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Meet Our Doctors

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Dr. Dale A. Kates

First of all, I love what I do! My belief in helping my fellow man and a strong belief in family have always been the foundation for most of my decisions. I am competitive but I also know how to lose graciously. I have been married over 15 years and love spending time with my wife, two children and our Great Dane. I have been doing orthodontics for over 20 years and feel that this is the best career a person could ever have. Not only do we help young adults and older adults reach their full potential, we gain some life-long friends along the way.


Dr. Kathleen Labadie

Dr. Kathleen Labadie was born and raised in northeastern Ohio. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her D.M.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She completed her residency in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Labadie is committed to continuing education and is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Akron Dental Society. When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, reading, and cheering on Cleveland sports teams.


Dr. Terry Scotese

Dr. Scotese is a life-long resident of Northeast Ohio. He attended Saint Joseph High School and John Carroll University. He received his dental degree from The Ohio State University and earned his Master of Science in Orthodontics degree from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Scotese is a life-long student of the art and science of orthodontics and challenges himself and others to learn something new every day to better their knowledge. He has a passion for caring for patients, from diagnosis to the joy shared with them on the day they get their braces removed. Dr. Scotese really enjoys sharing his experience and compassion to help his patients achieve a beautiful smile.

Dr. Scotese is married to his high school sweetheart and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. He appreciates working with a highly-skilled staff and fellow associates and looks forward to many more years practicing in the orthodontic profession he loves.




Dr. Lisa D. Blackmon

Dr. Blackmon was born and raised in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Orange High School and attended Spelman College; graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. While at Spelman, she received many awards and interned at the NASA Lewis Research Center working in the Chemistry Lab. Dr. Blackmon also attended Meharry Medical College and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery. She completed a General Practice Residency Program at Nashville Metro General Hospital.

Dr. Blackmon has spent the past 22 years as Dental Director, Residency Program Director and an assistant visiting professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Blackmon has worked closely with Dr. Kates and many other orthodontists to incorporate orthodontics, occlusion and TMJ concerns into her general dentistry practice.

Dr. Blackmon has provided comprehensive care to the under-served in her community and continues to volunteer. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Education Association, Ohio Dental Association, Greater Cleveland Dental Society, the Specialty Care Dental Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  Dr. Blackmon is married and has 2 daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.




Dr. Jeffrey Dworkin

Dr. Dworkin believes that everyone deserves a beautiful and healthy smile.

“I really enjoy helping people look and feel better. It’s my privilege as an orthodontist.”

Dr. Dworkin graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1982 with a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering and in 1984 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He also attended the University of Detroit, earning a Master of Science degree in orthodontics in 1986. Dr. Dworkin is a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry and taught orthodontic residents there from 1995-2001.

Dr. Dworkin has been a practicing orthodontist since 1986. In 1991, he opened a private practice in University Heights where he served the orthodontic needs of the greater Cleveland area.

Dr. Dworkin actively innovates new ideas and techniques in the fields of orthodontics and medicine. He holds three patents and has co-authored articles in scientific journals. He regularly attends conferences in the field of orthodontia.

Dr. Dworkin is a member in good standing with: the Greater Cleveland Dental Society, Ohio Association of Dentists, American Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Orthodontic Association and Cleveland Orthodontic Society.

When not working, Dr. Dworkin enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including camping, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. Since college, Dr. Dworkin has been an avid runner. In the early morning, you can reliably find him on a run at the Shaker Lakes!




Dr. Leah Peres

Originally from Rochester, NY, Dr. Leah Peres is thrilled to be a part of the Premier Smiles Orthodontics family. She earned her B.A. from the University of Rochester before attending the Ivy-League University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and graduated with honors. Dr. Peres returned to Rochester, NY where she completed her orthodontic residency at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester. During her residency, Dr. Peres served as a representative from her program to the American Association of Orthodontists and was named a Charley Schultz Resident Scholar for her research on treating open-bites in adult patients.

Dr. Peres absolutely loves being an orthodontist and values working with patients of all ages to achieve their perfect smile. Dr. Peres is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, Ohio Dental Association, and the Cleveland Society of Orthodontists. She is committed to staying current with the latest techniques and technologies to bring the absolute best quality of care to her patients.

When not in the office, Dr. Peres loves traveling, live music, and exploring the incredible restaurant scene in Cleveland. An avid sports fan, you can find Dr. Peres cheering for her New York teams whenever they come to town.

Shaker Heights

16909 Chagrin Blvd

Shaker Heights, OH 44120

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13990 Cedar Road, Suite A

University Heights, Ohio 44118


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Parma, OH 44129


26300 Euclid Avenue, Suite 610

Euclid, OH 44132

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26110 Emery Road, Suite 100

Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

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