Dentistry has given me the opportunity to help people in my community. I feel that, as a dentist, I have the best of both worlds: the medical aspects and the creative side of the practice.
My team strives to make people feel comfortable to provide a calm and supportive experience. I feel it’s necessary to educate people, so they make reasonable decisions about their treatment.
I love what I do and I appreciate my patients and the people I work with. Every visit, every procedure is individualized but there is a common thread of genuine compassion and caring.
— Dr. Michelle
Education and Professional Activities
Dr. Michelle Peifley-Serio was awarded her Doctorate of Dental Surgery by the University of Maryland Dental School in 1994. She completed a rigorous general practice residency at Evanston Hospital.
Prior to dental school, Dr. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and a Master of Science in dental hygiene at the University of Maryland. She supervised the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Fox College in Bedford Park for three years, ending in May 2018.
Dr. Michelle is committed to providing the highest quality of dentistry, and building trust with each patient while delivering exceptional results. In order to offer the most effective, comfortable treatment options, and stay current on the latest technologies, she regularly completes continuing education courses.
In addition, she is an active member of the Spear Study Group, a monthly multidisciplinary gathering of oral healthcare practitioners. The members review various case studies together, to share and learn from each other.
Beyond the Office
A native of Orwigsburg in east-central Pennsylvania, Dr. Michelle and her husband, Stephen Serio, a professional photographer, now live in Ravinia, where they raised two sons. Sam attends Northeastern University in Boston and Jack is at Villanova University in Philadelphia.
New to being an empty nester, Dr. Michelle has replaced a lot of the activities that supported her sons’ schools with more community-based involvement. She volunteers at Hilda’s, a male homeless shelter in Evanston, making and serving food to the people who live there. She is also a member of Lion’s Club International, an organization that helps people who are sight- and hearing-impaired.
Dr. Michelle’s mantra, as her family and friends will attest, is “It’s a round world.” She does not give of her time and energy expecting anything in return. Rather, she feels she has received many wonderful opportunities and wants to give back to the community.