Arpan Nalin Patel, DMD
Alpha Dental Excellence
Dr. Patel made the decision at a very young age that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become doctor of medicine in dentistry. He can even recall back to the age of seven, walking around his father’s practice, constructing and playing around with all the dental models. This love for dentistry stuck with him all throughout his teenage years and into college. Prior to attending dental school, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology from The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Not long after graduation, is when he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and attend the same graduate school at The University of Pennsylvania. There he gained extensive knowledge in multiple fields of dentistry including cosmetic, restorative, and surgical. In 2000 he completed UPenn’s Dental Medicine Program and became a doctor of medicine in dentistry. After graduation, he joined his father’s successful practice almost immediately and was mentored by him. This mentoring in highly specialized care immediately put Dr. Patel five to seven years ahead of his peers. In his first month of working with his father, he learned how to perform full-mouth rehabilitations, something newly trained dentists are usually not too keen on. His extensive knowledge in the field does not end there.


In 2008 he embarked on a special, educational journey by taking an extensive course in dental implantology. Before taking this course, he would typically recommend dental bridges and partial dentures to his patients in need of some restoration. Now, through specializing in dental implantology, he can provide his patients with a better-quality tooth that will last a lifetime. His practice emphasizes on providing patients comfort and bringing them satisfaction. He best employs this by keeping up to date with the latest advancements in dentistry. This is a point that his late father stressed should be done and something that he continues to honor.“My patients mean everything to me; I am proud to provide them with the best treatment in the area by utilizing the latest dental technology.” – Dr. Arpan Patel

In his spare time Dr. Patel enjoys golfing, watching football, and spending time with his two young boys and beautiful wife. He is a life-long, die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and bleeds green through and through. Aside from his obsession with dentistry, some other things that bring him joy are include swimming, soccer, and coaching his boys in flag football.

Dr. Hiren Shah
Associate Dentist

Dr. Shah is a graduate of The New York University College of Dentistry. Currently he is taking courses to further his education in endodontics. He makes his patients feel at ease with his certification in oral and intravenous conscious sedation.Most of the time he is away from the office he continues to help out in the dentistry field. When he is not working here at Alpha Dental Excellence, he is busy volunteering his time at the non-profit organization, Dentistry from the Heart, as well as Elijah’s Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ. He also enjoys participating in dental study clubs.

In the little private time he does give himself, he loves traveling or relaxing at home with his wonderful wife and baby girl. He also enjoys watching and playing sports. Currently he plays weekend hoops with The Princeton League. It should also be noted that he is infatuated with Jason Statham flicks.

Dr. Palak Patel
Associate Dentist

Dr. Palak completed four years of dental school at one of India’s top institutions. In 2013, he received honors from the University of Southern California for completing the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists. He also has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science and is a member of the American and Indian Dental Associations.Currently, Dr. Palak resides locally, however he has spent a bit of time living in India, New York, and Los Angeles. In his free time he enjoys watching movies and traveling other places around the world with his lovely wife, whom is also a dentist, and daughter. The food that he enjoys eating most come from his native country of India.

Dr. Shakeel Ahmed
Associate Dentist

In 2001, Dr. Ahmed earned his degree in Periodontics from The University of Pennsylvania. He decided to choose a career path in dentistry because of the satisfaction he gets out of seeing people smile who once were afraid to do so. Through completing complex procedures, like surgical dental implants and bone grafting cases, Dr. Ahmed gets to provide his patients with a feeling of self-confidence.
In his spare time, Dr. Ahmed enjoys watching motorsports, riding motorcycles, and keeping up with all the latest in Formula One racing. He also enjoys going camping with his beautiful wife and two young children.