Get to know the highly experienced dental professionals at Children's Dental Specialists who are dedicated to caring for your family!
Meet Dr. Ife
Dr. Ifechide Nwabueze (Dr. Ife) graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria with a degree in dental surgery in 2003. Dr. Ife worked for two years as a general dentist in an Army hospital in Nigeria, where she specialized in pediatrics, orthodontics, restoration, oral surgery, and periodontics. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for working with children.
Dr. Ife earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2010. She went on to complete her Pediatric Dentistry training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, in Detroit. During her time there, she focused on pediatric clinical and hospital dentistry, including conscious sedation, dental surgery, and emergency dental services. Also, she worked with medically compromised children and those with special needs.
Upon successful completion of her pediatric residency training, Dr. Ife worked as an associate in Dr. Amy Parker’s pediatric dental practice and also in Children’s Dental Care all in Michigan.
Dr. Ife is committed to caring for children’s teeth in a clean, comfortable, and welcoming environment. She has a true passion for caring and treating children, and she strives to make each child’s visit to the dentist a fun and pleasant one.
In addition to teaching undergraduates at the University Of Detroit Mercy Dental School, Dr. Ife has published numerous articles relating to pediatric dentistry and pre-veneered stainless steel crowns on primary molars. Dr. Ife is married to John, an accountant, and they have three beautiful young daughters, Ashlea, Kayla, and Emily. She enjoys running, swimming, traveling, and spending time with family.
Professional Affiliations and Certifications
- Diplomat American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- Affiliate Attending Dentist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan (DMC) in Detroit
Welcome Dr. Mary Hannawa DDS - General Dentistry
Dr. Mary Hannawa (Dr. Mary) graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Mary is a general dentist. Dr. Mary is engaged to Dominic and is planning to get married next November. She has a Boston-terrier puppy named Oreo and she loves her very much. She enjoys the out-doors, traveling, cooking, baking, and reading good books when she has the time.
Dr. Caitlin Brokenshire
Dr. Caitlin Brokenshire grew up in Pennsylvania and completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington DC. She then returned to Pennsylvania to earn her graduate degree in Dentistry (DMD) and Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. While in Dental school she found that she felt the happiest and most fulfilled when treating children of all abilities and adults with special needs.
With this in mind, she moved to Ann Arbor, MI to complete a one year General Practice Residency at the University of Michigan Health Systems. It was here where she received specialized training to provide dental care to adults and children with medical and developmental special needs. Afterwards, Dr. Caitlin moved to Milwaukee, WI and completed a two-year residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. While in residency she gained specially training to provide care to children in a way that strives to meet their specific behavioral and developmental needs.
Dr. Caitlin returned to Michigan and is now in private practice. In her free him she enjoys traveling and hiking.
Gilbert Villaseñor DDS (AKA Dr. Gil)
Dr. Gil was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He graduated with a BS in Chemistry from DePaul University in 2002. After college, he immediately went on to dental school and became a graduate of the College of Dentistry at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. He practiced in private practice from 2006 until 2018 as the owner of All Heart Dental in Palos Heights, IL. He found great joy in treating patients of all ages, but his passion had always been treating children and patients with special needs since his training in dentistry began over 17 years ago. When he was accepted into the pediatric dental residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, he accepted it as one of the greatest honors of his life. Finally, now having his chance to fulfill his passion for specializing in the care for children's oral health, he was compelled to liquidate his life's work to gain extra training as a pediatric dentist, which was completed in 2020.
He finds pleasure in being an integral part of your child’s oral care by creating a fun and comfortable setting where oral care can be accomplished safely and efficiently. He feels strongly that both education and prevention are the best ways to manage children’s oral disease, and he will compassionately work with your family to make your child’s dental experience a positive one.
Spending time with his two beautiful daughters and his wonderful wife of over 10 years currently fills Dr. Gil’s personal life. They enjoy traveling, cooking, baking, exercising and rooting on the Chicago Bears, White Sox, Bulls, and Blackhawks.
“Every accomplishment I have ever had pales in comparison to being a father to my daughters and husband to my wife. My family is what drives me every day to be the best dentist I can be for other families.” ~ Dr. Gil