Downers Grove Orthodontics is proud of our award-winning orthodontist in Downers Grove, IL, Dr. Balakrishnan, and the expert orthodontic care she provides to all our patients. When you choose Downers Grove Orthodontics, you’re getting the best orthodontic care available from industry-leading professionals.
She graduated as valedictorian from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, completed her orthodontic residency, and earned her masters in Oral Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Balakrishnan is board-certified orthodontist in Downers Grove, IL. She is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Midwest Society of Orthodontists. She has held faculty positions in multiple countries and has spoken at professional conferences both nationally and internationally.
In recognition of her orthodontic expertise, she has won several awards throughout her career. She received Gold Medals for 1st rank in Orthodontics, Restorative Dentistry and Endodontics, Periodontology, and Prosthodontics from Bangalore University. She was awarded Master Carver of the Clinic and Research Day at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received the merit award for Periodontology in 2003 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Balakrishnan has participated in various studies in the orthodontic industry and has published multiple articles, including Anzilotti C, Vanarsdall RL and Balakrishnan M: Adolescents Treated with Rapid Palatal Expansion – An Evaluation of Post-Retention Gingival Recession, 2003 and Biological Markers for Root Resorption, 2001. She was a keynote speaker at the 41st Indian Orthodontic Society Annual Conference in Chennai, India, and has given professional presentations to groups such as the American Academy of Dental Research Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.
Committed to continuing a family tradition of excellence, Dr. Balakrishnan and her husband both practice in the greater Chicago area. Her husband (Dr. Balu Natarajan), a Downers Grove North High School graduate, is a Sports Medicine physician practicing in Chicago. He also won the National Spelling Bee in 1985 and is the only Chicagoan ever to win the title. They have been married 17 years and have two sons, named Atman and Advaith. Her hobbies include running, biking, cooking, reading and yoga. She is also trilingual in English, Hindi and Tamil, which allows Downers Grove Orthodontics to help as many patients in the southwest suburbs of Chicago as possible.