About Our Practice


North Shore Dentistry for Children has been serving the needs of infants, children, and adolescents with compassion, innovation, and excellence for over fifty years. We are prepared to manage all patients, from the typical well child, to severely medically, physically, or developmentally challenged children. Treatment modalities include traditional use of local anesthetic with or without nitrous oxide in the office, or general anesthesia. All patients in our office benefit from the years of training and experience only available from board-certified specialists.

A major component of our approach involves aggressive preventative care for the patients and education for their parents and pediatricians. We work with families to emphasize the importance of good oral health and its relationship to overall physical health and development.

Our practice is well-established and we work hard to provide the highest quality, evidence-based care in a nurturing and positive environment. We also utilize the most up-to-date technology possible – the office is fully digitized, allowing us to save time, minimize our patients’ exposure to radiation, and communicate effectively with other professionals. In addition, our doctors are on staff at Children’s Memorial Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem.

At North Shore Dentistry for Children, we are patient-centered and community based. We want to give all children and families a “dental home” where they can receive the best dental care possible. We look forward to building a relationship with you and your family as partners in the care of your children.

Dr. Norm Olsen was the first pediatric dentist to graduate from Children’s Memorial Hospital, and established his practice in downtown Evanston. He went on to become the Dean of Northwestern University Dental School.

When Dr. Olsen left the office, Dr. Roland Meyer, who had been working with Dr. Olsen, was joined by Dr. Terrance Fippinger in 1977, and the practice became known as Drs. Meyer and Fippinger. In 1993, Dr. Maria Simon joined the practice, and after Dr. Meyer retired in 1995, the practice became known as Drs. Fippinger and Simon, Ltd. In 1997, Dr. Ray Jurado joined the practice until he became Director of the residency program at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

After more than 40 years in Evanston’s historic Carlson Building, the practice moved to the Rotary Building in 2004 and was renamed North Shore Dentistry for Children. After the renovations were completed, the office was featured in Architectural Design magazine, and in 2005, received the Evanston Excellence in Design award.