James E. Hillstrom, DDS, PLLC

Dr. James E. Hillstrom was born in Roy, Utah. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and Minored in Chemistry at Weber State University. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The Ohio State University. This is where Dr. Hillstrom developed his passion for dentistry and became a true Buckeye fan.

Following his Doctorate Degree, Dr. Hillstrom received special training for Dental Implant procedures at The Medical College of Georgia Medical Center. Dr. Hillstrom attends more than 20 hours of continuing education each year to ensure that he is current on the latest procedures and technology. He is also proud provider of Invisalign.

Dr. Hillstrom has been a resident of Texas for over six years and has already developed Texas pride. He is happily married to his wife of twelve years. Their two young boys and two little girls keep them busy and entertained. He is passionate about dentistry, but his first passion is his family. He loves to go camping at Broken Bow, Oklahoma and get extra dirty with his little boys, get his kiddos all decked out in scarlet and grey to cheer on the OSU football team, ride bikes, try his hand at a new French toast recipe come Saturday morning, enjoy some authentic Texas BBQ in his smoker, play baseball, golf, snowboard, playing the guitar, and check off some honey-do items with his carpentry skills. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent two years serving a church mission in Washington D.C. at the age of 19. His faith is very important to him.

Dr. James E. Hillstrom learned at an early age how rewarding and satisfying sincere service and hard work can be. His favorite quote by Albert Einstein, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” has been a phrase he has tried to model his life after. He enjoys dentistry because it gives him an opportunity to serve others and the community.

Dr. Hillstrom is dedicated to providing you and your children with bright, healthy smiles. At North Texas Dental Associates, we make every effort possible to create a comfortable and enjoyable experience. With his ability to make anyone feel comfortable in the dental chair and his use of state-of-the-art technology, we promise you will walk away feeling like you are not only a valued patient, but also a valued friend. We maintain a skill set of education, technique, and workmanship to provide you long lasting results. We stay updated with the latest dental advancements, so you can rest assured that you are in the best hands. We are truly dedicated to you. We go above and beyond to make sure that you have the best dental experience ever; one that is genuine, comfortable, fun, and feels like home. We want to make lifelong friends. It’s more than just dentistry; with us it’s personal.

Dr. Hillstrom invites you and your family to visit North Texas Dental Associates today to discover the best in dental care!

Dr. James Hillstrom is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Weber State Dental Society, Dallas County Dental Society, and North Texas Dental Society.

Did you know? Dr. Hillstrom loves his country and all things military, and he hopes someday after retirement to become a Navy SEAL. Hopefully at age 60 he will still be able to do a couple of push-ups. Dr. Hillstrom is passionate about music and plays the guitar and the piano. He was a part of a band in college and likes to write music. He wrote a song for his girlfriend and she was so impressed that she later became his wife. Dr. Hillstrom is the ultimate family man. He loves to wrestle, laugh, and cuddle with his little ones. His little kids love to visit the office where they can see Daddy, raid the prize box, and get hugs from the staff. At North Texas Dental Associates, you can feel the love one way or another.


Dr. Rushi J. Patel, DDS

Dr. Rushi J. Patel was born and raised in Catonsville, Maryland. It was at the University of Maryland where he acquired his Bachelor’s Degree in Neurobiology and Physiology. Dr. Patel continued his education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. Here, he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree and the knowledge to provide the highest quality of dental care. He learned the importance of not only treating the dental concerns of patients but also the significance of giving back to the community. While earning his doctorate, Dr. Patel provided over 200 hours of volunteer service and was awarded the Dean’s Community Service Award.

Knowing the importance of advanced training required to treat patients, Dr. Patel completed a post-doctorate General Practice Residency at Columbia University’s New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York. During this time, he developed a passion for oral surgery. Following his General Practice Residency, Dr. Patel completed a Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Here, he developed the skills and knowledge to perform surgical procedures of the oral cavity as well as restoration of missing teeth with hybrid implant prosthetics.

After completing advanced educational training, Dr. Patel practiced dentistry in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. It was there that he understood the importance of developing interpersonal relationships with each patient and the significance of patient centered care. He enjoyed the city life, where he developed a taste for global cuisine, adventure in discovering hidden secrets, and the unmistakable sights and sounds of The Big Apple. It was New York City that he met his future wife and their love store started.

Dr. Patel recently moved to Texas, and in May of 2018 he married the love of his life. Life in Texas is quite different than that of the big city, but it reminds him of home in Maryland. During their free time, Dr. Patel and his wife share an interest in exploring Dallas restaurants to discover the best weekend brunch spot, learning about the rich history and culture that Texas has to offer, and determining the best way to stay cool during the Texas summers. Dr. Patel and his wife are also avid Hockey fans and have never missed a game when the New York Rangers are in town!

Although Dr. Patel has a passion for treating oral health concerns and maintaining beautiful smiles of his patients, his first passion is to treat people as individuals with the respect and compassion that they deserve. Visiting the dentist can be an uncomfortable experience filled with anxiety. Dr. Patel strives to change this impression by understanding his patient’s perspectives, concerns, and expectations, prior to discussing and treating their oral health needs. He learned early in his career the satisfaction that comes with treating patient as if they were members of his own family. Therefore, he invites you and your family to visit him at North Texas Dental Associates for an unprecedented dental experience.