Our Process

How Our Top Doctors & Top Dentists are Selected

The 2 questions asked the most frequently about how we select our healthcare providers are:

  1. How do you select your Top Doctors / Top Dentists?
  2. Do doctors/dentists pay to be selected?

The answers are simple. We use a qualification process to select our Top Doctors/Dentists and NO, they cannot and do not pay to be approved.

The Review & Approval Process

IL Top Docs use a comprehensive qualification questionnaire, research & an in depth screening process. Doctors & Dentists are either invited to complete a qualification questionnaire or request to apply.


A doctor, dentists & or practice would complete a qualification questionnaire for each individual they wish to be reviewed. Information about education & training, years in practice, continuing education, licensing, publications, charitable work, professional & administrative appointments and achievements are included.

Once received IL Top Docs verifies each component listed to ensure the doctor/practice meets our pre-set criteria.

  • Board Certification is required if deemed by the specialty
  • “Minimum years in practice” standards used as quality of care increases with years of experience
  • Malpractice & License review to ensure no serious medical malpractice or board actions have taken place
  • Patient reviews are collected and compiled


An internal group of members whom collectively have over 40 years working within the medical field review each applicant anonymously and thoroughly and only then decide whether or not to approve a practice.

If a practice is approved they are notified via postal mail and email. If a practice does not qualify on “Minimum years in practice” alone their application is held until they meet that requirement. Doctors & Dentists are then re-reviewed annually (12 months after approval) to ensure they continue to qualify as a “Top Doctor” or “Top Dentists”.

Doctors, dentists & practices may have the title removed if they:

  • Do not qualify on the annual re-review
  • Retire or Expire
  • Have a change in practice, malpractice & or board action against them.
  • Receive negative patient feedback
  • Or a mixture of multiple factors


Only after a practice has been reviewed & approved will they be invited to participate in multiple opportunities available to them to brand them as a “Top Doctor” and/or “Top Dentist”. Among them are:

  • Use of IL Top Docs Logos (Doctor or Dentist)
  • Featured Online with a Full Profile
  • Marketing & Branding Opportunities

While some options due have a fee associated with them, it is merely because they do incur a cost. Again, doctors, dentists &/or practices DO NOT pay to be reviewed and approved. They only incur a fee if they wish to further brand their practice as a “IL Top Doctor” and/or “IL Top Dentist”

Just a Note…

While IL Top Docs is constantly reviewing doctors, dentists & practices our directory is nowhere near complete. Just because a practice is not listed/featured online does not mean they are not a great doctor/dentist, it just means we may not have reviewed them as of yet.

To screen, invite and review physicians across the state in all specialties and counties is a 3 year process. Once screened and invited to submit an application, some practices do not wish to apply while others may not wish to be featured.

While we identify “Top Doctors” & “Top Dentists” through our review process are clearly among the best in the state, there are always other great physicians & dentists that have not yet been identified by IL Top Docs.

All clients are re-reviewed every 12 months in order to maintain their Top Doctor / Top Dentist status.