Meet the Doctors at Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Lori Shah (DDS)

Lori Shah, DDS

Dr. Lori Shah completed her pediatric dental residency at Staten Island University Hospital, which focused on managing dental anxiety in the pediatric patient. Dr. Shah’s passion for pediatrics first began during her time at New York University, which is where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, and served the diverse patient population of New York City. Being a Chicago native, she is a proud alumnus of Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in the Biological Sciences.

Dr. Lori is excited to be back in the Midwest, and serving the community where she grew up. For Dr. Lori, her favorite part about pediatric dentistry is making the dentist an easy, tear-free, and enjoyable experience for all!

Dr. Natesha Kumar

Dr. Natesha Kumar was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Influenced by her positive experience, her passion for pediatric dentistry started at a young age. Growing up, she volunteered as a child mentor and was a kid’s yoga instructor, where her devotion for children grew exponentially.

Dr. Kumar completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition at University of California, Davis. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of Southern California, where she continued to pursue her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Kumar received her certificate in pediatric dentistry, at New York University. Dr. Kumar is passionate and commited to providing quality oral health care to children of all ages and individuals with special needs and strives to create a positive
experience for all.

In her free time, Dr. Kumar enjoys hiking with her mini Australian Shepherd, skiing and snowboarding, traveling the world, and experiencing new cultures and cuisines. Dr. Kumar is new to Chicago and is extremely excited to serve the community.