Our Team

Get to know the highly experienced dental professionals at Children's Dental Specialists who are dedicated to caring for your family!

Children's Dental Specialists - Meet Our Team - ifeMeet 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

Hospital Privileges:

  • Affiliate Attending Dentist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan (DMC) in Detroit

Children's Dental Specialists - Meet Our Team - MaryWelcome 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.