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!
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.
Great experience for both myself and 2 year old daughter. Staff was welcoming and friendly. Waiting area was clean and kid friendly. Both Leah and Dr. Carly were excellent.
The staff is super professional. They exude customer service. I highly recommend them to anybody.
We love Oak Forest Family Dental. They make you feel like family. Always a smile when you arrive for your appointment, a friendly and professional staff. And, they are amazing with children. My daughter adores them!!
A lot of people are apprehensive on going to the dentist like myself. Unfortunately for me I waited to long, but with the professionalism starting at the front desk with Helen and she is extremely knowledgeable in the all in all!
I have been a patient at OFFD for many years and wouldn’t dream of changing. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the office is always very clean. I could probably find 30 dentists that are closer to my house but the extra time it takes to get to Oak Forest is well worth it to me.
The staff are very friendly, warm and engaging. Starting with the lady at the front desk to the Dental hygienists and Dentist, you're greeted with a smile and they are engaging.
Yeay, were seen on time. Leah, one of the dental hygienist, is very good at doing her job. She is knowledgeable, efficient and easily puts her patients at ease and ready for the procedure. Helen at the front office always welcomes us with a smile as we check in for appointments.
The staff and dentist were super friendly and attentive, unlike my last dental office. They have many comfort items to choose from to lessen your discomfort. I’m so glad I found this office.
Dr. Carly is very professional and knowledgeable. She and her staff exude
care, compassion and kindness. Many patients experience fear and anxiety when anticipating dental procedures , but Dr. Carly easily calms and comforts them.
What a nice surprise today! I was expecting the normal dentist office but it was much more than that. So friendly and truely caring. I live pretty far away but I will drive the half hour again. Thanks guys!