A Secure Dental Employee Spotlight: Dr. Gaurav Desai, DDS

A Secure Dental Employee Spotlight: Dr. Gaurav Desai, DDS
By: Julia Demma Last Updated: January 20, 2020

Originally from India, Dr. Gaurav Desai found his home away from home at Secure Dental’s Hammond office three months ago in October. New to the Secure Dental family, Dr. Desai originally heard of Secure Dental through word of mouth among his classmates at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

“One of my classmates used to work at Secure Dental and she had nothing but great things to say about the practice,” Desai said. “I was also interested in Secure Dental because Dr. Liu and Dr. Jafri treat their employees fairly and give doctors the independence to work closely with patients and make decisions about what’s best for them.”

At Secure Dental, helping patients reach their smile goals is top priority. 

“The first thing I do is get to talking with my patients about their expectations and what they want to achieve at the end of our time together,” he said.

Desai also works closely with patients to alleviate stress and educate.

“I spend a lot of time explaining procedures and what needs to be done in order for my patients to leave happy,” Desai said. “Most people are very anxious about dental procedures and this either comes from prior dental experience or the fear of the unknown. I’ve found that simply talking to them, explaining or showing the videos about the procedure they are going to have, alleviates these fears and eases anxiety surrounding their visits.” 

Dr. Desai cares for patients with cleanings, fillings, extractions, implants, and more.

Since coming to the U.S. in 2008, Dr. Desai feels as though he has had a smooth, exciting, and rewarding journey.

“The first initial few months were difficult, but I began learning so many things so quickly. There are so many layers to going to school and obtaining a degree and building up your resume,” Desai said. “I had to learn how to make myself stand out, and now, being at Secure Dental, I know it was all worth it.”

Growing up, Desai’s father was a doctor and his uncle was a dentist, so Desai has always been interested in healthcare.

“Both career paths inspired me because I would be able to help people who came to me with health problems,” Desai said.

Dr. Desai, of course, ended up taking the path of dentistry and his favorite aspect of his job is being able to relieve patients’ tooth pain.

“Tooth pain is one of the worst pains. It’s not easy to handle. So, when I’m able to get my patients out of pain, these are the most inspiring moments of my career,” Desai said.

Outside of the office, Dr. Desai enjoys riding his bike through downtown Chicago and traveling to warmer places in the winter with his wife.

Looking forward, Dr. Desai hopes to build his clientele at Secure Dental and stay put in the Chicagoland area, even though it may be cold in the winter.

“Secure Dental is continually growing regarding patients and staff. We have a great team here. We’re very good communicators and always work together to reach a goal,” he said.

To learn more about Secure Dental, visit https://www.secure-dental.com/.