DR. MARTIN J. ZIDRON, DDS
Dr. Martin Zidron graduated with honors from St. Mary’s College, in Minnesota, before attending Loyola University Dental School. While there, Dr. Zidron participated in the clinical honors program in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He continued his training at Loyola through a four year residency in Oral Surgery, culminating as Chief Resident. Upon completion of this program, Dr. Zidron was invited to join the Oral Surgery faculty and was a part time clinical instructor for ten years.
Dr. Zidron is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, an active member of the American Association of Anesthesia, Illinois Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the ADA and the CDS. He is on staff at Good Shepherd Hospital.
DR. J. TRAVIS THOMPSON, DDS
Dr. Thompson served as a general dental officer in the U.S. Army for three years before being selected to receive advanced oral surgery training at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He was then promoted to Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at this Army level II trauma center and later was appointed Chief of Surgical Research at the U.S. Army Dental & Trauma Research Detachment.
Dr. Thompson grew up in Mundelein and attended Southern Illinois University for his B.A. He continued his education at the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. as well as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. His clinical interests are in maxillofacial pathology & trauma and the management of complex medical patients. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and is a CPR instructor.
Dr. Thompson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow in American College of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, active member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and is active in the Illinois Association of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery, ADA and The Chicago Dental Association. He is currently on staff at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois.
He is happily married to his wife, Jennifer, they have three children. Dr. Thompson has interests in weightlifting, trap/skeet shooting, and astronomy.
DR. FARAH SHAKIR, DDS
Our practice has grown and in order to continue providing our patients with the best standard of care, we are adding another dental surgeon. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Farah Shakir to Oral Facial & Implant Specialists. Dr. Shakir is a highly gifted Periodontist, with an eye for esthetics.
Dr. Shakir will be working Monday thru Friday and an occasional Saturday.
Dr. Farah Shakir grew up in Wilmette, Illinois. She attended New Trier High School and completed her B.S. in Biology and Neuroscience from University of Illinois. Dr. Shakir completed a Master’s in Biotechnology from Rush University in 2009. Later, she obtained her DMD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. While attending dental school, she served as the President of the American Student Dental Association and served on many committees. She was the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer fellowship in 2014. Upon graduation, Dr. Shakir received numerous awards including the Robert Savage Award, The American Student Dental Association Award for Excellence, International College of Dentists Humanitarian Award and the American Academy of Periodontology Award for excellence and outstanding achievement in the field of Periodontics. Dr. Shakir received her certificate in Periodontics from the University of Illinois in 2018. She completed her Master’s research on Peri-Implant disease.
Additional Studies and Affiliations:
• Master’s in Oral Sciences Thesis: “The Transcriptome Profiling of A.a Stimulated Peri-implantitis Model”
• American Academy of Periodontology
• Chicago Dental Society
• Academy of Osseointegration
• Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Illinois College of Dentistry
Dr. Shakir is passionate about health and community service. On her free time, Dr. Shakir enjoys traveling, working out, and socializing with friends and family.
We are confident she will earn your trust.
MEET OUR ORAL SURGERY TEAM
NANCY LUTZ – OFFICE MANAGER
Nancy has been in the medical and dental field for 40 years. She started working for Drs. Zidron and Thompson 27 years ago as a surgical assistant and now manages the entire practice.
MELISSA – INSURANCE COORDINATOR
Melissa has been with our practice for 5 years and maintains over 10+ years of experience working with Medical and Dental Insurance. She is here to help you navigate through your insurance questions from consultation to treatment.
JEAN – FINANCIAL COORDINATOR
Jean has 12+ years of experience working with our office. She is here to help walk you through making your treatment plan a reality and answer any questions you may have on financing and payment.
Together as a team, our assistants have 10+ years of experience working in the dental and medical field. Our assistants are here to help you every step of the way during your consultation, answering pre-op instructions, assisting our doctors during surgery and taking care of you in recovery. We pride ourselves in having a compassionate, kind, and caring clinical staff. What they love about working here: “I love interacting with patients every day and seeing patients happy and returning with beautiful smiles. Seeing our patients happy is the best reward.” –Lena, Surgical Assistant
“The Doctors and the nurse on staff are always willing to explain and teach whatever it is we need to help with. To meet patient’s needs we will go above and beyond! Everyone here works together to meet our patient’s individual needs.” –Karla, Surgical Assistant.
Our Treatment Coordinators staff will always greet you with a smile when you walk through our doors, they are here to help you navigate through any paperwork and scheduling questions you may have! Combined, our front office staff has over 50+ years of experience working with Dr. Zidron and Dr. Thompson at Oral Facial and Implant Specialists. What they love most about working here: “I love the comfortable environment we provide for patients here and we have the friendliest staff!” –Ashley, Treatment Coordinator
MARIO – IMPLANT COORDINATOR
Mario is here to help navigate you through your treatment plan from implant consultation to surgery and all follow-up and restorative care afterwards. Mario will help coordinate your surgery with your restoring Dentist by communicating the status of your treatment as well as when you are ready to have your crown(s) restored by your General Dentist. Mario is also a US Army Veteran and loves working with fellow military patients.
What he loves about working here: “The work environment at O.F.I.S. is great and all of our staff is always eager to learn more and stay up to date on the latest technologies oral surgery has to offer.”