Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Yaa McDonald
Dr. Yaa McDonald received her undergraduate degree in the biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and then completed a Doctorate in Dental Medicine degree (DMD) at Southern Illinois University. Following her doctorate degree, she completed a two-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry, obtaining both a specialty certificate and a Master of Dental Science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. During residency, Dr. McDonald was awarded the Graduate Student Research Award for her outstanding master’s thesis research on the periodontal ligament stem cells of human deciduous teeth.
Dr. McDonald is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is adjunct faculty at Marquette University School of Dentistry, where she teaches pediatric dentistry to undergraduate dental students. Dr. McDonald is also currently a staff member at Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee, WI.
Dr. McDonald is a community advocate and enjoys volunteering. She has participated in activities such as Convoy of Hope, Jamaican Dental Missions, and in other local organizations. In 2010 was honored by Metro Achievement Center with the “Woman of Character Award.”
In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes, baking, exercising, hanging with family, friends and her dog Sophie. Dr. McDonald looks forward to giving your child a great dental experience!
Dr. Rory Chong
Dr. Rory Chong is a firm believer in providing a treatment experience with respect and care and always has the best interest of his patients at heart.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, he studied at the University of Toronto obtaining his degree in Industrial Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He went on to complete his dental education at New York University where he graduated amongst the top of his class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. During his training, Dr. Chong was concurrently involved in research that was presented at national conferences where he gave award-winning presentations on accelerated orthodontic tooth movement and critical thinking in dental education. His passion to educate has led to giving presentations at conferences, study clubs, and at dental institutions.
Dr. Chong went on and completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a winner of a national Invisalign award. He also obtained a Masters degree for his research involving the development of a novel method for analysis of tooth movement in 3D.
Dr. Rory Chong is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Illinois Society of Orthodontists, and Chicago Dental Society. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, skateboarding, tennis, and traveling. Dr. Chong looks forward to meeting you and being part of your family’s great dental experience.
Dr. Kristy Kao
Dr. Kristy Kao grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate studies with a major in Biological Basis of Behavior. She subsequently went on to attend dental school at Columbia University, where she realized her love of working with children.
Upon graduation from Columbia, Dr. Kristy completed specialized training in pediatric dentistry at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center where she further developed her skills in treating children of all ages, including those with special needs. Dr. Kristy looks forward to giving each patient a fun, positive experience at the dentist and setting them up for a lifetime of dental health!
In her free time, Dr. Kristy enjoys doing yoga, trying new restaurants in the city, and spending time with her family and friends.