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Our Orthodontists

All of our orthodontists have spent additional years of training and only specialize in orthodontics. Each orthodontist is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Yaroslav Yarmolyuk


“For me, orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth. Orthodontics is the way of helping my patients to improve their lives by giving them a beautiful, healthy, and confident smile. Orthodontic treatment changes lives by making patients’ smiles more attractive and significantly improving their confidence and self-esteem. I am proud to be able to provide orthodontic treatment to the residents of Arlington Heights and neighboring areas,” says Arlington Heights’ orthodontist, Dr. Yarmolyuk.

After completing his undergraduate studies in Biology, Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Dentistry, where he received extensive theoretical and clinical training in dentistry. During his studies at UIC, Dr. Yarmolyuk obtained a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. Dr. Yarmolyuk was involved in a variety of research and leadership activities and is a recipient of multiple honors and awards.

After receiving his dental degree, Dr. Yarmolyuk continued his training at Marquette University post-graduate orthodontic residency. This intense full-time, two-year training in orthodontics and craniofacial orthopedics prepared him to treat even the most challenging orthodontic cases. Dr. Yarmolyuk constantly increases his knowledge and keeps up with the new techniques and advances in the field of orthodontics by attending professional meetings and continuing education courses. Dr. Yarmolyuk holds a specialty dental license in orthodontics. Dr. Yarmolyuk resides in the Northwest suburbs with his wife, son and daughter.

Department of Developmental Sciences, Orthodontic Residency

Certificate in Orthodontics
Master of Science in Oral Biology

College of Dentistry

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Bachelor in Dental Science

Professional Memberships:

American Dental Association (2006-2012)
American Association of Orthodontists
Illinois Society of Orthodontists



Cleidy Arboleda


“Studying Orthodontics has allowed me to tangibly see the difference that you can make in someone’s life, whether big or small. Giving someone the confidence to smile with pride is a privilege. I know something as simple as a healthy and beautiful smile can mean an improved outlook on life,” says Dr. Arboleda.

Dr. Arboleda was born and raised in Colombia, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and a degree as specialist in Orthodontics. She moved to Chicago in 2009 and after three years of residency, Dr. Arboleda received her Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences and Certificate of Orthodontics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2015, Dr. Arboleda became a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. Only 25% of all orthodontist go through the rigorous testing process to become board certified and Dr. Cleidy is one of them!

Dr. Arboleda and her husband reside in Glenview Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Professional Affiliations:

  • The American Association of Orthodontists
  • The Illinois Society of Orthodontists
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Chicago Dental Society


  • English
  • Spanish

Inna Sydorak


Dr. Inna Sydorak was born and raised in Ukraine. She and her family immigrated to New York City back in 2003. While in New York she earned her undergraduate degree in Economics at Hunter College where she was a participant of its Honors Program from which she graduated with the highest Summa Cum Laude distinction. She went on to complete her dental training at Columbia University where she was at the top of her class. Dr. Sydorak obtained her specialty degree in Orthodontics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her thesis work on bone biology and tooth movement has won a research award and is currently being reviewed for publishing in a scientific journal.

Dr. Sydorak could not be happier in Chicago. Between creating smiles, reading her favorite books, jogging by the beautiful Lake Michigan, and enjoying everything else that this amazing city has to offer, you will always see her smiling as she enjoys the work she does and always strives to deliver her best!


Brian LaBlonde


“I do not have an orthodontic philosophy. I think that every person is unique and should receive his or her own individualized treatment plan. I want to provide my patients with the best care possible, and newer treatments are continuously being developed.” says Dr. LaBlonde.

Cuong Dao


Dr. Dao was born in Liberal, KS, but his family moved all over the country before settling in Saginaw, MI. Growing up, Dr. Dao was already timid and shy. Not having a great smile contributed to that. “I had ‘buck teeth’,” Dr. Dao says, “my canines were growing in near my nose. After I had braces, that was when I blossomed into a more outgoing person.” As an orthodontist, I want to instill that same confidence in other people.

Dr. Dao is an avid rock climber and amateur chef. You can always find him at the local climbing gym (First Ascent) during his spare time!

