Meet the Doctors

Dr. Suzy Pope


As a board certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Suzy C. Pope offers children a unique experience as they are introduced to a key component of their comprehensive healthcare. She believes that all children should enjoy seeing the dentist and hopes she can help your child develop into a great patient. Dr. Pope at Grins on Green Bay located in Kenilworth, IL has a warm and unhurried approach to pediatric dentistry, which puts her patients and their parents at ease. Her patients fondly call her “Dr. Suzy.”

Dr. Suzy earned her dental degree at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York, after receiving her B.A in English at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York. While in dental school, Dr. Suzy was President of the Class of 2007 and Editor in Chief of the dental school newspaper, Smilelines. Dr. Suzy completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She conducted research on food insecurity and caries rates, and earned her M.S. in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Suzy is a board certified pediatric dentist and a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists. Committed to staying up to date with the evolving specialty of pediatric dentistry, she is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Illinois State Pediatric Society, and Hellenic American Dental Society.

Philanthropy is very important to Dr. Suzy, and she finds helping children in need very rewarding. She has been on a mission trip to treat children in rural Jamaica, volunteered with the athletes of the Special Olympics, and treated underserved children with the ISDS Foundation Mission of Mercy.

Having grown up on the East Coast, then living on the West Coast, Dr. Suzy is now thrilled to call the Midwest her permanent home.  Dr. Suzy and her husband Stephen, and their family live in Wilmette. Dr. Suzy is mom to three young children: Elisabeth, Johnny, and Matthew and a furbaby Stella.   They enjoy walks to the local parks, dinning in the vibrant North Shore restaurant scene, and the lakefront. 


Dr. Risa Hurwich


Dr. Risa Hurwich is thrilled to be a part of the Grins team! She has truly enjoyed the privilege of meeting and treating all of the amazing patients and families, since joining the office in February of 2021. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists.

Dr. Risa has dreamed of becoming a dentist since her early days at Indiana University (go Hoosiers!). She attended Indiana University School of Dentistry and quickly became interested in pediatrics. She has always loved working with children and values the positive footprint that pediatric dentistry has on the oral healthcare experience of a young child. Dr. Risa approaches all of her patient care opportunities with a calm patience and empathy. Providing care to children of all ages and developmental stages helps to make each day different and is her favorite part of being a pediatric dentist.

Originally from Northwest Indiana, Dr. Risa returned home to the Chicagoland area to pursue her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. She was a recipient of the Health Resources and Services Administration grant, which allowed her to simultaneously complete her Masters of Public Health. Dr. Risa currently holds leadership positions with the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists and the North Central Society of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Chicago Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

When not working as a pediatric dentist, Dr. Risa spends a lot of time with her family and friends. She lives in Lincoln Park with her husband, her son - Benjamin, and their sweet Goldendoodle, Magglio. She loves to be active and explore new neighborhoods, cook and taste the delicious eats on the Chicago restaurant scene. She is so looking forward to seeing you and your family at Grins!