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175 South State Street

Manhattan, IL 60442

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Laura Aversano, D.D.S.

Dr. Laura Aversano has served as an associate professor of fixed and removeable prosthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.  During her time as associate professor at UIC, she also worked with junior and senior dental students during their clinical training.  After the birth of her daughter, Ava, in 2007, Dr. Aversano decided to devote more time to her family and temporarily took a hiatus from teaching.   As part of her continued commitment to giving back, Dr.Aversano and Manhattan Dental Care participate in the Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped. This program, along with referrals from local organizations, allows Dr. Aversano to reach out to the local community and provide free dental care to those people in need.  Dr. Aversano has also volunteered her free time in Chicago land clinics to donate dental services.  Every year Manhattan Dental Care hosts a candy buy back where children receive $1 per pound of Halloween candy.  The candy is donated to Operation Care Package.  Manhattan Dental Care collects several hundred pounds of candy every year. Dr. Aversano’s community service was recently recognized by Moraine Valley Community College. She was inducted into the college’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class in November 2014, in part, because of her community outreach. 

Working with a Caring Staff

Dr. Aversano believes strongly in providing quality dental care to her patients.  Her philosophy is to listen to her patients and ensure their comfort.  Manhattan Dental Care staff plays a crucial role in easing a patient’s concern and Dr. Aversano requires that each member of her staff shows the necessary gently and passionate care towards all patients. 

Continued Education

New advances are made in dentistry each year, and keeping abreast of the latest technology is essential to providing the best dentalcare.  Dr. Aversano is committed to knowledge and always exceeds the yearly amount of required education. 


Dr. Aversano is a graduate of the 2002 class of dentistry from the University of Illinois. Her and her husband of 10 years, Vince Aversano, reside in Manhattan.  Together, they enjoy spending time with their daughter Ava and are very active in the community. 

Dr. Omar Shalash, D.D.S.

Dr. Omar Shalash graduated from Columbia University school of Dentistry. After finishing dental school from Columbia University College of Dental, he went for an extensive three years of dental residency where he received an advance education in general dentistry. This included the highest standards of teaching and learning in Prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontic, oral surgery, implant dentistry and pediatric dentistry.  Dr. Shalash then completed his general practice residency at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine affiliated with New York – Presbyterian Hospital where the dental service included heavy training on oral surgery with hospital base programs.

Dr. Shalash wants to deliver professional dental care in a friendly atmosphere in a manner we would want our family, friends and ourselves to be treated. He believes smiles are always in fashion. Dr. Shalash is always trying to expand his knowledge and is eager to learn new skills. He has recently taken continuing education courses for placing and complication of implants, Socket Preservation following tooth extraction, Crown lengthening in Aesthetic Zone and received his Invisalign certification.

In his spare time, Dr. Shalash loves being active and exploring the city. He is a huge foodie and is always looking for new restaurants and rooftops to try. He also enjoys watching the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues, and will jump at any chance he gets to visit a new destination.