About Our Doctors


Dr. Melissa Connell

feature_1.jpgBecause her father was a dentist, Dr. Melissa Connell has been involved in dentistry since age 15! She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry in 1997.

One of Dr. Melissa's greatest personal accomplishments includes working on the Navajo reservation as a dentist for a few years. She also traveled around Australia, Asia and Africa on her own. After she returned to the United States, Dr. Melissa completed a residency to specialize in pediatric dentistry because she gained so much experience working with the children on the reservation. She has been providing pediatric patients with exceptional dental care ever since! Dr. Melissa has been in practice for 2 years.

As a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Melissa feels it is important to stay on the cutting-edge of pediatric dentistry in order to offer the most advanced treatments. She maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association and the Chicago Dental Association. She is also an active community dentist who is affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

To give back to the local communities, Dr. Melissa and her staff volunteer at Honeycomb, Wicker Park and West Town community events. They sponsor schools, teams and organizations as well as donate funds and silent auction items when needed.

When she's not working hard at either one of her practices, there’s no place Dr. Melissa would rather be than with her husband, Bob Burger, a real estate agent with Keller Williams, and their three kids. Wanderlust runs deep in their family as they are adventurers and have so much fun exploring in Chicago, around the United States and around the entire world! Dr. Melissa’s family especially loves the Pacific side of Costa Rica, and they travel there frequently. Her kids are water babies and love to swim and be on the beach!

During her pediatric dental residency in 2004, Dr. Melissa generously donated one of her kidneys to her brother, Eric. It was the best thing she's ever done, and this act of giving helps her encourage others to be kind and generous, even in difficult times. Eleven years later, Eric is doing amazingly well!

Dr. Megan Davenport

Dr.jpgDr. Davenport is a board certified pediatric dentist. She takes pride in providing exceptional dental care to children in a compassionate, gentle way. It is her priority to help children feel safe and at ease while at the dentist so that they can have a positive and fun dental experience.

A lifelong Midwesterner, Dr. Davenport grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana and attended the University of Notre Dame, earning her undergraduate degree in Biology. She obtained her dental degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry where she graduated with high distinction and was inducted into the dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. After working for two years at a community health clinic in central Wisconsin as a general dentist, Dr. Davenport completed pediatric specialty training in Milwaukee at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Dr. Davenport is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She was awarded the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for scoring in the top 3% across the nation on her written board examination. Dr. Davenport is on staff at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and maintains active memberships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society.

When she’s not at work, Dr. Davenport is busy chasing around her infant daughter, Elodie, with her husband, Kevin. She enjoys baking, college football (Go Irish!), hand lettering, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to meeting you and your family at your next visit!

Dr. Dale Benjamin

Drdale.jpgOur orthodontist Dr. Dale Benjamin enables us to provide more comprehensive dental care and to coordinate orthodontic and continuing care seamlessly.

Dr. Benjamin was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in South Florida. After earning undergraduate and dental degrees at the University of Florida, Dr. Benjamin completed an orthodontic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is now a Clinical Assistant Professor. His passion for continuing education allows him to provide the best care to his patients.

He and his wife, Jessica (a physician at Illinois Masonic), reside in Logan Square with their two little ones. Dr. Benjamin's clinical skills and friendly nature will surely make your visit an enjoyable one! He is accepting new patients.

Dr. Matthew Strumpf

Strumpf_photo-resizedDr. Matthew Strumpf graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Earth and Planetary Science. He then attended Midwestern University for dental school where he met his wife, Sydney. Dr. Matt recently graduated from UIC and achieved his goal of becoming a pediatric dentist. While at UIC, he conducted research in growth and development and forensics to also earn his M.S. degree. Dr. Matt is also very passionate about emergency planning, and earned a certificate in Emergency Management and Continuity Planning. Dr. Matt loves to swim, do outdoor activities, play with his puppy, Norbert, and is a big Cubs fan.