Our staff is here to provide you with gentle and caring dental service tailored to your particular needs and preferences.

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Nse Ekpenyong is a 1997 graduate of the University of Houston with a B.S. Degree in Mathematics. After receiving his D.D.S. from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2008 in Washington, D.C., he completed a 1-year General Practice Residency in 2009 at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Il, where he regularly treated medically compromised patients. His training there included aspects of general medicine, oral maxillofacial surgery, as well as emergency room care, and anesthesiology.


Dr. Ekpenyong is a member of the American Dental Association, The Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. He is also licensed in the State of Indiana.


Dedicated to the personalized care of his patients, Dr. Ekpenyong continues incorporating the latest treatment modalities and materials that dentistry has to offer in order to ensure that his patients receive the very best care possible.


Dr. Ekpenyong is an avid Chicago (and Houston) sports fan. He also enjoys traveling and photography in his spare time. He is married to wife Tammy, and they welcomed their first child in September 2016.



Tammy Ekpenyong

Registered Dental Hygienist

Tammy is a graduate of Kennedy-King College, University of Illinois College of Dentistry majoring in Dental Hygiene, focusing on the concentration of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her additional qualifications include Certification in CPR for Health Care Providers (Type C); Certification in the Management of Nitrous Oxide as Conscious Sedation for Dental Professionals; and Certification on the Administration of Local Anesthesia. Tammy also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management from National Louis University.


Jeanine Hijab-Raper

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jeanine holds a certification in the Administration of Local Anesthesia and has been working at Artistic Dental Centre since 2007. She is well skilled with patients of all ages. Her philosophy is to help her patients achieve their optimal oral health and to create lasting bonds with them. If you want a clean and healthy smile, come and see Jeanine. In her spare time she enjoys spending it with her husband and two children. She also enjoys the outdoors and doing crafts.


Steve Lucas

Clinical Supervisor/Technician

Steve has more than 20 years of experience in dental industry. As a Clinical Technician he focuses on the technical side of dentistry, which include fabricating temporary prostheses and appliances, teeth whitening, sterilization, and lab duties. One of his goals is to educate patients so they have a complete understanding of the importance and necessity of their dental health, and how it correlates to their overall health while beautifying their smiles in the process. Steve earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry. When he is not at the office he enjoys family time with his wife and two boys.


Amy Jefferson

Dental Assistant

Amy has been a dental assistant since 1998 and joined Artistic Dental Centre in 2010. She has her Certification in Coronal Polishing and Sealants. She has the great ability to interact with patients, getting positive feedback and fantastic results. This gives her great pride in her job. In her spare time she likes to spend it with her husband and two kids.


Claudia Tavares

Insurance Coordinator

Claudia began her dental career as a Dental Assistant in 2009. She has a thorough understanding of the various dental insurance plans and patient treatment planning. She has outstanding patient focused skills which has led her to work with a large volume of patients. She enjoys the team approach and the supportive atmosphere that Artistic Dental cultivates. Claudia enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and two children. She is also passionate about cosmetology, applying make-up, and providing nail care services.


Angie Abrams

Patient Care Receptionist

Angie joined Artistic Dental in July 2017. She is a great listener, a concise communicator, and is always willing to clarify any patient concerns regarding options for dental treatment, patient treatment history, patient financial responsibilities, scheduling, and even directions to our office if your GPS has lost it’s signal.

Angie loves to spend time with her son and large family.  She also likes to travel and participating in water activities. Angie has coined herself, “The NO. 1 Chicago Cubs Fan in Chicago.” Discussing Chicago Sports Teams is Angie’s third language.