Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Nina Arora

Dr. Nina Arora of Palos Heights Family DentalDr. Nina Arora is excited to be a part of the Palos Heights community! She truly enjoys working with patients of all ages to improve oral health and create beautiful smiles. Patient comfort is her number one priority and she works with all of her patients to ensure their visit is enjoyable. Dr. Arora is experienced in general dentistry and orthodontics, and has a passion for improving the oral healthcare of children.

Dr. Arora grew up in central Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 2008. She has been engaged in continuing education in a wide variety of topics ever since and is highly knowledgeable in her field.

When not in the office, Dr. Arora enjoys spending time with her family, staying fit with yoga, and you can sometimes catch her on The Second City stage performing comedy shows.

Dr. Umang Patel

Dr. Umang Patel of Palos Heights Family DentalDr. Umang Patel places great emphasis on being an honest and gentle dentist who treats his patients, not just their teeth. Dr. Patel regularly completes numerous continuing education courses each year. Advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, restorative, and dental implants allows Dr. Patel to work with you on a wide variety of start-to-finish treatments.

Dr. Patel grew up in Canada and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor in Ontario. He then went on to earn his dental degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. He is a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Outside of the office, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his wife Susan and their two young children. He loves the Windy City and spending time outdoors, golfing, exercising, and chasing his children around. He is an avid Bears and Blackhawks fan.

Our Dental Team

Jennifer Xoxakos – Practice Manager

Jennifer Xoxakos - Palos Heights Family DentalJennifer has been in the dental field for 17 years and an office manager for the past 9 years. She loves meeting and working with new people. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her two cats, entertaining her three nieces, and cooking.

Melissa Conrad – Office Manager

Melissa Conrad - Palos Heights Family DentalMelissa is very excited to have joined the practice and hopes to help make your visit here a pleasant one. In her spare time she enjoys painting, gardening, and traveling with her husband and three children.

Tricia Defiore – Dental Hygienist

Tricia Defiore - Palos Heights Family DentalTricia has worked in the dental field for 18 years and has been a dental hygienist for 14 years. She loves working one on one with her patients, educating and creating individual home care strategies. She strives for patient comfort while providing the best patient care. In her free time, Tricia loves spending time with her husband and two children.

Vicki Esposito – Dental Hygienist

Vicki Esposito - Palos Heights Family DentalWith over 30 years of dental experience, Vicki prides herself in providing the best oral hygiene care for her patients. Her goal is to have every patient leave with a clean and healthy smile. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Our Palos Heights Dental Office

Modern Amenities

Because we treat patients of all ages here, we understand that each of our patients has different needs when it comes to staying comfortable. Our modern office amenities ensure that your family will stay happy and relaxed in our care!

  • Toys, Games & Books for Kids
  • Complimentary Coffee and Refreshments
  • Free parking