About the Doctors

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Dr. RobinsonJames D. Robinson, D.D.S.

As the son of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, dentistry has always been an integral part of my life.  I'm a Chicago native who attended Evanston Township High school and went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana as a Phi Beta Kappa. 

I went on to receive my Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1981.  I started my career as an associate in private practice for 15 years before starting my own practice in downtown Chicago with my first partner, Dr. Arnold Goot in 1996. (Drs. Goot and Robinson LLC).  In 2017, Dr. Goot retired and Dr. Amy Van Fossen became my new business partner (Drs. Robinson and Van Fossen, LLC dba Chicago Dental 312).

I am an active member of the American Dental Society, the Illinois State Dental Society, as well as the Chicago Dental Society where I have served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Northside branch.   I went on to serve on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Dental Society and to serve as the General Chairman for the 2017 Midwinter Meeting.  

In addition to my active participation in numerous prestigious honorary societies such as The Odontographic Society of Chicago, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society, I am an upstanding member of the Chicago Community volunteering for many charitable organizations.  These include Children's Dental Health, Chicago Homeless Shelters, the Chicago Dental Society Foundation and the Laura Greenberg Foundation to name a few.   

In my spare time, I am an avid runner.  I completed my first marathon in 2006 at the Chicago Marathon.    I enjoy traveling and spending time with my beautiful wife Carol and our 3 children, Jordan, Andrew & Rebecca as well as my  2 grandchildren, Noah and Grant. 


Dr. Fossen

Amy M. Van Fossen, D.D.S., P.C.

I knew I was going to be a dentist when I was in the third grade; there is not another profession in the world I could ever see myself doing. Dentistry is my calling and I am proud to provide the level of care my practice offers to my patients. Being in such a rewarding profession where I can help people affects me deeply.

One of the most important aspects of my practice is taking the fear and the unknown out of dentistry for my patients. I strive to be gentle, proficient and thorough. It is important that our patients understand what we do, and I am careful to answer their questions and concerns every step of the way. My patient-care focus is to treat each patient in the way I would hope any health care professional would for my own family: with honesty, integrity and kindness.

3 DoctorsAfter practicing elsewhere for over a decade, in October 2014,  I moved my practice into the 5* Yelp- rated office space of Drs. Arnold Goot & James Robinson.  I couldn't be happier with this transition.


As a professional and self-professed “nerd” of sorts, I embrace the field of dentistry with great love and passion. I obtained my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2003 from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and my General Practice Residency certificate in 2004 from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

As an honor student and graduate of one of the most highly regarded dental schools in the country, I never stop learning. With the same caring spirit and level of attention I provide each and every one of my patients, I also apply the same focus and drive toward furthering my education. I have come to regard myself as a constant student in an ever-changing dental field. My patients can rest assured they are consulted and cared for by a cutting-edge, continually educated dentist who never stops learning and passing along top-notch care to her patients.


Professional Memberships

  • Chicago Dental Society
  • Illinois State Dental Society
  • American Dental Association
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society (dentistry's version of Phi Beta Kappa)

Something Personal


After moving to Chicago in 2003, I was fortunate to meet and marry my wonderful husband, Kirk.   In 2011, we were blessed with girl/boy twins. Double the fun! When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with family, attempting minor do-it-yourself home projects, and cheering for Chicago's sports teams. I'm a past- president of the Northside branch of the Chicago Dental Society and give volunteer time to organized dentistry as much as possible.  I volunteer with Team Smile in collaboration with the Chicago Bears, and completed an externship serving the Navajo population, making complete dentures for those with Type I and II diabetes.