Dr. Sandhya Harpavat practices dentistry with a “mom’s touch” — getting to know her patients and understanding their needs carefully.
She wants her little ones and young adults to become confident adult patients, excited to care for and maintain good dental health. Her whole staff is friendly and compassionate and will take the time to explain everything carefully to the child. It is heartwarming for her to see a child come in taking their very first step and grow to maturity when they come in discussing college choices and first jobs!
Throughout her childhood, Dr Harpavat travelled the world with her adventurous family. She developed a passion for understanding people from diverse backgrounds and learning more about them. She knew early on that she wanted to be in healthcare and dentistry followed naturally as a wonderful blend of art and science.
She graduated with honors from Marquette University while working in the community with at-risk children in her spare time. She then decided to pursue a career in Dentistry and travelled to Boston to attend the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. It was there that she met and married her husband, Dr. Sanjiv Harpavat, now a pediatric GI and Liver specialist at Texas Childrens.
During her training she was awarded a special fellowship to travel to India and Australia. In India she worked with families in rural communities obtain better access to health care. In Australia, she had the opportunity to spend time with rural Aboriginal children and health problems that face their communities. These were eye-opening experiences and made it clear that she should specialize in children and adults with special needs. After graduating Magna Cum Laude she went on to receive a specialization in Pediatric Dentistry from Childrens Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Sandhya Harpavat is a board certified Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has extensive training caring for children with special needs, cleft lip and palate and complex medical issues. She can advise parents on medications, diet and dental care techniques for children with special issues. She takes care of many adult patients with special needs as well.
She has three amazing, energetic kids of her own, ages 10, 8 and 6 who keep her so happy… except when they don’t brush their teeth! Their whole family loves travelling together, playing soccer, enjoying the arts, and going on fantastic adventures!