Our Staff


Janak B. Patel, DDS

Dr. Janak PatelDr. Janak Patel was born in England and moved to the United States with his family when he was 10 years old. He spent his childhood mainly in Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. After college, he was employed as a lab manager with an environmental testing company in Houston, Texas. Although he loved his job, he always had the ambition to become a dentist. This stemmed from a great experience he had at his first dental visit in England at the age of six. Dr. Patel attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, which was ranked at that time as the Number 1 dental school in America by US News and World Report. He graduated with honors, Cum Laude. In addition, he earned distinguished awards for "Outstanding Clinical Dentistry", was the only senior dental student to receive an award in "Endodontics" (root canal therapy), and was one of 10 senior students selected by top faculty for a Pre-doctoral Implantology program.

After dental school, he completed an optional two year General Practice Residency & Hospital Dental Program at the University of North Carolina Dental School and the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, which was considered one of the top programs in America. Dr. Patel served medically compromised patients in a hospital setting and served local community dental health clinics and veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham and Fayetteville.

He started practicing in Salisbury in 1997 as a general dentist providing treatment to children and adult patients. He has been serving Salisbury and the surrounding townships for over 20 years. He enjoys all facets of dentistry including preventive oral care, periodontal therapy (gum treatment), tooth replacement such as crowns, bridges, dentures and dental implants, tooth colored restorations (fillings), endodontics (root canal therapy), cosmetic dentistry (veneers), extractions (oral surgery), and orthodontics with INVISALIGN®.

Dr. Janak Patel have served as past President, Vice-President and Secretary of the Rowan County Dental Society. He has also volunteered his time and expertise at the Rowan County Community Health Clinic and the North Carolina Mission of Mercy (NCMOM) at Catawba College for the past two events.

He serves to make his patients feel better about themselves and their oral health by providing quality dentistry in a caring, compassionate and pain-free environment. Many of his patients consistently comment that he is gentle, conscientious and makes them feel at ease. He attempts his best to have his patients have a great experience at their dental visits.

His hobbies include spending time with his family, traveling, SCUBA diving, and art.


Ashley Goodnight, Patient Coordinator

Ashley has been a patient coordinator with Dr. Patel since 2015. She is one of the first people you will interact with. Prior to working in the dental field, she was in healthcare. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son, step son and family. In her spare time she enjoys arts and crafts, reading, and traveling. Her goals are to make you feel at home, and like family when you visit our practice.


Dana Pickler, Insurance Specialist

Dana has been an insurance specialist with Dr. Patel since 2012. She has been in the dental field since graduating from RCCC as a Certified Dental Assistant in 1991. She has two sons, and two step-daughters. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family. In her spare time she loves taking family trips, and spending time outdoors. Her goal is to help you navigate the complex and sometime frustrating world of your dental insurance.


Crystal Cook, Dental Assistant II

Crystal has been a dental assistant with Dr. Patel since 2008 . She is a Salisbury native, and she has been in the dental field for 18 years. She is meticulous in her work and is always eager to serve our patients and make sure they are comfortable. She is an advocate for animal rights, enjoys traveling and the arts. Her goal is to help patients achieve the smile they have always wanted.

Office Hours

Monday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
(By Appointment Only)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed