Meet the Team


Dr. Young H. Kim, DMD

Dr Kim _North Aurora IL Dentist

Dr. Young H. Kim came to the United States as a foreign student at age 19 and attended Loma Linda University in Riverside, California. After her junior year, she was accepted to the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. After graduation, she practiced dentistry briefly in Philadelphia and then relocated to Naperville in 1990. She joined Dr. Dean Park’s practice in 1992 and became his business partner in 1995.

In December, 2010, Dr. Kim purchased ownership of Lincolnway Dental Center and continues to grow her dental practice in the heart of Aurora. She also completed her first Mission trip to Columbia in 2016 and plans to return. Caring for her patient’s near and far is something she has always wanted to do.

Dr. Kim is a full-time wife and mother of two beautiful, successful children. Her daughter is interviewing for Dental School and will do some missionary work in Columbia next year. Her son is a sophomore in college. She is active in her church and community and enjoys cooking, gardening and music (especially classical and gospel).

Dr. Kim is an ADA member, Invisalign certified and a member of the International Orthodontic Association. Dr. Kim practices general preventative dentistry as well as restorative cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Kim also specializes in early interceptive orthodontic treatment, which usually requires no extractions as well as “invisible” braces. Dr. Kim is always willing to go the extra mile with her patient’s addressing all of their concerns and making their smiles healthy and beautiful at the same time.

Amanda Slavens – Dental Hygienist

Amanda Slavens_North Aurora IL Dentist

Amanda has over 15 years of experience in the dental field, and obtained her BS degree in Dental Hygiene from Indiana University. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Dental Hygiene Public Health from Idaho State University and is looking forward to applying this advanced knowledge to help her patient’s oral health. Amanda lives in Somonauk with her husband and daughter, and enjoys cooking, DIY projects, and spending time with her family. She has enjoyed being a part of Dr. Kim’s team since 2012.

Bobbi Pawlowski – Dental Hygienist

Bobbi Pawlowski_North Aurora IL Dentist

Bobbi lives in Naperville with her husband of 31 years. She has 2 beautiful daughters who are married and she hopes to have some grandchildren to spoil soon. She has been in the dental field for over 26 years and a hygienist for 10 years. Her passion for dentistry shines through! When she isn’t working she loves to bake and spend time with her family.

Trisha Whittington – Dental Assistant

Trisha Whittington_North Aurora IL Dentist

Trisha joined the Lincolnway Dental team in 2005, and enjoys making patients feel comfortable when they are in the office. She is certified in Coronal Polishing and Sealants. Trisha has lived in Montgomery for over 20 years. She enjoys being a mother to her 3 wonderful children, and has been married to her husband for over 30 years. In her spare time, Trisha enjoys planting flowers and bargain shopping. Trisha loves working with Dr. Kim and all of the LDC patients.

Lety Perez – Dental Assistant

Lety Perez_North Aurora IL Dentist

Lety and Dr. Kim have worked together for over 20 years. Lety has certifications in Coronal Polishing, Sealants and Ortho. She has been married for 13 years and has 4 wonderful children. Lety grew up in Aurora and works closely with Dr. Kim in giving back to the community in every way. She is a mother who is very involved in her children’s school and sporting activities.

Laura Funke – Financial Coordinator


Laura is the newest member of the Lincolnway Dental team. Dentistry and orthodontics have been her passion for over 15 years having served in a variety of roles from treatment coordinating to managing a large practice. Laura is delighted to be part of Dr. Kim’s amazing team. All your insurance and financial matters are in her capable hands. Laura resides in Glen Ellyn with her husband of over 25 years. They have four grown children and five grandchildren who are “Nana’s” pride and joy!!

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