28 Apr 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!