Sister follows brother’s footsteps into dentistry

Dr. Kamaxi Patel (left) and Dr. Kuntal Patel

Dr. Kamaxi Patel (left) and Dr. Kuntal Patel

“Growing up, I always followed in the footsteps of my older brother,” Dr. Kamaxi Patel said. Dr. Patel, who graduated from the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry in May, was “hooded” by her brother, Dr. Kuntal Patel, who is, of course, a dentist.

For those not familiar, a hooding takes place at a graduation ceremony when a graduate earns a professional degree. A colorful hood is placed around the graduate’s shoulders, and for Dr. Kamaxi Patel to be hooded by her brother made it all the more special.

“Kuntal and I are first generation dentists in our family, so being on the stage together was a dream come true,” Dr. Kamaxi Patel said.

Dr. Kuntal Patel, meanwhile, was feeling a mix of nervousness and pride.

“It was emotional, I had goosebumps the entire time,” he said. “Our dad passed away when I was 12 and she was 10, so it was almost kind of a fatherly moment.”

Dr. Kuntal Patel currently practices general dentistry and hopes one day he and his sister can practice together. “I want her to try different things and learn what she likes, and what she doesn’t,” in dentistry, Dr. Kuntal Patel said.

He’s just looking out for her. Some things never change.

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