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Pavlik and Associates Orthodontists | Biographical Sketch in Frankfort

  Edward J. Pavlik & Associates


Frankfort, IL Location                             (815) 464-6465

Olympia Fields, IL Location                   (708) 747-9300

Biographical Sketch





Until 2012 Dr. Pavlik was the only orthodontist in the United States to be Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and the American Board of Forensic Odontology. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. There are only three board certified forensic odontologists in Illinois and 104 in the United States.

Dr. Pavlik is a consultant for the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Practice and Council on Dental Education and License, and serves as a malpractice consultant for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and is a court-certified expert in orthodontics and  forensic odontology.

Dr Pavlik has lectured internationally, and has been chosen by the American Dental Association to serve as a featured speaker of the prestigious American Dental Associations Seminar Series Speakers’ Circuit.

Dr. Pavlik received his dental degree in 1966 from Northwestern University Dental School and masters degree in science with a certificate in orthodontics from Northwestern University, Department of Orthodontics in 1968.

He started forensic activities in 1967 as a consultant, Deputy Coroner, Chief of Forensic Dentistry, and dental identification team leader for the Cook County Coroner’s Office from 1967-1976.  From 1971-1979 Dr. Pavlik was Special Deputy Sheriff, Identification Section of the Lake County Indiana  Sheriff’s Office.  He became board certified by the American Board of Forensic Odontology in 1980. 

Dr. Pavlik received a board certification from the National Board of Forensic Dentistry in 1981. Since 1976 he has been forensic odontologist, consultant, lecturer in criminalistics, Deputy Sheriff and Chief of Forensic Sciences for the Cook County Sheriff’s Police. From 1977 through 1988 he had been chief consultant, lecturer in forensic odontology and dental identification team leader for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

From 1967 through 2001 he was a consultant and lecturer in the criminalistics section of the Chicago Police Department. From 1979 through 2005 Dr. Pavlik lectured in forensic dentistry and malpractice avoidance at the University of Illinois Chicago Campus.  Since 1996 Dr. Pavlik has served as chief consultant and lecturer in forensic odontology for the Will County Coroner’s Office.  He is also a consultant and lecturer for the Will County Sheriff’s Police Criminal Investigation Division. 

In Illinois he has written two major pieces of forensic odontology legislation.  He lectures in the fields of bite marks, mass disasters, pre-reconstructive orthodontics and malpractice avoidance. He is nationally recognized for heading the dental identification teams in the John Wayne Gacy mass murder case (33 victims) and the American Airlines Flight 191 air crash (274 victims). 

Dr. Pavlik has received the “Excellence in Law Enforcement Award” from the office of the Cook County State’s Attorney, an “Award of Merit” from the Cook County Board, and a letter of commendation from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Illinois. He was elected Dentist of the Year in 1986 by the American Association of Forensic Dentists.  He received the prestigious Lester Luntz Award from the Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and received the Sheriff's Award for Meritorious Service from the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in 2013.



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