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Located in Ottawa and Peru, Illinois, the talented orthodontic specialists at Premier Orthodontics combine advanced treatment with top-quality care in a comfortable and fun environment. Two experienced orthodontists and their expert staff will cater to your unique orthodontic needs, ensuring that you achieve the smile you've always wanted. Premier Orthodontics offers Invisalign, braces, and other orthodontic treatments.

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Dr. Curtis Imel

For more than 25 years, Dr. Curtis Imel has focused on giving his patients high-quality orthodontic care with superior aesthetic results. He appreciates the positive effect that braces and orthodontic treatment can have on his patients’ lives, and feels fortunate to have the ability to help people improve their appearance and outlook on life.


Dr. Imel enjoys all aspects of orthodontics, from research and continuing education, to working with people of all ages and getting to be part of such a life-changing experience. Dr. Imel is dedicated to providing the best orthodontic care for his patients. His commitment to continuing education makes it all possible. He participates in numerous continuing education courses, including American Association of Orthodontists and Illinois Society of Orthodontists meetings, and has attended the Kois Center for advanced dental education.


A native of Earlville, IL, Dr. Imel has made Ottawa, IL his home since 1982. He and his wife Donna have seven children, five of whom are adopted. Dr. Imel’s free time is focused on his family: he spends as much time with them as possible. He enjoys fishing and playing golf, and is active in church and school activities.



Dr. Shah graduated from the Honors College at University of Illinois, Chicago in biomedical engineering in 1996. After completing a chemical engineering internship at a dental materials company, he decided to pursue dentistry. He received a full academic scholarship to the University of Illinois Dental School. He maintained the highest standards throughout dental school while conducting research during all four years. Dr. Shah stayed active in Dental School Council and was elected as the President of the Dental School Council.


Upon completion of his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2000, Dr. Shah pursued his interest in biomechanics and orthodontics at the New York University orthodontics program. While finishing his orthodontics program, Dr. Shah was also a faculty member in the restorative and radiology department at the NYU School of Dentistry. He completed his orthodontics residency in 2002. Dr. Shah is a specialist in orthodontics. He has further distinguished himself amongst his peers by becoming a board-certified orthodontist with the American Board of Orthodontics. Although some dentists offer braces, only five percent of dentists are orthodontists, and only one percent have completed board certification. He is an avid believer in continuing his journey to be a better orthodontist, and takes various continued education courses relating to dentistry.


Dr. Shah and his family currently reside in Aurora, IL. He and his wife are raising four children and are very active in all the children's activities. Dr. Shah enjoys coaching basketball, soccer, and baseball for various youth organizations, and enjoys golfing, hiking, and skiing.

Dr. Tushar Shah

Orthodontist & Affiliate Partner