40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

MINERVA PATEL

  • White Plains, NY
  • Westchester Pediatric Dentistry

Age:

40

Name of Practice:

Westchester Pediatric Dentistry

Specialty:

Pediatric dentistry

Education:

Combined BA/DDS, New York University; chief resident, Lutheran Medical Center for Pediatric Dentistry


Why She Was Nominated

Balancing a full-time practice, teaching and volunteering takes serious commitment. “I’m very involved in Organized Dentistry at the local, state and national level,” Dr. Patel says, “and I’m proud of the fact that I can balance my very active personal and professional lives.”

Tool She Can't Live Without

“I don’t have one,” she says. “I’ve had to improvise on so many of my mission trips. If you’re creative, you’ll always find a way.”

Inspiration

“An aunt of mine, who practices general dentistry in Red Hook, New York. Also, my love of children. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to work with children.”

Something People Don't Know

“I love to paint but haven’t found time to advance my skills over the last few years — so I’d like to take classes and get back into painting. I also enjoy traveling the world and cooking world cuisines.”