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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Lawrence Velano graduated from Buffalo University School of Dental Medicine in 1999, after which he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Dental Corps. Dr. Velano served full-time in the U.S. Navy until 2003, when he was honorably discharged with medals for service. During his time in the Navy, Dr. Velano received advanced training in fixed Prosthondontics, Endodontics, Periodontal Surgery, and Exodontia at Naval Dental Center San Diego, CA, Naval Dental Center at Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD, and Naval Dental Center, Great Lakes, IL. Dr. Velano has been a member of the 1st Family Dental team since 2005. Dr. Lawrence Velano has also completed continuing education and training in the areas of Implant Dentistry, Laser dental procedures and treatment, as well as cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Velano serves patients at our Chicago dental offices and he values the long-lasting relationships he has built with his patients and their families. He has seen his young patients grow into adults with healthy smiles and visit the office with children of their own. In his spare time, Dr. Velano enjoys spending time with his family including his young son, as well as hiking, travel, golf and performance driving and club racing.
Verified Patient Reviews
He is a great doctor
As someone who is terrified of dentists (I haven't been to a dentist in 5 years), Dr. Velano and his team made the visit very comfortable and quick. I went in to get a wisdom tooth removed and not only was it painless, but it only took him 10 minutes! The team made me feel like it was family looking after me. I will be recommending Dr. Velano and his amazing team to everyone I know!
The upside is that you've got a true dentist doing the cleaning. The downside is that he established that I had zero cavities within 20 seconds. I'm used to a hygienist doing the cleaning and then a dentist doing a more thorough review. That said, getting an appointment is easy, and the process is quick.
Did not like the way they cleaned my son's teeth. It was just a polish and then was told they could not scrape the plaque and tartar because his gums would bleed. I will not be going back.
I usually don't write reviews, but I felt like this dr and his staff went out of their way for me. My daughter and I both had appointments. The staff had difficulty verifying our insurance and I thought we were going to get turned away. They finally got verification for my daughter, but not me, so I told my mom (who was going to babysit during my appointment) to head home. During her appointment they got verification for my coverage. Not only did they see me, but they were very accommodating to my active energetic 5 year old. That means so much to me.....
Clean place. Very good service. Friendly people.
I live 45 minutes away from this office and will always go here because I like Dr. Velano. He's great. Highly recommend!
I.ve been following Dr. Velano for over 15 year! I.ve seen atleast 4 other dentist in between which I regret eveytime I come back to 1st family dental!
Very nice staff and office.
He is an awesome dentist. He is quick and easy!!
Went in for a cosmetic consultation. He answered all my questions and gave me all the info I needed.
Very good, friendly.
Great overall experience!
Warm and Welcoming.
He was respectful and thoroughly explained what he saw in my x-rays. He did a great job cleaning my teeth. Everything was done in a well respected professional manner.
Lots of people working there but just all flirting with each other. This is what my daughter said to me.
Very friendly, fast and professional!
Everyone was professional and very friendly! It was a great experience. I think I found my new dentist and team!
He is personable, explains well and offers well informed options and recommendations. I am extremely happy with him
Professional, smiling and warm staff with a wonderful first impression. I am a first impression and that is a key factor as to whether this is a good fit. I enjoyed all the staff and the Doctor and he also knew and recommended a wonderful treatment plan for me. I will recommend to others.
Dr. Velano was very good but the reception is were very bad they left me waiting for almost 2 hoursand they never even make knowledge that I was sitting there for that one one of the receptionist forgot to register me in the computer
Amazing and friendly staff!!
It was my first visit so it took a few minutes to get my insurance situated, which is understandable. When I saw the Dr. Velano he was awesome! His assistant was very kind as well. The Dr. gave great advise and was excellent. He should have berated me for not going to the dentist for some (read: a long, long) time but instead he was easy to talk to and work with and very pleasant and nice. I would highly recommend him to anyone!!!
