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 - DDS

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.

Dr. Ali M. Khiblil – DDS, CAGS, MSD

Dr. Ali Khiblil earned his Bachelor of Dental Science in 2003 from the University of Tripoli in Libya. From there he completed a Residency in Esthetic Dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry from Boston University in 2012. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 2021.

Dr. Edward R. Essayan – Board Certified Orthodontist, BDS, DDS

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, BDS

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

Along with our specialists and general dentists in Farmington Hills is an attentive and compassionate team dedicated to your experience in and out of the dental chair. Whether you’re seeking flexible appointments, need assistance with your dental insurance, or could use a refresher on your at-home cleaning routine, we’re here for you. We treat every smile and patient with personalized care. Call now for a positive experience you’ll remember!

Meet Chris the Hygienist


Chelsea, Treatment Coordinator

Chelsea’s primary goals are to help our practice grow, maintain positivity, and help people. Her favorite aspect of her job is assisting patients to gain confidence through their smiles. Chelsea believes patient care should come at a reasonable cost.

As a child, Chelsea always enjoyed her visits to the dentist, where she was part of the “no-cavity club.” She also found herself wanting to help others. Those early experiences inspired her to pursue work in the field.

Outside the office, Chelsea enjoys kayaking, nature walks, writing, painting, crafting, and spending time with friends and family. She has two children and a couple of cats.