Mary E. Tierney, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Mary, as she is known to parents and their children alike, believes that she has one of the world’s best professions. Her passion for her work shows. Dr. Mary was recently selected by the readers of Chicago Parent Magazine as one of Chicago’s Favorite Kid’s Docs.

Dr. Mary has more than 20 years of experience in private practice!She owns and operates City Kids Dental, PC, as well as, City Kids Dental North Shore, LLC in Winnetka, Illinois. Dr. Mary is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a licensed Pediatric Dental Specialist by the State of Illinois. Her memberships include: the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists and the Michigan Dental Association. Dr. Mary is a past-president of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, a former chairperson for the Illinois State Dental Society’s public relations committee, and she served as a media spokesperson and participant in the Illinois State Dental Society’s first Mission of Mercy Event to bring dental services to the under-served patients of Illinois.

Dr. Mary earned a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1989 and a DDS from Northwestern University School of Dentistry in 1993. While at Northwestern, she was elected to the dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. She returned to Ann Arbor and completed a MS in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan in 1995. Her master’s thesis work entitled “The role of the Bcl-x Protein in Wound Neovascularization”, earned her many accolades and contributed to an expanding body of research that may ultimately assist in the treatment of chronic inflammatory skin disease and epithelial tumors. Dr. Mary is the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Student Research Award. She also holds the very special distinction of having been awarded the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Ralph E. McDonald Award. This award is given annually to one new pediatric dentist for excellence in research enhancing the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Mary is also proud to have received the University of Michigan Pediatric Dental Alumni Memorial Award for excellence as a graduate student.

Dr. Mary loves learning and sharing her expertise. She has spent time teaching clinical pediatric dentistry as an adjunct clinical professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan and as a dental attending at The Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago. She remains affiliated with Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Dr. Mary resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood with her cat Temoku. She loves the small town character and the close knit community. Dr. Mary likes to garden, but also enjoys the delicious finds at the Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market. Although she loves to cook using these locally grown items, she also loves trying new restaurants. During Cubs season, she can be sighted often at Wrigley Field. Her other interests include traveling, live music, reading non-fiction, pottery and spending time with friends and family, especially her niece and nephew.

Rebecca J. Testa, D.D.S, M.S.

Dr. Testa is a bit of a chip off the old block! Her father, Dr. Ronald Testa, has practiced Pediatric Dentistry for over 35 years. Seeing the positive impact that a pediatric specialist can make, Dr. Testa chose to follow in her father’s footsteps. However, the dentists in her family don’t stop there, her paternal grandfather was also a dentist.

Dr. Testa graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Psychology from Valparaiso University in 2003. She earned a DDS from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2007 and went on to pursue her postdoctoral training in pediatric dentistry there. She graduated UIC with a MS in Oral Sciences in 2009 and became a welcome addition to the City Kids Dental team. Her masters thesis project “Complications of Oral Intubation in Premature Infants with and without Stabilizing Devices” was presented at the 64th Annual Session of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It was also presented in Barcelona at the International Association of Dental Research 2010 General Session & Exhibition. Her work has been published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry!

Dr. Testa is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a licensed Pediatric Dental Specialist by the State of Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois State Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Dr. Testa is also active in community service activities donating her time at the ADA National “Help Give Kids A Smile Day”, The Glass Slipper Project, Rush University Medical Center “Preemie Picnic”, and the Chicago Ronald McDonald House.

Dr. Testa resides in Frankfort, Il with her dog, Beaureguard.  Outside of Dentistry, Dr. Testa bakes some great cookies, spends time with her family and the family pets, and is an avid reader.

Esther Levin Pincus, D.M.D.

Dr. Esther Levine Pincus loves being a pediatric dentist, believing that enjoyable experiences at the dental office at a young age will pave the way for a positive dental future. Her goal is to make dental visits fun for patients and stress-free for parents. While counting and brushing teeth, Dr. Esther enjoys singing songs and talking about her patients’ hobbies.

Dr. Esther attended Barnard College of Columbia University, where she was voted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Harvard, Dr. Esther served as her class representative and participated in multiple community service events.

