I always wanted to be in healthcare. From a little kid, I remember always wanted to be in healthcare, to be some sort of doctor. And I did consider medical school, but I felt like dentistry would give me not just a career, but also a family path. I wouldn't be a nine-to-fiver kind. And so that way, I was able to have a family life also and not always be at a hospital, or doing rounds, or being in the office. So I'd like that part of it. And I like improving someone's health, so I think the two meshed well, for me. I guess the most rewarding is when someone completes this big treatment, that it may have taken us implants or something like that, it may have taken us a year or two. And just that moment when I hand them the mirror, that it’s done, and the look on their face, it just my favorite moment. Because I stop and I just watch their face.
I definitely am helping with their health, as far as being able to eat and chew, but I'm also helping mentally, I feel. I feel it brings them more self-esteem to be able to greet someone and say hello to someone, that they're not uncomfortable with their smile, or they try to hide it. So I think that I feel like that's probably one of the biggest things that I enjoy most about it. And also, and many of those patients, there's a certain transformation that I get also, that after the coming to the office, they continue that, the way they hold themselves, the way they smile, the way they outwardly feel about themselves. It's really amazing to see that.
Originally from Jersey City, NJ, Dr. Vipul Patel (Vip for short) attended St. Peter’s Preparatory High School. He continued his education at SUNY Stony Brook and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1991. Dr. Patel graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 1996 and completed his residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He’s been helping patients achieve better smiles ever since.
Dr. Patel obtained his Fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and is currently a member of:
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The Ninth District Dental Society
- The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
Dr. Patel lives in Oakland, NJ with his wife, Lori, and their three children. When away from the office, he loves watching sports, reading, and cooking.