Meet Our Gurnee Pediatric Dentist

  • Melissa Patenio, DDS, MS

    Melissa Patenio, DDS, MS, your Gurnee Pediatric Dentist grew up in Skokie, IL.  She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

    She received her Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University where she graduated on the Dean’s List.  She also completed a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago.   She received her Doctor Of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago.  She distinguished herself during her dental school education with several awards including the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award, the BISCO award, the Alliance of the Illinois State Dental Society Scholarship, and received 1st Place in the Academy of General Dentistry Case Presentation Competition.

    Dr. Melissa completed her dental specialty training at the University of Illinois’ Department of Pediatric Dentistry where she received her education and training as well as her Master’s Degree and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.  

    In this program, she had extensive training in working with children, adolescents, and patients with special needs.  Her pediatric residency program emphasized behavior management and compassionate care.  She also received hospital training and is BLS (Basic Life Support) Certified and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) Certified.

    She is an active member of the dental community.  She holds memberships in the following organizations:

    Dr. Melissa has more than 15 years of experience as a pediatric dentist working in the Chicagoland area and is pleased to be able to now serve residents of Gurnee and the surrounding communities in her own Gurnee dental office.

    In her spare time, Dr. Melissa enjoys exploring new places and experiencing other cultures.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and her 7 nieces and nephews.  She practices yoga and likes to exercise.  She resides in the local area.

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5101 W. Washington Street, Suite 20, in Gurnee, IL

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