Kruti Patel

Kruti Patel

Manager, VCU Dental Care private practice

Having degrees in biology and business, Kruti Patel is equipped with a unique skillset that enables her to do her job as manager of the private care practice at VCU Dental Care, staffed by full-time Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry faculty members.

"I manage the finances, oversee the faculty dentists as well as the staff, hygienists and assistants and I make sure that our patients are satified when they finish an appointment," Patel said.

Patel believes patients value the comprehensive services available under one roof at VCU Dental Care as well as the level of faculty expertise, friendliness and attention to care.

"Our patients enjoy the experience that they have here because they do learn as well as get the treatment," said Patel. "Since our faculty are professors — they teach as well as provide the services — our patients appreciate how thorough they are."

What Patel enjoys most about her job are her interactions with patients.

"We have long-standing patients who refer friends and family over," she said. It becomes a relationship when you're having dental work done. It is multiple visits, so it becomes like a family when you see each other and you know what's going on."