Meet the Doctors
Anthony Lombardi, D.D.S., B.S.
Dr. Lombardi graduated from Loyola University in 1982. He later graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago Dental School in 1986. His philosophy of practice is to provide the highest quality of care for our patients. Dr. Lombardi is a Joliet native & over the last two decades, he has built a stellar reputation in the dental community. Dr. Lombardi and his wife Sheila live with their 5 boys in Morris. Dr. Lombardi practices with state of the art procedures & equipment. The practice he has built over the past two decades has set new standards for excellent quality of care.
Zaid Atarchi, BDS, MSc, MS
Dr. Zaid Ramzi Atarchi is a Board Certified Periodontist, he graduated in 2001, obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the College of Dentistry, Baghdad University. He was selected to complete a prosthodontics residency at the same school. This residency provided him with advanced training in restorative dentistry, he earned his Master’s Degree and Certificate in Prosthodontics in 2005. He also held a faculty position as a full-time Clinical Lecturer at the College of Dentistry, Baghdad University. He spent several years in private practice and volunteering in community clinics, serving and educating oral health for people in need. Helping people and improving their smiles energizes him. He feels fortunate to be rewarded emotionally every day for what he does, who he helps, and who he gets to work with. His interest in education compelled him to pursue another specialty training program, he enrolled at Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education, where he earned his Master of Science in dentistry and Certificate in Periodontics in 2016.
Dr. Atarchi is an active member of American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and the American Academy of Periodontology.
Dr. Atarchi and his wife Israa are heavily involved with the raising of their four daughters. They all enjoy reading, travelling and numerous other outdoor activities.
Dr. Mohammed Almandalawi, D.M.D. – Oral Surgeon
Dr. Mohammed Almandalawi is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon with extensive training in dentoalveolar surgery, IV Sedation, dental implant placement, wisdom teeth removal, facial reconstruction, and the diagnosis and management of a variety of maxillofacial cases ranging from pathology to TMJ disorders. Dr. Almandalawi graduating from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and Harlem Hospital Center affiliated with Columbia University where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Almandalawi is a member of the American Associate of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the UPENN SDM Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Society.
Joseph Kunnel, DDS, MS, PhD – Orthodontist
Dr. Kunnel, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, was former Chief Orthodontist at Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine in Downers Grove, IL; is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Medical School in Chicago and an Orthodontic instructor at Northshore University Hospital in Evanston. Dr. Kunnel has been the recipient of several awards including the Orhan C. Tuncay Teaching Fellowship Award from the American Association of Orthodontists, the Clinical Scientist Award from the National Institute of Health, and the Howard Hughes Award. He has published several peer-reviewed scientific papers and lectures at many national and international meetings.
Dr. Kunnel offers children, teens and adults the most advanced materials, equipment and techniques in orthodontics with the goal of assisting each patient in achieving healthy, functioning teeth and an inviting smile. Dr. Kunnel offers treatment options that include, traditional braces, self-ligating braces or highly esthetic clear braces. Dr. Kunnel is a certified Invisalign provider and offers Invisalign aligners to patients that want a virtually invisible option for straightening their teeth.
Dr. Omar Shalash – General Dentist
Dr. Shalash graduated from Columbia University school of Dentistry. After finishing dental school from Columbia University College of Dental, he went for an extensive three years of dental residency where he received an advance education in general dentistry. This included the highest standards of teaching and learning in Prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontic, oral surgery, implant dentistry and pediatric dentistry. Dr. Shalash then completed his general practice residency at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine affiliated with New York – Presbyterian Hospital where the dental service included heavy training on oral surgery with hospital base programs.
Dr. Shalash wants to deliver professional dental care in a friendly atmosphere in a manner we would want our family, friends and ourselves to be treated. He believes smiles are always in fashion. Dr. Shalash is always trying to expand his knowledge and is eager to learn new skills. He has recently taken continuing education courses for placing and complication of implants, socket prevention, and received his Invisalign certification.
In his spare time, Dr. Shalash loves being active and exploring the city. He is a huge foodie and is always looking for new restaurants and rooftops to try. Dr. Shalash also enjoys watching the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis blue and will jump at any chance he gets to visit a new destination.
Dr. Joanna Basaya, DDS
Dr. Basaya graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago earning the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. After graduation, she held a teaching position in the pre-clinical level to teach dental students at UIC College of Dentistry. She also worked a few years in private practice until she started a residency program in Advanced Prosthodontics at UIC. Her additional education in the discipline of prosthodontics trained her to be proficient in full-mouth reconstructions, complex dental cases, all dental prostheses, surgical implant placements and restorations of all implants. Dr. Basaya is experienced in performing ALL-ON-4 procedures, both surgical and restorative. While in dental residency, Dr. Basaya presented one of her most challenging and complicated dental cases at the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.
Dr. Basaya has a very good eye in esthetics and her cosmetic work has always been a work of art. She gives genuine, sincere and caring treatment to her patients and builds good rapport and relationships with them. She works well with patients of all ages from kids to geriatrics. Patients have always been happy with her, her work and her gentle touch. Dr. Basaya finds it most rewarding to help change her patients’ lives one smile at a time, while giving them the best dental experience possible. Dr. Basaya can and will transform your best smile!
Dr. Basaya is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists. She is certified in TMJ and Orofacial Pain, Botox and Dermal fillers and Invisalign.