Munir Gomaa is a general dentist practicing in the Chicagoland area. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied and obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology, and Southern Illinois University, where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. In dental school, Munir conducted research that explored the multi-dimensional development of fear and anxiety in the dental setting, and the subtle yet powerful parental influences that often play a role in the process. As a result, he won the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) Foundation Clinical Sciences Award and attained first place for the Year IV Student Researcher Award.
Munir currently practices in Mundelein, Illinois. He is a firm believer in evidence-based practices and continuing education, and consequently always strives to remain current with the ever-dynamic nature of dentistry. His clinical interests are comprehensive, with an emphasis on periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery/implantology, and restorative dentistry. He holds himself to the highest ethical standards in clinical patient care, and remains firmly dedicated to improving his abilities to serve his patients throughout his career.
In addition to his dental practice and interests, Munir plans to continue his research and educational pursuits in the field of psychology. Munir is also interested in public access to healthcare and hopes to regularly dedicate part of his practice to community service. He is especially interested in serving disadvantaged and special-needs patients.
This blog is intended as a resource for health professionals and healthcare providers interested in applying psychology and community service to their practice. Munir believes health professionals will best serve their patients by taking a more holistic approach in treating them. In essence, he believes that learning about and empathizing with their patients, understanding how stress and anxiety might exacerbate a patient’s physical symptoms, and encouraging patients to feel at ease confronting and treating their health problems are key to providing the best possible treatment.