Our Team

West Side Chicago Dentist

Austin Chicago Dentist

Madison Pine dental clinic was established more than 30 years ago as a family dental practice in the Austin neighborhood, which is located on the westside of Chicago and is regarded for its dedicated service to the community in pediatric and general dentistry.  We offer comprehensive, quality dental care for the entire family including braces with our board certified orthodontist, cosmetic services such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and implants.

We maintain an enthusiastic approach to dentistry and want everyone to feel at ease while visiting our office.  We have two treatment areas within our office to provide care for adults and kids.  Kidzone is tailored to the bright and bubbly personalities of our smaller patients, while our general office accommodates adults with different treatment needs.  Our westside Kidzone professional is trained in providing dentistry for children and use a gentle manner to ensure a stress free experience.  This unique, streamlined approach to dentistry allows the advantage of both comfort and outstanding service.

Our Austin team are devoted to maintaining affordable dentistry without compromising the quality of treatment.  We work with most of the insurances including PPO, All Kids/Medical cards. 

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James Poulos, D.D.S.

Dr. Poulos is Founder and Senior Partner at Madison Pine Dental Clinic. He received both his Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois. Dr. Poulos is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and Illinois State Dental Society. He has practiced on the West Side of Chicago for more than 20 years and is the recipient of the distinguished West Side Community Builders Award. He has also received advanced training in Cosmetic Dentistry and prosthodontics. In his free time, Dr. Poulos enjoys working out, skiing, fishing and golf.

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David Kim, D.D.S.

Dr. Kim is Partner at Madison Pine Dental Clinic. He earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the top-ranked University of Buffalo, New York. He completed advanced training in the United States Navy for extractions and endodontics. Dr. Kim served our country for three years as a dental officer and was stationed in Norfolk, VA, and at Great Lakes Naval Dental Center. He also served for five years in the Navy Reserves. In his free time, Dr. Kim enjoys working out and fine dining.

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John J. Dzakovich, D.D.S.

Dr. Dzakovich graduated from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1979 and has been in private practice his entire professional career. He was a clinical instructor in Loyola’s fixed-prosthodontic department and mentored a dental study club in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

He is a past president of The Chicago Component, of The Academy of General Dentistry; a member of The American Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, The International Academy of Gnathology and The Academy of Operative Dentistry. He is an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute and currently serves as Chairman of The Northwest Suburban Branch of the Chicago Dental Society Peer Review Committee.

He has completed a five-year laboratory study of the effects of toothpaste and toothbrush on the human dentition, which was published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry in 2008. He is currently conducting a study regarding the effects of acid-erosion on the human dentition.

Dr. Dzakovich is an independent contractor for Madison Pine.


Patricia J. Nemec, D.D.S.

Dr. Nemec enjoys teaching children that a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. Her dedication to the dental profession has a strong focus on prevention and patient education.

She obtained her license to practice Dentistry in Illinois after graduating from University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry in 2005, and has been working as an independent contractor at Madison Pine Dental since 2006. Her commitment to compassionate, quality dental care is reflected in the success of Kid Zone.

Her goal is to make Kid Zone the welcoming “Dental Home” (as per the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation) of all the kids on the West Side of Chicago. She is a firm believer in life-long learning and has attended extensive Continuing Education courses, especially in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Nemec is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Like Dr Dzakovich,  she is also an independent contractor.

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Dr. Nick Poulos

Dr. Nick Poulos is the newest member of Madison Pine Dental Clinic.  He is born and raised in Chicago and is the son of owner Dr. James Poulos.  Dr. Nick received his BS from DePaul University in Chicago and soon after his dental training from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Nick takes a modern approach to dentistry and is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate care to each of his patients.  He is an avid student of the profession and continues to expand his skills to more complex procedures through continuing education programs located across the country.  In his free time, Dr. Nick enjoys playing hockey, and spending time with family and friends.

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Alex Chaparro, hygienist.

Alex is a graduate of College of DuPage Dental Hygiene program. She has been a hygienist with Madison Pine since 2014. Alex's favorite part about her job is educating patients about their oral health and giving tips and tools to keeping a healthy smile. Motivating patients to understand and practice prevention is her passion. Her goal at every appointment is to make patients feel comfortable, reduce dental anxiety, have fun, and learn something new. Alex is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association.

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Dr. Ashwini Joshi

Dr. Ashwini Joshi believes that a healthy and beautiful smile can light up your face and help build confidence. She is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to her patients in a comfortable and friendly setting. Dr. Joshi knew she wanted to be an orthodontist since she was six years old! She is passionate about her profession and enjoys the opportunity it gives her in getting to know her patients and their families and the pleasure in making them smile.

Dr. Ashwini Joshi is a second generation orthodontist, who graduated dental school from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan. She completed her specialty certification in Orthodontics and a Masters in Science degree in Oral Sciences, also from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she was indicted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Joshi is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction held only by a small percentage of orthodontists throughout the United States. She has also completed a one-year craniofacial fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has experience in treating children with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies. In 2012, Dr. Joshi received the prestigious Milo Hellman Award presented by the American Association of Orthodontists for the most outstanding research in orthodontics.

Dr. Joshi keeps herself updated with the latest developments and advances in orthodontics by attending various conferences and continuing educations courses.

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Ashwini is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her 18 month old daughter, traveling, reading, listening to music, movies, trying various cuisines and spending time with her friends and family.