When I was 12 years old I knew that I wanted to be an orthodontist. Becoming an orthodontist was and always will be one of my greatest accomplishments and I consider myself lucky to honestly say “I love what I do.” Whether the purpose of treatment is to relieve pain, improve function or boost self-esteem, connecting with my patients and spending time with them during their smile journey is an extra bonus that has turned out to be my favorite part of being an orthodontist. I believe in evidence-based treatment planning and providing high quality orthodontics. It is my goal for my patients to not only love their smile, but to have a great time achieving it. My patients’ needs will always come first and I proudly treat every patient with honesty and kindness.

Orthodontic residency training was an incredibly pivotal point in my life. Not only did I achieve my greatest dream of becoming an orthodontist, I also met my now husband Raj. Raj grew up in Anaheim Hills and graduated from El Rancho Middle School and Canyon High School. Years later, we are humbled and grateful to be a part of this same community. Outside of work, we enjoy spending time with family, traveling the world (we have been to over 15 countries together!), staying fit and trying new recipes in the kitchen.


  • Certificate in orthodontics – Saint Louis University, Center for Advanced Dental Education
  • Master of Science in Dentistry (Research) – Saint Louis University, Center for Advanced Dental Education
  • Doctorate of Medical Dentistry – Case Western Reserve University


Orthodontics is a profession that is constantly changing with new technologies and innovations and in order to provide my patients with the best care I stay up to date in various study groups and advanced continuing education courses.

  • Omricon Kappa Upsilon, Upsilon Chapter Dental Honor Society
  • American Association of Orthodontics Award for Exceptional Interest in Development of the Oro-Facial Complex
  • American Academy of Public Health Dentistry Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health Award
  • American Association for Women Dentists Academic Excellence and Outstanding Leadership
  • Quintessence Publishing Quintessence Award for Research Achievement
  • American Dental Association/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Award


  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • California Dental Association
  • Orange County Dental Society
  • Academy of Orthodontic Excellence


  • Board Eligible, American Board of Orthodontics
  • Western Regional Board of Dental Examiners
  • California State Board of Dental Examiners


  • Extraction vs. no treatment: Long-term facial profile changes. Rathod, Anita Bhavnani et al. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Volume 147, Issue 5, 596-603, 2015
  • The Oral Health Status of Medicaid and non-Medicaid Children. Bhavnani, Anita and Narendran, Sena. Doctor of Dentistry: Central and Northeast Ohio Edition. Vol. 1, No.2, 2008