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Naperville Dentists to Participate in Step Up for Autism Walk to Support Patient

Leading Naperville dental practices Naperville Dental Specialists and Innovative Orthodontic Centers are coming together to form “Team Ben,” supporting friend and patient Ben Paulson at the Step Up for Autism Walk on June 24th.

“Ben is a great friend of ours, and we are happy to support him in any way that we can. By participating in Step Up for Autism, we hope to raise awareness about autism and improve the Naperville community,” says Dr. Anthony LaVacca of Naperville
Dental Specialists.

Besides gathering 55 volunteers to participate in the walk, Dr. LaVacca and Dr. Manal Ibrahim of Innovative Orthodontic Centers have offered to either pay the entrance fee or match the entrance fee of every employee walking. Together, the two dental practices have raised over $1000 for the walk.

The proceeds from the Step Up for Autism Walk go towards the Little Friends organization, which operates schools, community-based residential services, and the Little Friends Center for Autism.

“Little Friends is a wonderful organization, and we are delighted to be a part of this event. We want to help improve the lives of Ben and our community members with autism,” said Dr. Ibrahim, Naperville orthodontist.

Naperville residents can register for the Step Up for Autism Walk online at or call Little Friends at (630) 355-6533. Registration begins at 8:30 A.M., June 24th, at the Riverwalk in Naperville. Entertainment and children’s activities will be provided before the walk.

About Naperville Dental Specialists:

Founded by Dr. Anthony LaVacca, American board-certified prosthodontist, Naperville Dental Specialists consists of a full team of general dentists and dental specialists in Naperville. Dr. LaVacca has received several honorary recognitions for his contribution to the dental field. He has presented table clinics for the Temple University Alumni Association, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. He participated in a study focused on Bond Strengths of Laboratory Veneering to Gold-Coated Titanium and Bond strengths of Polymer Glass to Three Cast Alloys.

Dr. LaVacca maintains memberships with the American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Association, Academy of Osseointegration and the International Association for Dental Research. For more information, visit or call the office at 888.873.4606.

About Innovative Orthodontic Centers:

Dr. Manal Ibrahim stays abreast of the latest advances in orthodontics with memberships in the American Association of Orthodontists, Midwest Society of Orthodontists and the Illinois Society of Orthodontists. She holds various committee positions with the American College of Prosthodontics and is on the Alumni Association Board of Directors with the University of Illinois. Dr. Ibrahim also maintains memberships with the American College of Prosthodontics, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois State Dental Society. Innovative Orthodontic Centers, owned and operated by Dr. Manal Ibrahim, offers a state of the art facility, featuring the latest innovations in orthodontic treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Ibrahim has offices located in Naperville, Joliet/Plainfield and Chicago. For more information, visit or call the office at 630.848.6960.

About Little Friends:

Little Friends has been serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for over 40 years. With one in every 100 children diagnosed with autism, the goal of Little Friends is to raise awareness about autism in the Naperville community. Little Friends operates three schools, vocational training programs, community-based residential services and the Little Friends Center for Autism. Founded in 1965, Little Friends serves more than 800 people each year throughout DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, and Western Cook counties. For more information, visit or call the office at (630) 355-6533.

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