Dr. Karen Kowalesik

Karen Kowalesik, D.M.D., M.A.

Formal Education

  • Biomedical Sciences, 2008 - Marquette University (Pre-Dental Scholars Program) Milwaukee, WI
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2011 - University of Illinois (Bachelor of Science, Chemistry minor) Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Biomedical Sciences, 2012 - Midwestern University (Masters of the Arts) Downers Grove, IL
  • College of Dental Medicine 2016 - Midwestern University (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry - Class rank: 4th of 129 students) Downers Grove, IL


  • Member, Chicago Dental Society
  • Member, Illinois State Dental Society
  • Member, American Dental Association
  • Member, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Chicago, IL
  • Member, American Student Dental Association, Chicago, IL
  • Member, Delta Sigma Delta, National Dental Fraternity
  • Member, Cosmetic Dentistry Club, MWU, Downers Grove, IL
  • Clinic Liaison, MWU College of Dentistry, Student Council
  • Executive Board, Secretary, Student Advocates for Oral Health Club, MWU, Downers Grove, IL
  • Member, Women’s Health Club,MWU, Downers Grove, IL
  • Executive Board, Volunteer Coordinator, UIUC Pre-Dental Club, Champaign, IL


Student Dentist 2016

  • DuPage County Health Department, Dental Clinic, Wheaton, IL
    • Two week external rotation; Cared for walk-ins, urgent care, oral surgery and restorative
      patients, both adult and pediatric
  • Stroger Hospital, Extraction Clinic, Cook County Health and Hospital System, Chicago, IL
    • Two week external rotation; Focused strictly on oral surgery, including extractions, incision
      and drainage, post-surgical checks, and urgent care planning and execution
  • Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Cook County Health and Hospital System, Chicago, IL
    • Two week external rotation; Completed exams, formulated treatment plans, executed
      restorative and surgical procedures for severely medically compromised patient population,
      all HIV+ or with AIDS

Student Intern/Employee on Board of Directors 2011

  • SmileHealthy, Champaign, IL
  • First student member chosen by administration to serve on the Board of Directors
  • Met with board to discuss appropriations, salaries, and expansion of dental treatment in Champaign county
  • Reviewed policy changes and voted on options set before the board
  • Communicated student/employee insight to the board

Paid Insurance Coordinator 2011

  • SmileHealthy, Champaign, IL
  • Posted paid claims, resubmitted unpaid claims, and billed new claims
  • Edited procedure codes, produced explosion codes, and communicated directly with insurance
  • Adjusted account balances by distributing funds from established grants

Administrative Volunteer/ Clinical Intern 2010

  • SmileHealthy, Champaign, IL
  • Scheduled appointments and coordinated patient treatment based on insurance availability
  • Prepared schedules for upcoming events and mobile clinics
  • Assembled mobile dental equipment at onsite clinics and assisted the hygienists and dentists

Paid Sterilization Coordinator and Pre-/Post- Operatory Preparations 2009

  • Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics, P.C., Oak Lawn, IL
  • Sterilized and organized all orthodontic equipment and tools
  • Conducted pre- and post- operatory patient photographs, impressions, bite registrations, and charting
  • Performed and interpreted X-rays, and presented the cases to the orthodontists

Professional/ Shadowing Experience

  • Dr. Jerald & Dr. Carly Sharfenberg, DDS, Elmhurst, IL- General Dentists, 2013
  • Dr. Stephen M. Heaney, DDS, Orland Park, IL- Pediatric Dentist, 2011
  • SmileHealthy, Champaign, IL- General Dentists, 2010
  • Dr. Lawrence E. Casey, DDS, Burbank, IL- General Dentist, 2010
  • Petty, Bielik & Burke, Oak Lawn, IL- Orthodontists, 2009 (Academic Enrichment)
  • Midwestern University Clinical Simulation Course, Glendale, AZ, 2010
  • Marquette University Pre-Dental Scholars Program, 2008 Milwaukee, WI