Alan J. Acierno, DDSDentist
Dr. Acierno was recently featured in Chicago Magazine’s Top Doctor issue!
Linda DiFranco, DMDGeneral and Cosmetic Dentist
With over twenty years of experience in the dental field, Dr. DiFranco provides exceptional care for her patients. Dr. DiFranco graduated from the highly regarded University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1994. Prior to obtaining her dental degree, she was a registered Dental Hygienist for many years practicing in a wide variety of dental offices specializing in implants and periodontics. “I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with various talented dentists as a hygienist while attending dental school. The knowledge and experience gained in these private practices was a rare opportunity to both learn and observe from many leaders in dentistry”.
Dr. DiFranco continues to seek out educational opportunities to provide the highest standard of care for her patients. She has studied and completed coursework at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. In addition, Dr. DiFranco utilizes other educational opportunities by regularly attending dental conferences and is a member of several dental study clubs and associations.
LT Bruno Kuloba, DDSOral & Facial Surgery
Great Lakes, IL
Dr. Kuloba was born in Kakamega, Kenya and currently resides in Chicago, IL. Bruno was born to Bernard and Pamela Kuloba and grew up with one older sister and two younger brothers. At the age of 7, the family moved to the United States; first living in Chattanooga, Tennessee and then Pensacola, Florida. He became interested in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery at the age of 9, and worked to bring this dream into a reality. He attended undergraduate at the University of West Florida, receiving his B.S. in Biology, and attended dental school and oral surgery residency at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN.
During his time at Meharry, Bruno excelled in academics being inducted into Omicron Kappa Epsilon dental society. Bruno was able to become active and held leadership roles in local and regional organizations. During this time, he and other students organized and developed the dental component of the 12 South student-run dental clinic (now called The Salt Wagon Clinic). He became an active member of the Jamaica Awareness Association of California’s annual dental mission trip and he has been able to participate in multiple community service events. He has also participated in Smile Bangladesh, a biannual mission trip to help with Craniofacial deformities in Bangladesh.
Upon graduating from dental school he was accepted into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Meharry Medical College, and he enlisted in the United States Navy as an officer. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in 2019, and is currently active duty military personnel at Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago, IL. Bruno cherishes the skills, experiences and friendships gained through his different experiences. He currently plans to continue to serve his community in local and international outreaches. He is currently working with his family’s non-profit organization, The Kuloba Foundation, to help underserved communities. In his free time, Bruno enjoys visiting different countries and cultures, playing sports, salt water aquariums, and learning new skills and hobbies.
Alexander Smith, DMDGeneral and Cosmetic Dentist
I am originally from Holland, Michigan. Following high school, I decided to continue my academic career at Adrian College in southeast Michigan. I majored in Biology and earned my bachelor’s degree while also playing NCAA Division III lacrosse for Adrian.
After graduating from Adrian College, I attended Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL where I earned my Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. During my time at Midwestern, I had the opportunity to serve on the board of multiple student organizations while also gaining invaluable clinical experience that has prepared me for providing the utmost level of dentistry to my patients.
My passion for dentistry originally stemmed from a love of the sciences, healthcare, working with my hands, and most importantly, the opportunity to create and build lifelong relationships with patients while working together to improve oral health. I am now a member of the Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. I enjoy attending meetings and lectures that provide me with the most up-to-date standards, procedures, and technologies in order to stay current with the ever-changing field of dentistry.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Summer, and our English Bulldog, Wilbur. We enjoy camping, traveling, hiking, boating, biking and pretty much anything outdoors. I also love playing many sports and am always eager for a new challenge. Summer has even attempted to introduce me to and improve my ice hockey skills with her 20+ years of playing experience.
Shanice Algarin DMDGeneral and Cosmetic Dentist
My name is Dr. Shanice Algarin and I am thrilled to be joining the team. To tell you a little bit about myself, I became interested in dentistry at a young age. Growing up in an underserved Hispanic community, I experienced a lot of dental decay, pain, and embarrassment. When I was able to pursue dental treatment, I soon realized how life changing dentistry could be. It was then that I decided to pursue career in dentistry. My hope is to change lives as my life was changed by a simple dental visit.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Health Science at the University of Central Florida. After graduating UCF, I moved to Nashville, TN to attend Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. After finishing dental school, I continued my dental education in Advanced General Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ., where I spent a year advancing my skills in implants, dentures, orofacial pain and cosmetic dentistry. I gained a great deal of experience in treating medically compromised patients, special needs patients, and those with oral cancer. I have a passion for teaching patients about whole body well-being and oral health.
Personally, I am married to someone who also shares my love for oral health, as he is a U.S Navy Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. I enjoy exploring the state of Illinois, outdoor activities, fitness, and being a part of the church community. I am fluent in both English and Spanish, and know that will be a huge asset to many of my patients. I really look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and using my talents and training in order to offer quality dental care for many years to come.
Shanice Algarin DMD
Acierno Dental is a modern dental clinic, specialized in diagnostics and treatment of dental and oral disorders. We offer comprehensive services from all fields of dentistry. In addition to high-end dental equipment, all services are provided in a comfortable, luxury environment.
Monday8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday7:00 am - 3:00 pm*
*Oral Surgeon Only