39 E Colorado Ave, Frankfort, IL 60423

Meet The Team

Meet the awesome team at Bite Size Pediatric Dentistry!

Dr. Denise

Dr. Denise Maniakouras (“Dr. Denise”), founder of Bite Size Pediatric Dentistry, is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Denise completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology.  She obtained her D.D.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Denise was selected as Chief Resident of her pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago earning a certificate a Masters degree in Public Health.

In 2011-2012, Dr. Denise served the Chicago area as an Albert Schweitzer fellow. She developed and implemented an outreach program to educate and provide dental care for children in underserved areas. Dr. Denise has also traveled to Zacapa, Guatemala with Hearts In Motion (H.I.M) to provide oral health care to children and families in remote areas.

Dr. Denise is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Her true passion is working with children and building relationships with the families she cares for. Dr. Denise strives to provide quality dental care to children in a safe and relaxing environment. Dr. Denise understands that every child is unique and so are their dental needs. She takes pride in helping children build a healthy dental future. In her free time, Dr. Denise spends time with her husband, George, and her kids, Alex, Dean & Mia. She enjoys being a mom and spending time with her family. She sincerely looks forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Denise
DDS, Founder
D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Marissa

Dr. Marissa Dziepak (“Dr. Marissa”) is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is very excited to have returned home to her native Chicagoland area and to have joined Bite Size Pediatric Dentistry to serve and advocate for our little patients!

She studied Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where she graduated with honors in serving patients with medical complexities and as a leader in community oral health programs, such as Penn Smiles. She completed her pediatric dentistry residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO where she was selected to serve as Chief Resident. Dr. Marissa is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Chicago Dental Society.

From an early age, Dr. Marissa recognized her passion for working with children. She is committed to providing comfortable and positive dental experiences that support and address each of her patient’s individual needs, striving to create life-long healthy dental patients.

Dr. Marissa is very happy to be back home in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, and traveling with her husband, Andrew.

Dr. Marissa
D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist
D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Paulina

Dr. Paulina Yarmarkovich is a board eligible pediatric dentist born and raised in the ocean side town of Swampscott, Massachusetts. She received her B.S. in Microbiology with a certificate in Global Health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From there, she went on to earn her D.M.D. at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, graduating cum laude, with additional focused training in Health Literacy.  Throughout this time, Dr. Paulina found her true passion for treating pediatric patients, including those with special health care needs.

Making the move back to the Midwest, Dr. Paulina went on to pursue her pediatric specialty training and Masters degree in Oral Sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago. While in residency, her research was recognized nationally by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentist, earning the Graduate Student Research Award.

In her spare time, Dr. Paulina loves exploring the outdoors and travelling, and is always seeking her next adventure. She loves to stay active with hiking, rollerblading, and running along the lake shore. When not outdoors, you can find her checking out local live music and sporting events, or spending time with her dogs.

She is so excited to continue calling the Chicagoland area her home and to serve the needs of the surrounding community as a member of the Bite Size team!

Dr. Paulina
D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist
D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Elissa

Dr. Elissa Teasdale (“Dr. Elissa”) is a board-eligible pediatric dentist who grew up in a small town in New Hampshire’s vibrant Merrimack Valley. She attended Colby College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry. She then moved to Boston, Massachusetts to complete her dental school education at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Tufts, she was honored to receive the Honos Civicus award due to her dedication to providing outstanding community service to the underserved population in the Boston area. She regularly provided free dental care to homeless youth, visited local schools to educate children about oral health and hygiene, and organized an annual preventive-screening event, Tooth Day at Fenway, for all park patrons.

Following dental school, she completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency on the Navajo reservation in Winslow, Arizona. She considers this an invaluable experience in her professional life, as she continued to treat an underserved population of deserving patients. After completing her general residency, Dr. Elissa worked at a private pediatric practice in Charleston, South Carolina for three years. It was there that she realized her passion for providing care to the pediatric population and patients with special health care needs. She decided to pursue specialized training and went on to complete a two-year pediatric dental residency at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while continuing to work at the pediatric practice in Charleston on the weekends.

Dr. Elissa is excited to be a part of the Bite Size Pediatric Dentistry’s family and is devoted to providing quality care in a positive environment for both her patients and their families. She considers herself lucky to be in a position where she has the ability to impact and influence children at such a young age. Dr. Elissa strives to create a calm and inviting environment for her patients in order to alleviate fears while promoting positive future dental visits. She loves seeing improvements and growth with each and every encounter. Dr. Elissa is passionate about pediatric dentistry and finds the profession incredibly rewarding.
Dr. Elissa visited Chicago frequently and was intrigued by the city, culture, and even the snow (after living in the Southeast for five years). When she’s not taking care of little teeth, you can find her staying active at yoga and group exercise classes, hiking mountains, traveling to untouched areas of the world, volunteering, exploring the Chicago food scene, and spending time with friends and family, both near and far. She looks forward to meeting you and your family soon!

