Dr. David Ingallinera is a great fit for our Grand Dental – Lockport team because he shares our team’s passion for patient care and is driven to provide the highest quality dentistry every day. He has 25 years of dental experience and looks forward getting to know our loyal patients and serving new patients in the Lockport community.
Growing up, Dr. Dave was drawn to science. He studied biology in college intending to find a calling in a medical career. His appreciation for dentistry developed after shadowing his younger brother’s orthodontist. For him, it was fascinating watching the doctor physically transform the patient’s teeth into a new, healthier smile. Additionally, he was privileged to experience the pure joy on the patients’ faces when their new smile was revealed.
Dr. Dave graduated from the University of California Riverside before enrolling at the Northwestern University Dental School. After earning his degree, he completed a general practice residency and oral surgery externship.
He achieved Fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry in 2006; a distinction achieved by less than 10% of dentists in the US and Canada. To be eligible, he completed 500 hours of continuing education and passed a 400-question exam. Dr. Ingallinera says this is his proudest professional achievement to date. He also maintains memberships in the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.
Dr. Dave likes to spend his weekends relaxing with his wife, Debbie, and hanging out with their teenage son, Jack. When he was younger, Dr. Dave used to play basketball and run in local marathons but that proved to be hard on the knees. Nowadays, he plays golf and enjoys any outdoor activity along the gorgeous Chicago lakefront.