Meet the Swish Dental Team

At Swish, we hire the best dentists and dental hygienists from all over the country. We invest in continually training and educating our staff on the latest technology and our inclusive, patient focused culture is what makes the Swish team unlike any other.

Two Swish Dental team members standing in front of the desk in a Swish Dental studio
Dr. Viraj Desai DMD

Dr. Viraj Desai DMD

Founder

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.

Fun Fact

Dr. Desai was named one of “Austin’s Best Dressed” by CultureMap!

Dr. Brendan Loehr DMD

Dr. Brendan Loehr DMD

Clinical Director

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 inrt 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.

Fun Fact

Dr. Loehr is a competitive Ironman Tri-Athlete!

Dr. Audrey Lawson DMD

Dr. Audrey Lawson DMD

As a Swish Smile Artist, Dr. Audrey Lawson is committed to putting patient care and comfort first. Dr. Lawson completed her undergrad studies at LSU (Geaux Tigers!) before graduating from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and moving to Austin to join the Swish team. 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!

Fun Fact

Dr. Lawson swam in the USA Olympic Trials in 2012!

Dr. Andrew Hatashima DMD

Dr. Andrew Hatashima DMD

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.

Fun Fact

Dr. Andrew once competed in power lifting competitions!

Dr. Shima Shadman DDS

Dr. Shima Shadman DDS

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.

Fun Fact

Dr. Shadman has a set of fraternal twin girls!

Dr. Owen Stone DMD

Dr. Owen Stone DMD

Hailing from the bluegrass of Kentucky, Dr. Stone started off by getting his bachelors and masters in Bioengineering at the University of Louisville before getting his Doctorate in Dental Medicine degree at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dr. Stone followed his family down to Texas after school, and has enjoyed the warm weather and BBQ ever since. Dr. Stone loves working with the latest technology in dentistry to give his patients the best care possible, and works to make every patient feel at home in his office. The goal for Dr. Stone is to make every patient excited to come to the dentist, rather than dread it.

Outside of the office, Dr. Stone spends his time traveling around the world, including Paris, Munich, and Austria, as well as competing in cycling and CrossFit events. You can find Dr. Stone down on Lady Bird Lake in the summer paddle boarding, or at a concert at Moody Theater.

Fun Fact

Dr. Stone once ran a full marathon on a bet without training, and finished in just over 3 hours!

Dr. Sarah Ohn DDS

Dr. Sarah Ohn DDS

Dr. Sarah returned home to Austin after graduating from Baylor University and the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. During her time in dental school, Dr. Sarah was the Recipient of the ADA Ninth District Dental Society Professional Collegiality Award.

She strives to provide her patients with comfortable, comprehensive dental care implementing the latest technology. She loves getting to know her patients and can’t wait to help you with your smile!

Outside of work, Dr. Sarah enjoys trying out new restaurants, working out, and spending time with her family.

Fun Fact

Dr. Sarah was born on 2/15 at 2:15 pm!

Dr. Clayton Nguyen DDS

Dr. Clayton Nguyen DDS

Dr. Clayton Nguyen was born and raised in Austin, Texas - a true Austinite!  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Biochemistry. It was during his time at UT where he developed his passion for dentistry and made it his mission to promote healthy and happy smiles. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, where he was the Communications & Social Media chair for his school’s ASDA chapter and a Recipient of the ADA Ninth District Dental Society Professional Collegiality Award. Dr. Clayton is committed to getting to know his patients and providing the best care!

In his free time, Dr. Clayton enjoys traveling, binge watching television shows, trying new restaurants and spending time with his family and friends.

Fun Fact

Dr. Clayton is the youngest out of 18 grandchildren!

Dr. Gavin Montalvo DDS

Dr. Gavin Montalvo DDS

Dr. Gavin was born in Dallas but grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for his undergraduate studies prior to earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. While in dental school, he was awarded the AAPHD Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health Award for his efforts in dental community outreach programs. Wanting to get back to his Texas roots, Dr. Gavin relocated to Texas after dental school to begin his career. He loves connecting with patients and strives to provide the best care possible in a safe and comfortable environment. When not at the office, Dr. Gavin enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring local restaurants, and relaxing on Lake Travis.

Fun Fact

Dr. Gavin loves dogs and has two French Bulldogs named Gracie and George

Dr. Victoria Kareh DDS

Dr. Victoria Kareh DDS

Dr. Victoria was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Spring, TX. She attended the University of the Incarnate Word where she played D1 tennis and then completed dental school at UT Health San Antonio. She speaks fluent Spanish and is part Puerto Rican, Colombian, and Lebanese. She enjoys finding new coffee shops and restaurants and is a total foodie.

