Meet Our Wicker Park Dentists

Wicker Park Dentist - Dr Monica UrdaDr. Monica Urda:

Born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago Dr. Monica Urda received the Trustee Scholarship from Loyola University to study biology. A recipient of the Mulcahy Award as well as the Pre-Dental Award she graduated cum laude from Loyola and spent the following four years at Marquette School of Dentistry in Milwaukee Wisconsin where she earned her DDS. Afterward, she completed post-graduate coursework in endodontics, dental implants, Cad-Cam technology, esthetic restorations, and Invisalign. In 2013 Dr. Urda joined a large group practice on the southwest side of Chicago. Through her expertise, her calm, confident manner and her engaging personal touch Dr. Urda quickly became a favorite doctor among the patients at the large and busy clinic.

Dr. Urda now brings her dedication to excellence and personal approach to dentistry to her own practice: Smile Science Chicago in Wicker Park. Whether for a routine visit or a more complex procedure
Dr. Urda respects each patient’s right to a detailed discussion of any treatment needed. She will take the time to explain a procedure, answer all questions and alleviate any concerns, then the Smile Science Chicago staff will work to implement Dr. Urda’s treatment plan within the schedule and budget of each patient.

Core Values:

1. Be compassionate, empathetic, honest, and conscientious for every person- no matter, race, creed, religion, gender, or orientation.

2. Build a positive, happy, and safe environment for both our patients and team.

3. Be passionate, committed, and driven to achieving an exceptional level of care, and strive to exceed that level every day.

4. Be humble and eager to learn both personally and professionally, and be held accountable for both actions big and small.

5. To give back to the community in a positive and meaningful way.


A resident of Chicago’s north side, Dr. Urda has been an active member of the community as a volunteer with Give Kids a Smile day, Smiles For the Future day, Head Start day and Mission of Mercy day. She is committed to continued life-long learning that will bring the most advanced techniques in dentistry to her patients.

Dr. Urda is a member of the:

Dr. Tanya RanginwalaDr. Tanya Ranginwala:

Dr. Ranginwala is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to dental school, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition. After graduation from dental school, Dr. Ranginwala completed a General Practice Residency at Evanston Hospital through the University of Chicago. The residency afforded her an opportunity to expand her skills in all fields of dentistry, including oral surgery, the dental management of medically compromised patients, and Invisalign. Dr. Ranginwala is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Chicago Dental Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Ranginwala believes in the connection between dental health and overall well being. She values her relationship with every patient and looks forward to providing comprehensive dental care in her own neighborhood, Wicker Park.

Dr. Waeil ElmisalatiDr. Waeil Elmisalati:

Dr. Waeil Elmisalati is a board certified periodontist and implant surgeon at Smile Science Dental Center of Wicker Park. He graduated from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine receiving his degree in Periodontology, Dental Implants, and Masters degree in Medical sciences from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Waeil also taught as professor of periodontics and dental implant at several academic institutions in the United States.

He has published and reviewed research articles in reputable national and international dental journals. In 2016, Dr. Waeil became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Waeil Elmisalati is well versed in minimally invasive dental surgery including impacted wisdom teeth extractions, gingival grafts, and implant placements. He is also an expert consultant for Join Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Waeil Elmisalati finds being active in the community is crucial as a healthcare professional. In the past few years, he volunteered his time to provide free dental care as part of the Mission of Mercy. He also involved in organized dentistry, being an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology (A.A.P.), the International Team for Implantology (I.T.I.), the Academy of Osteointegration (A.O.), the American Dental Association (A.D.A.) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). In addition, he is an ambassador for the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.

He moved to Chicago after living in Boston for several years for his education. In his spare time, Dr. Waeil Elmisalati enjoys exploring new restaurants, cooking, skiing, cycling, traveling, and spending time with his friends.

The American Board of Periodontology, Board Certified Diplomate in Periodontology and  Implant Surgery (2016)
Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine, Master of Medical Sciences (2015)
Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine, Certificate in Periodontology (2015)
Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine, Fellowship in Oral Biology (2011)
Garyounis University, School of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery (2007)

American Academy of Periodontology, International Team for Implantology, Academy of Osteointegration,
American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association

Dr. AliajDr. Erid Aliaj:
Dr. Aliaj is a graduate of New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. After graduation, he completed his general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He has also completed additional advanced postgraduate courses in endodontics, esthetic restorations, surgical dental extractions, bone grafting, and surgical placement of dental implants.

Dr. Aliaj is committed to life-long learning that will bring the most advanced techniques in dentistry to his patients. His goal is to provide exceptional, comprehensive dental care to his patients in a friendly and caring environment, educating and motivating them toward a state of optimal oral health.

Dr. Aliaj is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

He is a big Chicago sports fan and stays active by enjoying golfing and spending time with friends and family.

Monica Urda, DDS
1755 W North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
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