Dr. Donovan has been practicing dentistry for almost 28 years, and is still interested in learning new things.
He and his wife Tansy have three children who aren't children anymore, but who he loves very much. He likes to read and bike ride when he has time off.
DDS University of Illinois College of Dentistry, 1990
Dr. Donovan has always enjoyed the full spectrum of dentistry, having done everything from root canals and periodontal work
to crowns, dentures and implants for many years. Much to his surprise, he still enjoys a challenging extraction or root canal therapy as much
as a good cosmetic case.
Dr. Donovan graduated from Northern Illinois University, and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of
Illinois College of Dentistry in 1990.
Dr. Donovan believes in providing good dental care in a relaxing atmosphere. He is known for taking time to get to know his patients, with an emphasis on making sure his patients understand their conditions and the treatment options they have in order to get to optimal oral health.
My 7 year old and I saw Lori for our cleaning. She always does a fantastic job and is awesome. She is very patient with my child. We love going to her and will continue to do so as long as we can.
20:55 10 Jul 18
I had a good experience. The hygienist was awesome and looked like she knew what she was doing all the time. she was great and it never hurt or anything. The doctor was also nice and very good at what he did also.
19:16 23 Jul 18
Lori makes all those who are scared of the dentist not afraid. She is kind and talks you through what is going on during your cleaning. Highly recommend!
14:38 21 Aug 18
Awesome friendly staff... thanks Kel for being patient and helpful!
21:12 27 Sep 18
22:19 30 Oct 18
I am a new patient and have had a great experience so far. The front desk staff helped me schedule a same day appointment for my first cleaning and were very understanding and flexible when I’ve had to reschedule follow-up appointments. The dental hygienist and dentist were friendly and professional and answered my questions thoroughly. I hadn’t seen a dentist in some time and was a bit shy about coming in after so long, but they were nonjudgmental and supportive.read more
23:02 08 Nov 18
First visit with my 7 yr old daughter an staff was great Dr. was awesome treated her very kind brought my other 2 daughters they had great experience with getting there teeth clean...
23:08 08 Nov 18
Have been going here for quite a while and its great! They always do a perfect job and they are great!
06:24 14 Nov 18
I've been a patient here for years. They always do an excellent job whether it be for a regularly scheduled cleaning appointment or an emergency. They go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and take care of your dental needs. They are an awesome team. Kelly thanks for getting me in on such short notice and thanks Dr. Donovan and Pat for taking care of me.read more
23:03 16 Nov 18
I have been coming here since I was little! I’ve seen almost all the staff including Dr. Rosen, Dr. Donovan, Lori, Pat, and Kelly. Everyone is always so helpful and courteous! I normally HATE the dentist but everyone here definitely makes my fear that much easier. I would recommend this office to anyone and everyone!read more
00:58 16 Nov 18
I am a new patient here and from the time I made the phone call to seek services to the minute I walked in the door everyone has been exceptional. Kelly at the front desk, Pat the dental assistant and Dr Shah have all been kind. It’s been a while since I’ve been to the dentist and my last few experiences at other facilities haven’t been stellar by any means and has been pretty awful to be honest. Everyone here has regained my confidence and has put my anxiety to ease about going to the dentist. Everything was explained to me throughout the procedure and I even got a follow up call the next day to see how I was doing. I could have picked any facility to go to but I’m glad I chose Tru Family Dental. I chose this facility based on the reviews and have not been disappointed.read more
16:05 01 Dec 18
I’ve been going here for my whole life! Great doctors and everyone is always so friendly! They provide excellent service, whether I’d be for yearly cleanings, or emergency meetings! Thanks for seeing me all these years!
16:00 26 Mar 19
Great place! Love Lori and dr. Shaw was amazing! Staff is exceptional and Anne deserves a medal for all her help!!
22:48 03 Apr 19
They are absolutely amazing. They make you feel so comfortable and show they truly care about you as a person. I always have a pleasant experience with the entire staffing.
00:06 04 Apr 19
Rita Torrez. At 44yrs old I had to face the horror of having a molar extracted. First tooth I've ever had pulled. Dr. Shah and his team did a phenomenal job with keeping me calm and getting it out fast and painlessly! They are so professional and the office is very clean. They work very well with you to keep costs at a minimum and explain everything very clearly. I will be taking my entire family here forever!read more
17:40 13 Apr 19
I have been going to Tru Family Dental Joliet for many years. The care that I have always gotten from Dr Donovan and Pat his assistant have been awesome. Dr Donovan always makes sure I am comfortable and explains everything to me. I’ve had many procedures there and I am always pain-free during it and afterwords my pain is very minimal. I feel like I have found the best dentist and I’m so comfortable there and trust Dr. D. When you walk in the door the staff is extremely friendly. They make you feel like they have known you forever. I will never go anywhere else!read more
21:31 29 May 19
Best dental care around, really friendly and courteous staff. My dental hygienist is great and made my visits comfortable. Had some cavities filled, cleaning and whitening done. Highly recommend Tru family
16:32 30 May 19
I have been coming here for the past 7 years and each visit has been great. The staff is very friendly and great at their service.
