How it all started.
On the surface, Dr. O El-Hillal and Dr. Wil Saavedra – the doctors who founded E&S Orthodontics – could not be more opposite!
But there’s an amazing uniqueness to them as well, as they graduated from the same university and received the same training and guidance as dental students at the prestigious Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University – a center of excellence in dental education, patient care, research and community-based services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As they entered their residency at Temple, the two developed a friendship as they realized they had a common passion for orthodontics and helping people. The long hours spent studying and working with patients throughout their residency years produced a clear vision of an orthodontics practice that would be different, based on the latest technologies and a “face-driven, no-extraction” treatment philosophy.
While it is not unusual to develop a friendship while attending the same school, it is unusual for two doctors to envision and create a practice right after completing their studies.
Their plans zeroed in on Phoenix (Arizona) and when they made the move in 2004, they quickly realized it was the perfect community to begin a practice together. Today, Dr. O El-Hillal and Dr. Wil Saavedra have three office locations in the Greater Phoenix area, serving Peoria, Chandler and Tolleson.
Meet the E&S Orthodontists
Dr. O El-Hillal
Dr. O El-Hillal received his Bachelor’s Degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At Temple University School of Dentistry, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, MBA, Master in Oral Biology, and Orthodontic Specialty degree.
Dr. El-Hillal (affectionately called “Dr. O” by his patients) has been published in numerous professional journals and has held several leadership roles, including Chief Resident, while receiving his training. He has helped to develop E&S Orthodontics into the West Valley’s leading provider of Damon™ System Braces.
Dr. O is known for his laid-back style and ability to communicate with patients and parents. When he’s not busy creating beautiful smiles, he enjoys spending time with his loving family, running, biking, golfing, hiking and scuba diving.
Dr. Wil Saavedra
Dr. Wil Saavedra, who grew up in Virginia, received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Radford (VA) University. He completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine, Master of Science in Oral Biology, and Orthodontic Specialty certificate at Temple University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Saavedra brings a passion for learning and new technologies to his work. By remaining at the forefront of technological advances, he helps maintain E&S Orthodontics as one of the most advanced in the industry. He is known for his meticulous attention to detail and ability to work with his patients to achieve the best possible result.
When he’s not at the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, tinkering with computers, biking and working out.
Dr. Dick Dykman
An Orthodontist in Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Dick Dykman completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, and earned his degree in Dentistry at the University of Michigan. For eight years, Dr. Dykman was a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan Center for Human Growth and Development. During his research tenure, he completed his Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
While in dental school, Dr. Dykman was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines, as well as the academic society of Omicron Kappa Epsilon. He also maintains his status as a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and has been since college!
Dr. Dykman has been practicing orthodontics exclusively in Arizona since 1991. He practiced orthodontics exclusively in Michigan from 1978 to 1988. Dr. Dykman and his family are active in community affairs. In his leisure time, he enjoys golfing, landscaping and traveling.
Dr. Sowards received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Adams State University in Southern Colorado with a double major in Math and Chemistry.
After serving a 2 year mission for the LDS Church in Los Angeles, California, he attended the University of Colorado where he received a BS degree in Pharmacy. He actively practiced as a Pharmacist for approximately 10 years.
At the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry, he received his DDS Degree. Upon graduation, Dr. Sowards served as a Commission Officer in the USPHS, a Branch of the Navy, and was detailed out to the Indian Health Service. He served for 4 Years on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona and New Mexico. He was trained in Pediatric Dentistry.
He received has Specialty Degree in Orthodontics with a Major in Oral Biology in 1990. Dr. Sowards was trained in all the current orthodontic delivery Systems with an emphasis in Burstone Segmental Mechanics.
Dr. Sowards opened his Orthodontic Practice in Yuma, Arizona where he practiced Orthodontics exclusively for 25 Years. During that time, He was on Yuma Regional Hospital’s Cleft Palate Team for 15 years. His main area of clinical interest in patient treatment was Distraction Osteogenesis Orthopedics.
In 2014, He and his wife, sold their Orthodontic Practice and moved to the Valley to be near their children and grandchildren.
In 2017, Dr. Sowards began working at E&S Orthodontics. He was attracted to E&S Orthodontics because of a similar philosophy in delivering superior Customer Service, coupled with the most advanced technology systems, and most importantly, Pride in the Quality of their orthodontic results.
Dr. Sowards maintains current licensure in both Arizona and New Mexico.
He enjoys spending time running, trout fishing, staying up on the latest in Orthodontics and is very family centered.
Dr. O, Dr. Saavedra and Dr. Dykman are active members of American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Arizona Dental Association and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. All have also earned Invisalign® Preferred Provider status.