ETC’s Mission

We are expressly committed to protecting the dental health of children.  We treat healthy children as well as children and young adults with special needs.  Our mission is to develop patients who are fearlessly passionate about oral health care.

Our Vision

Every Tooth Counts Pediatric Dental Center is dedicated to moving the oral health of children to the forefront of health care by providing comprehensive care in a child friendly, customer service oriented environment that is technologically astute and surpasses the standard of care.

Studies conducted by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have shown that children with poor oral health have decreased school performance, because of their inability to concentrate on schoolwork. According to a report issued by the US Surgeon General, the number one reason for visiting the school nurse is dental pain.

Dr. Perry believes that dental education should begin at a young age. She believes that in order to ensure life-long good oral health parents need to start early with educating children on the importance of oral health.  Dr. Perry has incorporated an oral health program into her dentistry work to help motivate children to learn that every tooth counts.  The program will make children more aware of their teeth and their purpose and how to keep them for a very long time.

Our Dentists

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Dr. Carmella Barrett Perry, DDS

Dr. Carmella Barrett Perry is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry. She practiced general dentistry for five years and then returned to UIC to complete specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry in 1992.

She taught Pediatric Dentistry at UIC for four years in addition to maintaining a private practice in Chicago upon completion of the specialty program. The private practice moved to its current Flossmoor location in 1996.

Dr. Perry is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society, the National Dental Association, and the Prairie State Dental Hygiene Board. She holds the following licenses and certifications: Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, State of Illinois Dental License, State of Illinois Sedation Permit, and State of Illinois Pediatric Dental License.  She is also a former State Dental Board Examiner.

Dr. Perry is committed to excellence in business standards. She is a graduate of the Next One Entrepreneurial Business Leadership program in conjunction with the Chicago Urban League and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and was also a featured panelist with Essence Magazine’s Empowerment Conference.

Dr. Carmella Barrett Perry’s mission calls for making the health, well-being, and development of children and families a top priority.  She is dedicated to developing patients who are fearlessly passionate about oral health care.

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Dr. Leslee Rutherford, DDS

Dr. Leslee Rutherford received her dental training at the University of Illinois Chicago.  Immediately following her general dentistry training, she went on to complete her Pediatric Dental Residency training at the University of Illinois Chicago, where she received her specialty certificate in 2006.

Dr. Rutherford is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, and the American Dental Association.

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Dr. Adetowun Alimi-Ukoha, DDS

Dr. Adetowun Alimi-Ukoha completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois Chicago and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska.

Her passion for educating children and their parents on preventative care methods with the goal of optimizing lifelong oral healthcare habits led her to Every Tooth Counts Pediatric Dental Center.

Dr. Ukoha is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, biking, and baking.