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Dental Staff

A brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.

DR. SIMA PATEL

Dr. Sima Patel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University Dental School in 1993. Dr. Patel had practiced dentistry as an associate before starting her own practice in Lakemoor, Illinois.

Dentistry is constantly changing and Dr. Patel understands the importance of continuing to learn and grow as a dentist. Dr. Patel strives to keep herself and her staff trained and knowledgeable in current dental topics and techniques. This is through her involvement in continuing education courses, dental organizations like the American Dental Association, and professional journals. She has equipped the office with the most up-to-date equipment so as to provide our patients the best possible dental care. When not in the office, Dr. Patel loves to spend time reading and traveling. Dr. Patel is very family orientated, so spending quality time with her family is of  great importance.


Dr. Meggan Rutledge

Dr. Meggan Rutledge grew up in Crystal Lake, IL and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Bioengineering.  She then continued her education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. 

Dr. Rutledge strives to make every patient visit comfortable and pleasant.  She enjoys esthetic dentistry, surgical extractions, and is a certified Invisalign (clear braces) provider.  Dr. Rutledge is passionate about continuing her dental education and energetically attends local dental study club meetings and continuing education courses. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois State Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry.   

Dr. Rutledge and her husband reside in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. There you can find her running or biking on the lakefront trail, attending yoga classes at North Avenue Beach and enjoying the local restaurants on Wells Street.


Dr. Thuan Nguyen, DDS
Endodontist (Root canal specialist)

Dr. Nguyen has dual dental specialties in endodontics and pediatric dentistry.  She received her residency training at New York University. In addition, she has also completed another residency program in general dentistry at Kings County Hospital Center, a trauma level one hospital center, located in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Nguyen is very compassionate about providing quality care to her patients.  

She has worked in private practice for many years, as well as, volunteered with dental mission trips around the world to Grenada, Nicaragua, and Mexico.  Dr. Nguyen has finally returned home after all of her adventurous travels to be with her family in the south suburb of Chicago. She is a proud Alumnus from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she completed her undergraduate studies 

with a major in Biology. In her spare time she likes spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and playing volleyball.


DR. RUSTY FITTON
(Implant specialist)

Dr. Rusty Fitton is a graduate of the UIC College of Dentistry. Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Fitton received a BA in Biology at Indiana University – Bloomington, and attended William Fremd High School in Palatine.

Dr. Fitton is excited to build on the experiences of his career and is committed to furthering his dental education. In 2012, he completed the MCG/MAXI mini-residency in Dental Implants, and is a member of the Advanced Dental Implant Studies Group. This group is an international "think tank" of clinicians devoted to developing the latest techniques in Implant Dentistry. Dr. Fitton enjoys practicing all aspects of dentistry, and treating patients of all ages.

Dr. Fitton is an active member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, American Association of Implant Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry.

When not in the office, Dr. Fitton loves being outdoors, running, playing hockey, golfing and snowboarding.


KATHLEEN
Dental Hygienist

Kathleen graduated from Southern Illinois University with a dental hygiene degree in 1989. She has worked at other private practices through the years as a dental hygienist. She has been a member of our practice since 2009. Her main focus is helping patients feel relaxed during their visits. Kathleen now lives in Spring Grove, Illinois where she loves spending time with family and friends, her husband, and her dog.


TAMMY
Dental Assistant

Tammy has been an assistant in our office since 2012. She has been assisting since 1988 in private practices. Being an assistant has been a fun, exciting experience for her and she loves the interaction with her patients. In Tammy’s spare time, she loves spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and loves hockey.


MELISSA
Office Coordinator

Melissa has been with Dr. Patel as early as 1995, assisting Dr. Patel for 12 years. She opened the office with Dr. Patel in 2007 as her office coordinator. She enjoys working with patients at the front desk as well as assisting in all necessary areas. Melissa lives in Johnsburg, Illinois with her husband and 2 children. During her free time, she loves reading and spending time with her family and friends.