Meet The Doctors

D. Shaheen R. Upton

General Dentistry

Dr. Shaheen R. Upton graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with honors in Biology and Chemistry and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. She is committed to being actively involved in her community and church. She enjoys working with young children and adults of all ages. Her gentle demeanor has helped many patients conquer their dental phobia. Her patient focused attitude, friendly chair side manner, and heartfelt compassion is remarkable.

Dr. Upton regularly attends continuing education courses to expand her knowledge base in Endodontics (root canals), Orthodontics (clear braces- Invisalign), Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dentistry, Laser Dentistry, as well as General Restorative Dentistry. Her commitment to education is also transparent through her involvement with such professional organizations as:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alabama Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Hispanic Dental Association
  • American Association of Women Dentists

Dr. Upton enjoys giving back to the community as a volunteer and supporter of various charitable organizations including Cahaba Valley Health Care, and Habitat of Humanity. She is a native of Birmingham and currently resides in her hometown of Hoover. During her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, cooking ethnic foods, and going to the lake with her husband Gary and dog April.

Dr. John Christopher Clarke

General Dentistry

Dr. John Christopher Clarke is originally from Decatur, Georgia, but has called Birmingham home since 2008. He graduated from Birmingham Southern-College in 2012 with a bachelor of science in biology. In 2014, he received his Masters in Oral Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Clarke has published three first author articles in high impact factor journals as well as been a co-author on several others. He has also presented research in various meetings including twice at the American Association for Dental Research annual meeting.

Dr. Clarke graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham dental school in 2018. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Alabama Dental Association, and the National Dental Honors Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He is committed to ensuring that his patients receive the highest quality dental care that bests suits each patient's individual needs with expanded studies in Invisalign and oral surgery techniques. He will work with you to create the right treatment plan for you.

In his spare time, Dr. Clarke enjoys coaching high school lacrosse and other various youth lacrosse teams. He is an avid Atlanta sports fan and enjoys watching and attending games with his wife, Adelaide. They also enjoy cooking, hiking, and spending time with their two rescue dogs and cat, Millie, Charlie and Kitty.

Dr. Andrew Richardson

General Dentistry

Dr. Andrew Richardson was born in San Antonio, Texas. Due to being raised in a military family he traveled throughout his childhood, and in 2000 he ended up in his final destination of Alabama. Andrew graduated from Auburn University in 2008 after that Andrew went to dental school at UAB and graduated in 2012. For his residency, Dr. Richardson went to UMMC in Mississippi. Now living in Trussville, Alabama with his wife, Ali, and their two dogs, Toby and Ellie, Andrew looks forward to working with Family Care Dental for many years.

Dr. Nehal Patel

General Dentistry

Dr. Nehal Patel, In 2011, Dr. Patel obtained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in India. During final year of dental school, she met her loving husband Dr. Deep Patel. They got married and moved to the United States in 2012. Her desire to help the underserved and medically compromised patients led her to join Special Needs Dentistry Fellowship at LSU School of Dentistry in 2015. She then received DMD degree from UAB School of Dentistry in 2019.

She is an active member of American Dental association and Alabama Dental Association. She is very gentle, patient and a caring dentist. She takes her time to explain the treatment plan and provide the best possible care to her patients. Dr. Patel’s husband is a resident physician at Brookwood Baptist Health. In their free time they love travelling. Other hobbies of Dr. Patel include painting, hiking, watching movies and spending quality time with family.

Dr. Vivek Brahmbhatt

General Dentistry

Dr. Vivek Brahmbhatt was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He earned his bachelor's degree in 2009 from University of Georgia. Following graduation, he attended the University of Debrecen in Hungary and received a dental degree while also graduating with Honors. He furthered his education by receiving a DMD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has resided in Birmingham for the past few years. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.

He takes pride in providing dental care to the community. He values clear communication with his patients regarding diagnosis and treatment plans. His calm and refreshing personality aids in comforting his patients. He will work diligently to offer a dental care plan that caters to your needs. He spends time on weekends volunteering at a non-profitable organization, the Cahaba Valley Health Care Clinic, to offer cost-free treatment to those in need.

In his free time, Dr. Brahmbhatt enjoys bhangra dancing, traveling, eating various types of cuisine, baking an assortment of desserts with his wife, Raj, and cheering for his favorite teams, the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Georgia Bulldogs.

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