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Meet the Team

Kim VanderVaate

Patient Concierge

Kim, office manager for periodontist Amit Patel, DDS in Carrollton, TX.Originally from the Seattle area, I worked in the golf industry for 16 years before getting into the dental world. I've now been in the dental industry for the past 17 years and have worked with Dr. Patel since 2010.

My education background includes a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and I also attend many continuing education courses put on by the Seattle Study Club of Dallas, of which Dr. Patel is the director.

I love my job because we work with an amazing doctor and have a fabulous team. I enjoy helping people and find it rewarding to help people who often are very reluctant to get dental treatment or come to our office.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Some of my favorite activities include boating, skiing, running, and watching football (especially the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies!)

Maria Alaniz

New Patient Coordinator, Front Desk

Originally from Mexico, I moved to Texas when I was 10 years old and am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have three years of dental front desk experience and have been working for Dr. Patel for a little over a year.

I like being a part of a team, learning new things every day, meeting patient needs, and seeing patients walk out happy with their treatment and results.

I enjoy traveling to new places with my fiancé and baby son, and going out for walks.

Judy Baker

Registered Dental Hygienist

I moved to Dallas from Ohio in 1982 and have been in dental hygiene for 40 years. In that time, I had taken a few years off and to do medical litigation. For the past 25 years I have been at ROOT™, having worked with the previous owner, and now with Dr. Patel.

I graduated from The Ohio State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Certificate of Graduate Dental Hygienist. In 1989, I also became a Certified Paralegal from Southwestern Paralegal Institute.

I like treating patients and building relationships with them, as well as educating them about oral health and how it relates to their general health.

My hobbies include yoga and my labradoodle Dexter.

Heather Harp

Surgical Assistant

I was born and raised in Garland, Texas and have been with the practice almost four and a half years.

Teeth have always fascinated me. I graduated from the Dental Assistant Institute where I was one of the top three students in my class.

What I like most about my job is that I get a sense of fulfillment that what I do for a living helps people in all walks of life. I go home every day with the satisfaction of knowing that I've helped someone and hopefully brought a smile to their face.

I enjoy cooking for my friends and family. I like jamming to the '80s and classic rock music, going snowboarding in Colorado, or wakeboarding in Texas. My pride and joy are my fur babies Sugar (cat) and Winnie (puppy).


Surgical Assistant

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Marketing Director, Administrative Assistant

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas. I obtained my bachelors degree in Biology from University of Texas at Arlingtonand went on to study at Baylor University Medical Center.

I joined the practice in October of 2017.

What I like most about working at Dr. Patel’s office is that everyone is so caring and it is rewarding to see how you can impact someone’s life without knowing.

In my free time I enjoy exercising, learning new things to cook, watching movies and doing creative projects.
2440 N. Josey Lane, Suite 202
Carrollton, TX 75006

ph: (972) 662-8660
fax: (972) 242-0925

Flower Mound
651 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 102
Flower Mound, TX 75028

ph: (469) 444-1515
fax: (972) 434-2043

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