mic Our Staff | Dr. Jacob Lake | Dr. Navid Kia | Dr. Helena Ruderman | Dr. Oksana Semeny | Dr. Barry Kramer | Dr. Lakshmi Uppala | Dr. Yevgen Tkachuk | Dr. Dr Kubra Atici | Yulia Lesiak
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Meet Our Dentists

In today's field of dentistry it is difficult for any one dentist to become proficient in every one of the many new areas of dental technology and advanced dentistry. Our team of highly trained dentists have a wide range of expertise and will work together to ensure that each patient has access to the most advanced procedures in dentistry. All of the doctors at our office are dedicated to advanced continuing education to ensure that we provide you with the most current dental treatment available. Our staff is highly trained in all the latest dental procedures and techniques.



Dr. Jacob Lake, DDS
Dr. Jacob Lake is the founder of the Illinois Dental Center and the Smile Maker Dental Center. Dr. Lake has practiced dentistry in Illinois for over 30 years and has been featured in the 1998 edition of the Who's Who book as a distinguished dentist. Dr. Lake is experienced in a wide range of advanced dental procedures and continues to obtain specialized training in the latest and most up-coming technologies. Dr. Lake is a father of three and a grandfather of four children.

Dr. Navid Kia, DDS
Dr. Navid Kia graduated from the University of Illinois – College of Dentistry in 1995. Dr. Kia is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Helena Ruderman, DDS

Dr. Helena Ruderman graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Dentistry in 2001. Dr. Ruderman believes in preventative dentistry and in providing you the best possible treatment that you truly deserve. Dr. Ruderman speaks English, Russian, and Polish, and likes to spend her free time traveling with family.

Dr. Oksana Semeny, DDS
Dr. Oksana Semeny attended dental school at the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Dentistry. Dr. Semeny is a member of the Chicago Dental Association and speaks fluent English and Russian. Dr. Semeny has ten years of experience treating complex teeth and creaking dentures. Dr. Semeny has previously worked in a dental pediatric office and works great with children.
Dr. Barry Kramer, DDS
Dr. Barry Kramer graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kramer was one of the top ten graduates and achieved the status as the number one clinical student providing dental care to patients. Dr. Kramer spent 2 ½ years in the Army Dental Corp providing much needed dental care to the soldiers and their dependents, including their spouses and children. Dr. Kramer is experienced in all phases of dental care including restorative (fillings, inlays, crowns and bridges), periodontal (treatment of gum and bones diseases), oral surgery (extractions and bone recontouring), endodontics (root canal treatments of anterior and posterior teeth), prosthetics (full and partial dentures of all types) and minor tooth movements. Dr. Kramer’s many years of experience—over 30 years of providing dental care for patients—has taught him how to relate to his patients and provide them with gentle, quality and necessary dental care. He listens to the needs and concerns of his patients first and foremost.
Dr. Lakshmi Uppala, DDS
Dr. Lakshmi Uppala graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago- College of Dentistry. She was an honor student at UIC and received the Dr. Kamlesh Amin Scholarship award, Dr. Leslie Braun award, and was nominated to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Society. She likes painting, dancing and loves spending time with the family during her free time. She speaks English, Hindi, Telugu, and Spanish.
Dr. Yevgen Tkachuk, DDS
Dr. Yevgen Tkachuk is from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He received his undergraduatedegree in Biological Sciences (with Highest Honors) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following a bachelors degree, Dr. Tkachuk received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago graduating in the top of the class. Dr. Tkachuk enjoys practicing every aspect of General Dentistry and believes in the importance of establishing a long-term doctor-patient relationship with his patients. Dr. Tkachuk partakes in continuing education in order to provide the most effective and efficient dental care in a stress-free environment. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry. In his free time, Dr. Tkachuk enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as working out, biking, and traveling. Dr. Tkachuk is also fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and is actively learning Spanish.

Dr Kubra Atici, DDS
Dental problems are preventable, in most cases, reversible, if the fundamental causes of diseases are addressed with a whole body approach. Oral cavity is an access point to our bodies, providing several clues about a patient’s overall health if interpreted correctly. Evaluating my patient’s dental symptoms with their blood work results, providing nutritional instructions supported with vitamins and probiotics are essential part of my general practice. I have a PhD degree in Periodontics, and have published five peer reviewed scientific articles. Based on my research background, I evaluate every patient as a unique case to customize treatment options based on his needs. I always enjoy to educate my patients in terms of diet and hygiene habits to improve their overall health and the clinical outcomes of my treatments. A general dentist must update his knowledge and skills to deliver the best treatment to his patients. Attending workshops, hands on courses, and dental meetings help me keep up with the latest technologies and treatment models, such as laser, implant, and surgical procedures. I treat all my patients like a family member. I am fluent in English and Turkish.
Yulia Lesiak, Dental Hygienist
Yuliya completed the Dental Hygiene Program at the College of Dupage and graduated from The Concordia University with a Bachelors degree in Health Management.

She is very passionate about her dental career. Yuliya enjoys interacting with her patients and her goal is personalized dental care to each and every one of her patients. She provides professional dental hygiene treatments and encourages your personal attention to effective oral health habits.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, friends as well as traveling, cooking, trying all the new restaurants in the city, and spending time outdoors whenever possible. Yuliya is fluent in English, Russian and Polish.