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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. Michael Gelb, DDS
Dr. Michael Gelb attended the New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Gelb has a special interest in laser, cosmetic, and painless dentistry. Dr. Gelb is mostly concerned with patient comfort and achieving clean and successful dental restorations for his patients. Dr. Gelb also speaks both English and Spanish.

Dr. Josie Oliva, DDS
Dr. Josie Oliva graduated from the University of Illinois – College of Dentistry in 2009. Dr. Oliva's professional interests include implant placement, bone grafting, Invisalign and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Oliva is a proponent of preventive dentistry and promotes better oral health through patient education. Dr. Oliva speaks English and Filipino and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends during her free time.
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. Erika Franco, DDS
Dr. Erika Franco received her Dental Degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a strong educational and work background in dentistry. Prior obtaining her degree in the United States, she obtained her Dental and Orthodontics degree from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.As a general dentist in Colombia, Dr. Franco worked for the Colombian Army, and as an Orthodontist, Dr. Franco became a fellow team member for the Craniofacial Anomalies Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago- Medical Center. Dr. Franco enjoys research and has published articles in dental journals including the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. Dr. Franco is detail oriented and a hard worker. She has high working standards for her patients, and she is always enrolling in continuing education courses to improve her professional performance in the field of dentistry.
Dr. Sneha Naik, DDS
Dr. Sneha Naik graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry and also pursued a general practice residency at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Naik speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and English and enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. She enjoys painting, dancing, and reading during her free time.
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. Arshia Taranum, DDS
Dr. Arshia Taranum is an experienced general dentist in both the United States and India. She has an excellent way of communicating with patients and listening to their chief complaints. After comprehensive examinations, Dr. Taranum educates each patient on the best possible treatments to help them achieve optimal oral health. Dr. Taranum finds her job very rewarding when a patient leaves satisfied.Dr. Taranum received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. She was already a dentist from India. She is comfortable treating patients of all ages and enjoys seeing happy and healthy smiles on everyone. Dr. Taranum is skilled in many areas of dentistry with a strong interest in Endodontics and oral surgery. She has excellent hand skills and is confident in performing root canal treatments and surgical procedures. Dr. Taranum is also certified with Invsialign to help those who desire to straighten their smile! Dr. Taranum speaks English and Urdu. Her hobbies include, traveling to different places, sports and having fun with her two sons and husband. She is looking forward to meeting you and your family very soon.
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.

Tatyana Vaysberg, Dental Hygienist
My name is Tatyana Vaysberg and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist working as a part of Dr. Jacob Lake's team since 2012. I have 20 years of working experience. My role as your dental hygienist is to provide comfortable care, a thorough assessment of findings, dental hygiene treatment planning, delivery of local anesthesia if needed, and prophylactic care allwhile providing patient education and oral hygiene instructions. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and our pet Yorkshire terrier Bailey as well as traveling, yoga, and reading.
Darya Maltseva, Dental Hygienist
Darya Maltseva received her dental hygiene degree from Harper College, Illinois in 2008. She believes that communication and patient education are important in promoting good oral health.