My visit to Dr. Velano's office went very smoothly. I was greeted immediately and quickly filled out new patient forms. The receptionist went over my dental coverage with me, so that there wouldn't be any surprises with regards to billing. In just a couple of minutes, the hygienist brought me back to the exam room and took my X-rays. Despite some construction taking place on site, the office was impeccably clean and tidy. The hygienist asked me if I would like to watch TV while I waited to see the doctor, and gave me the remote. Dr. Velano greeted me a few minutes later. My cleaning was quick but thorough, and Dr. Velano was happy to discuss any concerns I had. A few minutes later, I was out the door. All around, a great experience!
Awesome Dr nice people
Great service, clean clinic, professional job.
Dr. Velano has been my dentist for several years, and I've always been incredibly happy and confident with his care. He explains things in a simple and thorough manner, and his "bedside manner" is warm, patient, but also to the point. I had an extraction several months ago and I was more anxious than I've been in a while. [I'd never had one before.] Dr. Velano was so reassuring, and also so sure-handed and efficient, that the procedure was over -- painlessly! -- before I knew it.
I would recommend Dr. Velano, he made me feel very comfortable even under the circumstances.
Excellent! Great Doc and staff, no complaints!
Great visit, it was fast and peaceful
He is always kind and cares about his patients. I never worry when I see Dr. Velano because he's so nice.
I love Dr. Velano.
Great! Saved me money and gave the best advice!
Great Dentist Would Recommend Him To Anyone!
prompt and professional
I am a long-time returning patient. I can't say enough about the friendliness of Dr. Velano and his staff. I showed up quite a bit early for my appointment, and they didn't skip a beat - they treated me wonderfully as always and just worked on getting me seen sooner. Dr. Velano was kind, patient, thorough and efficient, which I have come to both expect and appreciate.
Great staff, great doc.
very professional and friendly definitly going to request him again for future appointments :)
I was nervous but it went good.He had patience and didn't rush.
THe rpice was right and they were very helpful and accomodating.
Friendly, professional and explained everything! Had excellent recommendations for future treatments and I felt I have plenty of time to get the treatments needed-at my own pace. The dental assistant was fabulous! Kudos for excellent bedside manner! Highly recommended!
I love this dental office, I was referred and will refer this dentist to other people.
My husband and I see Dr. Velano and we highly recommend him. Dr. Velano and his staff make you feel right at home. I went yesterday for a checkup and cleaning and had the most pleasant visit at a dentist's office that I have had in my life so far.
Dr. Velano and his staff were very friendly and skilled. They're a huge improvement over my former dentist.
It was a great experience, the personnel was very professional, and the Doctor explained everything. Thank you.
The visit generally was positive. I was kind of bummed that I had to fill out some information again on a paper form & had to write down my social security number for them to look my insurance up even though I had provided that information before. I did tell them that I had given all the information through ZocDoc but I was told that there are certain things that I had to physically sign because of regulation.
I am a new patient & went for an exam & X rays. The staff was courteous & professional...so glad I found this office!
D I have had several extractions by Dr. Velano, all of which he did within a few minutes. He is excellent!
I travel long and far to make sure I can be seen by Dr. Velano. He is great!
Great visit with very little wait time. The staff is very professional and answers all of your questions.
I really am thankful for Dr. Velano. He pull my broken wisdom tooth out in less than one minute. I could not believe how quick it was and my pain was gone. I really hope, if you are reading this, to take my suggesting and please check out First Family Dentist. Antonio
Dr. Velano is the great doctor ,he knows what he is doing . Usually i am so scared to go the dantist, and with Dr. Velano I am not that scared cause he does best work .
Dr. Velano is very thorough and professional. He seems to care about his patients
Very impressed with this practice. I am very glad that I found them
He is the most awesome dentist!
Very courteous and professional staff. Plus you're handed the remote to watch TV. Nothing beats getting your teeth cleaned with ESPN on in the background
Unfortunately I had two cavities, fortunately getting them taking care of was surprisingly pain-free and so quick! Extra props to the front desk staff who go the extra mile to help. Look no further!
