DR. JAMES FONDRIEST maintains Lake Forest Dental Arts, a full-time private practice with a primary focus on comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry. He is also a well known speaker & educator on the topics of cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontics and the latest advances in these rapidly evolving disciplines. He has academic appointments at the highly respected Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL; the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ and is a former Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Florida Dental School. A well published author, Dr. Fondriest has a strong commitment to providing the highest quality of dental care, along with developing sound educational programs for general dentists aspiring to do more complicated dental implant procedures, smile makeovers, porcelain veneers and crowns.


Having begun his career as a general dentist; Dr. Fondriest accepts and maintains a patient base for which he provides routine general dental care. “Many of my patients are people that I grew up with in Lake Forest, as well as their families. I look forward to the opportunity to share in the lives of my patients, many of them for decades”, says Dr. Fondriest. “I am proud to say that I still have many of the patients that were in the practice when I took it over.” Blessed with a great local reputation, Dr. James Fondriest also attracts discriminating clients (including many fellow dental practitioners) from throughout the United States, seeking the comprehensive approach and expert treatment design talents offered by Dr. Fondriest. Some of these clients come to improve their smile appeal, others to restore their teeth to health and full comfortable function. Many come to our practice to have existing dentistry upgraded or redone.


Dr. Fondriest lives and practices in Lake Forest, Illinois. He has been very active in his community having served on the boards of United Way, Lake Forest Rotary, Gorton Community Center and his church. He is an avid amateur photographer and enjoys jogging, eating well, and adventure trips.