Our Office

About Us


Rooted Dental Care started with the idea of creating a modern neighborhood dental office that is accessible to patients of all ages, in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago. We offer an uncompromising approach to dental care, utilizing advanced technologies, and foster long-lasting relationships rooted in our community. By providing education on prevention and general wellbeing, we hope to reduce the stigma around and alleviate the anxiety associated with dentistry.

Our policy is to have open and honest communication between all members of the Rooted team and our patients. Allowing our patients access to evidence-based information with consideration to their wants and needs, allowing them to have a voice in the care they receive.

We are dedicated to eco-dentistry and to becoming a more sustainable business in our community by:

  • Using bamboo and recycled material products
  • Separating amalgam waste from the water system
  • Reducing plastic waste
  • Recycling
Our Services


Rooted Dental delivers the highest level of dental care with expert insight and consideration for our patients.


Our office utilizes the most advanced technology and by creating awareness around the importance of oral health, we will provide uncompromising dental care with a focus on reducing the anxiety associated with dentistry through prevention and education.

Dr. Priyanka Patel, DMD

Dr. Priyanka Patel

After graduating from Case Western School of Dental Medicine in 2011, Dr. Priyanka Patel, DMD, completed a one-year residency program at the Cleveland VA Hospital. This advanced training solidified her deep conviction and commitment to providing state-of-the-art dental care needs.

Being from Chicago, she could not think of a better city to come back to and establish herself. She enjoys taking the time with my patients to understand their needs and help achieve the final result they are looking for, whether it be maintaining or enhancing their smile. Dr. Patel focuses on helping reduce patient’s anxiety from the moment they step in the door to the moment they leave. Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter Maya, and two dogs exploring the city in her free time. She also takes time to unwind both at home, painting or cooking, or abroad, exploring other countries and cultures.

Kelsea Allen, RDH
Kelsea Allen

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kelsea is from Central Illinois. She graduated from Lake Land College in 2016 and has been a Dental Hygienist for 3 years. A newcomer to Chicago, she lives with her boyfriend and their 2 dogs, Panda, a hound mix they rescued together and Bella who has been with Kelsea for 11 years. Kelsea enjoys walking the dogs and motorcycle rides with her boyfriend, lazy days watching Netflix, trying new restaurants, and shopping. Her bubbly personality creates a welcoming and comforting environment for our patients!

Kristen Dental Hygienist Rooted Dental Care Lincoln Park Chicago
Kristen Karstens

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristen graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2011 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She grew up in a small farming town that had limited access to dental care, and it became an interest of Kristen’s to help people take care of their smiles.

She enjoys the preventative aspect of dental hygiene and building relationships with patients. In 2013, she moved to Chicago and currently lives in Lincoln Park. Kristen loves being outdoors, trying new restaurants and playing with her cat Zara.

Sayde Cazares, Dental Assistant
Sayde Cazares

Dental Assistant

Sayde has been in dentistry for over 10 years as an assistant, insurance coordinator, and office manager. Her versatile dental background shows her dedication to the field and to her patients.  She has a daughter and a grand puppy; and when she’s not working, she enjoys traveling and running on her days off.

Stephanie Orozco, Administrative Specialist
Stephanie Orozco

Administrative Specialist

Originally from Chicago, Stephanie has been in the dental field for 5 years now. Primarily working as the face of the office, her bright personality shines through when talking on the phone and greeting you in person. On her off time, she enjoys spending her days with her two-year-old son, Logan. She also loves to cook, read, and watch plenty of reality television shows.

Dr. Nisha Chauhan
Dr. Nisha Chauhan

Associate Dentist

Dr. Nisha Chauhan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she received a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology. She then graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry where she obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. Chauhan is committed to life-long continuing education and believes a good clinician must keep up with the latest dental knowledge and advancements in technology. She regularly attends continuing education classes, ensuring that her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care. She strives to treat her patients with compassion, understanding and strongly believes in the importance of communication and an excellent patient-doctor relationship. She is a member of the American Dental Association and Chicago Dental Society.  In her spare time, she likes to explore the city with friends, try new recipes, draw and travel.

Erica Munn
Erica Munn

Registered Dental Hygienist

Erica graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.  She grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs but now loves living in the city. In her free time, she enjoys walking along the lakefront, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Maria Camargo
Maria Camargo

Administrative Assistant

Maria has been in the dental field for 2 years, as an administrative assistant and insurance coordinator. She is passionate about her work because and loves what she does. Her steady source of motivation drivers her to do her best. She graduated from cosmetology and spa academy in 2015 as an esthetician, which became her passion and in her free time she works from home doing facials. She enjoys walking with her dog, cooking and listening to music

Washetha Jenkins

Dental Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Accepted Insurance

At Rooted, we make the billing process as stress-free as we can. By verifying benefits prior to your visit, we are able to be transparent about your coverage. We provide estimates for the dental work you might need based on the information we receive about your policy. Rooted accepts all PPO insurances and those that do not have any insurance coverage.

Billing Procedures

We accept all major credit cards, check, as well as Care Credit (third- party financing).  We also offer in-house payment plans.

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