An Interview with Dr. Dimple Desai, Head Dentist, Luminous Smiles in Newport Beach, CAFebruary 25, 2021 Hosted by Chuck Cohen
Starting a dental practice from scratch is not for everyone.
Dr. Dimple Desai, however, shifted successfully from associate to independent dental practitioner in the competitive market of Orange County, California.How did she reach her goals? Persistence.
At 15, she had shadowed her family dentist with positive outcomes, and as an undergrad at the University of Southern California she explored the option further. A career counselor suggested she visit the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry on campus, and once there, Admissions Director Mark Mitchell pointed her in the direction of the two-year hygiene program as an entrée to dental school.
Dr. Desai earned her dental degree and today is back on the USC campus regularly as a clinical adjunct professor.
In 2010 Dr. Desai joined an Aesthetic Residency, and while working as an associate in a dental practice she continued to pursue academic and clinical education. From there she went from working part-time and raising two young children, to working full-time, setting up her own practice from scratch. From the Luminous Smiles logo and branding, to the color palette and lighting, she dedicated endless hours of research and planning to create a work of art, just as she does with each patient’s smile. Today, she implements the science and evidence-based dentistry she mastered while studying with Dr. John Kois.
On the clinical side, at Luminous Smiles, she requested spacious 125-square foot operatories, which today, in a post-pandemic environment, allow space for an air filter, scanner, photography cart and several other units. Dr. Desai is working diligently toward her next professional goal, which is to achieve accreditation from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, where she is an Accredited Candidate.
Dr. Desai and her husband Sagar are raising their son and daughter, Dylan, 9 and Sydney, 7.