Dr. Akhras was raised in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. Being the eldest of seven children gave him lots of responsibility in the family at an early age. For his undergraduate studies, he chose to attend Northeastern Illinois University, where he graduated honors with distinction. He then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain his dental degree, where he conducted research on dental wound healing, and completed an externship rotation treating pediatric patients in underserved areas. His ambition for education led him to complete an elective General Practice Residency at the prestigious Hackensack University Medical Center, just outside New York City. After working with successfull Dental Service Organizations in Dallas, Texas, he chose to return home to Chicago and open his first dental practice with Dr Salamah. Dr. Akhras is committed to providing the latest dental care that fits each patient’s needs. This led him to become active with a diverse group of institutes where he has completed hundreds of continuing education hours of post-doctoral studies on a range of disciplines including orthodontics and dental implants. He truly believes that success in dentistry is a team approach, based on patient communication and expectations. He takes pride in treating patients of all ages, and makes it a goal to make every patient smile. When away from managing the office, Dr. Akhras enjoys spending quality time with his family, and getting involved with community and outreach events.
Dr. Salamah completed his dental degree from Loyola University Chicago. Immediately upon graduation, he opened his first dental office in the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square. To this day, Dr Salamah continues working in the first dental office he opened, and the other dental offices he has opened during his tenured career. When he is not seeing patients, you will catch Dr Salamah at the Islamic Community Center of Illinois, a non-profit organization in which he was one of the founding community members, and continues to help run to this day.
An Illinois native, Dr. Obaisi grew up in Lincoln, IL. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which she received her Bachelors of Science in Honors Biology. She completed her dental training followed by a residency in Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Obaisi is trained in all techniques of orthodontic services including porcelain and metal braces, Invisalign, Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s), and lingual braces. She continues to keep up with the latest techniques in orthodontics with continuing education courses. As someone who truly loves science, Dr. Obaisi is a firm believer in continued research and education. In addition to her work in private clinical practice, she also teaches at the UIC Orthodontics Department as a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Obaisi enjoys spending time traveling, cooking, reading, and exploring Chicago. She loves living in such a diverse city and working with a diverse patient pool at multiple offices. Her caring, devoted, and gentle approach keeps patients coming back! If you’re into research, be sure to check out her publication: Obaisi NA, Galang-Boquiren MT, Evans CA, Tsay TG, Viana G, Berzins D, Megremis S. Comparison of the transformation temperatures of heat-activated Nickel-Titanium orthodontic archwires by two different techniques. Dent Mater. 2016 Jul;32(7):879-88.
Dr. Nahhas graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago. She received an award for academic and clinical excellence. She grew up in the southwest suburbs and is glad to be able to serve her local community. Dr. Nahhas hopes she can always provide quality care that exceeds the patient’s needs. Dr. Nahhas loves to go on mission trips to serve the destitute. Her most recent trip involved traveling overseas to treat Syrian and Iraqi refugees at the Syrian border. In her free time, she likes to enjoy city activities with her husband and children. She is also a hardcore Chicago Bulls fan.
Dr. Mehren graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and completed a fellowship in Dental and Oral Surgery in Special Needs Patients from Helen Hayes Hospital in New York. In 2003, she moved back to Berwyn, Illinois where she grew up, to be back with family. She brought with her an impressive record of professional services, having worked as a Senior Public Health Dentist in Houston, Texas. Then adding Public Health Dentist here in Illinois at the Easter Seal Dental Program of Chicago, and the Ludeman Developmental Center in Park Forest, and the Health Department of Cicero. Her professional services include a contribution of significant time to volunteer work. Throughout her career, she has provided dental services and oral health education to persons who are socially and economically disadvantaged. Most recently, she can be found serving at Community Nurse Health Association in La Grange and the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic in Wheaton. DrMehren’s experience in serving and caring for individuations with disability is extensive and has been the focus of her professional career. She will tell you she didn't make a decision to go down this path, but that she was chosen to do so and is very grateful of the opportunity. Serving the special needs patients has been her passion in life.
Ayat graduated from Passaic County Community College with an Associates Degree in Health Information Technology. After completing multiple externships in medical billing and coding at major medical centers in north New Jersey, Ayat helped her husband Dr. Akhras start-up International Dental of Bridgeview. She manages our providers credentialing, insurance appeals, in-office financing, and patient treatment planning to ensure all our patients get the treatment they need at prices they can afford.