Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Derek Bock
Dr. Derek Bock grew up on the south coast of Massachusetts, near Cape Cod. He remained on the East Coast for his undergraduate studies at Stonehill College, just south of Boston.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science as a double major in biology and chemistry from Stonehill, Dr. Derek continued his studies at the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. While at Tufts, Dr. Derek not only remained ranked at the top of his graduating class, but achieved honors in both parts of his National Dental Board exams. Aside from the numerous awards and distinctions that were bestowed upon him, it was at Tufts that he met Dr. Anokhi (they were classmates!). They both received Doctorates of Dental Medicine from Tufts University in May 2003.
Following his dental school graduation, Dr. Derek moved to the Midwest to complete his post-graduate training in orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed a three-year residency in orthodontics and obtained his Master of Science in oral sciences. In addition to his residency, Dr. Derek also completed a one-year fellowship in craniofacial orthodontics at the University of Illinois Craniofacial Center.
It was during this fellowship that Dr. Derek received additional training in dealing with orthodontic problems as they relate to children with craniofacial syndromes, especially cleft lip/palate. He also co-authored an article that was featured in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: “Natal teeth: a potential impediment to nasoalveolar molding in infants with cleft lip and palate.” J Craniofac Surg. 2005 Mar; 16(2):262-6.
Dr. Derek’s scholarly interests include advanced concepts of smile design as they relate to facial balance and harmony. He has done extensive research into the width of the smile as it relates to facial harmony. He has an article pending publication, entitled “The Perception of Buccal Corridors in Smile Esthetics.”
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Illinois Society of Orthodontists
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
- American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association
Outside the Office
During his free time, Dr. Derek is an avid golfer. He also loves running and cycling, and competes in triathlons. Dr. Derek is an accomplished guitar player, and believes that creating music should be a fundamental activity in which every child should have the opportunity to participate. He and his wife, Dr. Anokhi, enjoy outdoor activities with their daughters Bela, Asha, and Lila, their son Keegan, and their Chocolate Lab, Cooper.
Dr. Anokhi Bock
“There is no better feeling than gaining the trust and confidence of a young child and seeing them grow up and develop over time. I am very passionate about my profession and truly love what I do. I take pride in my dentistry and my care for the children in this practice.” — Dr. Anokhi
Dr. Anokhi Dalia Bock is a native of Lake Forest, Illinois. Upon graduation from Lake Forest Academy, she moved to the East Coast for her undergraduate studies at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. While in college, she continued to pursue her love of the outdoors as a biology and environmental studies major. She spent a year researching the effect of urban development on the habitat of the eastern coyote, white-tailed deer, diamond-back terrapin, and box turtle, both in and around Cape Cod.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science, Dr. Anokhi continued her studies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. This is where she and Dr. Derek met! She graduated with high honors and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. While in dental school, she received several awards and distinctions, culminating in her Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
After graduating from dental school in 2003, Dr. Anokhi moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, so she could continue her studies at Riley Children’s Hospital through Indiana University School of Dentistry. There, she completed her two-year residency in pediatric dentistry and obtained her Master of Science in dentistry. While in residency she received a Graduate Student Research Award through the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for her research on fluoride’s effect on bone.
The summer after residency, Dr. Anokhi Dalia and Dr. Derek Bock got married! They enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon, after which she joined the practice of Jerry Udelson, DDS, in Forest Park, Illinois. In late 2008, Drs. Derek and Anokhi Bock decided to join forces and open up a “boutique-style” practice close to home, where they could use the skills they had gained as associates and practice dentistry according to their philosophy and goals. Forest Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry is the practice they have always dreamed of building together.
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Diplomate
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists
- Illinois State Dental Society
- Chicago Dental Society
In the Community
Professionally, Dr. Anokhi stays actively involved in the pediatric dental community. She has formed a study club with other pediatric dentists in the area and is currently on staff at Lake Forest Hospital. She has also participated in a program by the American Academy of Pediatrics called “Bright Smiles from Birth,” which provides fluoride varnish application training, and oral health care education to local pediatricians. The goal of the program is to prevent childhood caries, and to decrease the incidence of caries by promoting early treatment with fluoride varnish and early referral. Her additional activities include the American Youth Soccer Organization, Gorton Community Center Children’s Drop-In, LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs), and sponsorship of many local school activities.
In July 2007, the Bocks welcomed their first child, Bela, to the family! The Bock family did not stop growing there. On October 26, 2009, Bela became a big sister to Asha! On April 20, 2012, Bela and Asha had the honor of becoming big sisters to Lila. In 2013, the family welcomed a son, Keegan. Dr. Anokhi’s free time is happily spent playing with her children, and she enjoys traveling whenever the opportunity presents.
Dr. Michael Rabinowitz
Dr. Michael is originally from Deerfield, Illinois where his love for working with children was evident at a young age as he tutored children with special needs and learning disabilities. He then attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience.
He excitedly moved back to his home state and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Upon graduation, he was recognized as one of the top students in his class by his induction into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society and receipt of the Delta Dental Outstanding Dental Student Award.
His specialty training in pediatric dentistry was completed at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC where he focused his research on dental emergencies, including trauma and dental infections. He was also honored to be selected to serve as the Chief Resident of the program.
Dr. Michael is a big kid at heart and loves to sing along to any tune - from radio hits to Disney favorites. He also loves animals and is an avid fan of music, theater, and other performing arts.
Dr. Michael is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry & Illinois State Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. He is also a member of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.
Dr. Nicole Johnson
Dr. Nicole Johnson was proudly raised in Palatine, IL by a Polish immigrant family. In her childhood, she always found herself working with children, whether it was getting involved with community school events, babysitting, tutoring, or teaching swim lessons. When it became time to choose a career path, she could not imagine working with anyone but children!
Dr. Nicole completed her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Loyola University Chicago and earned her D.D.S degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduating dental school, Dr. Johnson moved to Columbus, Ohio where she obtained her fellowship certificate in Pediatric and Community Dentistry from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She then moved to Los Angeles, CA where she continued her specialty training at UCLA and completed her residency program in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Nicole is passionate about continuing her dental education and regularly attends CE courses. She is proud to be an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and Illinois State Dental Society.
Dr. Nicole loves working with all children, including those with special needs, and strives to make sure every child feels comfortable and has a positive experience. She particularly enjoys singing songs, telling silly stories, and tickling “sugar bugs” away! In her spare time, she likes dancing, listening to Latin music, exploring new restaurants, traveling and spending time with family and friends. In April 2017, she married the love of her life in Punta Cana. Dr. Nicole is very happy to be back in the Chicagoland area and is excited to be a part of the Forest Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Family!