Rishi Popat, DMD, DMSc. is a North Central Phoenix native and Ivy-League trained orthodontist. He received his specialty Certificate in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics at Harvard University and concurrently received his second Doctoral degree in Oral Biology from Harvard Medical School located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Popat was the only American dentist accepted to Harvard’s internationally renowned orthodontic residency in a class of five. Prior to completing Harvard’s dual degree four-year orthodontic residency, Dr. Popat practiced general dentistry for two years where he provided comprehensive dental care to help the underserved population in downtown Phoenix. Throughout his professional career as a general dentist and then as an orthodontic specialist, Dr. Popat treats every patient as if they are his family.A published researcher, lecturer, leader and inventor, Dr. Popat constantly thrives to raise the standards in the orthodontic and dental profession. He currently serves on the editorial review board of several journals and professional boards and is a faculty member at Lutheran Medical Center teaching orthodontics to pediatric dentists. Dr. Popat enjoys lecturing around the world, inventing various medical, dental and orthodontic devices and is currently a consultant for an innovative orthodontic technology company. Dr. Popat has been featured on the front cover of the Arizona Republic newspaper, numerous times in the North Central Phoenix News, National Public Radio (NPR) and publications by Harvard University Press. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontist (AAO), Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontist (PCSO), American Dental Association (ADA), Arizona Dental Association (AzDA), Central Arizona Dental Society (CADS), Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics (HSAO), and the Harvard University Alumni Association of Phoenix. Dr. Popat is proud to serve on the board of the Madison Education Foundation. Dr. Popat is truly committed to all of his patients. He is very passionate in developing and applying new technologies to deliver exceptional care and embracing the community. He is ingrained in his neighborhood and still resides in the same house he grew up in – which is around the corner from Popat Orthodontics. In fact, Dr. Popat enjoys riding his bike to work which he proudly displays on the bicycle rack. In his spare time, Dr. Popat enjoys spending time with his wife Bansi, daughters Aashna & Aaria, parents (Bipin & Anila) and his brother and sister-in-law (Rimal & Kavita). He enjoys running on the Murphy Bridal Path, indulging at Churn ice cream to satisfy his sweet tooth, and trying new local restaurants along the Central Corridor.
- Madison Simis Elementary School
- Madison Meadows Middle School
- North High School (International Baccalaureate Program)
- Trinity College
- Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill: Certificate in Public Health
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
- Harvard University
- School of Dental Medicine: General Practice Residency
- School of Dental Medicine: Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Medical School: Doctoral of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology (DMSc)