Jay Patel, D.D.S., Orthodontist
(Elgin Dental Associates)

Dr. Patel was born in Morogoro, Tanzania. He spent his pre-teen and early teen years in Ndola, Zambia, and then spent his high school years in London, England. He then came to the United States in 1979, and finished his undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Physiology at Southern Illinois University in 1981 and 1982.

Dr. Patel completed his Doctorate degree in Dental Surgery from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1986 and completed a residency in Orthodontics at Indiana University in 1988. He is a member of the Chicago Dental Society, American Dental Association, Midwestern Society of Orthodontics, and America Association of Orthodontics. Throughout the year he attend continuing education courses in orthodontics to keep abreast of the latest developments. Dr. Patel has been a part of Elgin Dental Associates since 1997.


Rudolfo Valente, D.D.S., M.S., Orthodontist

(Carol Stream Dental Associates)

Dr. Rudy Valente has been in orthodontic practice since 2001.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  Dr. Valente earned his dental degree and received his certificate in orthodontics from the University of Illinois at Chicago: College of Dentistry.  In conjunction with his residency Dr. Valente also received a Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences for his research with orthodontic bonding agents which has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

In addition to taking excellent care of children and adolescents Dr. Valente has also taken courses at the Pankey Institute and is well versed in adult interdisciplinary dental rehabilitation.

Dr. Valente is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.  He is also an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Chicago Dental Society, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Illinois Society of Orthodontists.