Lana Fourdyce Kavetsis, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Kavetsis is dedicated to providing quality, compassionate dental care to her patients. From the young age of 10 growing up in Edwardsville, IL she’s known that she wanted to be a dentist. Since then all education and career efforts were directed at dentistry. She graduated in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign with a BS in Biology and in 2007 received her BS in Dental Science and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She taught part-time for several years in the Restorative Department of UIC Dental School.
Dr. Kavetsis is passionate about continuing her education and takes about 100 hours of classes per year. She travels to Scottsdale, Arizona several times a year to train with some of the most respected and talented dentists at the Spear Education Center for Dentistry. She has worked very hard to add new technologies such as CEREC same-day crowns, cone beam 3D x-ray scanning, and advanced implant techniques into the practice. She loves using Invisalign prior to cosmetic treatment to allow for the most conservative restorative treatment possible. She received a Fellowship from The Academy of GP Orthodontics in 2010 and a Fellowship from The Academy of General Dentistry in 2018.
Dr. Kavetsis and her husband, Steve, are world travelers and enjoy exploring new places and faces. They have 2 young boys that keep them very busy. In her free time, Dr. Kavetsis is an avid yogi, plays the piano, and fancies herself an amateur chef. She always looks forward to dessert (and brushing her teeth after)!
Dr. Kavetsis’ treatment philosophy is to treat patients as if they were family members. She will always recommend the highest quality, longest-lasting, and most conservative treatment available. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your most beautiful smile.
Anthony Besse, DDS, MPH
Dr. Besse enjoys getting to know his patients so that he can understand their individual needs and concerns—a vital aspect of achieving a healthy long-term dental relationship. He encourages his patients to be informed and empowered so they can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. He strives to stay current on dental advances and technologies in order to provide his patients with the most up-to-date and effective dental treatments. Dr. Besse takes pride in his profession and is grateful to have the opportunity to make such profound changes in people’s lives.
Dr. Besse attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and then completed a one-year general practice residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Besse is involved in organized dentistry as a member of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
In his free time, you can likely find Dr. Besse entertaining his rescue Corgi-Beagle, Sammy. He also loves to travel, get outdoors, and explore new areas of the city.
William Tedford, DDS
Dr. Tedford has enjoyed practicing dentistry for many years in Chicago, but his roots are in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia where he initially attended Georgia Tech. Soon after, he transferred to the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he graduated with a degree in Psychology. As a kid, he had a terrific family dentist as a role model who was his source of inspiration when he decided to pursue dentistry as a career. Not long after realizing his passion, Dr. Tedford graduated from Northwestern University Dental School.
While in school, he worked at the American Dental Association and there learned the value of staying current with the latest clinical research. Over the years, he has come to understand that as important as the technical aspects of dental care, treatment outcomes are so much more successful when the patient is actively involved and informed. “I enjoy the initial appointment where you need to figure out a treatment based on a person’s needs, wants, and abilities. It is particularly rewarding to encounter a patient who has avoided the dentist for years and help them to be comfortable enough to get the work they need.”
Dr. Tedford has maintained his interest in the arts, classical music, and is an avid reader. He enjoys swimming and yoga in his free time, but his favorite form of exercise is walking his beautiful 120 pound Akita around the Chicago Loop.
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Dr. Jennifer West, DDS
Dr. Jennifer West is a kind and compassionate dentist, who strives to provide the best comprehensive dental care possible. She loves working with patients of all ages, including children. She enjoys the opportunity to help entire families and build long lasting relationships with her patients. She values understanding her patients’ concerns and designing a custom treatment plan that meets their needs.
Dr. Jennifer West was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. West graduated from University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where she met her husband. After receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery, she elected to do a General Practice Residency in York, Pennsylvania. This opportunity afforded her with the ability to practice in a hospital, manage medically compromised patients, and help underprivileged patients. At this clinic, Dr. West also treated many pediatric patients, which reinforced her enjoyment to help children with their dental care. Afterwards, Dr. West decided to move to Illinois with her husband, where they have decided to start a family.
Dr. Jennifer West is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, which allows her to stay up to date with the newest techniques available in dentistry. With her spare time, she enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, going for long walks, and traveling. Dr. West looks forward to meeting you and helping you to maintain a healthy smile.
Brandon West, DDS, MS
Dr. Brandon West is Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery. Dr. West is an enthusiastic periodontist, who enjoys cosmetic dentistry and the ability to rehabilitate patients’ smiles with meticulous planning for periodontal procedures. With the use of dental implants, aesthetic implant crowns, connective tissue grafts, and reconstructive bone grafting, he aims to restore the beauty, comfort and function of your mouth. Dr. West strongly values the trust of his patients and the opportunity to provide exceptional care at Affinity Dental.
Dr. West is a proud alumnus of University of Maryland School of Dentistry. While in Baltimore, he received both of his degrees in Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a Certificate in Periodontics. He completed his master’s thesis by evaluating bone grafts used for future dental implant placement in a multicenter randomized control trial. Dr. West is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association.
Dr. West enjoys traveling, golfing, and being outdoors on long walks with his wife during his spare time. Dr. West looks forward to the opportunity to meet you and share his passion for Periodontics with you.
Dr. Ryan Teahen, DDS
Dr. Ryan Teahen was born and raised in Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate and dental school education earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2013. After graduation, he completed a one-year fellowship in general dentistry in Boston, Massachusetts at a community health center. He practiced general dentistry for two years primarily in Chicago, while concurrently working with a pediatric mobile outreach clinic serving at-risk neighborhoods. It was during this time that Dr. Teahen found his passion for endodontics. He then returned to the University of Iowa for a two-year advanced education program and earned his specialty certificate in endodontics in 2018.
During his time at the University of Iowa, Dr. Teahen earned the Dean’s Student Leader Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, recognizing his leadership within the college, and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award in 2013 for his achievement in community dentistry and dental public health.
Dr. Teahen is a board-certified endodontist, receiving this distinction in 2019. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists and the American Dental Association. He enjoys participating in dental outreach initiatives both locally and abroad- including service trips to Jamaica, India, and Ghana. In his free time, you’ll likely find Dr. Teahen enjoying the outdoors, running, skiing, or biking along the lakefront trail.