15:58 09 Aug 19
I love Tru Family Dental in Joliet! I’ve been looking for a new dentist since I relocated to the area and I’ve finally found one! The staff is welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable. They are very upfront about costs, scheduling, and all the steps needed when discussing any kind of procedure. I couldn’t have been more pleased with my experience. I’ll be going back! (hopefully not too soon!)read more
20:37 19 Aug 19
An absolutely marvelous staff. I called about an unknown tooth pain and they penciled me in the same day. The very skillful, Dr Shah, diagnosed and treated me within the hour. To say the least, it is a very remarkable collection of astonishing employees, who not only met my needs but also guided me through the process.read more
14:21 28 Aug 19
Very nice staff, very timely, pleasure every time I get my teeth worked on.
20:17 28 Aug 19
Great place everyone is so nice and friendly. Highly recommended. Great customer service. I practically lived year the past 2 years and everyone here is the best!
20:12 28 Aug 19
I have been coming to Lori for the past 18 years and she is the best! I 100% recommend her!
20:29 29 Aug 19
Lori is the best hygienist ever. She’s awesome and always helps her clients to the fullest. Along with every other staff member here !
22:55 29 Aug 19
Dr. Donovan and Pat are amazing. They always make sure you’re good with whatever they are doing before you leave. Ps. It’s hard not to laugh when they work due to the funniness of their personalities. Happy people create the best work and customer experience!read more
05:32 06 Sep 19
Michael Donovan is the best dentist around!! He's very knowledgeable and down to earth. Couldn't ask for a better dental experience from start to finish. Thanks so much!! A++
12:46 07 Sep 19
Absolutely love the Joliet Office. They have the best staff and always work with my crazy schedule. I went there as a teen and now take my kids. They make you feel like family.
20:24 11 Sep 19
I’ve been coming to Tru family Dental since I could remember. I love the staff always so friendly and helpful. The best hygienist is Lori I’ve know her since I was a kid! I’ve recommended this office to several friends and family members and they all love coming here! I highly recommend!read more
21:39 17 Sep 19
Patient of 15 years plus, by far the best dental care. If you need a cleaning , Lori is the person to see! She’s one of a kind. Super personable along with the best hygiene care. Dr. Donovan is awesome as well.If they leave I will follow!
16:12 30 Oct 19
Usually I hate going to the dentist but I love coming to Tru Family Dental! All of the staff is super nice and caring. This office is very thorough and make sure that you leave happier than when you came in. I recommend all my family and friends to come here.read more
20:30 28 Oct 19
I completely love this office. My hygienist Lori was so gentle and very informative. Everyone is so nice to work with. Will keep coming back.
02:46 08 Nov 19
My daughter recommended that I come here to have my broken bridge fixed after my former dental office had done a poor job of installing it less than a year before and refused to fix it. At Tru Family Dental everyone was professional and supportive. They fixed it right away and were very helpful with the payment options. Thank you, Tru Family Dental!read more
18:28 13 Nov 19
I've been a patient here since I moved to the area one year ago. They have taken care of me from day one. Their staff is very kind, professional, and knowledgeable. They think of their customers and what is best for them, not their pockets. Lori is always assisting me at this office, and she always does a spectacular job. She is very kind and makes the experience pleasant. I'm very fortunate to have found this office in Joliet, near my office.read more
22:04 27 Nov 19
I’ve been coming here for some time now and every time i come Im greeted with such great attitude and promptly. My hygienist Lori always makes my teeth feel brand new, best cleanings ever!! Thank you Lori and Tru Family dental.
18:53 09 Dec 19
I have been bringing my family to Tru Dental since 1999. We are pleased with the work that has been done over the years. Very inviting and a sense of family is felt from the moment you walk through the doors. Being a nurse, it is comforting to see and feel the care and concern from all the staff. The chair side manor is impeccable. I love Tru Dental, formally known as "Smileworld". They definitely hold up to their name....Family!read more
18:30 10 Dec 19
I have went to Tru Family Dental for many years. Lori is my hygienist for years and I always feel great after she cleans my teeth! She does a really good job!
21:55 16 Dec 19
My dental hygienist Lori is the absolute best. She does such a great job every single time. Very pleased with the friendly staff all around. Highly recommend checking these guys out.
22:29 24 Dec 19
Dr. Donavan and his assistant Kelly were great. I was there for my daughter’s appointment and they were able to fit me in so I didn’t have to come back in a week for my scheduled appointment. They made sure that I was comfortable and the whole experience was great overall.read more
23:02 30 Dec 19
Dr. Shah and his staff are amazing! My son has had to have some extensive work done, including multiple extractions and dentures, and he was comfortable and more than satisfied with the treatment he received at Tru Family Dental.
