Meet the Team

No matter what kind of experiences you’ve had while visiting other dentists in the past, we are here to assure you that at Crystal Lake Smiles, we do things differently. When you come into see Dr. Desai you’ll be treated with gentle and caring service.  Visit our office and you’ll see the difference right away.

Dr. Parin Desai, DDS


Dr. Desai graduated dental school from The Ohio State University in 1999, and went on to complete a surgical residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH in 2000.  He lives in Lake in the Hills with his wife and two children and is extremely proud to practice in his own community! 


Dental Hygienist

Another long-term and talented hygienist, Carol has been with the office for close to 20 years! Like Cindy, she has an easygoing and positive demeanor that makes cleanings a breeze. Just sit back, relax, and walk away with a brighter and healthier smile!


Practice Coordinator

Sylvia is our friendly, helpful, and efficient Office Manager—known and beloved by all who enter our office!  She has been with Dr. Desai since he took over the practice in 2013 and with Dr. Nelson for 30 years prior. If she looks familiar, it’s because she hasn’t left in 35 years!


Dental Hygienist

Yet another tenured and skilled hygienist, and another friendly office presence! Ali has been with Dr. Desai and Dr. Nelson for a total of 18 years. She greets every patient with a welcoming smile and has the ability to put them at ease with her calm manner.


Dental Hygienist

Our lead hygienist, Cindy has worked with Dr. Desai since 2013 and with Dr. Nelson for 22 years prior! She (rightfully!) takes great pride in her remarkable hygiene skills, and she offers a friendly, smiling face to help instantly put patients at ease! You’ll be glad you came in for a cleaning!



Carol is Dr. Desai’s assistant and has been with the office for over 19 years—both with Dr. Desai and with Dr. Nelson. She remembers every patient to walk through the door and will greet you with the warmest of smiles. While in the chair, instantly relax with her easy conversation!

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