Dr. Klara Palhegyi
After immigrating with my parents from Romania to Southern Illinois as a child, I spent my most formative years in this beautiful and peaceful area of the country. I graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with my Bachelor of Science degree, and then attended dental school at Loma Linda University in California. I chose this school because of its high academic standards as well as its strong mission emphasis. During my years in dental school, I had the opportunity to participate in a variety of local and international mission trips which opened my eyes to the tremendous need for quality dental care in underserved populations both in the United States and abroad.
It was also in dental school that I met my husband Nathan Leiske. Following graduation, we were married and moved to beautiful Washington State to begin our careers. The time spent working in private practice, volunteering at free clinics or on overseas missions have provided a variety of enriching learning experiences. I am passionate about continued learning and personal growth in order to provide the very best clinical care to my patients.
I am thrilled to be back in Southern Illinois, close to family and friends, and especially to be able to continue my dental career a long side my family dentist and mentor Dr. Main. In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and 'cello, swimming, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.