Dr. Patel loves the challenges of orthodontics, and takes great pride in the confidence a new smile brings to her patients. She enjoys developing personal and lasting relationships with each patient. Being a native of Jacksonville, she is very excited to be back home and creating beautiful smiles in the local community.
Dr. Patel graduated from The Bolles School in 1998, and received her Bachelor of Science in nutritional sciences and Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 2001. After graduating from dental school in 2005, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary dental society. She continued her education at the University of Florida, where she completed a three-year residency program in orthodontics, at which time she also received a Master of Science. She is trained in a broad range of orthodontic systems and techniques to treat patients of all ages, and is an Invisalign® Premier Provider and Invisalign Teen® Provider.
Dr. Patel is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She thoroughly appreciates the opportunity to work with both the orthodontic residents and the dental students. In 2011, she completed a leadership development program to cultivate and improve her leadership skills even further. She is the recipient of the University of Florida Alumni Association’s 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Dr. Patel stays current in our profession by regularly attending continuing education courses, and maintaining active membership in several professional organizations, including:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Beaches Study Club
- Florida Association of Orthodontists, board of directors
- Florida Damon Study Club
- Florida Dental Association
- Jacksonville Dental Society
- Orthogators, University of Florida Orthodontic Alumni Association
- Smile For A Lifetime, Jacksonville chapter
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
In her spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys working out, running, skiing, playing tennis and golf, traveling, and rooting on her beloved Gators.