Dental Staff

Meet Our Dental Staff

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.


Dr. Nishi Vakharia
Dr. Vakharia is a native of Illinois and has been practicing in Santa Fe since September 2002. Prior to moving to Santa Fe, Dr. Vakharia practiced outside of Chicago for 4 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois earning his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.

He treats his patients with a comprehensive and advanced approach to achieve optimal oral health, wellness and rejuvenation. His patients receive the most esthetic, minimally invasive, caring and cost-effective therapies available in a contemporary, compassionate, patient-focused environment.

Dr. Vakharia is committed to continual education and learning. He and his staff are highly trained and attend dental lectures, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment that a modern dental office can utilize to provide state-of-the-art dental care.

He has completed training at The Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, FL. The Academy teaches dentists the essential principles and skills for complete care with primary concentrations in dental occlusion, the temporomandibular joints and comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry.

His advanced training continues at the world class Scottsdale Center for Dentistry where he attends meetings for Spear Education which provides an extensive curriculum for dedicated dentists to maintain the highest standards in comprehensive clinical dental care and experience.

Dr. Vakharia is also part of an exclusive group of doctors who have completed the core CEREC curriculum at Scottsdale Center for Dentistry. He represents the highest level of CEREC proficiency and plays a vital role in testing the latest CAD/CAM products and staying involved in the next generation of CEREC evolution.

Dr. Vakharia is committed to education and dedicated to guiding others. He works with some of the finest dental specialists in the event that multi-disciplinary care is necessary.

Depending on the season, you may see Dr. Vakharia out skiing or golfing when he is not working. He also enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with his beautiful wife and four children.


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Patient / Treatment Coordinator:
Kaylynn is the first person you will meet, whether in person or on the phone, and will make sure your experience at our office is a positive one. She has experience in the health care field and a caring personality that is second to none. She loves working with people and is always happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. After her busy days, she relaxes in the kitchen, cooking and sharing gourmet meals.




Patient Liason:
Maquela joined Dr. Vakharia’s team a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic as an extra set of hands to help screen patients. She has become a huge asset to the team. She is currently a full time student at California State University Long Beach, studying to become a Speech and Language Pathologist. Virtual learning is allowing her to be at home in Santa Fe right now. Although dentistry isn’t in her career path, she enjoys learning from Dr. Vakharia and his staff, and expanding her knowledge to further benefit her education overall.

In her free time, Maquela loves to be around children, dance ballet, and spend time with friends.



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Dental Hygienist:
Marge has been with Dr. Vakharia since 2002 and is also from Illinois where she completed her hygiene education. She has received extensive training with specialists that were on the international forefront of preventive dentistry. That experience has carried through to her philosophy and method of health care delivery today.She is one of the finest hygienist around and very meticulous and conscientious about her work. She truly takes pride in what she does and that is why our patients love her.



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Dental Hygienist:
Kimberly has been practicing dental hygiene since 1999. She recieved her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree at Marquette University. She believes that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. She is active in continuing education and is current on the lastest hygiene technology. Kimberly is a team player and brings a positive attitude. Our patients truly enjoy having her as their hygienist. In her free time, Kimberly loves to spend time with her family and her husband.



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Dental Hygienist:
Bear joined our team in March 2018. He moved to Santa Fe from Farmington after completing his degree in Dental Hygiene. Bear will make you feel like a part of his family, all while being sure to educate you on what you need to do to maintain a healthy mouth. He is very active in the performing arts around Santa Fe. Bear enjoys being a part of a barbershop quartet and traveling in his free time.



Dental Assistant:
Ariana came to Dr. Vakharia as a student through the Santa Fe Community College. She started with us after she graduated top of her class with her Dental Assisting Certification in September 2015. Ariana is continuing to further her education in the dental field by continuing to take classes to stay on top of her field. Her friendly chair side manner and knowledge makes her a great addition to Dr. Vakharia's team. In her free time she enjoys hiking around the Santa Fe area. She also enjoys traveling and hopes to continue to do more in the future.


Dental Assistant:
DestinyFaith started with Dr. Vakharia in March 2020 right after
receiving her Dental Assistant Certification at PIMA Medical Institute in
Albuquerque. She brings the knowledge she gained from her education to work
everyday. She is always eager to learn new things and jump in to help
wherever help is needed in the office. Destiny plans to further her
education in the dental field and stay on top of the latest information out

DestinyFaith loves to be spontaneous person and live in the moment. She
says that life is too short not to. She also enjoys cooking and spending
time with her family.