Arpita Patel, DMD
I feel so fortunate to be a part of a profession where I can watch children grow up and achieve their dreams. Kids are the purest, most fun group of people, and they keep me young and excited about what I do.
My goal as a pediatric dentist is to give patients and parents a safe and comfortable space where dentistry is seen as a fun experience. I want my patients to LOVE going to the dentist. There is nothing better than seeing kids smile!
Knowing that I can make a difference and change the heart of a frightened child gives me great satisfaction. A smile is the gateway to someone’s heart — it’s important to have a healthy one from the start.
Education and Continuing Education
- Oxford College of Emory University, 2000-2002
- Emory University, 2002-2004 – B.A. sociology
- Augusta University, 2004-2007 – B.S.W. in social work
- Boston University, 2007-2011 – Doctorate of Dental Medicine
- Staten Island University Hospital, 2014-2015 – general practice residency
- Staten Island University Hospital, 2015-2017 – pediatric specialty
The dental profession gives great opportunity for growth, both professionally and personally. It is vital to continue to learn, be the best version of myself, and to challenge myself daily. Through continuing education, I keep up with the latest techniques, materials, and methods to treat my patients to the best of my ability and give them the care they deserve.
In addition to my involvement in continuing education, I am also a member of professional organizations that help me improve as a practitioner and collaborate with others:
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- North Carolina Dental Society
- North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Charlotte Dental Society
Outside the Office
My husband Ram and I have a German Shepherd named Maya: the most beautiful, gentle dog you will ever meet. When we’re not hanging out, I enjoy reading, practicing yoga, photography, experimenting with new recipes, volunteering, spending time with loved ones, traveling, and checking out the Charlotte food scene!
It has always been important to me to leave the world a better place than it was when I came into it. I receive instant gratification from knowing I can put a smile on someone’s face just by being there.
I volunteer with a local organization, Bright Blessings, where I am the volunteer coordinator for Mothers and Children’s Housing Ministry. I also have my own nonprofit organization, Project Happy Teeth, which serves people who do not have access to oral health care.