Fun Fact

Dr. Victoria played tennis on scholarship in college and enjoys baking and trying new recipes

Dr. Rebekah Salinas DDS

Dr. Rebekah Salinas DDS

Dr. Rebekah Salinas is a South Texas native from Corpus Christi, Texas. She received both a Bachelors in Science in Biology followed by a Masters in Science in Molecular Pathology at Texas Tech University. In her undergraduate years her passion for dentistry and patient care developed while volunteering at a free community dental clinic. She then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry where she was awarded the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research and graduated with a Distinction in Research.

Dr. Bekah is committed to lifelong learning to provide the best possible patient care and remains eager to complete continuing education courses and staying up to date with the latest innovations in dentistry.  She strives to provide a positive, stress-free patient experience and tend to each patient's specific needs. Her favorite aspect of dentistry is the ability to improve patients' overall health and well-being through excellent dental care!

After dental school, Dr. Bekah moved with her fiancé and their two beloved cats (Princess Buttercup and Oreo) to Austin with the intention of calling the unique, vibrant city their forever home. In her spare time, she loves to try out new restaurants, enjoy the live music events of Austin, and spend time with family and friends.

Fun Fact

Dr. Bekah enjoys exercising by running and hopes to complete her first full marathon at the Austin Marathon in February!

Dr. Sara Burk DDS

Dr. Sara Burk DDS

Dr. Sara Burk is an Austin native with a passion for dentistry. After completing her undergraduate studies at Baylor University, dental school at UT Health San Antonio, and a General Practice Residency at UT Health Houston, she returned home to serve her community.

Committed to providing the best possible care for her patients. She takes the time to get to know her patients personally and is excited to help you achieve a radiant smile. Beyond dentistry, Dr. Sara enjoys doing yoga, hanging out with friends, and listening to live music.

Fun Fact

Dr. Sara is a third generation dentist!

Dr. Arti Patel DDS

Dr. Arti Patel DDS

Dr. Arti is from Wisconsin and pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. Her journey led her to New York City, where she earned her dental degree from NYU College of Dentistry. Following this, she honed her skills through a comprehensive general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Driven by her passion for ensuring top-notch dental care, she strives to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for her patients. She enjoys traveling, fashion, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun Fact

Dr. Arti is an avid football fan and roots for the Wisconsin Badgers and Chicago Bears.

Dr. Amanda Marx DDS

Dr. Amanda Marx DDS

Dr. Marx is a graduate from the University of Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, where she focused on pediatric dentistry and removable prosthodontics. Upon graduating cum laude, she was presented the Merit Award from distinct recognition of Removable Denture Prosthodontics in May of 2002. Dr. Marx continued her education with a one-year general practice residency at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, NY (the same hospital she was born in) to give back to the community that helped start her life. Prior to Buffalo, Dr. Marx spent three years at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Harpur School, where she graduated magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

While in New York, Dr. Marx was heavily involved in organized dentistry and served on several committees. She was previously the Schenectady County Representative for the Fourth District and was currently serving as the Secretary of the Fourth District in New York (and was planning on moving up the chairs) prior to moving to her beautiful new home of Spicewood, Texas. Dr. Marx maintains her membership with the American Dental Association and is looking forward to becoming involved with the Texas Dental Association and Capital Area Dental Association as well.

Dr. Marx was in private practice full-time for 16 years in upstate New York, and in that time also became happily married with 2 children (currently 16 and 17 years old) who are finishing high school at Lake Travis. The decision to relocate to Austin was made as a family.

Her values and beliefs have stayed the same throughout the years: Listen to what your patients want, listen to what your patients need, and make those things fit in the most functional, esthetic, and cost-effective treatment course of action so the plan works, including in house extractions and root canal therapy.

Fun Fact

Dr. Marx has 8 pets….one being a pot belly pig!

Dr. Ryan Byrne DDS

Dr. Ryan Byrne DDS

Dr. Ryan Byrne earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Sam Houston State University. After graduation, Dr. Byrne spent a few years living in Alaska enjoying the Northern Lights, the Iditarod, and grew to love the long winters with temps of -40°F.

Dr. Byrne completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. Dr. Byrne's passion for dentistry stems from the love of working with his hands and the opportunity to help patients transform their lives by rebuilding their smiles. He strives to help his patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles that they can be proud of.

Fun Fact

In his free time, Dr. Byrne enjoys dog parks with his husky, weight lifting, carpentry, kayaking, cooking, and watching shows with Gordon Ramsay.

Dr. Noor Makda DDS

Dr. Noor Makda DDS

Dr. Noor Makda DDS

Meet Dr. Noor Makda, your Austin dentist with a heart as big as the Lone Star State! Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Medical Science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a diploma from The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, she's your go-to smile magician. Excitement is an understatement for Dr. Noor as she kickstarts her dental adventure in Austin, bringing sunshine and pearly whites to the capital city. Whether it's general dentistry or crafting cosmetic miracles, she's on a journey of constant growth and learning. Beyond the dental chair, you'll find Dr. Noor diving into eclectic cuisines, mastering pickleball moves, and soaking up the Texas sun. Oh, and did we mention she's a certified cat enthusiast? Nebula and Dante, her two feline buddies, hold the key to her heart—and yes, she might just have a photo album dedicated to their cuteness. Ready to smile brighter with Dr. Noor?

