Meet The Dentists

Neetu Gupta Patel, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Dr. Patel was born and raised in Northern California. She relocated several years ago to open her dental practice in The Valley of The Sun. Having earned her undergraduate degree at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), she returned to Northern California to complete her dental degree at University of the Pacific Dental School, the only accelerated 3-year dental program in the United States. To further her skills and expertise, Dr. Patel continued on to get an advanced education in general dentistry at Texas A&M's Baylor College of Dentistry. Not stopping there, Dr. Patel advanced further still, earning the prestigious position of Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). This is a distinguished accomplishment which only approximately 7% of dentists have earned nation-wide.

Dr. Patel finds great joy practicing in Phoenix. She considers it an honor to treat her valued regular patients, as well as her and her staff's families for all of their dental needs. Her philosophy is simple- to treat others the way you want to be treated. You can see this philosophy shine through in both her personal life and in her practice. Her energy and charisma are contagious, making visits to the office fun and enjoyable.

Currently, Dr. Patel is the mother of two young and energetic boys that keep her on her toes! Her husband, a gastroenterologist (GI), also practices in the valley. As a family, they enjoy traveling and spending time together. Dr. Patel's hobbies include watching and participation in sporting events (Go Cardinals! Go Suns!), reading, and socializing with her friends. Both Dr. Patel and her husband are “foodies”, so if you know of a good restaurant, make sure to let her know!

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Manika Patel, DDS

Dr. Manika Patel was born and raised in Zambia, Africa where she completed her high school degree. At the age of 17 she relocated to the United States with her family. Despite cultural, financial and social obstacles that she overcome, she pursued her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern California and then decided she wanted to explore the dental field further. She completed her DDS degree at the University of Southern California in 2008 and is a proud USC Alumni. She has work experience widespread in the United States including California, Louisiana and Texas.

Her passion in dentistry stems from a need to want to help others have a happy and healthy lifestyle through a healthy, functional and beautiful smile. She values the time she spends with her patients in not only providing optimal dental care but also educating them on good dental home care and prevention of dental disease. She has the confidence and zeal to deliver high standards of quality dental treatment to all of her patients and has a gentle touch.

Dr. Manika is a mother to an active and beautiful 18 month old daughter and is expecting a little boy soon. She truly enjoys and values spending quality time with her family. Some of her personal interests outside of Dentistry include running, hiking, the outdoors and reading a good book. These days she spends most of her time chasing her 18 month old around. Since moving to the Valley of the Sun 4 years ago she has discovered a diverse culture here and lots of great restaurants and art festivals!!!!!

Rahul G. Kode, DDS, FAGD

Dr. Rahul G. Kode is one of the few dentists who created his own accelerated dental degree program. After attending university for only three years, he was granted admission to the Arthur A. Dugoni University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Only a handful of students around the nation are accepted to dental school without a Bachelor’s degree. In school, Dr. Kode achieved great heights, receiving the prestigious honor of excellence in full mouth rehabilitation. After graduating, he decided to move to the Valley of the Sun. After only working for a few experienced doctors, he opened up his own practice in Ahwatukee in 2003, creating Dental by Design.

Dr. Kode’s full focus is to provide quality cosmetic dentistry to his patients. His long-standing team has been created to provide the utmost in quality dental care and excellent customer service. Dr. Kode has taken care of thousands of patients over the last eight years and always strives for excellence. Being a member of many dental organizations, you will see him flying around attending many continuing education courses. Dr. Kode is on track to finishing his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, of which there are only a small percentage of dentists around the nation.
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