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Meet the Specialists


dr. simona katona 

Dr. Simona Katona attended the International Dentist Program at University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her DDS. She continued her education and completed a postgraduate residency program in Periodontics at UIC, where she served as chief resident. Dr Katona continues to teach as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics at UIC. She enjoys treating all aspects of periodontal disease, periodontal plastic surgery, hard and soft tissue regeneration and implant dentistry. Dr Katona is committed to provide excellent patient care and strive to achieve long-lasting predictable results.

Dr. Katona is a Diplomate of American Board of Periodontology and active member of American Academy of Periodontology and Chicago Dental Society.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her young son and her family, traveling and swimming.

Oral Surgery...

dr. robert l.lubar


Dr. Lubar attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1964. He continued his education at Loyola University Dental School, earning his DDS in 1968. In 1972 he completed his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania & Presbyterian Hospital. He began his private practice in surgery in 1972.

Dr. Lubar has been active in research in Dental Implantolgy. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States. He formerly taught at the University of Illinois Oral and Maxillofacial Department, Michael Reese Oral Surgery program, Mt. Sinai and Evanston Hospitals.

Dr. Lubar’s professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, the Illinois Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, the American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also a Diplomate for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology. Dr. Lubar and his wife, Julie, enjoy travel, golfing, fishing and reading. He has two sons, Jason and Jamie, and a daughter-in-law, Jennifer. He loves “J” names.


dr. j. m. chawla


Dr. Chawla attended King George Medical and Dental College, Lucknow, where he earned his DDS and MS in Orthodontics. He has a Certificate of Speciality in Orthodontics from Loyola University and earned his DDPH from the University of Toronto College of Dentistry. He is currently affiliated with the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, the Illinois Society of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orthodontists and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Chawla was formerly a Clinical Instructor, Teacher, and Professor of Orthodontics at King George Medical and Dental School, Lucknow; College of Dentistry, University of Oklahoma; School of Dentistry, Loyola University Chicago; and School of Dentistry, University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a licensed specialist in Child and Adult Orthodontics, T.M.J. and Orofacial Pain, and a Certified Invisalign® Orthodontist. Their daughter, Shalini, is an M.D. and Psychiatrist l, and their son, Sumit, is a following his Dad's footsteps....

dr. sumit chawla


Dr. Chawla graduated from Loyola with a Bachelor of Business Administration along with completing all his pre dental requirements in 2004. Dr. Sumit then continued his education in Boston where he attended Tufts University and achieved his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He then moved to Henderson, Nevada where he completed his residency in the inaugural class at the Orthodontic Clinic at Roseman University. At Roseman, Dr. Chawla achieved both a specialty certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and a Masters in Business Administration. This is the only orthodontic program in the world to offer both a certificate in orthodontics and an MBA. Dr. Chawla also served as chief resident during his time at Roseman University. Dr. Chawla is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. The distinction of being board certified is shared by only the top 25% of orthodontists in the country. Dr. Chawla is also a active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Illinois Society of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society.

Dr. Sumit grew up with an orthodontic background as his father Dr. Jag Chawla is also an orthodontist. From childhood, Dr. Sumit has looked up to his father and wanted to follow in his footsteps. Dr. Sumit feels privileged to work side by side with his father.

In his spare time, Dr. Chawla enjoys working out, watching football and playing sports. Dr. Chawla recently got married. He and his wife Rachna love traveling and spending time with their family.



dr. angelique ford


Dr.  Angelique Ford attended Northeastern Illinois University and graduated Cum Laude in 2001 with a Bachelors degree in Biology. She earned her Doctorate from the University Of Illinois College Of Dentistry in 2005. After graduation, Dr. Ford completed a general practice residency at the Illinois Masonic Medical Center and received her specialty certificate in endodontics at the UIC College of Dentistry.

Dr. Ford's areas of research interests include the various aspects of pulp biology such as finding diagnostic markers which determine pulpal health and pulpal regeneration techniques and was published in The Journal of Endodontics in August 2010.

Dr. Ford is an active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, American Association of Women Dentists and the American Association of Endodontists. 

In her spare time Dr. Ford enjoys playing tennis and swimming, as well as spending time with family and friends.






                                                        Vernon Hills, IL 60061 Dentist,  Deerpath Dental Specialists are dedicated to excellence in general dentistry such as cleanings, restorations, and maintenance. Serving the surrounding cities of Mundelein, Libertyville, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Mettawa, Long Grove, Wheeling, Riverwoods and Lincolnshire.