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ALFRED T. BEAN, D.D.S.
25 E. Washington ST, Suite 1921
Chicago, IL 60602 312-782-8862
May 1, 2001
After 28 years of practicing, I regrettably announce my retirement from my private practice of dentistry. As you know, I have truly enjoyed my work and I will miss it terribly. I will miss your graduations, your weddings, the pride of your childrens' pictures, and the shared sadness of the lost of loved-ones. Most of all, I will miss the wonderful interactions we had over the many years. I thank you for sharing part of your life with me.
I am so very honored to introduce to you a very accomplished dental practitioner--Dr. Viren Patel, who will be taking over my practice. Dr. Patel is a native Chicagoan. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago where he did his undergraduate work, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree, and Indiana University College of Dentistry along with the Veterans Administration Hospital where he received his post graduate certificate in all disciplines of dentistry.
Dr. Patel, as you will find, is energetic, intellingent, innovative, extremely conscientious, and more importantly, he is honest. He is the consummate professional. He will be carefully putting together a friendly, competent dental staff that will attend to you in a kind and caring manner. I am confident that Dr. Patel will continue to treat you and your family with the highest regard and respect entitled to you.
Thank-you for being great patients, thank-you for referring your families, friends, and coworkers. A total of 4,000 patients over these many years---I will miss all of you!!
Love you health and Love you family, eveything else is secondary,
Dr. Alfred T. Bean
The article below was featured in Time Out Chicago Magazine Aug 2008 issue
Tummy aches aren't going away anytime soon and neither is the ever-increasing elderly population. Medical technicians are among the most in-demand jobs in the U.S. and include disciplines as diverse as dentistry, pharmacy and radiology (the list is virtually limitless). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the health-care industry will generate more than 3 million jobs between now and 2016, more than any other industry.
Viren Patel is a dentist with a successful practice in the Loop called Downtown Dental (25 E Washington St, 312-782-8862). But he recently found himself in dire straits when one of his trusted dental technicians moved to Indiana. He needed an experienced assistant who could greet patients, check their medical history, take and develop X-rays, take measurements to make dentures and crowns, and do inventory control, supply ordering and insurance confirmation. They literally do everything except the anesthesia, Patel says.
The salary range is anywhere from $30,000 to $45,000 a year, but technicians can move into office manager positions overseeing multiple locations and earn far more.
This career is for you if&
You skipped college and have great people skills. This jack-or-jill-of-all-trades career includes tasks that are administrative, technical and customer-service oriented and boasts a manageable work week. The hours are fantastic, Patel says. We don't work nights, weekends or holidays.
There's no such thing in the state of Illinois as a certified dental assistant, Patel says. But he aims to change that: He just got approved to start a training school across the hall from his practice. It will be a nine-week training program with a certification, and graduates will be placed at a nearby dental office. He's going to call it the Dental Assistant Training School of Chicago and is slated to open it in 2009.