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About Lakeshore Dental

Staff at Lakeshore Dental, Chicago

Dentistry That Makes You Feel Special

When patients return to us and refer their family and friends we feel that we have done our job right. Our goal is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere for all patients and ensure that they are completely satisfied with the treatment they receive. We’d like you to feel that you have received a high quality of treatment. Call 773-761-7442 today to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Meet Dr. Mark Sawyer

Making An Impact

Dr. Mark Sawyer, DDS, grew up in Skokie – not far from here! He enjoys the simple pleasures of working with his hands, helping people, and growing his business in a way that helps the community.

He makes a deep impact in people’s lives in a quiet way – like the way a small ripple on the surface of the ocean eventually touches many shores.
“Dentistry isn’t the type of profession where we save lives, build big buildings, lead big companies, or invent new things,” says Dr. Sawyer. “But what we do is pretty involved. People come to us scared and afraid, and we do pretty amazing stuff to help make their lives a little better.”

When A Patient Says “Thank You”

Although he’s always been interested in science and math, and enjoys the technical side of dentistry, Dr. Sawyer says the fulfillment in his job comes entirely from serving patients. He’s focused on finding even better ways to serve the Chicago community as he grows his practice in exciting new ways.

Dr. Sawyer understands what excellent dental service is all about. “Patients are often most thankful when they feel their care has been less painful, easier, or quicker than they had expected it to be. My hope is to make them feel at ease,” he says.


Decades of Perseverance and Experience

Dr. Sawyer graduated from Illinois University College of Dentistry in 1984. “The perseverance it took to get through dental school is also necessary in practice,” says Dr. Sawyer.

He views dentistry as an ever-evolving challenge and is committed to grow his practice in new ways over the next many years. His primary focus is building long-term relationships with patients and serving them in a manner that makes them want to choose him as their dentist for life.

Dr. Sawyer remains current with annual continuing education in dentistry, and is a member of the following:

American Dental Association (ADA)
Chicago Dental Association (CDA)
Illinois State Dental Association (ISDA)
Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

Active Family Man

Dr. Sawyer and his wife of 27 years have three children and aren’t quite empty-nesters yet. Their eldest moved away to work for a solar energy company, their youngest is finishing college and has a promising career ahead in sports communication, and their daughter lives at home and works as a make-up artist for MAC.

“When I’m not in the office, I tend to spend most of my time with my family and puttering around the house,” says Dr. Sawyer. He also enjoys staying in shape by swimming and jogging. He is working on growing Lakeshore Dental into the best practice it can be.

Come in and see what makes Dr. Sawyer a dentist people come back to year after year.

Meet The Staff

Front Office


Marisol Lazaro

Marisol Lazaro is here to help with all your scheduling, financial, and insurance needs. She will be the first smiling face you’ll see when you come into the office. She is always available to answer any question you may have and she wants to make your time here as pleasant, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. Her goal is to provide the very best customer service available to ensure that you not only get an effective and excellent outcome from your treatment, but also enjoy your time in our office.


Dental Hygienist

Lakeshore Dental Associates, Inc

Melissa Roman

Melissa Roman takes great pride in giving each patient individualized care during regular checkups and cleanings. In addition to polishing your teeth and examining the health of your gums, our hygienist will also give you all the information you need to keep your teeth healthy and your smile looking its best. With her experience and continual training with the most current hygiene treatments and procedures, she is able to give you the peace of mind you deserve when trusting someone with your oral health. When it comes to patient care, Melissa is second to none in providing a comfortable, positive dental experience you’re sure to enjoy.

Dental Assistant

Anna Privina

Anna Privina is here to make your experience in our office as easy and stress-free as possible. Usually found working alongside Dr. Sawyer, she helps with many of the other procedures and treatments you’ll receive at our office. She is a truly dedicated individual who looks forward to building a relationship with you and your family. Anna stays up-to-date with the newest and best technology in order to serve you better and continue their training throughout the year. She looks forward to helping bring you to optimal oral health and have a great smile for life!

Lakeshore Dental Associates, Inc

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