Meet the Bennardo Dental Team
Dr. Bennardo received his degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois in1990. He then went on to complete the Advanced General Dentistry residency program at Northwestern University Dental School where he expanded his skills working with dental specialists in every discipline of dentistry.
He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and has extensive experience in Complex Restorative procedures, Invisalign, Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Implants.
After being diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea in 2014, Dr. Bennardo's desire to help his patients with their overall health was elevated to an even higher level. This promted him to devote hundreds of hours in advanced training in Dental Sleep Medicine and Nutrition.
He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and serves as a board member for the International Academy of Sleep. Dr. Bennardo is also a Board Certified Diplomate in the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and is the treating doctor for Chicagoland NFL players with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Outside the Office
Dr. Bennardo attends Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, where he serves as a Mens Small Group leader and volunteers on the Worship Team playing accustic guitar with some well known Christian artists. His hobbies include Snow Skiing, Surfing, Scuba Diving, exercising and tennis.
Dr. Aakash Shah
Dr. Shah was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He went on to complete an Honors degree in Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario before accepting a spot at the SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Shah is very active in continuing education and went on to advance his training by completing an additional residency at Ellis Hospital in Albany, NY. Since completing his residency, Dr. Shah practiced in NY state for a year before moving to IL in 2015.
Dr. Shah and his wife are now settled in Chicago, IL bringing to our practice his passion for continuing education in various areas of dentistry including pediatrics, root canal therapy, and oral surgery. In addition to this, Dr. Shah looks forward to continue his education in implant placement and orthodontics so he can offer his patients a well rounded set of skills for complete, comprehensive care.
Dr. Shah takes great pride in taking the time to hear the patient’s concerns and goals regarding dental treatment. The most important aspect of patient care revolves around what the patient needs and delivering that care in a manner that makes the patient comfortable and going beyond the expectations of the patient. Each patient is unique, which is why Dr. Shah places an emphasis on sitting down with every patient and developing a treatment plan that both the patient and himself are happy with.
On his free time Dr. Shah is a sports enthusiast, swimmer, and foodie. Dr. Shah also spends time volunteering with Rural Area Medicine and Mission of Mercy serving underserved communities.
Dr. Shah is an active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society.
Allison- Registered Dental Hygienist
I am one of Dr. Bennardo’s Licensed Dental Hygienists and I have been a team member since September of 2013. I graduated from College of DuPage in 2012 with an Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. I am passionate about my career and truly love helping my patients and building relationships with them. I am happily married with one son. We are excited to continue watching our family grow and can’t wait to see what God has in store for our future.
ReNae- Registered Dental Hygienist
I became a dental hygienist because I love helping people understand the importance of good oral health. I earned my hygiene degree from College of Dupage in 2011. I am a life-long learner and enjoy expanding on my dental knowledge in order to provide excellent quality care for my patients. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and two grown children. I love spending time with family and friends, running, and working on home projects.
Esther- Dental Assistant
I have been working with Dr. Bennardo since February 2015. For a year and a half I worked for his Sleep Practice and am now sitting chairside with him as his Dental Assistant. Our patients are like family, and I love it! It is such a privilege working with such an amazing team here where everyone gives the best quality care possible to our patients. Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and playing with all of my nieces and nephews. I sing in our church choir and I also teach in our Sunday school. I look forward to the future and all that God has in store.
Michelle- Financial Coordinator
I joined our team in March of 2013, and have loved every minute. I work as a financial coordinator, and it has been rewarding to be able to help our patients receive the quality of care they deserve with no hidden charges or surprises. My goal is to make sure everyone knows his/her treatment and what is expected of them financially. Outside of work, I’m very happily married and have a growing family. I feel blessed and privileged with the things that The Lord has given me, and am excited to see what He has in store. Smile at the future!
Barb- Schedule Coordinator
I met Dr. Bennardo in 2002 while we were both involved with Elgin Junior Service Board which was a health based organization that provided dental care for students in School District U-46. After I saw the compassion and professionalism his office provided each student that I brought into his office, I knew he would become my lifelong dentist. Now, 14 years later, I enjoy working with a team that believes in giving each patient the best care possible. I'm a very busy mom of two teenage daughters. We enjoy boating and spending time watching them ride their horses.
Gabrielle- Sleep Program Director
I began working with Dr. Bennardo and the team in April 2014 as the Schedule Coordinator. In September of 2015 I began managing his Sleep Practice. Working with Dr. Bennardo and my teammates has been such a rewarding experience for me. Our patients are like family, and being able to provide them with the best quality care possible is amazing. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, reading, and playing with my three nieces.