Meet Our Doctors
Dr. David J. Ahearn
Dr. David Ahearn founded Perfect Smiles in 1993 and Southcoast Smiles in 2010. With well over two decades of expertise in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, he takes great satisfaction in helping fearful or apprehensive patients feel relaxed and comfortable through sedation dentistry. Cutting edge technology, and its ability to improve the lives and health of his patients, is a passion for Dr. Ahearn, who has become a noted expert in the world of dentistry. He regularly teaches advanced programs across the country and is quite often a highlighted speaker at American Dental Association sanctioned events, where he is able to share his knowledge and love of dentistry with other doctors.
Dr. Mary Jane Miranda
Dr. Miranda has been a member of our family since she was a child, when her mother worked at Southcoast Smiles. At an early age, Mary Jane expressed an interest in dentistry – an interest that grew through the years, as she grew within our practice. After graduating high school, she started working at our front desk and became a certified dental assistant soon after. In 2007 she graduated from Rhode Island College and took a hiatus from the practice to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. After obtaining her degree, Dr. Miranda returned to practice dentistry where she first fell in love with the profession – Southcoast Smiles!
Dr. Neil Blitz
When you come to us for orthodontic treatment, you’ll have the pleasure of working with Dr. Neil Blitz. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Blitz received his degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and studied orthodontics at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. Prior to joining our practice in 2009, Dr. Blitz was in private orthodontic practice for 25 years in Rhode Island. Dr. Blitz is a people-person and enjoys learning new things from his patients. During his time away from the office, Dr. Blitz enjoys snorkeling and is an avid underwater photographer and spearfisher.
Dr. Joy Dhawan
After receiving her degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2008, Dr. Jyotika (Joy) Dhawan continually sought opportunities to expand her knowledge and expertise in pediatric and family dentistry, which she is extremely passionate about. With over 7 years of experience in the dental field, Dr. Joy brings with her an unmatched desire to put all her patients at ease, while providing them with quality dentistry that will last a lifetime. Even more than her technical skills, it is Dr. Joy’s bubbly personality and compassionate nature that makes her so easy to work with. Everyone who meets her feels an immediate connection with her. When not in the office, Dr. Joy enjoys a variety of activities, including cooking, DIY projects, traveling, reading and singing opera (seriously!)
Dr. Damon Anderson
Dr. Anderson is certified in IV conscious sedation. After over a decade of practice on the West Coast, Dr. Anderson discovered that he liked what we cherish about New England: our people, our communities, the seasons and a slower pace than what exists on the other side of the country these days. We are extremely lucky that Dr. Anderson came to this conclusion and are thrilled to have him. Besides dentistry, Dr. Anderson enjoys staying fit with “Cross Fit”, skiing and sailing and also plays the guitar.
Dr. Madhuri Patel
Dr. Patel is a skilled, likable, and a patient dentist. Patients love her because she provides excellent dental care in a gentle and relaxed manner. With a passion for family dentistry, she recently moved to Rhode Island from New York City after completing her dental school at the largest and the busiest dental school in the US. She has been appreciated for her commitment to her work and wellbeing of her patients. She always carries a positive attitude. During her free time, she loves watching sitcoms and murder mysteries, cooking a variety of delicious vegetarian meals, trying different cuisines, and traveling.