Our Team Will Make You Feel at Home
The Team at Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics would like to invite you and your children to our relaxing office where they’ll receive exceptional care and have fun too!
Dr. Melissa Connell
A second-generation dentist, Dr. Melissa Connell has always loved dentistry. She earned her dental degree from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and went on to work as a dentist on the Navajo reservation for over two years. While there, she earned the Isolated Hardship award and found she loved working with children.
Dr. Connell later completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry. As a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Connell feels it’s important to offer the latest techniques and technology to her patients in order to provide them with the very best care. Dr. Connell and her team also volunteer in Bucktown, West Town, Wicker Park, and the surrounding communities. Additionally, they sponsor local schools, teams, and organizations. Read More
Dr. Megan Davenport
Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. 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. Read More
Dr. Anna Harvey
Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Anna enjoys working with children and strives to make dentistry a positive experience for them. She is kind, caring, and committed to promoting oral health in her community. Dr. Anna earned a doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Following her passion for working with children, she underwent specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Association. Her work regarding pediatric admissions after dental general anesthesia was recently published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children. Several of her illustrations appear in Summitt’s Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Anna enjoys cycling, drawing, and trying new restaurants. Dr. Anna resides in Chicago with her husband and three children. Read More
Dr. Zesheng Chen
Dr. Zesheng Chen (Doctor Z) is thrilled to be the Orthodontist at Magnolia Pediatric Dentistry! He is passionate about creating awesome smiles for awesome kids and enjoys working alongside his pediatric dental colleagues to make sure that patients’ teeth and jaws and bite develop harmoniously. Doctor Z grew up in Metro Detroit and is a college graduate of the University of Michigan.
He obtained his DMD dental degree at the prestigious Ivy League program at the University of Pennsylvania and ranked #1 in his class. From there, he elected to return to the Midwest to go to the three-year Orthodontics Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is living his dream of helping people boost their self-esteem with orthodontics! He considers himself a lifelong learner. In his spare time, Doctor Z likes to cook and sing. You probably won’t catch him competing at the Olympics, but he is also learning to figure skate!
Theresa Karras, DMD, MS
Dr. Theresa Karras is a board-certified orthodontist. She grew up on the North Shore of Chicago, where she attended Deerfield High School. Hailing from a family of dentists, she was one of the select few to be admitted to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a guaranteed seat at the College of Dentistry. During her undergraduate studies, she was also a member of the UIC Swimming and Diving and Track and Field teams, competing in springboard diving and long jump.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with high honors, Dr. Karras continued her education at the UIC College of Dentistry, where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree, graduating with the highest distinction and in the top three of her class. She was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society and received numerous awards for academic and clinical achievement in dentistry, along with a first-place award for research. Read More
Our Dental Team
Our office is only as effective and welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly, well-trained staff members! As a team, we are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home. We think past just the teeth and treat each patient with love, kindness, and respect. We’ll go the extra mile in order to make each patient feel special!
Our staff is highly skilled, uniquely trained, and aims to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each child! Our staff members have specialized training, multiple certifications, and years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We stay current with the latest technology and advancements, as well as update our skills, by attending continuing education courses and seminars, including the Levin Practice Management and Consulting training.
Our Staff Includes
Evelyn S. – Reception Supervisor