I love all of dentistry and am passionate about helping people. One of my main goals as a dentist is to help people understand the value of oral health. I am happy that I can make a difference in someone’s life, whether it is as dramatic as a smile makeover or as simple as being a good listener, it all matters.
My profession has helped me meet people from various walks of life and appreciate life and be grateful for everything. I am always amazed when I meet people with a positive attitude and realize how you can grow and learn from people every day. There is no dull or bad moment in life if you see everything as the glass being half full and not half empty. That is the way I see life and want to share that hope and message with everyone I meet.
I started my dental career in India, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Manipal University in 1997. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. The training I received during my general practice residency at the University of Michigan gave me an edge over other general dentists, many of whom are not comfortable performing emergency trauma procedures.
My experience during the past 15 years has given me insight into not just the clinical aspect of dentistry but also the business part of the field, which served me well when I created my own practice. I understand that for a practice to be successful, the dentist should not only have good dental skills but also be an excellent communicator, a great leader, and an effective businessperson with vision and purpose.
I constantly take continuing education courses in order to achieve fellowship and a mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry. I have taken continuing education courses in the diagnosis, prevention, and interception of oral diseases, cosmetic dentistry, minimally invasive dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and laser and implant dentistry, all from the best in the field so I can be the best. I combine new research and evidence-based procedures so I can offer treatments that are not only new but researched and time-tested as well.
My Approach to Dentistry
I made up my mind to be a dentist when I was in high school, after my uncle passed away from an oral cancer that could have been treated effectively had it been diagnosed. Since then, I have been very mindful of whole-body health in my practice of dentistry. I know I may not merely change lives, but also save lives!
My personal journey helped me take a whole-body approach to dentistry. Oral health is now more widely recognized as an integral element in overall health. The oral-systemic connection and the relationship of the oral-musculature to the spine as a whole are becoming more respected.
Many systemic and inflammatory diseases can show up in the mouth first, before manifesting in other parts of the body. I have helped several patients achieve overall health by connecting and coordinating with healthcare providers in traditional and non-traditional medicine.
- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- Detroit District Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Russell W. Bunting Periodontal Society
Family and Community
My husband Balaji and I have two children: a daughter named Krisha and a son Aarit. We all love spending time outdoors and watching football and basketball. I’m an avid member of Lifetime Fitness and enjoy biking, running, yoga, Zumba, and meditation. We love to laugh as well, especially when watching “Seinfeld,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
I am passionate about working with children to help them improve their self-esteem and work with organizations that serve that purpose. I believe that the most important thing to learn as a child is self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. To help achieve those goals, I take part in the Give Kids a Smile program to help kids get access to dental care, and work to eliminate the silent epidemic of dental disease for the millions of children who cannot sleep, eat properly, pay attention in school, or simply smile.
I believe in feeling great and living an extraordinary life. I want to surround myself with people who have the best attitude, are the best in their respective fields, and offer the best to people. I want the same for everyone and will try my very best to make my patients feel special.