Meet The Team

Megan K. Larson, R.D.H.


Megan is a 2014 graduate of the Rock Valley College Dental Hygiene Program.  She joined Dr. Patel in 2015.  Megan uses the latest technology and a gentle technique to keep our patients comfortable during the appointment to help all of our patients maintain a healthy smile for life.  When she’s not helping patients toward a healthier smile, Megan enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Adam in Hinckley.

Jeanie M. Jandak, R.D.H.


Jeanie is a 1991 graduate of Loyola University School of Dentistry.  She joined Dr. Patel in 2020.  Jeanie has a passion for helping others and this is evident in the care and concern that she shows to her patients.  Jeanie lives in Rochelle with her husband Bill and their dachshund FrizB.  They have been blessed with 2 sons, William and Charlie who are both currently in college studying to become engineers.  When Jeanie is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, tending to her fish, an array of house plants and her dog. 

Carolyn Tuma

Financial Coordinator

Carolyn has been building lasting relationships with generations of patients since she started with Dr. Peltz over 20 years ago.  Carolyn started as Dr Peltz’s chairside assistant and then moved to the front office.  Her passion for helping patients will make your visit to our office effortless.  Carolyn is passionate about making dental care as stress free as possible and loves helping all our patients.  In her spare time, she loves to buy and sell antiques and spend time with her husband and family in Shabbona.

Mimi O'Dell

Patient Service Coordinator

Mimi brings over 15 years of experience to our team.  Mimi started with Dr. Senderak in 2002 and transitioned with Dr. Patel in 2016.  She knows and understands all treatment options, costs, insurance benefits and duration of treatment. These are all key pieces of information that Mimi keeps track of to assist you in making important dental treatment decisions. With her outgoing nature and friendly interactions with our patients, Mimi makes sure that every visit to our office is a pleasant one.  In her free time she enjoys creating acrylic paintings and fairy gardens.  Mimi and her husband live in Malta with their Dachshund, Katie.

Kortnie Berg

Lead Dental Assistant

Kortnie has been working with Dr. Patel since 2016.  Kortnie is a graduate of Indian Creek High School.  She always enjoys meeting new patients, interacting with our current patients, and having people feeling great about their experience in our office. Kortnie loves making our patients laugh and feel welcome during each visit.  You may even catch her humming along to the music, to help our patients relax and feel comfortable during their visit.  Kortnie is originally from Waterman and recently moved to DeKalb.

Alyssa Howell

Dental Assistant

Alyssa joined our team in 2021.  Alyssa graduated from Joliet West High School. She loves greeting patients with her positive attitude and making people feel comfortable and welcome in the office. Alyssa always has a smile and enjoys talking and joking with patients. In her free time, Alyssa loves to read and spend time with her family. She is from Joliet, but moved to Waterman to be with her family.