Hemali Bhakta, RDH, MS
Hello! I grew up in the Chicago area as a child. I moved around quite a bit while I was young. My family eventually ended up moving to Charlotte, NC, where I finally finished up my high school education. After high school, I had the pleasure of attending North Carolina State University, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. Go Wolfpack!!
While at NC State University, I worked part-time with a dentist whom I absolutely adored. I got to experience what a tremendous dental practice looks and feels like. I knew from that moment that I wanted to work in dentistry. After my undergraduate studies, my dream of moving to New York City came true when I got accepted to the Dental Hygiene Program at NYU College of Dentistry. While there, I ran into this amazing person named Nirmal Bhakta, and the rest was history. New York City will always be special to me!
We both decided that moving to Texas was in our cards in 2009. I’ve always had a passion for education and teaching, so I looked to further my education once we moved to Texas. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene and Education from The Baylor College of Dentistry in 2012. I’ve had the privilege of being an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry for some years and have gotten to meet some very passionate educators along the way. And to top it off, I have had the privilege to teach aspiring dental hygienists. Education has always been a passion of mine, and what better way to serve others than teaching students about dental hygiene!
I absolutely love everything about dentistry. I’m a dental geek. I truly am. I love teeth! My highest priority is always my patients and their oral health. I love getting to know my patients on a personal level, and I make sure that all my patients are healthy and are treated like family. My philosophy is simple: Treat every patient like I would treat my own mother. Prevention is vital! So, we take the time to educate our patients about their oral health, and how to keep their teeth healthy. Both my husband and I truly believe in conservative care. Less is always more!
I love to run! I love to keep myself healthy! I am a vegetarian by choice. I enjoy practicing yoga and love being outdoors. I love arts and crafts, and oh ya….FASHION! What woman doesn’t right? I love being around my husband and traveling and experiencing new parts of the world. I am an avid sports fan as well. Go Wolfpack! Go Bulls! We have an absolutely amazing 5-year old Goldendoodle named MJ, short for Michael Jordan (or Magic Johnson if you ask my husband).