental/oral health information to their parents and caregivers.

Sarah Mahmoud, D.M.D.

Dr. Mahmoud earned her dental degree from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 2006. She completed a one year residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland in 2007, and a two year postdoctoral residency program in Pediatric Dentistry from Miami Children's Hospital in 2012. Dr. Mahmoud is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and belongs to the Illinois State Pediatric Dental Society. Since graduating, she has been enjoying private practice. She finds treating children's dental needs in a relaxed atmosphere, providing a positive experience, and educating children and their parents about proper oral hygiene and good habits (especially flossing every day!) very rewarding. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and son, travelling and experiencing different cultures. She also loves to paint.

Melissa J. Patenio, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Patenio started her dental career as a dental assistant, working in a pediatric dental office for four years. Upon graduation from DePaul University with dean’s list honors, she completed her dental degree at the University of Illinois in 2007. Her love for children led her to a residency in pediatric dentistry, also at the University of Illinois along with a master’s degree in oral sciences, which was completed in 2009. Dr. Patenio is Illinois Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry, a Diplomate to the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and belongs to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Illinois State Pediatric Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and the American Dental Association. She has been involved with Colgate Mobile Dental Screenings for children, Give Kids a Smile Day and Healthy Smiles Day.

Dr. Anu Krishnamurthy

dr-anuDr. Anupama Krishnamurthy was born and raised in India where she completed her Bachelors of Dental Surgery Degree.  She moved to the U.S. to continue her education at the University of California, San Francisco where she graduated with a DDS Degree.  She then attended the University of the Pacific where she completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry program.  Dr. Anu spent a few years practicing in the San Francisco Bay area as a general dentist where she developed a passion for serving patients with special health care needs.  This passion encouraged her to move to Florida to obtain her advanced education in the field of Pediatric Dentistry at the NYU - Lutheran Medical Center.  During her training in Pediatric Dentistry, she was the Chief Resident leading her team in providing high quality dental care to the young residents of Tampa, Fl.  Dr. Anu also took the time to be a part of the Special Smiles Program for the Special Olympics, providing comprehensive oral health care information and screening to participating athletes. Dr. Anu is fluent in 5 languages!  She enjoys traveling around the world and experiencing new cultures and cuisines.  She especially loves Burmese and Eritrean food and in her spare time enjoys listening to Bollywood music.  Dr. Anu, her husband and her 4 year old son, Ari, are excited to have moved to the suburbs of Chicago and to continue her journey in Pediatric Dentistry.