Get to Know Our Dentists:

> Dennis Collins D.D.S.

Born and raised in DeKalb, Dr. Dennis Collins, of the Collins Dental Group, has practiced dentistry in the DeKalb/Sycamore area for over 25 years.  Most recently, he relocated his practice to the Prairie Professional Park in Sycamore with the goal of building the finest dental facility in the Midwest to reflect the dental team’s commitment to excellence.  “Our goal is to have the facility accent the quality of dentistry we are producing right here in the DeKalb/Sycamore community,” he said. 

Some of the new features in the state-of-the-art facility include complimentary massage therapy, large flat-screen TVs in every treatment room, all digital radiography, a comprehensive sterilization center, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

“Our goal is to try and build the nicest facility in the Midwest, and I think we did it,” he exclaimed.  “We use the highest quality of materials here.  I think it’s evident by the first time you walk in the door.  We do not cut any corners.  We feel it is in the patient’s best interest for us to provide them with the best dentistry has to offer,” he added.

His patient centered philosophy emphasizes the value of educating patients about most innovative techniques available.  “I believe in giving our patients choices.  First of all, let them know what options are available and inform them.  There are many new materials and techniques that have come into dentistry during the last 10 years. Our entire dental team stresses staying current and up to date on dental treatment that works.  I think it is essential to give patients options and choices to empower them to make decisions about their own healthcare,” he said.

As a fly fisherman who enjoys running marathons, skiing, and golfing, Dr. Collins enjoys the great outdoors when he is not practicing dentistry.  He is also passionately involved with the DeKalb/Sycamore community.  As President of the DeKalb Sanitary District Board of Trustees and an executive board member of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, Dr. Collins believes it is important to stay vested in the local community. 

“All of our dentists at Collins Dental Group are involved in local extracurricular activities in a big way.  We feel it is important to be part of the social fabric of our community along with our patients,” he emphasized.  “We look forward to seeing our patients at the grocery store, a baseball game, or the school PTA meeting,” he added.  All the dentists at Collins Dental Group live, work, and play in our local community.


> Bryce Deter D.D.S.

Dr. Bryce Deter, D.D.S., of the Collins Dental Group, has a patient centered style that focuses on providing the best quality care—one patient at a time.  “There are two different types of dentistry out there.  You can have a high volume practice where you have multiple assistants with expanded duties and you are rotating from one room to another while the assistant performs all work that is allowed by law.  Dr. Collins and I, along with the rest of the team, do not like to practice that way. We just have one patient at a time. We don’t go on to the next patient until we have finished with the previous one,” he explained.  

Prior to joining the Collins Dental Group 20 years ago, Dr. Deter served five years as a dental officer in the Navy.  “What impressed me about the Navy is their professionalism,” he said. 
One aspect of Navy Dentistry Dr. Deter has implemented into his practice is the team approach.  “In the Navy I was working with other dentists routinely, so it seemed natural to come into a group practice and have a similar setting.  The advantage you have is you see a case, show an x-ray to another doctor and bounce ideas off of them.  I think it affords better treatment for the patients,” he said.

When Dr. Deter is not practicing dentistry, he actively participates in the local aviation community. Currently, he serves on the DeKalb Airport Advisory Board and teaches flight lessons on the weekends. “From the time I was 16, I started flying. I have been a commercial pilot and flight instructor for many years.  When I am not in the dental office, I am usually over at the airport working as a flight instructor,” he said.  Dr. Deter and his wife have two children.  They reside in DeKalb. 


> Mark A. Sloan D.D.S.

Mark A. Sloan D.D.S. is the newest member of Collins Dental Group. Dr. Sloan has been practicing dentistry for 19 years. Having learned that the need for a team based patient-first style of dentistry yields the best result for his patients, Dr. Sloan decided to join the Collins Dental Group team. "It is very reassuring to be associated with a group of dental professionals who really care about their patients. Putting the patient first and works together as a team is what dentistry is all about."

Dr. Sloan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Physics from Northern Illinois University in 1992. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree for Northwestern University Dental School in 1996.

Dr. Sloan has concentrated his continuing Dental education with emphasis in: advanced esthetics, implant restoration dentistry, and root canal therapy. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and Academy of General Dentists. Dr. Sloan was past president of the West Suburban branch of the Chicago Dental Society. He is currently a member of the Peer Review committee of the Illinois Dental Society and a past delegate for Illinois.

Dr. Sloan is married to Denise ( also a Northern Illinois University graduate ) and they have a young son, Miles. Dr. Sloan is an avid skier and love the outdoors. He also enjoys motocross riding, competitive paintball and when time permits, jamming out the guitar and playing in a local band.


> Jay Patel, D.D.S.

Dr. Jay Patel was born in Morogoro, Tanzania and moved to Ndola, Zambia in 1964. During his teen years he went to high school in London, England. He came to the United States in 1979 to finish his undergraduate degrees at Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Patel anticipates working side by side with the entire Collins Dental Group team to provide the best care possible for patients. He attends education courses to stay up to date in the latest techniques in orthodontic treatment. "In order to provide my patients with the best possible treatment, it is important that I utilize the latest orthodontic technology and treatment philosophies," says Dr. Patel.

When he is out of the office, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys taking trips back to Africa, Asia, and Europe as well as the Caribbean. One of Dr. Patel's favorite hobbies is art, which has helped him to develop a keen eye for detail.



> Ryan Nolan D.M.D.

Dr. Ryan Nolan, of the Collins Dental Group, our recent addition to Collins Dental Group employs a team based treatment approach with all his patients. He is adamant about providing the best quality care, and always makes sure that his patients are actively involved in their dental care. According to Dr. Nolan, " It is very important to me that the patient leaves feeling like they made decisions right along with me. When patients are involved in their own treatment they are able to make more educated decisions. Ultimately, I want my patients to receive the best possible treatment, and to make sure that they know how much I care about their dental health." Dr. Nolan brings a modern approach to the dental chair and is always seeking out continuing education to learn the newest and best techniques available. He is very team oriented and works hand in hand with the other doctors at Collins Dental group. " I am really pleased to be a part of a practice that really focuses on team based care. I will often consult with the other doctors on how they would approach a case. Everyone here is all about the patient and spends the time to make sure they are taken care of. I really couldn't have asked for a better group of doctors to work with," he added.

Dr. Nolan is originally from Canada, but has lived in Illinois most of his life where his family resides. He spends his spare time mastering differing calligraphy fonts, volunteering, learning jewelry and doing wood restoration work.