Ivory Dental | Beyond the Chair – Get to know your dentist, Dr. Shefali Patel
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Beyond the Chair – Get to know your dentist, Dr. Shefali Patel

Beyond the Chair – Get to know your dentist, Dr. Shefali Patel

We all know and respect Dr. Patel as a highly skilled dentist who cares deeply about her patients. Her chair-side manner is always professional and compassionate! Getting to know her though can be difficult – as a two-way conversation with hands and tools in your mouth – makes it difficult to communicate! So, we took a few minutes out of her busy day to ask her some pressing questions for you!


Us:       How long have you been practicing dentistry?

Dr. P:     15 years


Us:       Where did you attend school?

Dr. P:     I attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for my undergraduate degree and then    attended UIC Dental School.
Us:       Was there a defining moment in your life when you knew you wanted to be a dentist?

Dr. P:      No, there was not a particular moment. I just knew since I was a sophomore in high school that this is what I wanted to be!


Us:       What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Dr. P:   Seeing families grow from having their first dental appointment with us all the way to graduating high school is definitely very rewarding.


Us:       Other than teeth, what are your other passions?

Dr. P:    Cooking, traveling, spending time with my boys


Us:       So, how old are your boys??

Dr. P:    I have 2 boys, ages 9 and 6


Us:       What is the best thing that happened to you this week?

Dr. P:   My son ASKED me if he could do the dishes!


Us:       Deep dish or thin crust?

Dr. P:   Thin crust. But deep dish when I want to indulge.


Us:       Beach or mountains?

Dr. P:   BEACH!

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