About The Orthodontist
Learn a little bit about who we are
Growing Great Grins
At The Orthodontist, we want all young New Zealanders to grow up confident with a smile they can be proud of. We will offer a market leading orthodontist practice with quality orthodontic treatment for all of our guests, in a professional, fun, caring and friendly environment. Our practice philosophy is to create an experience that is memorable, not only for the client, but the parents and caregivers as well.
Growing Great Grins
At The Orthodontist, we want all young New Zealanders to grow up confident with a smile they can be proud of. We will offer a market leading orthodontist practice with quality treatment for all of our guests, in a professional, fun, caring and friendly environment. Our practice philosophy is to create an experience that is memorable, not only for the client, but the parents and caregivers as well.
Meet the specialist Wellington Orthodontists
Dr Bhavik Patel
BDS, MDS with Distinction (University of Otago), MOrthRCS (Edinburgh).
Wellington born and educated, Bhavik is a qualified specialist orthodontist offering his services to the greater Wellington Region.
Bhavik lives in Lower Hutt with his wife, Vanessa and daughters, Alyssa and Aria. Bhavik has always loved children and this is evident in his professional, but fun manner when working with children and his on-going philanthropic support of children charities throughout the Wellington region.
Becoming a dentist was a seed carefully planted by Bhavik’s father at the age of 14. His passion for dentistry as a career was solidified by regular work experience visits to local dentists around Wellington every year up until the end of year 13. Bhavik went on to complete the five year dental degree (BDS) in Dunedin at the University of Otago, in 1999.
He worked as a dental house surgeon at Napier and Hastings hospital for one year followed by three years in a private dental practice in Whanganui. During the four years working as a dentist, Bhavik grew passionate about Orthodontics.
To truly be able to provide quality and scientifically based orthodontic treatment to his patients, he was accepted for the three year full time Masters Degree programme (MDS) at the University of Otago in Dunedin.
With the support of his wife and family, Bhavik completed both the Masters Degree in Orthodontics (with distinction) in 2006, as well as being accepted as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Following graduation, Bhavik returned to Wellington, where he joined and went on to become the principal orthodontist at Hutt Valley Orthodontics for over 12 years.
The practice has been rebranded and is now known as “The Orthodontist”. It has also moved into a state-of-the-art surgery, located at 2 Connolly Street in Lower Hutt. This new location not only offers sophisticated orthodontic services, but a wonderment of Bhavik’s love of all things children, with a display of Bhavik’s private model collection through-out the surgery.
Bhavik also offers satellite practices in Carterton, Johnsonville and Paraparumu, to serve the Wellington region.
“The care and wellbeing of children is paramount. All children should have the confidence to be who they are or who they want to be. A great smile is that confidence.”
Dr Divya Ramanan
BDS, DClinDent (Orthodontics), MRACDS (Orth).
Divya grew up in Wellington, where she now lives with her husband Sri. Divya completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Otago. She worked as a Dental House Surgeon at Wellington and Kenepuru Hospitals for two years and then moved to Auckland where she worked another two years both for the DHB and in private practice.
She returned to Dunedin for further training and completed a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry, to specialise as an Orthodontist. For her thesis, Divya studied jaw muscle activity in patients with muscular facial pain. On completion of the degree, Divya was accepted as a specialist Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and has been certified by the Australasian Orthodontic Board.
Divya was drawn to Orthodontics as she felt it was the perfect balance between art and science. Divya stays up to date with the latest advancements in orthodontics and prides herself on her attention to detail and communication with patients and caregivers. Divya enjoys treating people in all ages and stages of life – children and adults, including those requiring orthognathic surgery and those wanting aesthetic orthodontic solutions such as aligners.
Outside of work, Divya is an avid animal lover, enjoys skiing, yoga and keeping active.
“To hear someone say they didn’t used to like smiling before orthodontic treatment and now they can’t stop – this is the best job in the world”
At The Orthodontist, we want everyone to experience the best of everything. From the latest in orthodontic technology to the amazing surroundings and fantastic staff and service. Colour makes us all happy and this practice sure makes you smile. Book a consultation at one of our local orthodontic clinics across Wellington.
Sharing the Passion
Bhavik has a real passion for Lego models, comics, superheros and the Star Wars saga.
He is proud to share his enviable collection with all his patients.