Meet Your East Lansing Modern Dental Doctors

Dr. Scott Pelok – DDS, MS, FAGD

Well known and extremely talented, Dr. Scott Pelok comes from a family of dentists. While attending Ohio State Dental School, he developed a keen interest in Oral Surgery and spent much of his spare time and school breaks volunteering to gain experience in oral surgery, tooth extractions, and other dentistry techniques so he could gain more experience. He also worked with prisoners to gain experience with triaging issues so he could assess and treat problems quickly and effectively.

After dental school, Dr. Pelok worked as a mentor and trainer for other dentists at the University of Michigan Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. You’ll understand how much he loves to teach when you ask for more information about your dental care needs. With compassion and an innate ability to explain things in plain terms, Dr. Pelok is committed to helping you understand your options so you can make confident decisions.


Dr. Aziza Askari – DMD, MBA, MAGD

Dr. Aziza Askari has known Dr. Pelok since 2003, where they met at the U of M AEGD program. Having kept in contact since then, when Dr. Pelok presented the idea of creating a dental practice that is dedicated to delivering a personal and friendly approach to dental care, Dr. Askari jumped at the opportunity.

She is dedicated to meeting your individual needs with warmth and compassion and is eager to help you love every aspect of your smile. Dr. Askari loves her work and is passionate about providing the services her patients want and need to stay healthy. She enjoys helping people with TMJ disorder solutions, sleep apnea treatments, and migraine relief. Getting you – and keeping you – out of pain is her greatest reward.


Dr. Bruce Bates – DDS

Dedicated to providing compassionate and comforting care for all of his patients, Dr. Bruce Bates has worked with a diverse population of people. From working as a dental hygienist focusing on gum disease prevention, to helping the underserved, to participating in a mobile dentistry setting providing care for geriatric and juvenile patients, he has thoroughly enjoyed providing multiple phases of dentistry. Managing his own dental practice for decades, Dr. Bates is well-versed in all aspects of general dentistry and in helping his family of patients achieve optimal oral health with a beautiful smile.

Dr. Richard Stilwill

Dr. Richard Stilwill has been in practice since 1994 in his hometown of East Lansing. He graduated from East Lansing High School and Albion College, where he received a BS in Biology. Dr. Stilwill earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Detroit.

To ensure he is always at the leading edge of advances in dentistry, Dr. Stilwill is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, and the Central District Dental Society. He has served as President of the Central District Association, Chairman of the Delta Dental Fund, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Michigan Section of the American College of Dentistry.

Meet Dr. Stilwill

Dr. Edward R. Essayan – Board Certified Orthodontist

After earning his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree, Dr. Edward R. Essayan attended the University of Detroit Mercy, where he graduated at the top of his class with honors with his second dental degree – a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Passionate about the benefits of a straight smile, Dr. Essayan then joined the graduate program at Detroit Mercy where he earned his specialty certification in orthodontics. He is a Michigan Board-Licensed Orthodontist.

Dr. Hana Gadalla – Board Certified Periodontist

After earning her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree in 2007 in Libya, Dr. Hana Gadalla pursued additional education in maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, and implant dentistry over the next 3 years before coming to Michigan. Knowing the critical importance of communication, Dr. Gadalla attended the American Language program at Ohio State University before pursuing her specialty education in periodontics: a Certificate of Fellowship in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry from the University of Florida. She completed her periodontics residency at the University of Detroit Mercy, has been a Board-Certified Periodontist since 2016, and is certified to provide IV sedation.

About Our Team

Supporting our team of specialists and general dentists in East Lansing is a kind and compassionate team who is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction at every visit. Whether you want a dental appointment that fits into your schedule, need a hand understanding your dental insurance, or could use a refresher on your oral health homecare routine, our team is here for you. Just give us a call and we’ll do everything we can to make your visits convenient, comfortable, and something you want to tell your friends about!

Meet Chris the Hygienist