Meet Dr. Neal LaRoia
I truly love what I do for a living because I find orthodontics to be personally and professionally rewarding. I enjoy every moment of the process of helping patients of all ages achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. I believe that every patient has unique needs and goals, and I strive to develop treatment plans that are customize to each patient with these elements in mind. Serving the community at Oakbrook Orthodontics, I work to deliver the best possible care to all of my patients. My treatment philosophy is centered around creating beautiful smiles that improve overall health and well-being.
My father is a general dentist. Growing up, I knew I wanted to follow his footsteps. I was accepted into a seven year accelerated dental program at Wagner College, which is affiliated with New York University on Staten Island. It was an intense program, and I learned so much through it. After completing my third year at Wagner, I chose to return home and earn my Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago.
After graduating, I went to St. Barnabas Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia Presbyterian and Weill Medical College of Cornell University, for my post-doctorate dental education. While serving my general practice residency there, I was awarded Resident of the Year and Most Productive Resident. After graduation from St. Barnabas, I stayed on as the only Chief Resident. I was also responsible for assisting in the education and development of our first-year residents.
I then continued my education with an additional three-year orthodontic residency. I kept very busy during this time by helping to teach orthodontics to pediatric residents as well as completing a complex research project. This project investigated how laser therapy can help reduce pain after orthodontic procedures. I also received the prestigious Herzberg Award, which is given to the resident demonstrating the highest degree of clinical proficiency. After completing my residency, I worked at the hospital as a teacher to other residents. During this time, I became a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics – a distinction that only 25% of Orthodontists have.
I am involved with several professional organizations and study clubs to keep up-to-date with the latest technologies and techniques. These include:
- American Board of Orthodontics, Diplomate
- American Association of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society