Meet the 32 Dental team

We are dedicated to educating you on your oral health needs. It is important to understand your mouth in order to make the best possible decisions on your dental care.

Our Mission

Our mission at 32 Dental is to change the way you experience a dental visit in a fun, professional, family-like atmosphere. At 32 Dental you will find a team of caring, friendly, respectful and comforting individuals who strive to make you feel special as you reach your dental goals.


Dr. Patel was born in Zambia and moved to America when she was four. She was raised in Sumter, SC with her parents, brother and twin sister. She attended the University of South Carolina and received a degree in Biology in 2006. She then went on to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist at the Medical University of South Carolina where she received numerous academic and clinical awards. She was the recipient of the Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Award, John Meador Sneed Scholarship, and the International College of Dentists Award in addition to being on the Dean's List during her time at MUSC. Upon graduation, she was asked to become a member of the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

After receiving her degree she completed a year at a General Practice Residency at Palmetto Health Richland where she expanded her duties to include oral surgery, endodontics, implant dentistry and complex restorative procedures.

Dr. Patel is a member of the American Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, South Carolina Dental Association, and the South Carolina Academy of Implant Studies. She is the past president of Greater Columbia Dental Association, the past president of the Mid-Carolina Study Academy, Board member of the Central District of the South Carolina Dental Association and is involved in several dental study clubs around Columbia.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, volunteering and serving in her community and gardening. She loves sports and is an avid Gamecock and Carolina Panther fan.


Courtney is our Dental Hygienist. She is a hard-working mom to a three-year-old son, Cruz, who is her daily motivation. In addition to graduating from Midlands Technical College Dental Hygiene program, Courtney earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Francis Marion University in 2015. She accrued over a decade of customer service experience during her academic career. While working in a retail management role, Courtney learned the importance of the customer experience. She applies this knowledge daily as a friendly, caring and proficient Dental Hygienist. In her free time, Courtney enjoys going to the gym, traveling, and trying new foods.


Sandra is Dr. Patel’s Dental Assistant. She is originally from Germany and has been an assistant for over 25 years. Before joining our team in August 2012, Sandra previously worked with Dr. Patel at Palmetto Health Dental Center. She has worked events for Dentrust Dental International, Inc. assisting our Military Reservists in their oral health care needs. In her free time, Sandra enjoys her family, friends, animals, traveling and the outdoors.


Alyse is Dr. Patel’s Dental Assistant. She was raised in Mississippi and moved to Columbia, SC in 2021. She is a proud mother of three wonderful children. In high school, she was a part of an Art Honor Society. Alyse graduated from Blue Cliff College in October of 2020. Fun fact she is also licensed in Cosmetology and has worked in customer service for over 10 years. In her free time, Alyse likes to go skating with her children and shop!


Joan is our Practice Coordinator. She has been specializing in dental office management and customer service for 20 years. Joan and Dr. Patel connected during Dr. Patel’s Prisma Richland Dental Center residency, where Joan was the Insurance Coordinator. Joan is a lover of shoes and has a plethora of all types and styles. In her spare time, Joan enjoys decorating, traveling, and reading.


Jordan is our Front Office Coordinator. She has seven years of experience in customer service and client relations. She is looking forward to greeting you with a smile. In Jordan’s free time she enjoys reciting Friends word for word; golfing with her husband; and walking her chocolate lab, Bourbon.


Karis is our Front Desk Coordinator. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Throughout her eight years of customer service experience, Karis realized that her favorite part of her job is learning about the people she helps. Karis became interested in oral healthcare as a little girl while spending her days watching her dad make appliances at his orthodontics office. In her free time, Karis enjoys the gym, walks with friends, Gamecock football games, and playing pickleball.

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