Dr. Dao is eager to provide patients with the utmost care they deserve.

Dr. Dao speaks both English and Vietnamese.


Ammar Alsamawi

Ammar Alsamawi


Dr. Alsamawi grew up in Baghdad, Iraq and now he calls Iowa City, Iowa home.

“I’ve always wanted to be a dentist since I was a kid. When I was in dental school I loved orthodontics because of the happy general atmosphere in the clinic and the fact that orthodontists improve people’s lives and give them confidence,” says Dr. Alsamawi.

Road cycling is a major leisure and sport activity for Dr. Alsamawi in the summer. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and he loves skiing in the winter.

“I’m excited to join the Orthodontic Experts team. I look forward to sharing my experience working with patients of all ages and my passion for orthodontics and I am excited to learn from the Orthodontic Experts team and continue to develop personally and professionally.”

He speaks both Arabic and English.

Where did Dr. Alsamawi earn his degrees from? 

  • Undergraduate: University of Iowa
  • Dental school: University of Iowa
  • Residency: Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Jonathan Rakstang

Jonathan Rakstang


Dr. Rakstang is originally from Oak Park, IL. He had braces as a teenager and appreciates the benefits of orthodontic treatment. He enjoys creating beautiful, healthy smiles for his patients and having a positive impact on their lives, just as his orthodontist did for him! He is excited to move back home to Chicago to be closer to his family and to join the Orthodontic Experts team!

Dr. Rakstang is looking forward to providing great patient care and transforming smiles so his patients look and feel their best!

During his free time, Dr. Rakstang plays guitar and enjoys traveling and bicycling.

Where did Dr. Rakstang earn his degrees from? 

  • Dental School and Orthodontic Residency: University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • General Practice Residency: VA Hospital, Denver, CO
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in biochemistry and a minor in chemistry: University of Colorado at Boulder,


  • English
  • Some Spanish
Eun Sang Moon

Eun Sang Moon


“Happy patients are the driving force of my career and I would like to continue changing people’s lives.”

Dr. Moon’s favorite thing about orthodontics is the long-term relationships with patients. He enjoys talking to them and getting to know all of them.

Where did Dr. Moon earn his degrees from? 

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery- The Ohio State University 
  • Orthodontic Residency- The Ohio State University 

Dr. Moon is fluent in English and Korean.

Brian Reyes


Dr. Reyes grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In his hometown, he completed his training where Dr. Reyes was a partner in a group orthodontic practice for over 14 years before moving to Chicago to experience the beautiful Windy City life and be closer to his family.

What made Dr. Reyes want to be an orthodontist?  When Dr. Reyes was a kid, he loved to fix things, even going so far as to take things apart just to see how all of the pieces fit together to make it work. He wasn’t personally great about wearing his orthodontic appliances for the required number of hours. However, Dr. Reyes was fascinated by how the headgear, expanders, and rubber bands applied force to alter the position of his teeth. He even often helped his friends put their headgear and elastics in properly because it made sense to him about what direction the teeth were supposed to move. Dr. Reyes is drawn to the precision and complexity involved in creating beautiful and functional smiles. 

“I love the challenge of creating treatment plans tailored to the specific needs and goals of an individual.” – Dr. Reyes DDS, MS 

Where did Dr. Reyes earn his degrees from? 

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology- The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery- The University of Michigan School of Dentistry 
  • Master of Science in Orthodontics- The University of Michigan (Served as Class President and Chief Resident) 

Dr. Reyes is fluent in English. 

Where can I find Dr. Reyes? You can find him at our Pilsen clinic, located at 1719 W. 18th Street Chicago, IL 60608. 

Nipa Patel


Dr. Patel was born in India and grew up in sunny San Diego, California. Her ethnicity is East Indian. Besides English, she speaks Hindi and Gujarati. Dr. Patel has an incredible twenty-year journey driven by an immense passion for oral healthcare. She started as a certified dental assistant, then became a dental hygienist, and continued her journey to become a dentist and an orthodontist soon thereafter.

Dr. Patel believes a smile is the best accessory anybody can wear. What she finds most rewarding about her career is creating beautiful smiles leading to greater confidence overall and a sense of well-being. Dr. Patel connects with the patients on a personal level, often building everlasting bonds and motivating them to go out into the world to make a difference. With a confident smile.

