DDS, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Why She Was Nominated:
The mother of three is a thriving entrepreneur who founded her practice in 2016. In the span of just five years, it has grown to two locations, 14 operatories, seven doctors and a staff of 35. Dr. Maniakouras is a member of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois State Dental Society and the Chicago Pediatric Study Club. She has a passion for esthetic restorations, believing that she can make a positive impact on her patients’ self-esteem with treatments including zirconia crowns.
“My children. They inspire me to be my best and try my hardest. When working with children, I often think of them and what I would want for my own child.”
Most Memorable Patient:
“In residency, I had a 3-year-old who needed oral sedation. Hers were difficult appointments to manage, and it was challenging to find a way to make her most comfortable while restoring her dental health. When I graduated, I worked at many offices until I found my definite ‘dental home.’ This now-13-year-old has followed me to each and continues to remind me of the impact I’ve had on her. It has been such an honor to see her grow into a mature teenager.”