Dr. Elissa
D.M.D., Pediatric Dentist
Clinical Staff Team

Angela

Angela is excited to be part of the pediatric dentistry team at Bite Size! She truly has passion to learn about dentistry and loves working with kids. For Angela, there is nothing better than hearing patient’s funny jokes and seeing their smiley faces!

When Angela is not teaching brushing and flossing, she is busy spending time with her golden retrievers, AJ & Buehrle. She also enjoys going to Brookfield Zoo and baseball games! Go Sox Go!

Angela
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Andrea

Andrea began working in the field of Pediatric Dentistry in 2007. She has a deep passion and great understanding of what it takes to provide quality care to each and everyone of her “little” patients. She enjoys spending time at home with her husband, watching Netflix reruns of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and can’t get enough of spending quality time with her adorable kids. Andrea looks forward to meeting and providing a positive experience for your child soon!

Andrea
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Amber

Amber is very excited to join the Bite Size team! She loves getting to know each patient and making each visit enjoyable! Amber’s favorite part about pediatric dentistry is building trust with each child and watching them grow. When Amber is not working she loves having movie nights with her two children. Amber also loves getting creative and spending time with her family.

Amber
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Olivia

Olivia joins the Bite Size team after being a patient of ours! Olivia found a passion for teeth after learning to love the dentist and orthodontist over the years. Olivia loves getting to help the little kids realize the dentist can be fun. In her spare time away from the office, Olivia enjoys dancing or spending time with friends.

Olivia
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Ale

Ale is excited to join the Bite Size clinical team! When she isn’t at the office, she enjoys cooking, working out, playing tennis and softball, and spending time with her family and 2 adorable dogs. She can’t wait to meet you!

Ale
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Daniella

Daniella has worked in dentistry for 3 years and is excited to join the Bite Size team! When she isn’t at the office, Daniella likes to spend time with her cat, go on adventures with her boyfriend, and study dental hygiene. She can’t wait to meet you at your next visit!

Daniella
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Emily

Emily is excited to join the Bite Size clinical team and brings 2 years of dental office experience! When Emily isn’t busy at the office, she enjoys working out, spending time with her family, playing/coaching basketball and watching one of her favorite movies, Finding Nemo. Emily is excited to meet you!

Emily
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Karla

Karla is excited to be part of the Bite Size clinical team! Karla loves to hear her patients tell funny jokes and help them overcome their nerves and leave the dentist with a big smile. When she isn’t at the office, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and having movie nights and going for adventure walks. Karla hopes to continue her education and become a dental hygienist.

Karla
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Samantha

Samantha is so excited to be a part of the Bite Size team! She loves being able to see kids enjoy coming to the dentist and helping their teeth sparkle! She hopes to continue her education to become a pediatric dentist in the future as well. When Samantha isn’t at the office she enjoys traveling and spending time with family. She can’t wait to meet you!

Samantha
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Elena

Elena is excited to be part of the Bite Size clinical team! Elena has years of experience in pediatrics and orthodontics. When she isn’t at the office fighting sugar bugs, Elena enjoys spending time with her son and daughter and doing crafts. She can’t wait to meet you!

Elena
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Celinda

Celinda has worked in the dental field for 5 years. She loves working with kids and looks at each day as an opportunity to learn something new. When Celinda is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids outdoors or doing arts and crafts at home. She looks forward to meeting you soon!

Celinda
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Michelle

Michelle is super excited to have joined the Bite Size team! She enjoys getting to know each patient and catching all of their sugar bugs! When Michelle is not working, she is studying to one day become a Dental Hygienist. Michelle also loves to attend sporting events, concerts, hike, travel, as well as hang out and have fun with her family and friends!

Michelle
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Diamond

Bio coming soon!

Diamond
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Leslie

Bio coming soon!

Leslie
Clinical Staff Team
Clinical Staff Team

Angie

Angie is so excited to join the Bite Size team! Her favorite part of working in pediatric dentistry is being able to comfort the children and
having them walk out with clean healthy teeth. Angie has a passion for growing and learning more
about dentistry that plans to continue her education to be a Dental Hygienist. When she is not working, Angie
loves to spent time with family. She is a busy mother of four boys. As a family they love going to church,
the park, museums, going on nature walks, or just simply having a movie night at the house. Angie looks forward to meeting you soon!

