Our Staff

Dr. Patel


Dr. Patel is passionate about her profession and loves the science of dentistry. She graduated from dental school in 2001 from India and worked there for many years before she decided to attend the Advanced Standing Program at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. She graduated in 2007 and worked in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania, before deciding to make Chicagoland home in 2010.

She has completed hundreds of hours of CE courses and continues to further her education in order to provide care for her patients with the latest advancements in dental technology.

Dr. Patel is concerned about the overall health of every patient she treats and considers educating patients about prevention of oral diseases of utmost importance. She believes in providing quality dental care based on her patients' individual requirements and treats patients of all ages.

Dr. Patel is happily married for more than 13 years and has two boys ages 8 years and 4 years. She loves to read, travel all over the world, and is an avid music lover who enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Dr. Rodney Onwuharonye


Dr. Rodney Onwuharonye, also known as Dr. O, is originally from Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Chicago State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then returned to Texas to attend Texas A&M-Baylor College of Dentistry, where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. His love for Chicago summers and a more fast-paced life brought him back to Chicago, where he continues to do what he loves.

Dr. O enjoys all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry and feels connected to each and every patient he treats. He remains active in many dental organizations and strives to provide exceptional care to all of his patients.

When not at Maya Dental, Dr. O and his girlfriend Erika, also a practicing dentist in the Chicago area, enjoy exploring all that this great city has to offer. He loves to indulge in the many Chicago eateries, visiting world-renowned museums, festivals, and exploring the unique neighborhoods in the Chicago area. Dr. O loves exercising, cycling, "cooking", reading, and traveling. He feels blessed to be a part of such a warm and professional dental team at Maya Dental and is happy to call Chicago home.

Dr. Sandra Lu


Dr. Sandra Lu grew up in Naperville, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for her undergraduate education. After finishing her degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, she decided to pursue dentistry and graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Lu is committed to helping patients achieve their best smile through a caring and conservative approach, along with providing proper education to prevent dental diseases and achieve the best outcome of treatment. She stays updated with the latest technology in dentistry through attending continuing education courses and seminars with the American Dental Association and the Chicago Dental Society.

Dr. Lu also has a passion for dental missions across the globe and has traveled as far as Jamaica and the Philippines to provide compassionate dental treatment for patients with little access to care. Dr. Lu also enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with her family.