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Our Team

James Kakos, DDS, FAGD

James Kakos, DDS, FAGDDr. Kakos was born and raised in Chicago. He completed his undergraduate education at Marquette University and then received his dental degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1991. Following graduation, Dr. Kakos went on to complete a two-year externship at the Midwest Implant Institute where he received his surgical and prosthetic implant training. Dr. Kakos is also a licensed dental anesthesiologist.

Dr. Kakos has an extensive continuing education record. His pursuit of excellence drives him to attend and participate in some of the most advanced continuing education available; consequently, he received the distinction of fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, which only five percent of the dentists in the United States have achieved. In addition, Dr. Kakos is a member of numerous other associations and academies, including the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, sustaining member in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the American Academy of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Kakos has been on staff at Northwest Community Hospital since 1992.

Dr. Kakos is also a graduate and preferred provider of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, know as LVI. This institute trains only the top 10 percent of cosmetic dentists worldwide and has been showcased on the ABC show Extreme Makeover.

DaVinci Dental Studios has recognized Dr. Kakos’ contribution to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Kakos and his wife, Helen, are the proud parents of two sons, Stephan and Nicholas.



Dr. Steven J Bacalar, DMD

Dr. Steven J Bacalar, DMDDr. Steven J Bacalar was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He earned his undergraduate degree in Community Health and Chemistry from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and then earned his Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Bacalar then attended the prestigious and progressive College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.
In order to provide his patients with the highest quality dental care, Dr. Bacalar is passionate about continuing education and staying up-to-date on advancing techniques and materials in the dental field. He is an active member in the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

He is interested in all facets of general dentistry from dental implants to fillings. He strives to make your oral healthcare experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible, and it is his goal to build lasting relationships with his patients.

In his free time, Dr. Bacalar is an avid golfer and enjoys cooking, traveling and cheering on his beloved Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks.



Kathy – Office Manager/Financial Coordinator

Heather – Patient Coordinator

Lisa – Dental Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Joanna – Dental Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Terry – Dental Hygienist /Periodontal Therapist

Ginny – Dental Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Nicole – Dental Assistant/Surgical Assistant

Nora – Dental Assistant/Surgical Assistant​

Nancy – Dental Assistant