Meet the Doctors at The Children’s Dental Center



Dr. Chernara Baker (DDS)

Dr. Chernara Baker received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery and Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, where she received the Excellence in Dentistry award. During her time in dental school she co-founded the first student chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and was a leader in the University’s Student National Dental Association (SNDA) chapter.

A native Chicagoan and graduate of Whitney Young Magnet High School, Dr. Baker has been actively involved in public health initiatives targeting underserved communities throughout her medical career. She organized a student-run dental practice at Goldie􀂶s Place, a local support center providing dental care to the Chicagoland homeless population, and participated in the Intercambio Cultural Maya (ICM) medical outreach program in rural Mexico and
Guatemala, where she provided pro bono dental services to indigenous communities.

Dr. Baker takes pride in helping children and adults build healthy, happy smiles.

Dr. Leslee Rutherford (DDS)

Dr. Leslee Rutherford is a pediatric dentist and she received both her dental degree and pediatric dental specialty certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Dr. Rutherford is also a diplomat of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of American Association of Pediatric Dentistry.

During her free time, Dr. Rutherford enjoys cooking, and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.

Dr. Saleem Siddiqui (DDS)

Dr. Siddiqui is native to Chicago. Dr. Sal received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University in 2007 and his post graduate degree in his specialty from St. Barnabas Hospital in New York.
He is a diplomat of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Association, Illinois Dental Society and Illinois Pediatric Dental Society.

During his free time he enjoys spending time with time with family, exploring the outdoors, and cooking.

Dr. Tiffany Townsel (DDS)

Dr. Tiffany Townsel is a General Dentist with a strong background in treating the comprehensive dental needs of children and adults.

She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College. She is a member of the Chicago Dental Society, as well as the Illinois State Dental Society. She is committed to providing quality dental care the members of the community in which she works.

In her free time, Dr. Townsel enjoys reading books, traveling, and spending time with her family.


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