About Your Dentist
Dr. Anish Patel grew up in England, moved with his family to Texas at age 13, and then settled in Florida when he was 16. He has been here in Florida ever since. Dr. Patel completed his undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
Shortly after graduation, Dr. Patel started a dental practice in Jacksonville, FL. He soon realized that he did not want to raise children in such a big city. He and his wife toured all of Florida and discovered the Emerald Coast. They found this area to be perfect for their family. They relocated here in 2011, and Dr. Patel plans to finish out his career here.
To offer comprehensive care in one location, Dr. Patel has completed specialized training in many aspects of dentistry he provides at Panama City Smiles, including:
- Progressive Orthodontics, a three-year advanced training course in orthodontics
- Advanced training in implant dentistry
- Hundreds of hours of continuing education courses for specific aspects of cosmetic, restorative, and other types of dentistry
The most rewarding part of his job is sharing in the joy of his patients when they see their treatment results for the first time. When he removes braces and his patients see their straight smiles, they are so happy! Restoring implants for someone who had missing teeth is very special to Dr. Patel, too. He finds it exciting to watch the transformation during the process and to see how proud the patient feels when they're able to smile again.
Dr. Patel loves having a career that lets him work with people. He sees dentistry as a way to help people improve their lives and the way they feel about themselves. It also provides a way to give back to the community and leave the world a better place. He strives to have a positive impact on every single person who walks through the doors, whether they go through treatment or not.
Dr. Patel has been happily married to his wife, Kamini, for more than 10 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Neeti and Sunehri, and a son, Vivaan. When he is not working, you might find him playing cricket and spending time with his family at the beach or in the Pier Park area. He also enjoys daddy-daughter dates with his girls, spending time outdoors, playing soccer, and visiting lots of bookstores.
Dr. Patel is looking forward to meeting you personally and helping you discover the smile you have always wanted!
"Begin with the end in mind.”
"My mission in dentistry is to provide the best individualized dental care and education for patients of all ages. It is my goal to improve the quality of health and life of all my patients and to treat them as I would like to be treated.”
Education & Continuing Education
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine – Bradenton, Florida
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida
Dr. Benzenhafer is an active member of the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity and the American Student Dental Association.
Life & Hobbies
Dr. Benzenhafer grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and is the youngest of four siblings. He grew up on the water and near the beaches, so naturally, he has always enjoyed water activities and exploring the outdoors.
Growing up, Dr. Benzenhafer also enjoyed a variety of sports, including baseball, soccer, fishing, and freediving. He played travel baseball for many years and played for two years in college as well. In his free time, he enjoys watching and following most sports, including baseball, football and golf, and playing golf, going fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.