Nov 27, 2022
Aesthetic, Implant & Restorative Dentist Dr. Upen J. Patel is responsible for creating beautiful smiles for many local, nationwide, and international patients. Dr. Patel is as passionate about teaching dentistry as he is about practicing it. He strives to keep up to date on continuing education and volunteers his expertise at the University of the Pacific.
Dr. Patel received his DDS from the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in 2005 as one of the youngest graduates ever. He capped off a successful senior year by being awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Academy of Operative Dentistry. After graduating he completed a comprehensive residency at PACIFIC University in Advanced Education in General Dentistry where he graduated with highest honors as the class Valedictorian.
Dr. Patel is proficient in a wide range of state-of-the-art dental procedures and techniques which are reinforced by his pursuit of continuing education at the highest level. He is highly regarded in his respective field of Restorative Dentistry. For his contributions to dental education, he has been awarded the prestigious Mastership of the Academy of General Dentistry, Fellowship of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists and is a KOIS Center Graduate.
Over the years I’ve enjoyed creating beautiful smiles, but I’m most passionate about the relationships I’ve created with my patients, my colleagues, and my team. I would like to be remembered as a person who was positive, always looked for the good in others and as someone who enjoyed life to the fullest.
I was born and grew up in London-Wimbledon, England and have lived in the Sacramento area for the last 20 plus years. When away from the office I try to stay active...I am an avid Squash and Tennis player who competes at national tournaments. On Sunday afternoons you will find me relaxing and watching a movie with my family and friends.
Fun Fact: I love Star Wars!
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About Dr. Sonny Spera
Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach.
Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
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