Ahwatukee residents get to know more about us
Thank you for taking time to read this section and learn more about us. You will see that the BellaVista DentalCare team is committed to the Ahwatukee area communities we serve. In addition to providing top quality family dental care, we support the community through a broad range of sponsorships, charitable giving, and participation in local events.
Meet Rashmi Bhatnagar, DMD, MPH, FAGD.
Dr. Bhatnagar founded BellaVista DentalCare in 2007 with a deep commitment to provide the best possible patient care. Dr. Bhatnagar is one of the nation’s top 3% dentists to be awarded the Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), and is currently on track to achieve the mastership award by 2020. Dr. Bhatnagar’s passion for dentistry and patient care drives her interest in continued education. She stays current with advances in the field of dentistry through study clubs and seminars, and meets weekly with her team to discuss the patients’ current needs and advances in the industry.
Dr. Bhatnagar received her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. Following residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in 2001, she practiced hospital dentistry at Temple University treating medically challenged patients. In 2003, she returned back to cosmetic and family dentistry and has been focused in that field since then.
Dr. Bhatnagar is a native Pennsylvanian moving to Arizona in 2007. When she is not at the office, Dr. Bhatnagar enjoys spending time with her twins Jay and Jaina, skiing with friends, barre and spin classes, hiking, and travel. She continues to foster public dental education and awareness with regular articles in the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She initially practiced in her home state, earning a feature in the Pittsburgh 51 Corridor newspaper, and going on to submit monthly educational articles about dentistry.
Dr. Bhatnagar’s professional affiliations include:
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Arizona Dental Association
- Crown Council
- Spear Faculty Club Member
- Spear Study Club
Dallin Birch, DMD
Originally from southeastern Idaho, Dr. Birch started his career with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. He earned dental credentials from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Birch has been in private practice in the Ahwatukee area since 1998, but he has never stopped growing his dental knowledge. He has received advanced training in Invisalign orthodontics, CEREC restorations, and endodontics.
Known for natural artistry and meticulous attention to detail, Dr. Birch delivers that level of care with warmth and compassion. He is fluent in both Spanish and English, putting all patients at ease.
Dr. Birch is a talented pianist and overall musician, who has played for more than 25 years. He greatly enjoys spending time with his two children and family, and is an avid snowboarder.
New patients are welcome at BellaVista Dental Care. Now that you know more about us, call 888-757-8007 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhatnagar or Dr. Birch at our Ahwatukee office.
Sandy Fussner, RDH
Patients at BellaVista DentalCare are privileged to have access to Sandy’s experience – more than three decades of it. Sandy started her career in high school, as a dental assistant. She pursued a collegiate interest in the field, becoming a registered hygienist. She focuses on providing gentle treatment and educating patients on oral wellness. Sandy takes pride in keeping skills current through continuing education, and applying that knowledge to help each patient achieve optimal oral health. She takes special interest in treatment and maintenance of periodontal disease.
Sandy is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the Arizona State Dental Hygiene Association.
When she is not caring for patients, Sandy like to hike, golf, and snow ski with her husband and sons.
Samera Figueroa, RDH
As a Registered Dental Hygienist, with 16 years of experience, Samera is passionate about educating patients on the importance of home hygiene, and helping them improve daily oral health regimens. BellaVista DentalCare patients love her patience – Samera takes plenty of time to answer their questions, and will even research difficult topics on their behalf. She believes that everyone deserves a thorough understanding of any treatment recommended. Patients also praise her gentle yet thorough method of cleaning teeth.
Outside the office, Samera enjoys family time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Amy Derscheid, Office Manager
Amy Derscheid graduated from the American Institute of Dental Assisting in 2009 & joined BellaVista DentalCare in 2011. Amy has worked in both clinical & administrative roles & truly enjoys both. While currently working as our Office Manager, Amy is the official “Happiness Advocate” & ensures that each patient has a joyful smile before they leave the office.
Amy comes from a big but close family, & cherishes spending time with her fiancée, two kids & their two dogs. Her pastimes include yoga, enjoying Arizona’s wonderful outdoors, hiking, camping & staying physically active.