Meet Dr. Ashlee Vorachek
Dr. Ashlee grew up in the state capitol of Springfield, IL. She was an avid dancer and active in the Springfield Ballet Company for many years. One of her favorite jobs was teaching dance lessons to children ages two and up. In school, Dr. Ashlee favored her science classes. She credits her love of art and science, along with her love of children, as to why she chose pediatric dentistry as a career. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During college, she traveled to Jamaica to donate dental care to local residents in need.
Dr. Ashlee continued onto dental school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was involved in the American Association of Women Dentists and Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity. She also spent a summer in Longmont, Colorado as a part of a dental service project benefiting migrant farm workers and their families. Upon earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and B.S. in Dentistry, Dr. Ashlee received numerous awards and was among the select few to be inducted into the dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
Dr. Ashlee went directly into her pediatric dental residency at Northwestern University. There, she served as Chief Resident at Children's Memorial Hospital and focused her research on probiotics. Dr. Ashlee was asked to stay on staff at what is now known as Lurie Children's Hospital as an attending in the Department of Surgery. She also works as an assistant clinical professor at the UIC College of Dentistry, where she teaches dental students how to treat pediatric patients in a clinical setting. She loves having the dual role of private practitioner and academic liaison and feels very grateful for these positions.
Dr. Ashlee is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an Illinois State Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She is a member of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. She is an advocate for the Hope Institute for Children and Families, which provides educational, residential, and health services to children with multiple developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ashlee was awarded the Richard C. Pugh Achievement Award for scoring in the top 3% nationwide on her written board exam.
In her free time, Dr. Ashlee enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves running along the lakefront, shopping on Michigan Avenue, painting canvas pictures, and baking yummy treats! Dr. Ashlee loves to laugh and finds that her patients bring her so much joy.