Dentist in Santee | Dr. Pooja Patel

Meet Dr. Patel

Dr. Patel has been interested in dentistry since she was a child. She was first introduced to the profession by her uncle who owns a dental practice in New York. She was intrigued by his job, and in high school, she shadowed her general dentist. After the visit, she decided that "dentistry suited her very well!" She loves the challenge and finds the career very rewarding because she loves the artistry, working with her hands, and building meaningful relationships with her patients, which is extremely important to her! Today, Dr. Patel is a board-certified dentist who enjoys helping her patients feel better about their smiles. Patients appreciate that she spends time answering any questions or concerns they might have about different procedures.

Specialties and Expertise

Dr. Patel performs a wide range of general, aesthetic, and restorative dental procedures. She can help patients enhance their oral health with dental treatments, such as cleanings, exams, fillings, crowns, and root canal therapies. She has extensive research about the best methods for performing root canal surgeries and participated in a conference discussing her results. In addition to general procedures, Dr. Patel regularly performs cosmetic treatments, like implants, dentures and partials, and veneers. 


A native of St. Louis, MO, Dr. Patel earned her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and completed dental school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry. In 2016, she became a board-certified dentist. Upon completing her degree, Dr. Patel moved to San Diego to practice dentistry. To stay up to date with the latest research, techniques, and treatments, Dr. Patel participates in continuing education courses, training programs, and workshops.


Dr. Patel is proud to be a member of the following societies and associations:

  • San Diego County Dental Society, Member
  • California Dental Association, Member
  • American Dental Association, Member


Away from the office, Dr. Patel enjoys cooking, trying different recipes, and exploring new restaurants with her husband. Together, they have an adorable, fluffy Goldendoodle named Louie. Louie is a greatly loved member of their immediate family.

In addition to being a talented dentist, Dr. Patel is a professional Bharatanatyam South Indian classical dancer. She started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of six and graduated from Dances of India in 2005 after a three-hour, on-stage performance with her sister. Although she doesn't perform anymore, dancing is something she truly enjoys for fun!

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel today!


"Just left Dental Express such a nice and friendly place! The inside is beautiful like a luxury hotel! My son has his first dentist appointment today and it went great! Dr.Patel was so gently with my son, she really took her time and made sure we were well informed. Her dental assistant was great as well! We can't wait to take him again in six months!"



"Dr. Sam, Dr.Patel, and George were awesome! I had my wisdom teeth pulled out and they made my experience great! Definitely recommend coming here :)"



"Dr. Patel is beyond amazing! Her overall aura is contagious and helped me overcome my fear of dentists' after so many yeaarss. I found Dental Express via Yelp and scheduled an appointment for my daughter's regular check up. My daughter is 3 y/o and felt completely comfortable here especially compared to her previous dentist back in LA. After such a great experience for my daughter, i decided to schedule a visit for myself. Staff was all very friendly and courteous. I got 5 fillings done in a day and was in & out of the clinic within 1.5 hrs! The name of this establishment surely speaks for itself and I've officially found a new home for my family's dental needs."



"Took my son for his first dental appointment. This place was recommended by a few other moms. I was 100% satisfied! Ms. Shelby and Dr. Patel were AMAZING."



"I never thought I would be writing a raving review of a Dentist, but never say never.  My past history with Dentist's is what nightmares are made of.  I needed to have some emergency work done and a friend set up the appointment, because she knew I wouldn't. When I was taken back for my X-rays I met an Amazing Lady named Shawntel, she was caring, friendly and compassionate.  She helped me through a couple of panic attacks even before I met Dr Patel. Both amazing ladies keep me calm and Dr Patel made it quick and painless, thanks to both!!! I have more work to be done and I will ask for them by name they are truly the best!! Thank you Shawntel and Dr Patel"



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