After graduating from NYU and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Viraj Desai wanted to establish an Austin dental practice that focused as much on quality care as patient comfort. She made the move from NYC to Austin, and SWISH Dental came to be. When she’s not in the office, Dr. Desai loves to explore Austin’s outdoors and thriving music scene. She is also a practicing yogi, fashion connoisseur, & avid traveler.
Dr. Desai is also Invisalign Certified and is currently working towards her fellowship with the AGD. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, & Capital Area Dental Society.
Dr. Desai was named one of “Austin’s Best Dressed” by CultureMap!
After growing up in North Carolina and Virginia and attending dental school in Boston, Dr. Brendan Loehr made the move to Austin to find the perfect work/life balance. He is committed to providing the highest quality dental care in a patient-centered environment. He loves connecting with his patients on a personal level and helping them achieve their dental goals. Dr. Loehr has extensive experience with full mouth cosmetic procedures, as well as Invisalign and family dentistry.
When not working you can find him training around the Austin area for his next big race. He has completed the Boston Marathon and competed in The Kona Ironman Championships twice.
Dr. Loehr is a competitive Ironman Tri-Athlete!
As a SWISH Smile Artist, Dr. Audrey Lawson is committed to putting patient care and comfort first. Dr. Lawson graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry before moving to Austin to join SWISH Dental. Dr. Lawson devotes much of her time to developing a connection with her patients and has a passion for improving their lives and smiles.
Prior to dental school, Dr. Lawson devoted much of her time to athletics so outside of work, you’ll often find her running on Lady Bird Lake!
Dr. Lawson swam in the USA Olympic Trials in 2012!
Dr. William Brooks is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and recent Austin transplant. He is a University of Arizona, Tucson alumnus and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Brooks is a lifelong learner and has taken additional courses in implant dentistry, oral surgery, and Invisalign orthodontics among many others. He is committed to providing quality, patient-centered dental care to all of his patients.
During his time in dental school, he traveled to Cartagena, Colombia and the Kingdom of Tonga to provide free dental care to their underserved citizens so he is excited about the opportunity to give back to the Austin community. Dr. Brooks is thrilled to be here and enjoys exploring what all the city has to offer. He especially loves how dog friendly the city is—and so does his shiba inu, Maya.
Dr. Brooks has a 22-year-old parrot!
After graduating from the dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University, Houston native Dr. Simrat Sehmi practiced in Virginia for a while before Texas called her back home. She believes in treating patients as she would family, the perfect fit for SWISH’s patient-centered approach. Dr. Sehmi is an active member of ADA, TDA, and VDA and has taken continuing education courses in laser dentistry.
In her free time, Dr. Sehmi loves to hike, try new restaurants, swim, catch the latest thriller, or hang out with her cat, Ziggy.
Dr. Sehmi has a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her community efforts to give back!
Dr. Andrew Hatashima was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. His interest in dentistry started by playing high school football because his coach was a dentist. Seeking a change of scenery, he moved to Pennsylvania where he achieved his Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at The University of Pittsburgh and his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. After 10 years of life and education on the East Coast, he decided to move a bit closer to home and is definitely enjoying the warmer weather. He strives to provide the highest level of dental care to patients in a comfortable and relaxed setting. To further his knowledge in dentistry, he has also taken continuing education courses in dental implants and root canal treatment.
Dr. Andrew once competed in power lifting competitions!
A San Diego native, Dr. Thompson grew up in her mother's dental office playing "doctor." Several of her relatives, including her mom and brother, are also practicing dentists in her hometown. After graduating from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, she practiced in San Diego before making the move to Austin. Dr. Thompson loves that the dental field is constantly evolving. She enjoys attending continuing education classes to keep up with all the latest standards and innovations in order to better serve her patients. Dr. Thompson has devoted her time in Austin to add to our mission of providing the highest quality of patient oriented care possible, making patients feel comfortable and cared for.
Dr. Thompson played volleyball on a scholarship in college!
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU School of Dentistry, Dr. Shima Shadman practiced dentistry in Northern Virginia for several years before moving to Austin. Dr. Shadman is passionate about dentistry and cares deeply about her patients and their individual dental needs to create a lasting smile. She believes spending time with every patient and listening to their needs and expectations is a key element in providing successful dental treatment. She is committed to providing the best care possible for her patients taking numerous continuing education courses per year in endodontics, oral surgery and Invisalign orthodontics to pursue her goal in achieving a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Shadman is a member of American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Texas Dental association.
Dr. Shadman has a set of fraternal twin girls!
Dr. Sharp grew up on a family farm in Michigan. Upon graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Dr. Sharp commissioned as Army Dentist, where she spent 5 years serving her country and treating soldiers. After moving to Austin, she was drawn to SWISH for their commitment to patient-centered, quality care.
She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and the American Academy of General Dentistry. Her favorite part about dentistry is creating trust and helping patients be confident with their smile and oral health.
Dr. Sharp enjoys volunteering with Austin Bulldog Rescue!
Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Jessica Xia received her Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. After working as a research scientist in Boston, then San Diego, she found her way to Texas for dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (graduating with a distinction of Honors in Research). She devotes her time to taking numerous continuing education courses every year to keep up to date with the field of dentistry. Service to the Austin community is also important to Dr. Xia—she provides volunteer dentistry with Samaritan Health Ministries for those in need.
In her free time, she tries to explore new restaurants and be outside as much as she can. She loves animals and loves to hear about your pets!
Dr. Xia is learning how to play ice hockey!
Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Dr Christie Tu earned her dental degree from the University of Southern California. She practiced dentistry in San Francisco before making the move to Austin to join the SWISH Dental team. Dr. Tu strives to provide the best dental experience possible by treating patients like family with compassion and integrity. She takes pride in explaining treatment options in a way that her patients can understand, so they know exactly what to expect from their treatment.
Dr. Tu is an ordained minister and can officiate weddings!