Dr. Shailee S. Patel was born and raised in Dixon Il. Once her high school studies were finished, she was accepted into the GPPA Dental Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Dentistry. She graduated from the UIC – College of Dentistry with a D.D.S. degree in May of 2006. She then went to Denver, Colorado as she was accepted into a 1-year General Practice Residency at the Denver Health Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Center located in the heart of Denver. From July 2006 to the end of June 2007, she was able to learn how to improve upon her skills as a dental healthcare provider and had experienced time to learn and perform surgical dental procedures both in the clinical setting as well as the operating room setting.
Upon conclusion of the GPR, she returned to Illinois to take up a position in Freeport. She practiced dentistry in Freeport for five years gaining additional experience and skills.
Shailee felt that her true passion for serving those that helped her during her formative years was not being met and so she decided to pursue the challenge of coming back to this great community to serve it and the people that made her who she is today.
Dr. Patel purchased a practice from a retiring dentist in July 2012 in Sterling. Since then Dr. Patel has continued to provide the best care she can in order to preserve the tradition of compassionate dental care for the community of the Sterling-Dixon-Rock Falls region.
Dr. Patel believes in compassionate dental care and feels the best relationship between a doctor and patient evolves when there is open communication. She strives to do her best in explaining procedures to patients and in doing so, allowing her patients to be involved in their dental care.
In her free time, Dr. Patel enjoys classical Kathak dancing, reading, watching movies, and running. She has run four marathons and plans to run a few more while she can.
Dr. Patel enjoys a variety of music, ranging from rock to pop to the country! Her current favorites are Dave Mathews Band, Jason Mraz, Madonna, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Maroon 5, Adele, and Duffy.