Dr. Vitiello

Marylene Vitiello, DDS

Pediatric Dentist in Lincoln Park and Hyde Park

Improving Lives One Smile at a Time

Dr. Marylene Vitiello has been practicing pediatric dentistry in Chicago for over 20 years. She has a passion for teaching kids and their parents how to take care of their teeth and strives to provide “dental health care” instead of “disease care.” She believes that the best prevention starts with proper education. She is particularly interested in nutrition and continuously stresses the benefits of an appropriate diet. She enjoys promoting dental education whenever possible at schools and during radio interviews and television appearances.

At Tooth Fairy World, Dr. V strives to provide quality dentistry in a comfortable environment and to make each dental experience a pleasant one. The office is decorated with art and fish tanks to create a fun “dental home.” She encourages parents to take an active role in their children’s treatment and invites them to be present at each appointment. She considers her patients as a part of her “dental family” and is honored to take care of their dental needs and to watch them grow over the years.

Dr. Vitiello lives in Chicago with her two children and enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and reading. She is fluent in French, Creole, and Spanish.


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Dr. Sharfaie

Houri Shafaie, DDS

Adult Dentist in Lincoln Park and Hyde Park

Healthy Mouth, Happy Life

Dr. Houri Shafaie received her Bachelor of Science from Towson State University, and then attended the University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry. Dr. Shafaie has been in private dental practice for 18 years and is board certified by the Southern, Central, and North East Regional Dental Boards. Her professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, the American General Dentist Association, and the Illinois State Dental Society.

Does your smile make you smile? No one better than an artist could understand the power of aesthetics and its impact on your life. Dr. Shafaie, a classically trained painter and esthetic dentist, has dedicated her dental career to enhancing not only your dental health but the beauty of your smile. She is committed to providing you with superior dentistry and the personalized gentle care that you deserve. She strives to fuse beauty with comfort and function.

Dr. Shafaie focuses on patient education so you can appreciate the importance and maintenance of good oral health, understand the recommended treatment modalities, and how your care relates to your total health and wellbeing.

Dr. Shafaie is dedicated to continued professional education and keeps up with the latest techniques such as Lumineer veneers, Invisalign, PerioProtect gum treatments, and Snap-A-Smile interim prostheses. Dr. Shafaie loves painting and reading in her free time.


Dr. Patel

Krushan Patel, DMD

Orthodontist in Lincoln Park and Hyde Park

Discover Your Smile

Dr. Krushan Patel was born and raised in Zambia. He migrated to the U.S. when he was 18 years old and completed his Doctorate at Penn Dental Medicine in Philadelphia before pursuing a general practice residency in Brooklyn, New York, and specialized training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He lends his exceptional training and experience to our team as our board-certified orthodontist at Tooth Fairy World.

In addition to his degrees, Dr. Patel also stays on top of the latest orthodontic technology and state-of-the-art care. He has been board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists® and the American Dental Association®. He has also gone one step further and completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dr. Patel is known for being compassionate, comedic, and a great improviser when called upon. He enjoys working with patients of all ages and from all backgrounds. He is always tweaking things in the workplace to improve the patient’s experience.

Dr. Patel lives with his wife and dog in Downtown Chicago. His hobbies include biking, traveling, and golfing, and he is a big foodie!