Dr. Patel’s goal for each patient is to enhance their smile aesthetics and ultimately the quality of life. As each patient is different, she thoroughly considers various treatment options for each patient and then creates the best and the most effective treatment plan to move forward with. Before commencing treatment, she explains each treatment option in detail to the patient and proceeds only after the patient is comfortable.

According to Dr. Patel, the most exciting part of joining Orthodontic Experts is that OE’s mission and values align with hers. At OE, the patients are the priority and are treated with care and respect. Dr. Patel believes in making the treatment fun and exciting for each patient, and OE is the best place to bring such positivity in the treatment approach.

Dr. Patel keeps up with the latest research and trends in orthodontics by participating in continuing education courses and national conferences.

She is a member of the following committees:

• American Association of Orthodontics
• American Dental Association


A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Mesa, AZ

• Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and Master’s in Public Health (MPH)
• Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics along with a Certificate in Health Education.

Dr. Patel likes to explore different cultures and cuisines and her passion for traveling has taken her to twenty countries so far, and she plans to cover many more. Dr. Patel’s loves hiking and outdoor activities, being from the west coast; Dr. Patel is out in nature any opportunity she gets. Above all, she loves to spend time with her husband, family members, and friends.

Where can I find Dr. Patel? You can find her at our Joliet and Aurora clinic creating dream smiles!

Kyle Aten


Dr. Kyle was born in South Florida, where the sun shines every day. According to Dr. Kyle, “I am excited to be joining an amazing company where I can express my love and passion for orthodontics and creating beautiful smiles for all of our patients.” Dr. Kyle wanted to become an orthodontist because orthodontics provides Dr. Kyle with the opportunity to interact and build lasting relationships with the patients and their families. According to Dr. Kyle, “It’s a privilege to not only give patients the smile of their dreams but a healthy bite that will last a lifetime.” 

Dr. Kyle likes to travel and spend his time outdoors enjoying nature. The next time you go skiing, see Dr. Kyle racing down the mountain. Also, during his free time, Dr. Kyle likes to play and watch almost any sport that is out there. Orthodontic Experts is pleased and very happy to have Dr. Kyle join our growing family!

Dr. Kyle is excited to join the Orthodontic Experts team to bring excitement and positive energy while providing the best orthodontic care possible to our patients!






Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Nova Southeastern University

Master in the Science of Dentistry (MSD) and his Orthodontic Certificate at the University of Colorado

Where can I find Dr. Kyle? You can find him at our Rockford clinic, located at 5051 East State Street, Rockford Illinois 61108. 

Hiroshi Ueno


Dr. Hiroshi Ueno was born in Nishinomiya, Japan and grew up in Yokohama, Japan. According to him, He wanted to become an orthodontist because he used to have crooked teeth, but could not get braces as a kid growing up do to financial reasons. However, throughout the years Dr. Hiroshi Ueno received the comprehensive orthodontic treatment as an adult. The experience he had received from his treatment made him want to become an orthodontist because he can offer efficient and excellent orthodontic treatments to all the patients just like what he received.


Dr. Hiroshi Ueno went through many schooling to become an orthodontist. He received his DDS from Tohoku, which is one of the seven former imperial universities in Japan. Later, after Dr. Hiroshi Ueno graduated with his DDS, he then received his MSD and his Orthodontic Certificate from Saint Louis University.


He speaks many different languages like English, Japanese, and he is currently learning Polish right now because his wife is Polish.


Dr. Hiroshi Ueno loves to play tennis and basketball? Yep, that is correct! Also, during Dr. Hiroshi Ueno’s free time, while he is not working, he loves to play a traditional Japanese instrument called the Sanshin and the guitar.

What is Dr. Hiroshi Ueno most excited about to bring to Orthodontic Experts?

Dr. Hiroshi Ueno has been a faculty member at Saint Louis University for five years, and was chosen as the outstanding instructor of the year in 2017 and 2019. Therefore, Dr. Hiroshi Ueno is most excited about helping Orthodontic Experts offer evidence-based high-quality orthodontic treatments to the patients.

