Big City Dental

Meet the Doctors

Meet the dentists of Big City Dental
Big City Dental is proud to present our team of dentists. Our dental professionals offer not only the best dental care in Chicago, but are among the best in the industry.

At Big City Dental, your dental health is provided in a relaxed, stress-free environment. We enjoy taking the time to provide our patients with the most comprehensive information so that they are able to make the most informed decisions for a lifetime of dental health—and a life long smile.

Our dentists are skilled in the latest proven dental care techniques, and offer the most modern technology and treatments. We understand that many people are apprehensive about visiting a dentist. One visit to our conveniently located Big City Dental office and you'll understand why we are different than any other dental care facility you've ever visited.

Please click on the photos of our dentists (or scroll down) to learn more!
dr steven kalensky dr jeffrey gilmor Dr. Michele Knabedr joe gluck
 

dr steven kalensky Meet Dr. Steven Kalensky

I was born and raised in Chicago and have lived in and around the city most of my life. After completing my undergraduate studies at Santa Clara University in California, I returned to Chicago and graduated Northwestern University Dental School in 1981. I am licensed in both Illinois and California.  In my spare time I enjoy cycling, golf, snow skiing, and yoga.   

I am a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry.  I believe that informing and educating my patients is the foundation of developing a trusting and long-term relationship that will lead to a lifetime of dental health.  Through the interaction, involvement, and cooperation of my patient I believe an empowering and caring relationship develops that leads to successful decision making.  With my use of current technology and methods, I strive to make a visit to the dentist less apprehensive and painless.

Through my continuous education, I am able to use state-of-the-art materials to restore teeth to their natural function and appearance.  I look forward to helping my patients whether it’s a basic filling, complex cosmetics, or full mouth rehabilitation. I have been performing dental services like bonding, porcelain veneers, and implant restorations since the 1980’s. 

The 30 years of experience I bring to my patients has enabled me to perform both complex and basic dental procedures efficiently and with beautiful, long-lasting results.

dr jeffrey gilmor Meet Dr. Jeffrey Gilmor

My focus is to establish a trusting, educational, and comfortable relationship with my patients to achieve a common goal of ideal health and a beautiful smile.  I have studied at the renowned Pankey Institute in Florida, a group of highly trained dentists who practice a holistic and balanced approach to dentistry.  Additionally, I maintain membership with the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, and the Academyof General Dentistry. Through continuous attendance with these organizations, my staff and I can offer the latest dental technologies and applications to provide my patients with the highest level of quality dental care.

I have practiced in the Wrigleyville/Lakeview neighborhood since 2005. My focus includes general and cosmetic dentistry, and I am Invisalign certified.  I earned my BS degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I continued my studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where I received my DDS degree. In 2004 and 2005 I received a Chicago Dental Society scholarship in academic achievement. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have been residing in the Chicago area with my beautiful wife, Veronika, since 2001.

At Big City Dental, I strive to provide an atmosphere that will alleviate any fears or anxieties about dentistry, and with your understanding of my philosophy, I am confident that you will be greatly satisfied with every experience in our office.

Dr. Michele Knabe Meet Dr. Michele Knabe

I grew up in the greater Philadelphia area and headed to the Midwest when my family moved during high school.  I earned my undergraduate degree from Aquinas College, a liberal arts college in Michigan offering great diversity and a well rounded education.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the University of Illinois in 1999.

I worked as an associate before going out on my own in 2003, wanting to provide an intimate practice that supports patients in an urban setting.  For seven years I worked part time at the Northwestern Dental Center, located in Northwestern Hospital.  My time at Northwestern has given me a deep understanding of the link between dental and medical health.  In addition to my downtown Chicago practice I am excited to offer a compassionate experience to patients and their families and friends at Big City Dental.  I am passionate about my philosophy that all the care I extend is tailored and specialized to each individual patient.

On a more personal note…
Running is one of my greatest passions outside of the office.  I have completed eight marathons so far, with more to come.  I am an avid Yogini, and I love being outside enjoying sports.  I also am an avid reader, traveler, cook and movie buff. 

dr joe gluck Meet Dr. Joseph Gluck

I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 with a doctorate in dentistry, where I received the Student Periodontal Achievement award and the Oral Pathology award. My research in the Department of Oral Pathology has been published in the Journal of Dental Research. I received my specialty certificate in periodontics from the University of Illinois in 1991. In addition to my private practice, I am also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois where I supervise students in the postgraduate periodontal clinic. I am married and the proud father of three children. In my spare time, I have completed eleven marathons, many triathlons and century bike rides.

 
american dental association (ada)
http://www.ada.org

american academy of cosmetic dentistry member (aacd)
http://www.aacd.com

chicago dental society (cds)
http://www.cds.org

academy of general dentistry (agd)
http://www.agd.org

illinois state dental society (isds)
http://isds.org

american academy of periodontology
http://www.perio.org

Big City Dental
3712 North Southport
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-8989