Angie
Clinical Staff Team
Dental Hygienist

Katie

Katie graduated from the Prairie State College Dental Hygiene program in 2014.  One of the reasons she loves working with kids is seeing their smiley faces after they get their teeth sparkled! She enjoys discussing tips with parents to help children maintain healthy teeth. Katie likes to spend time with her husband and family and baking. She is looking forward to meeting you!

Katie
Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienist

Areliz

Areliz graduated from the Southern Illinois Dental Hygiene program in May of 2019.  She enjoys working in a pediatric dental office because it is amazing to see how  children are introduced to the dental setting at a young age and learn to love going to the dentist. Most importantly she loves seeing the big smile of every child after their cleaning! In her spare time, Areliz enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Areliz
Dental Hygienist
Administrative Staff

Johanna

Johanna joined the Bite Size team in 2018. She is passionate about making every dental visit comfortable and enjoyable so that each child is excited to come see the dentist! Johanna enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two spoiled yorkies when not at the office. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, the beach in the summer, and favorite television series Grey’s Anatomy.

Johanna
Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff

Melissa

Melissa joined our administrative team with previous experience in the dental field. She brings attention to detail, loves interacting with the kids, and helping parents! She enjoys our pediatric office since she is a mother of a 4 year old boy. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son camping. When she is not watching Paw Patrol she enjoys The Bachelor.

Melissa
Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff

Jessica

Jessica is excited to be part of the Bite Size team! When she’s not working, Jessica loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter. Jessica enjoys outdoors activities with her family like going to the zoo, swimming and taking bike rides.

Jessica
Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff

Nora

Nora is excited to be part of the Bite Size front office administrative team! When Nora isn’t at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. Some of their favorite activities to do as a family is traveling, biking, fishing, walking nature trails,  and going to the zoo.

Nora
Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff

Suzanne

Suzanne enjoys working with the Bite Size team and meeting the wonderful families that come into the office. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her two kids. They like to go to the park, go to the movies, and bike riding around their neighborhood. She looks forward to seeing you soon!

Suzanne
Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff

Patricia

Bio coming soon!

Patricia
Administrative Staff
Administrative Staff

Brittany

Brittany is excited to be a part of the Bite Size Team! She loves getting to meet our patients and making them smile! Brittany’s favorite moments are spending time with her three kids and going on vacations. When Brittany isn’t at the office, she  enjoys spending her time with friends and family. She looks forward to meeting you and your children!

Brittany
Administrative Staff
Administrative Assistant

Jessica

Jessica is excited to be a part of the administrative team at Bite Size Pediatric Dentistry! She has a year of administrative experience and hopes to continue to grow while here. Currently, she is attending Moraine Valley Community College to receive an Associate of Arts Degree and an Accounting Assistant Certificate. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and boyfriend. She loves playing volleyball, watching movies and anime TV series, and going to arcades.

Jessica
Administrative Assistant

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Happy Patients & Parents

My daughter was having anxiety about visiting the dentist for her first time. Thanks to the super friendly and kind staff she felt comfortable right away. They personalized her experience and we left without a tear. She wants to be a dentist now!
- Lauren Benoit
Bringing your two year old little girl to a dentist knowing you're most likely going to hear she needs it pulled due to a bad fall, not something to look forward to. Very emotional time for parents. However, our experience at this practice with the doctor and staff was better than I could have imagined. Everyone was so welcoming, comforting, and all smiles. The doctor herself was kind, very friendly. From the second you walk in it's a very inviting atmosphere for a child. My daughter wasn't in a hurry to leave! Toys and chapstick, what more could a kid ask for
- Katie Bosi
This place was AMAZING! I took my almost 6 year old in for the first time and everyone from the front desk staff, to our hygienist Angela, to Dr. Denise - they were absolutely wonderful! So kind and patient with my very nervous son, they made his (and mine) visit a breeze. I cannot say enough nice things about everyone there. Gavin can't wait to come back in 6 months! Thanks again for a positive experience.
- Emily Loman
My daughter Emma had such a great first dental experience! The staff is very friendly, the office is very clean and decorated extremely well! She loved playing on the iPad while waiting to go back. She also loved watching a movie while they brushed her teeth. The dental hygienist explained everything before she did anything and kept my 3 year old at ease. Dr. Denise is great with kids and so kind. We would recommend this office to anyone looking for a pediatric dentist. I wish I could go here!
- Lindsey Goldschmidt-Pignatiello

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