Fun Fact

Dr. Noor runs her own small business where she specializes in adding hair tinsel for a touch of sparkle.

Dr. Emily Griffin Magee DMD

Dr. Emily Griffin Magee DMD

After finishing her undergraduate studies at LSU, Dr. Magee adventured out to Salt Lake City Utah to receive her DMD degree from Roseman University of Health Sciences. After spending some time in Utah, Dr. Magee and her husband headed back south to call Austin home. Dr. Magee loves connecting with her patients and helping patients achieve their oral health goals. You can catch her cheering on the LSU Tigers on Saturdays in the fall.

Fun Fact

Dr. Magee has 2 dogs and a cat that she will talk about given any opportunity!

Dr. Darshan Patel DMD

Dr. Darshan Patel DMD

Dr. Patel was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia (UGA) for his undergraduate degree, and then completed his dental education at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Patel’s passion for dentistry comes from its blend of science and art. He loves to help patients rebuild their smiles and confidence. During his time at Tufts, Dr. Patel was trained in comprehensive care and was awarded the AGD General Dentist Award for his ability to connect with patients and provide great care. Out of the office, you’ll find him traveling, working out, exploring new restaurants, and playing basketball.

Fun Fact

Dr. Patel is an adventurer, not a vacationer. You will find him looking for the thrills of travel and not poolside getting a tan.

Dr. Kristen Ferrante DDS

Dr. Kristen Ferrante DDS

Meet Dr. Kristen Ferrante, a general and cosmetic dentist who is all about giving you a smile that lights up the room. She provides exceptional comprehensive dental care and beautiful cosmetic results, and her passion for conservative dentistry shines through in every appointment. She's not just about fixing teeth; she's dedicated to creating healthy smiles that last a lifetime.Having earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Austin and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Dr. Ferrante possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, including her contributions to research on treating Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma as well as her research on dental ceramics. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, Capital Area Dental Society, and is certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. When she's not in the office, you'll find Dr. Ferrante traveling or enjoying quality time with her family and her adorable Maltipoo, Otis. So, whether you're due for a cleaning or dreaming of a smile makeover, Dr. Kristen Ferrante is here to make your dental experience as enjoyable as possible.

Fun Fact

Dr. Ferrante is the undisputed Nintendo 64 Mario Kart champion among her family and friends.

Dr. Ryan Davis DMD

Dr. Ryan Davis DMD

Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Davis moved to Texas at 8 years old. At the age of 16, he discovered his love of dentistry and spent as much time as he could at his local dental office shadowing, assisting, and learning. Dr. Davis attended the University of Texas at Tyler where he was part of their conference winning Cross Country and Track and Field teams while earning a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.
Dr. Davis obtained a Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University-Illinois. While there, he expanded his skills as a leader by being his class’s liaison to the school’s Administration and teaching his fellow students on new dental technology. Dr. Davis continues to mentor new dentists, broadening his knowledge of dentistry, and providing quality dental care and oral health education to his patients.
In his spare time, Dr. Davis enjoys running, reading, spending time with his close friends and family, and cheering on the Houston Texans!

Fun Fact

Dr. Davis was in a Bank ad as a baby.

Dr. Farhin Sunesara DMD

Dr. Farhin Sunesara DMD

Dr. Sunesara graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Houston Baptist University and earned her dental degree from Midwestern University in Illinois. Having returned to Texas, she has made Austin her home. Dr. Sunesara's passion for the arts, combined with her love for science, led her to pursue a career in dentistry. She is dedicated to educating and informing her patients on how to achieve optimal oral health. Understanding the challenges patients might face in the dental chair, she strives to create a comfortable and approachable environment. Dr. Sunesara is committed to staying updated with the latest advances in dentistry to provide quality and effective dental treatment. Outside of the office, Dr. Sunesara enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She also loves traveling and exploring Austin's diverse food culture.

Fun Fact

Dr. Sunesara is an avid painter and often finds inspiration for her art in the vibrant cityscapes and natural beauty of Austin.

Dr. Mike Asay DDS

Dr. Mike Asay DDS

Dr. Mike Asay owned and operated his family dental practice in the Austin area for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of general dentistry including surgical extractions, Invisalign, and root canal treatments. He grew up in the Dallas area and graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2006. He moved his family to the Austin area in 2007 when he started his dental practice. The most rewarding parts of dentistry for him are meeting so many fascinating people, helping patients feel comfortable in the dental chair, and providing excellent care. He is a huge fan of the live music scene in Austin and attends as many concerts as he can. When he gets time off, he loves to spend it with his family in Costa Rica, hiking, surfing, and relaxing on the beach.

Fun Fact

Dr. Mike has a large family: a wife and 5 kids (+2 adorable kittens).

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