About Your Dentist

Mavi Cruz, DMD

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." – Maya Angelou

My Mission

“My mission in dentistry is to provide my patients with the care and education to enjoy lifelong oral health. I enjoy providing the best quality of care I can and building relationships based on honesty, empathy, and compassion. I love serving my community by treating my patients with the most up-to-date techniques and technology in dental medicine. I also love to make others laugh and ensure that everyone has a pleasant time during their visit to our office.”

Education

Doctorate of Dental Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine (LECOM) - Bradenton, Florida

Bachelor of Science in Biology & Minor in Chemistry
Florida International University - Miami, Florida

Professional Memberships

Dr. Cruz is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Atlantic Coast District Dental Association, and the Florida Dental Association. 

Life & Hobbies

Dr. Cruz was born in Havana, Cuba and at age 5 her family moved to Miami, Florida. As a small child she showed interest in dentistry. While attending Florida International University she was a member of Pre-Dental Society, the organization Alternative Breaks, Center for Community Engagement and Operation Smiles. Her passion in dentistry was reinforced in her undergraduate years where she volunteered at Community Smiles in Miami where dentistry is provided to the underserved. She traveled to Nicaragua on a mission trip to educate children in an orphanage on computer skills and maintaining oral health. Dr. Cruz graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry which prepared her with the scientific basis for her dental profession. She pursued her dental career at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Cruz was proposed to be a simulation lab tutor by her professors to help dental students who struggled in competencies. Today, when Dr. Cruz is not in the office, she volunteers at the local HANDS Clinic providing free dental care. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends. She loves to go fishing, boating, and continuing her education through various courses and on-going training.

Keval Patel, DMD

“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.”

My Mission

“My mission in dentistry is to provide the most optimal care for my patients. Addressing their main concerns, creating an atmosphere of trust, and educating them on how to maintain their oral and overall health is my passion.”

Education & Continuing Education

Doctorate of Dental Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) – Erie, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Science – Biology, Minor in Chemistry
Florida Gulf Coast University – Fort Myers, Florida

Life & Hobbies

“I was born and raised in South Florida. As a child, I spent the summer months in England with my family who are providers in healthcare. During this time, I gained an enthusiasm for being able to render a much-needed service to others and play a very important role in their life. 

I have volunteered at the Mission of Mercy in Gainesville, Florida, “Give Kids a Smile” in Bradenton, Florida. and I’m currently honored to be able to serve the local community by volunteering my time at the Hands clinic in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

In my spare time, I like reading, cooking, gardening, watching and participating in several sports, and spending time with my family as much as I can.”