Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gerilyn M. Alfe was Salutatorian of her high school class (graduated second out of almost 500 students). She then went on to major in English at Tufts University, where she graduated cum laude in 1989. She attended Tufts on a partial dance scholarship. She then graduated 5th overall in her class from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1993, ranking 1st in her class her senior year. She attained magna cum laude status and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society (awarded to only 10% of the graduating class). She was also awarded the AAWD Certificate of Recognition and the Jack Frommer Prize in the Morphological Sciences.
Dr. Alfe practiced and owned a dental practice in the New England area, close to where she grew up in Medford, MA until she moved to Chicago in 2004 and then established Chicago Smile Spa in 2005.
Continuing dental education has always been a huge factor in Dr. Alfe’s career. She believes that dental school is just the first step in a lifetime of learning and improving. She’s been on both sides of the classroom, as student and instructor, since dental school graduation.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (1993-1995)
PAC~live (2000-2004): An interactive, hands-on program teaching dentists worldwide how to perform smile designs (extreme makeovers), full mouth rehabilitations (restoration of severely worn teeth), and occlusal (bite) treatment
HornbrookGroup (2004 to 2008): Another interactive, hands-on program that specialized in teaching other dentists how to perform smile designs (extreme makeovers), full mouth rehabilitations (restoration of severely worn teeth), and occlusal (bite) treatment
Clinical Mastery (2009-present): Yup, you guessed it, another hands-on program for advanced cosmetic and functional dental training.
Six Month Smiles (2012-present): Adult short-term orthodontics utilizing clear braces and tooth colored wires. Dr. Alfe is one of only 8 Instructors world wide for Six Month Smiles.
Dr. Alfe also lectures nationally on many subjects, including cosmetic dentistry, oral cancer screenings including the VELscope®, bite relationships, treatment planning, bonding (tooth-colored fillings), Ora Verse®, and Tekscan® analysis. She has presented at the Chicago Midwinter Dental meeting numerous times, at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, at the American Orthodontic Society, and many national and regional study club meetings.
In addition to her classroom presentations, Dr. Alfe has authored numerous articles in the most prestigious dental journals covering a wide range of topics.
Botox® Treatment for Migraines, Headaches, TMJ
BioPak & JVA Diagnostic Testing for Migraine, Headache, TMJ
Permanent & Removable Orthodontics (2 ½ year advanced training program through USDI)
Category 2 Dental Laser Certification through the Institute for Advanced Dental Technologies
Treating Patients with Bulimia and Eating Disorders
- Whiter Image™ Dental Advisory Board (2010-2012)
- Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE) Board of Directors (2001-2008)
- Fellowship achievement in ACE (2005) where she was the co-chair and co-developer of the first fellowship accreditation exam
- The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
- Catapult Dental Team Concepts Advisory Board (2010-2012)
- American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), Founding Member
Believe it or not, Dr. Alfe knew she wanted to be a dentist since the second grade. The fact that she didn’t get her first cavity until she was 17 years old may have something to do with that. Luckily, she loved math, science and art, and the rest is history.
Dr. Alfe really strives to make your dental visit as pleasant as possible. She realizes that the biggest fear for most patients is fear of the unknown- not knowing what’s happening and why, if it’s going to hurt, what to expect, just to name a few. Dr. Alfe knows that one of the best things she can do for her patients is JUST LISTEN. Once she’s heard why you’re here, what you would like done and any other important information you want to share with her, she’ll give you honest, conservative, and comprehensive solutions that fulfill your particular needs and wants.
In her spare time, Dr. Alfe burns off some extra energy by practicing Bikram Yoga and Pilates, as well as strength training, spinning, and running. Before she opened Chicago Smile Spa, she was a certified instructor for both Spinning and YogaFit, and was a certified dance teacher with the Boston Dance Teachers Association. During good (and not-so-good) weather, she can be seen running along the lake. In June 2007, she participated in Avon’s Two-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. She has taken rock climbing classes and S Factor classes. Dr. Alfe also is a regular supporter of PAWS, the Anti-Cruelty Society and the Parkways Foundation.
She loves working and living in Lincoln Park and enjoys all that this wonderful neighborhood has to offer. One of the bonuses is that she has a short walk to Wrigley Field where she can be seen rooting for her second favorite baseball team, the Cubs (she grew up in Boston, so the Red Sox have always held first place in her heart…even before they won the World Series!). She enjoys attending the theater, whether to see a play, the ballet, or hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. When she wants to spend some quiet time, she delves into a good book, usually a mystery or biography.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Alfe, please visit our About Dr. Alfe and the Chicago Community page. To schedule an appointment with greater Chicagoland area dentist Dr. Gerilyn Alfe, please contact Chicago Smile Spa today.