Dr. Esther completed her specialty pediatric training at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of Northwell Health, where she was chief resident of pediatric dentistry. She is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and she is a Pediatric Dental Specialist by the state of Illinois. She is also a member of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Harvard Odontological Society, and Alpha Omega dental fraternity. While at Harvard, Dr. Esther served on the board of her AO chapter for three years, including in her final role as President.

Dr. Esther has done research in both psychology and dentistry. She received a Scholars in Medicine Research Grant from Harvard Medical School to complete her psychology research focusing on eating disorders. Dr. Esther has presented on her dental research, Review of Clinical Competency Assessment Strategies in Predoctoral Dental Education, which she completed with collaborators at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Esther worked as a pediatric dentist in the New York metropolitan area before moving to Chicago with her husband, Joseph, son, Jonah and daughter, Dorothy. She enjoys practicing yoga, reads just about anything, and loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys running, and completed the Chicago Half Marathon shortly after settling in Chicago!

Amanda Pappas, D.M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Dr. Amanda Pappas is a Chicago native who grew up in the Wrigleyville neighborhood and attended The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.  Go Cubs! Go Maroons!

Dr. Pappas loves working with children and prides herself on creating a positive, fun and safe environment for her patients.  She believes education is the single best tool for maintaining a happy and healthy smile. Dr. Pappas is patient and gentle and strives to create memorable experiences and habits that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Pappas  completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2012.  She earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health in St. Louis in 2018.  She was nominated by her faculty and received the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Student award in recognition of excellence in pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Pappas is a world traveler and a citizen of three countries!  Devoted to helping children from all backgrounds, Dr. Pappas also earned her Master of Public Health at A.T. Still University and has participated in service trips to Honduras and Jamaica.

Dr. Pappas completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago, earning an additional Master in Oral Sciences.  She conducted her Masters research on maternal mental health and pediatric patient failure rates. As her final project for her Masters, Dr. Pappas established an educational oral hygiene program for expecting mothers at her local public aid clinic. Dr. Pappas is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.

Dr. Pappas lives in the West Loop and enjoys trying out all the new restaurants the neighborhood has to offer.  In addition, Dr. Pappas enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. If she’s not in the office, you can probably find her in a group fitness class!

Meet Our Anesthesiologist

Michael S. Higgins, D.D.S.

Following dental school, Dr. Higgins completed a Hospital General Practice Residency in New York. He was then accepted into the anesthesiology residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, 1980-82. Since completion of his anesthesia training, Dr. Higgins has practiced dental anesthesiology, providing office based anesthesia care throughout the Northern Illinois area.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Higgins is a long-standing faculty member with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois Hospital Medical Center, and holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Anesthesiology with that department and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Higgins is a regional and national lecturer and is published in the area of Anesthesiology for Dentistry.

Dr. Higgins has remained very active at all levels of the dental society.

On the local level, he served on Mediation & Peer Review for the Chicago Dental Society, as President of his Northwest Suburban branch, on the Chicago Midwinter Lecture and Exhibits Committees, as Program Chairman of the Chicago Midwinter Meeting, and as Chairman of the Members Group of the Chicago Dental Society.

On the state level, Dr. Higgins is pleased to have served on the Publications and Legislative committees and other numerous committees of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), as a member of ISDS Board of Trustees, Program Chairman of the ISDS Leadership Conference, Program Chairman for the ISDS Annual Session, and delegate/alternate delegate to the American Dental Association.

In addition, Dr. Higgins is proud to have served as President of:

  • The Illinois Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • The Illinois State Dental Society
  • The American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists

Dr. Higgins is a Fellow of both the American and the International College of Dentists. He is board certified with the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Anesthesiology. He is a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Higgins is a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Leonard M. Monheim Lifetime Achievement Award for Anesthesiology.

Dr. Higgins is a native of the Chicago area and resides in Palatine with his wife, Mary.  He enjoys spending time with his three children – Ryan, Lindsay, Mitchell, and his new grandbaby!  He also enjoys boating, fishing, and gardening – when he can find the time!