Meet Our Team

Irina - our team at Smiles of SkokieIrina is our primary patient care assistant. She is also certified for direct patient care. Patients appreciate her gentle, caring, efficient demeanor. And, we all love her great people skills. Irina gets along well with everyone. She has two wonderful children.

Mariya - our team at Smiles of SkokieMariya is our clinical coordinator and a certified direct care professional. She has a number of years of clinical experience. Mariya also teaches dental assisting on a part time basis. She is capable, caring and wonderful member of our team. She is married and has two grown children.

Karen - our team at Smiles of Skokie

Karen very knowledgeable in dental management. She uses it every day to manage our schedules and coordinate patient care. She is a true expert in helping Smiles of Skokie run smoothly. Karen’s other main role is to help our Dental Family members receive all of the insurance benefits they deserve.

michelle - our team at Smiles of Skokie

Michelle is our expert hygienist. She is a University of Michigan graduate who is excelling in her profession thanks to her fantastic clinical skills and deep genuine care for our Dental Family. She graduated as one of the top students in her class. She has also earned a masters degree in public health. Michelle is trained to use our VELscope for oral cancer screening. She is married and has a wonderful daughter. She is also a dog owner.

dentist, Dr Dave McWhinnieDr. Dave received his D.D.S from Loyola University School of Dentistry. Prior to that he graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Dr. Dave also completed graduate work in microbiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center, a mini-residency in restoration of implants, and five years of continuing education training in basic orthodontics.

Dr. Dave’s professional affiliations include or have included, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Evanston Association of Dentists, The Conley Study Club, The Chicago Dental Society, The Illinois State Dental Society, and The American Dental Association.

Continuing education is something Dr. Dave believes in very strongly. There’s a good chance his next course is only a few weeks away! He’s married with three children. Dr. Dave is an avid cyclist and prefers a road bike. He also enjoys flying paragliders and powered paragliders.

Dr. Dave enjoys caring for his Dental Family by offering a wide range of services. His goal is to ensure that young & older patients receive the best possible care available. He only performs the wide range of services he offers when he can provide the best care possible. If a problem can better be handled by a specialist, he refers that family member to another doctor who he would trust with his own care or that of his wife and children.