I was seen right away and Dr. Velano diagnosed my problem quickly after a thorough exam. He provided several options and since I decided to do it right away, the doctor extracted my wisdom tooth with hardly any pain. My whole dentist appointment was less time than it took waiting for my pain medication and antibiotics from my local pharmacy. I like how explains everything he does, why he thinks I should do the procedure and the fast efficient way he did the procedure. Coming back in 2 weeks to get the suture out and maybe some cleaning.
I've been seeing Dr. Velano for years and he's quick and effective with no pain. Strongly recommend.
I was super impressed with my entire experience at 1st Family Dental. I was in and out super quick, got a huge discount for being a first time patient and everybody was incredibly nice, knowledgeable and professional.
Got a molar extracted in 1 minute with absolutely no pain. Dr. Velano is the best!!!
Dr Velano was friendly and efficient. He has light hands, which is great because I have sensitive teeth. The staff are all friendly too. They never make me guess what my insurance will and won't cover - and they gave me a great deal on a procedure that wasn't covered at all! I will definitely keep going back.
Finding a dentist can be worrisome, especially when you need teeth extracted. At 1st Family Dental, Dr. Velano eased any worries by offering expert advice, answering my many questions with a positive and caring attitude. He provided excellent information and recommendations for me to consider before I ultimately decide the appropriate time to get my teeth extracted. I am definitely going back for the procedure as long as I am under his care.
very nice man
He is an awesome dentist1
I was very impressed with the whole process.
very profesional service
Love love this doc!!
My insurance got verified even after hours and I walked out with pearly whites in a little over a half-hour. Well done, indeed.
Dr. Velano is excellent. I have sensitive teeth and he and his staff were extra careful and made sure I was comfortable the whole time. I would recommend this dentist to anyone.
I've been returning to him for four years for my checkups and cleanings. Dr. Velano has been thorough and professional along with the hygenists.
Dr. Velano is the best dentist, he is kind, professional, understanding and takes the time to listen to me! I have never had a dentist that I like more than Dr. Velano.
Very informative and polite.
Excellent dentist who made an unpleasant experience bearable. He also took time to answer my questions and made me feel comfortable.
Excellent visit, as always. Dr. Velano and his staff are kind, gentle, attentive to my comfort, and fast. Makes my 6 month checkups pleasant, and that's saying a lot, considering I'm kind of a chicken when it comes to going to the dentist.
GOOD FRIENDLY DOCTOR TO GO TO
Staff was very curteous and helpful answering questions. Dr. Velano was quick and concise with his review of my dental x-rays and answered my questions thoroughly.
I was very pleased with the Dr. Velano and his staff they did a wonderful job in making a root canal be as painless as possible. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a good dentist.
I've been a patient of Dr. Velano's for 5 years now. His new office at 26th and Pulaski is beautiful and definitely worth the drive for me. Dr. Velano is always so calm and pleasant, professional and best of all, quick and efficient! He always leaves extra time to make sure to answer any questions I might have, which I appreciate. The staff there are very friendly, and the dental assistants are always mindful of my comfort. I would recommend Dr. Velano to anyone!
Dr. Velano was excellent! This was my first visit with him as I was referred by a friend. He was very personable, patient, and made me feel comfortable. I was nervous about getting my tooth extracted but he made it quick and painless. Highly recommended!
Dr. Velano makes trips to the dentist quick and painless. He's friendly and made sure I was comfortable even with all the drilling going on in my mouth :)
best dentist i've ever had. honest, fast, gentle, and very nice!
He was nice, personable, and quick! Great experience.
Dr. Velano is always honest and kind. I have high anxiety over visiting the dentist, and he always puts me at ease.
Very professional and quick service. He made sure to give me a chance to ask questions and explained everything he did.
I've recommended friends to him and they have all been satisfied.