meet our dentist
Dr. Carly Paragas
Dr. Carly’s interest in dentistry began when she had braces in middle school. She LOVED her orthodontists Drs. Martin and Rose in her hometown of Watseka. Their bright, cheery office was always filled with happy patients, and it was obvious that the assistants and doctors truly enjoyed their jobs. By the time they had beautified Dr. Carly’s smile, she was hooked!
In 2002, she began studying biology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she met her husband Ray. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UIC College of Dentistry in 2010 and then worked for a public health organization for 6 years in Chicago Heights, Joliet, and Watseka. During that time she gained even more experience and clinical skills practicing with some amazing dentists! She also served as an adjunct faculty member for Midwestern Dental School training students on their clinical rotations.
After marrying Ray and having their first daughter, Dr. Carly knew it was time to pursue her dream of owning her own private dental office. She began practicing in Oak Forest in 2016 and is so glad she did! She is now the proud owner of Oak Forest Family Dental where she and her team work hard to deliver on their VISION for the practice: To be the standard of quality dentistry, community service, and customer service in the Oak Forest area! She is grateful for the opportunity to become part of and to serve in this community. She stays involved in the Chicago Dental Society, the Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce, the American College of Maxillofacial Implantology, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
When she’s not in the office, she’s focused on her other priority- her family! She and Ray have two young daughters, Grace and Amelia, and two cats Peach and Rocket. The Paragas family loves music- especially outdoor concerts and dancing in their kitchen. Other favorites include the Brookfield Zoo, the library, and game nights, usually Candy Land or Pretty Pretty Princess!
If you or your family are looking for personalized, exceptional dental care, Dr. Carly and her team are here to help. Call for more information or to schedule your visit today!
Welcome To Our Dental Family
Oak Forest Family Dental is accepting new patients of all ages. Call today to schedule an appointment. Our team offers a full suite of services, including breathtaking, customized smile makeovers.
What Our Patients Say About Us
My first time with this dental office. I had an appointment with them before the COVID19 pandemic started. I had not have my teeth cleaned in in 2 1/2 years, due to no insurance. The office finally opened back up and I had an appointment set for September 1st. I NEEDED to get my teeth cleaned before then. I had even reached out to other dentist offices so that they could get me in sooner. My teeth REALLY needed a cleaning. I reached out and spoke to the Helen ( sweetest person) and explained that if they had any cancellations to please call me. They had a cancellation and the rest is history. They have a patient for LIFE. Everyone in the office is GREAT and PROFESSIONAL. I truly believe that things happen for a reason. They got me in early and my TEETH feel great! God Bless the Oak Forest Family Dental office.
Today was my first visit here and I was so pleased! Every single staff member is so sweet and friendly and kind. I felt very comfortable and in good hands. The place is very nice inside and clean. Great experience. Found my dentist!
Brian James Smith
I have been a long-time customer at Oak Forest Dental. I had moved twice since starting there, each home further from their office than the previous, but will not switch dental providers. The staff is organized, prepared and efficient. Their facilities have been beautifully updated. My treatments are completed skillfully and with care. I am comfortable there and confident that their competence will keep my mouth healthy through the years.
Wonderful staff and they do a great job of explaining what's happening with your teeth and what they're doing. Not a lover of the dentist, but they made me feel totally comfortable! :) definitely recommend.
The first attraction of Oak Forest Dental is is clean and also in view of Covid 19 all Safety Protoçol are in place at this location. The hygienist was thorough with me being a new patient. The Dentist was superb she explained to me what was involved with my care and all my questions were answered. Everyone if you need good Dentist this location is a good choice.
Excellent staff. Very knowledgeable and super friendly. If you’re looking for a new dentist don’t look any further