23:32 14 Feb 20
My 1st time there was great, plus the staff their is awesome! Glad my brother suggested i go to Tru Family Dental Joliet. I met some of the staff(Dr. Khantil Shah, Stephanie, & Kelly) they were great help. Honest, also very polite. They helped me ton, gave me an exellent cleaning, and also helped me develop a game plan to keep my mouth healthy with a white smile. No complaints at all!read more
03:39 04 Mar 20
Extremely friendly office staff. The dentist is extremely nice and patient. Very Reasonable rates. I highly recommend coming here.
20:33 10 Jun 20
I’ve been here for a year now and love the place. Kelly and Anne are always a pleasure to see and talk with, they brighten the place up for us. I’ve never had an issue when I’m there. They work well with your schedule. The cleanings are painless and amazing. They have a patient for life with me.read more
00:33 13 Jun 20
From the greeting at the front desk by 2 wonderful ladies to Stephanie the dental hygienist to Dr. Donovan they took great care of my wife. She raved about Tru Family Dental which is really impressive since my wife is afraid of dentists. Thank you Tru Family Dental.read more
20:52 15 Jul 20
The best caring crew you can ask for!! Thanks for always making Emma and I’s visit FUN! ❤️
21:47 01 Sep 20
I've been to this dentist office twice now & i highly recommend it! Staff is SOOOO friendly & fun. Dentists are awesome! I absolutely HATE that shot but they didn't hurt me at all. Both times i chose to have the tooth pulled. Other dentists were rough & aggressive. Not these guys...piece of cake! I DEFINITELY plan on going back for all my dental needs. I absolutely love them!read more
14:30 09 Sep 20
Lori is absolutely amazing! I’ve been coming here for years. I feel so comfortable and taken care of always
14:46 10 Sep 20
So welcoming and friendly!
12:09 14 Oct 20
Dr petal and his assistant were great...in fact the entire staff is.they are all very friendly and always do their best to make you feel comfortable..i would recommend them to everyone.i love my new porcelain front bridge...thank you all.
15:34 27 Oct 20
Amazing staff. From the second I walked in all I saw was smiles and people happy to help. Dr Donovan is always pleasant and professional.
15:57 24 Nov 20
As we come to the close of 2020, many of us reflect on the blessings we have received during this year. How grateful I am that I can cite my experience with Dr. Donovan, dental assistant Pat, front office Kelly & Anne, Tru Family Dental as among my blessings! From my very first visit at the office, I was made to feel welcome and comfortable both by the friendly competence of the staff and the pleasant environment of the offiice itself. Dr. Donovan inspires the utmost confidence by his wealth of knowledge, skill, and professionalism. Kudos and the highest recommendation to Dr. Donovan and everyone at Tru Family Dental!read more
14:21 05 Mar 21
TRU Family Dental is superb. I was going to the same dentist, at the same practice for over 15 years, love them. I felt so comfortable there, and highly satisfied with their overall practices. My insurance changed through work, forcing me to find a new dentist. I tried 3 other local dentistry practices, all very unsatisfactory due to lack of cleanliness or lack of kindness or lack of proper bedside manner. Then I finally found TRU!! I had cracked a tooth and they fit me into their schedule at the height of the first wave of the pandemic, I was so grateful. This review is long overdue. Dr.Donovan repaired my tooth. He and his assistant Pat were very friendly, highly competent, and upholding the highest standard for hygienic processes. The office was neat and clean, and Kelly at the front desk was very kind and thorough. On a subsequent visit I also met Anne at the front desk and the other Dentist, both were welcoming, friendly and professional. They are a fabulous team at TRU Dental Joliet, and I feel blessed to have found them. -S.H.read more
08:46 30 Mar 21
Very friendly and welcoming staff, have helped me with all my dental needs and questions in a way no other dentists prior have. If there was an option for six stars they would get it.
16:33 10 Apr 21
I have been going to this office for 26 years and we love the staff. Dr Donovan is our dentist, he’s so gentle and caring. Stefanie is our dental hygienist, she’s so thorough and gentle too. Love my teeth after her cleanings. I can’t say enough good things about this staff!! Do yourself a favor and go here you won’t be disappointed!! Ann and Kelly are fantastic if the front office too!! 10/10 recommend!!read more
My kids and I have been going here for our dental care for years. It is always a great experience. I highly recommend Dr. Hutnik and his staff.
I love this place! Very professional with a strong personal touch. Dr Yang and the staff are fantastic. An added bonus for me is they are a high tech office and you can get all reminders and make changes right on your smartphone. Best dental care in town. No doubt.
Tru Family Dental is filled with experienced, patient and kind providers! They are welcoming and professional! I trust them with the dental care of my children and will continue to recommend them as providers.
Friendly people, Aaron makes the visit less of a stress. He is very nice and professional, they all are. Thank you Tru Family Dental!!