Meet the Doctor

Dr. Bhasker Patel

Dr. Patel is the founder of Alafaya Dental. He earned the Doctor of Dentistry (DDS) degree from New York University College of Dentistry and became licensed to practice dentistry in 1977. He moved from New York to Florida in 1997 and opened his first practice, Alafaya Dental in 2003. In 2006, he opened his second practice Saxon Dental, in Orange City, Florida. He currently practices dentistry at both offices. 

Dr. Patel's credentials include memberships in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and Central Florida District Dental Association.

Dr. Patel's Professional Memberships:

  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Central Florida Dental Association

"I am proud to provide my patients with the best dental care experience. It is my pleasure to address all your questions and concerns." -Dr. Patel

Dr. Avni Dhaliwal


Dr. Avni Patel Dhaliwal was raised in the foothills of North Carolina.  She received  her BS in Psychology and BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004 and stayed on at the university to finish her Doctor in Dental Surgery in 2009.

After dental school Dr. Dhaliwal began practicing in Illinois.  Eight years of brutal winters later, she and her husband decided to move their family down to Orlando bringing them closer to friends, family and warmer weather.

Throughout her career Dr. Dhaliwal has enjoyed giving back to her community.  She has devoted her free time and resources to help the underserved population. She enjoys participating in missions of mercy clinics, where she provides dental treatment to those that cannot afford it.  One of her most memorable experiences was a mission trip to Mexico where she provided free dental care to children at an orphanage.  She strives to bring this type of compassion to every patient she encounters in order to make their experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, running, spending time with her husband and their two year old daughter and of course cheering on her Tar Heels.  She is excited to call Orlando her new home!

Dr. Dhaliwal is Invisalign certified.  She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and the Dental Society of Greater Orlando.