Meet Your Dental Team

Drs. Purvi Shah & Mitesh Patel

Dr. Mitesh Patel

Dr. Patel graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Science, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in math, before pursuing his dental education at New York University’s College of Dentistry. Following a general practice residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, he worked as an associate in private practice in Orange County for three years before starting his own private practice -Putnam Dental Arts- with Dr. Shah.

Dr. Patel decided to pursue a dental career because of his interests in health-care and in fixing things, and a career in dentistry seemed the perfect composite of those two elements. Among his team at Putnam Dental Arts, he is known as Mr. Practical…always staying calm, cool, and collected.

To stay current on the latest technologies, Dr. Patel regularly completes continuing education and his recent courses include:

  • CPR
  • Invisalign®
  • Laser Dentistry by Biolase/Waterlase®
  • Study Club for Implant Dentistry

Dr. Patel is married with two children. Outside the office, his interests include watching TV, reading, following the New York Giants, and staying fit by running.

Dr. Purvi Shah

Dr. Shah earned her undergraduate degree in psychology/biology from New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Following graduation, she moved on to New York University’s College of Dentistry to further pursue her education. After completing dental school, Dr. Shah finished a general practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, and then worked as an associate in private practice in Orange County for three years before opening Putnam Dental Arts with Dr. Patel.

Dr. Shah enjoys making an impactful change in people’s lives through both dentistry and education. She likes the fact that a career in dentistry allows her to achieve these goals while also maintaining a great work/family life balance. Around the practice, Dr. Shah is detail oriented and a perfectionist and is constantly making lists to keep things organized. She prides herself on being a nurturing presence with patients…always eager to share information so they can know more about their own dental health.

Committed to learning, Dr. Shah routinely stays up-to-date through continuing education courses. Recent highlights of those courses include:

  • Invisalign®
  • Laser Dentistry by Biolase/Waterlase®
  • Study Club for Implant Dentistry

When she’s not at Putnam Dental Arts, Dr. Shah enjoys vacation planning, traveling, crafting, knitting, sewing, and digital scrapbooking. She is married with two children.

Debbie – Registered Dental Hygienist

Debbie has been fortunate to work with many wonderful people over the course of her career ― from her first position in Castle Point, New York,to extensive experiences practicing in northern Wisconsin, and now, in her current position at Putnam Dental Arts.

Debbie earned her RDH degree from Hudson Valley Community College and keeps up-to-date on the latest treatments and therapies through continuing education courses. Debbie’s personal goal is to always treat patients with gentleness, thoroughness, and education.


Lisa – Patient Coordinator/Front Desk

As the patient coordinator and front desk associate, Lisa is the first friendly face you’ll meet when arriving for your appointment at Putnam Dental Arts. A graduate of State University of New York at Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 physical education, with an emphasis on sports medicine, she went on to earn her doctor of podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

At Putnam Dental Arts Lisa loves it when patients tell her she helped put them at ease when coming to the dentist. She aims to have every patient leave the office having had a friendly and positive experience.

In her spare time Lisa enjoys long distance running and gourmet cooking.


Marie – Dental Assistant

Marie’s long career in dental assisting includes training at The Ninth District Dental Society’s Dental Auxiliary Training center. She now stays current through continuing education courses, and is CPR certified.  Marie seeks to ensure that all patients are comfortable and relaxed at each appointment.

When Marie is away from the office, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.