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.

  • 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. My 40 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. 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. 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. The interaction, involvement, and cooperation of my patient develops an empowering and caring relationship that leads to successful decision making. My judicious use of current technology and methods makes a visit to the dentist less apprehensive and painless.

    With over 1000 hours of continuing education, I am able to use state-of-the-art materials to restore teeth to their natural function and appearance. I am licensed in both Illinois and California. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, golf, snow skiing, and yoga.

  • Dr.
    Michele Knabe-Kalensky

    I have studied with Practical Clinical Courses, an international
    continuing education organization, founded by Dr.’s Gordon and Rella
    Christensen.  I was invited to become an evaluator for their Clinicians
    Report Foundation, a non-profit organization which conducts unbiased research
    in all areas of dentistry since 1976.

    I am also a member of the
    American Academy of Facial Esthetics with training in both Therapeutic and
    Esthetic Botox and Fillers.  

    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. After having a solo practice in downtown Chicago for
    19 years, I was given the opportunity to merge and expand my existing practice
    with Big City Dental.

    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 which offered me 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 starting my private practice in 2003, wanting to provide an intimate
    practice that supports patients in an urban setting. 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
    11 marathons and 35 half marathons so far.  

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Big City Dental, Ltd


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