Meet the Team
at Schaumburg Dental Studio


Lizette Salinas

As our Operations Manager, Lizette coordinates the different teams at SDS. Lizette knows everything that goes on in our office, and makes everybody’s business her business. In addition to being a dental assistant for four years, Lizette is also certified in coronal polishing, sealant placement, orthodontics, and is our whitening expert.

Lizette is the liaison between Dr. Patel and the rest of the staff, articulating his visions for the office in a more coherent, comprehensive way. Lizette is, in many ways, Dr. Patel’s right-hand man, and proudly leads the SDS team according to his example of altruism, care, and integrity. What she likes most about her job is organizing lots of moving parts into a master plan, which is why Lizette’s favorite movie is Ocean’s 11.


Amanda Hardin, RDH

Amanda brings an unprecedented level of knowledge and care to dental hygiene. In addition her degree in Dental Hygiene from College of Lake County, Amanda has continued her education at Schaumburg Dental Studio to ensure she provides the most comprehensive care for our patients.
Where most hygienists focus primarily on superficial, short-term cleaning, Amanda is committed to providing preventative care with proper diagnosis and patient follow-up. Her main focus is periodontal (i.e., gums) issues, which often go undiagnosed for years, leading to larger problems for patients in the long term. Amanda’s favorite show is Bones, because she believes that every mouth tells a story.

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Tania Moreno

As a child, smiles were the first thing Tania would notice about a person. As an adult, she is passionate about helping people achieve the brightest, friendliest, healthiest smiles possible. After graduating from Harper Community College in May, Tania excited joined the hardworking team at SDS in their mission of excellent patient care. Her tenacity is exampled through her favorite show being Grey’s Anatomy which she has kept up with for all 11 seasons.


Claudia Caldera

Claudia recently graduated from Northwestern Suburban College in Dental Assisting. After three years verifying insurance at a dental office, the world of dentistry piqued Claudia’s interest so much that she decided to make a career out of it. In fact, she has learned so much from Dr. Patel in the last year that she likes to think of herself as a “mini-doctor.” But she is still a kid at heart, and canТt decide whether she likes Aladdin or Lion King better.


Dolly Rodriguez

Dolly has been our Finance Coordinator at Schaumburg Dental Studio for going on three years now. While pursuing her degree in Nursing at Harper Community College, Dolly already makes a positive impact on people’s lives by providing payment plans and financing options for their dental care.
Her commitment to helping others doesn’t end there. Dolly spends most of her time outside the office with her three boys, helping with homework, taking them to different sports and activities, and everything in between. Her ideal date night would be seeing Interstellar in the theater again with her husband.


Maritza Roman

As our receptionist, Maritza is the face of SDS. Whether you are a new or returning patient, Maritza has the smile that makes our office feel like home to all. Her humble and positive demeanor is the keystone of the superior customer service we offer at SDS. Though she may seem sweet on the outside, her favorite TV show is American Horror Story.

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Hayley Taber

As a public face of SDS, Hayley is the interface between patients and SDS staff. Each day she strives to create an energetic and comfortable environment throughout the office while she greets patients, answers questions, makes and organizes appointments, and assists staff. Her favorite franchise is The Hunger Games and would use her friendly and trusting demeanor to create alliances as her survival tactic.


Ruby Jimenez

Ruby, who went from creating cavities at a bakery, to treating them at SDS, is more than happy to joining the SDS team as a receptionist. She absolutely loves working in a dental office where patients actually leave happier than when they arrived! Ruby hopes to one-day work behind the scenes, but for now, she is just excited to work in the field that has always called to her attention. Her favorite show is Parks and Recreation, which is not surprising because it is the best show ever.