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  • Dr. Smita Patel, DDS

    Dr. Smita Patel

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Dr. Smita Patel, DMD, MS

Dr. Smita Patel has been creating beautiful smiles with the latest types of braces  in Washington since 2007. She was born in India and grew up in Bolton, England. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Computer Science at Nottingham Trent University before coming to the United States to attend graduate school. She graduated from the University of South Florida with her master’s degree in Biochemistry and went on to pursue her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2003 from Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine. In addition, she completed a General Practice residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in North Miami Beach.


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Having gained a finer appreciation for dental esthetics and the importance of a good bite she went back to school to obtain advanced training in Orthodontics. She earned a master's degree and a certificate in Orthodontics from Marquette University.

During her tenure at Nova Southeastern she received the Eleanor J. Bushee Senior Student Award for her academic excellence and outstanding leadership and was elected by the faculty into membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the well-recognized dental honor society for academic achievement and leadership in dentistry.

In addition to her private orthodontic practice in Federal Way and Seattle, Washington, Dr. Patel is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, as well as a published author in several academic journals.

Dr. Patel thanks you for choosing Little Pearls Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics as your family’s destination for top notch orthodontic care in Washington.

Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Patel to see how she can help you achieve the smile you deserve – a healthy, beautiful one!

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    Dr. Paula Stepp

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Dr. Paula Stepp, DMD

Dr. Stepp was born and raised in Illinois. After completing dental school at Southern Illinois University, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry and served as a dentist with the United States Air Force. During her time, she had the opportunity to treat service members and their families in Turkey and Germany.

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Dr. Stepp completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Master's of Dental Science and a Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry. Part of her time included working with LeBonheur Children's Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 
Her research on bioactive cements and crowns is published in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has volunteered her time in Kenya and Jamaica on dental missions trips. Dr. Stepp is a member of the Washington Academy of Pediatric Dentists, American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, as well as the King County Dental Society and Washington State Dental Society.
When not at work, Dr. Stepp enjoys spending time with her four children and exploring the Pacific Northwest. 

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  • Dr. Nandita Lilly DMD

    Dr. Nandita Lilly

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Dr. Nandita Lilly, DMD

Dr. Nandita Lilly wholeheartedly believes that a healthy smile is an integral part of overall health and well-being.  She is a general dentist who is passionate about helping children have positive dental experiences and healthy, happy smiles. She loves working with children and enjoys forming lifelong relationships with her patients based on trust and compassion.

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Dr. Lilly attended University of South Florida (USF) where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biophysics and a minor in Economics. While attending USF, she also worked as a cancer research assistant at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.  She went on to complete her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida.  After graduation, she successfully completed a General Practice Residency at New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan with emphasis on all aspects of dentistry including oral surgery, prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, and pediatric dentistry.

Inspired by her passion for the outdoors, Dr.Lilly, along with her husband ventured to the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys hiking, yoga, Pilates and cooking.

Dr. Lilly is a member of the American Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, and Seattle-King County Dental Society. With a true commitment to advanced education and lifelong learning, she actively participates in continuing education courses in an effort to provide the best possible care for her patients.

Dr. Lilly Serves the Following Locations:

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