Diana Torres


“I decided to become an orthodontist because I went through orthodontic treatment when I was younger and it felt it changed my life. I became confident with my smile and was amazed by what an orthodontist could do for someone. I also realized I would be passionate to provide the same happiness for someone else. I treat every patient with the care I once received, and I enjoy every aspect of it!”

Dr. Diana Torres is originally from Colombia, where she received her degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She then moved to the United States to continue her education and attended Boston University. Dr. Torres graduated with high honors as a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and received the OKU Chapter Award of Excellence. She continued her training at Boston University and completed her residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Torres is excited to be in Chicago and join us at Orthodontic Experts.

When Dr. Torres isn’t at the office, she can be found exploring the city, painting, and spending time with family and friends.



  • English
  • Spanish

Staš Grandi


Dr. Grandi is originally from the great state of South Dakota, but he has lived all over the world! Dr. Grandi spent 8 years in Miami, FL (Go Canes!) completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He was then honored to be selected as a United States Naval Officer and completed 5 years of active duty service, with all 5 years being overseas. While in the military, he was chosen to be a part of several amazing teams of professionals that traveled around the world learning the best techniques in dentistry from the most accomplished clinicians, received mentorship from the brightest minds in leadership, and had the privilege of treating the men and women of the armed forces of not only the United States but also our Allied Nations. After completing his active duty military service, Dr. Grandi was humbled at the opportunity to continue his professional education at the world-renowned Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics residency program of the University of Colorado. He’s practiced dentistry in the US, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and as such, he has seen and been able to treat the entire spectrum of orthodontic problems.

“I was very fortunate to receive orthodontic treatment in my teenage years and to experience first-hand the effect a smile can have on someone’s self-esteem. I can remember talking to my orthodontist when I was 14 years old and learning how intricate, precise, and complicated orthodontic treatment can be. I’ve always had a passion for learning, and when I found out how challenging it is to create beautiful smiles, I immediately knew that I wanted to pursue this profession. I’ve dedicated my life to learning as much as possible about the art and science of orthodontics so that my patients can achieve their best smile and have the confidence to pursue their passions!”

Dr. Grandi has a wide range of interests and is constantly learning new things. Dr. Grandi’s parents have always been immersed in music and art with his father being an accomplished musician and his mother being a certified master of sewing and quilting. “My siblings and I grew up tinkering with all kinds of instruments and working with our hands to create things.” This upbringing has fostered Dr. Grandi’s creativity and his insatiable appetite for learning. “In my free time, I love to experiment with music or work on projects with my hands. I’m no Jimi Hendrix nor Bob-The-Builder, but I can play a few songs on the guitar and I’ve been known to design and build a landscape or two!” Dr. Grandi added, “While in residency, my friends and I bought a house and completely remodeled it inside and out, doing the majority of the work ourselves, weekend-warrior style. Over the process, I learned a lot about architectural drawings and interior design, which I’ve found to be fascinating!” Dr. Grandi has a big family, so keeping up-to-date on their activities as well as enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado are also ways he enjoys spending his free time.

“I truly believe that having a great smile helps to give you the confidence to get out of your comfort zone and pursue your passions. Day-in and day-out, my team and I help patients of all ages to realize the true potential of their smile. Whether you are looking for an enhancement of an already nice smile, or whether you are in need of complex orthognathic surgery to correct the position of your jaws, together, we will find a way to give you your best smile so that you can live your best life!”

In addition to traditional braces, Dr. Grandi’s extensive training has given him expertise in clear aligner therapy (Invisalign, Clear Correct), self-ligating braces (Damon braces), lingual braces (braces on the backside of the teeth), Phase I treatment (braces for children as young as 7 years old), growth modification (treatment for children whose jaws are growing abnormally), temporomandibular joint disorder treatment (TMJ treatment), cleft lip and palate treatment, and orthognathic surgery treatment (surgical treatment for adults whose jaws have grown abnormally).


The University of Colorado, Orthodontic Residency
Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Master of Science in Dentistry

Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine
Doctor of Dental Medicine

University of Miami
Bachelor of Science in Biology and Marine Science


  • English