Long before I was ever Dr. Alia, I was the daughter of a first-generation immigrant who came to this country with $350 in his pocket, four sentences of English, and his big American Dream. My father worked tirelessly to achieve his dream and graduated top of his medical class to eventually become one of the top cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic. Not only did he succeed because of hard work and perseverance, but also because of his unrivaled passion to care for his patients.
His passion and work ethic were instilled in me as a child. I became the first female in my family to graduate from an American university and embark on my career as a dentist with one goal: the wellbeing and happiness of my patients.
I earned my undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, I lived in New York City where I completed my surgical-based residency program. There began the process of learning how to manage dental patients’ anxiety and fears of dentistry and turning it around into a positive and fun experience.
The Journey Continues
Following my residency, I needed to find a city that I could call home. I visited my best friend who was living in Chicago at the time and instantly fell in love with the city. There was no place like Chicago in the world; a perfect combination of big-city lifestyle and Midwestern humility and spirit.
I practiced in Chicago for several years until my husband’s job took us on an incredible adventure to Dubai. It was an eye-opening experience where I was lucky to meet people from countless countries and cultures, and travel around the world. I gained a perspective that cannot be replicated and forged life-long friendships.
In another unexpected twist, we returned back to where it started, Chicago, and finally settled in the wonderful Northshore community. I came back with a vision and a goal: to create a new dental practice that is a reflection of who I am (passionate, caring, loving), what I care deeply about (my patients, friends, and family), and my amazing life journey. After a few years of searching, I was blessed to find the perfect space and finally started to turn my dream into a reality. And from that vision, Enamel & Root was created.
At Enamel & Root Dentistry, you will never just be another patient. It will be my goal and pleasure to make sure all your dental needs are met and that you absolutely love your experience with us and that you never leave without a smile.