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2900 Greenbriar Drive, Springfield, IL 217-546-0412
"The Art and Science of Beautiful Smiles"

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Meet our friendly, experienced and qualified team of dentists and support staff at Prairie Dental Group. Our team is here to make your dental experience as pleasant as possible. Call us at 217-546-0412 to schedule an appointment today. 

Our dental practitioners are associated with prestigious organizations like American Dental Association (ADA), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Chicago Dental Society (CDS), Illinois State Dental Association (ISDA), American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) and CERE CAD-Cam.
Dr. Tanya L. DeSanto

Dr. Tanya L. DeSanto

A Northwestern University alumna and born in Chicago, IL, Dr. DeSanto has been creating beautiful smiles for adults and children for almost 20 years.
 
Dr. DeSanto is the author of “Three Steps to Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist,” in "A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Cosmetic Dentists in the United States." She is also on the national board of directors for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Julie Nathanson

Dr. Julie Nathanson

Dr. Nathanson joined the Prairie Dental Group after practicing cosmetic dentistry in Chicago for 10 years. Dr. Nathanson is a New York University alumna and has been calling Springfield her home since 2007.

She, along with her colleagues, makes a conscious effort to provide her patients with the best possible dental experience.
Dr. Elizabeth Knoedler

Dr. Elizabeth Knoedler

After graduating from the University of Illinois, Dr. Knoedler attended the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. She is a native of Springfield and is excited to be back serving her community and her hometown.

Dr. Knoedler is the President of GV Black Dental Society and is active on many other local boards.
Dr. Julie Nathanson

Dr. Angel Shah

Dr. Angel Shah recently joined the Prairie Dental Group after moving to Springfield with her family. She has been practicing dentistry since graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2007. 

Dr. Shah worked in a private practice in the Chicago area for nearly a decade. She is excited for the opportunity to provide excellent dental care to the people of the Springfield community. 

Together they are actively involved in the following organizations and academies:
• American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
• Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
• Chicago Dental Society (CDS)
• Illinois State Dental Association (ISDA)
• American Dental Association (ADA)
• American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD)
• Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)

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More About Dr. Tanya L. DeSanto

Dr. Tanya DeSanto was inducted into the International College of Dentists, the oldest and largest international honor society for dentists, in 2015. She continues to educate herself and upgrade her knowledge base. She believes that it is important to learn using the latest technology to care for her patients. 

Although the state of Illinois requires dentists to complete a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education each year, Dr. DeSanto completes about 80 hours – five times of what is mandated.

She enjoys other distinctions. She is the founder of the Prairie Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is one of the twenty dentists in Illinois with a license for IV sedation. She is also on track to become the first accredited cosmetic dentist in the Springfield area of Illinois.

She has also been elected to be on the national board of directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is a measure of the respect she enjoys among her colleagues and the dental professionals as a whole.

Reading through this website, you'll be impressed by the many services that Dr. DeSanto and her partners, Dr. Nathanson, Dr. Shah, Dr. Knoedler, deliver to their patients. Their reputation of giving quality care that they provide for their patients is far reaching. 

Most of our new patients come to the office through referrals from existing happy clients. They attract patients from Chicago and St. Louis. These patients love the idea of receiving world-class dentistry from Springfield, Illinois. Look carefully and you’ll understand why Prairie Dental Group is the best dental clinic for you and your family.

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