About Us

Rahim Bhanji, D.M.D.

Dr. Rahim Bhanji grew up in Canada where he obtained his undergraduate education. After graduating from the Temple University School of Dentistry, located in Pennsylvania, in 1997, Dr. Bhanji moved to Florida. He is dedicated to continuing his education and has taken courses and certifications in dental implants, endodontics, and periodontics.

Presently, Dr. Bhanji is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the Dental Society of Greater Orlando, and is also an associate fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He also won the LVIM “Volunteer Dentist of the Year” award in 2011. His overall goal as a dentist is two-fold: cosmetically, he aims to improve the self-esteem of all of his patients, and restoratively to maintain his patients’ teeth for their entire life.

Dr. Bhanji currently lives in the Doctor Phillips area. In his spare time, Dr. Bhanji likes tennis, soccer, and continuing his education and learning more about his field. He is married and has two daughters who have already picked up his interest in tennis.

Meet the Staff

At Dental Care at Dr. Phillips, our amazing and talented team makes all the difference to our patients. Our team pacifies the nervous patient and truly gets to know all those who walk through our door. Our patients have become like family to our team. With over 70 years of cumulative experience, you know you are in good hands when you visit our team!

Cherie, Office Manager

Cherie has been married for over 25 years and is the mother of three border collies, a cockatiel, and an aquarium full of fish. When she has spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, quilting, knitting, camping, and actively competing in canine agility sports. Cherie feels the patients and her competent caring staff make it a joy to come to work.

Judy, RDH

Judy, our dental hygienist, began working in our office in December 2010. She attended a dental hygiene school in New Jersey and is a veteran of the U.S. Army. She believes that the best part of working in Dr. Bhanji’s office is the positive team spirit that infuses everything they do. Judy always makes every patient feel as though they were part of our family.

When not at the office, Judy enjoys water sports, theme parks, gardening, concerts, playing with her new rescue dog, and spending time with her loyal friends. She has previously lived in Colorado and New Jersey.



Maria has been with our dental team for about 16 years. She has two grown children and 4 & counting grandchildren. She has worked as a dental assistant and most recently our insurance and appointment coordinator. Maria considers patients and co-workers to be family and loves the friendly atmosphere we provide. Her hobbies are catch and release fishing, reading and is an avid NASCAR and Tampa Bay Rays fan. Maria and her boyfriend love all animals and spend much of their time at home enjoying their two cats. We are happy to have Maria on our team as she loves to talk to everyone to make them feel comfortable.



Kia joined our team over four years ago. She is EFDA and dental x-ray certified. She loves the way we make our patients feel at home. Dental Assisting is not just a job for her, it is her passion. Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kia keeps very busy with her very energetic and inquisitive young son. She enjoys cooking, going to the beach, watching movies, music and basketball.

Patients like her caring personality and gentle touch. She loves to work with patients on their treatment options and always places herself in the patient's shoes making sure their needs are met.



Alexis came to us as the first office in her internship with Orange Technical College and we immediately knew she belonged with us. She was born in Alabama at Fort Rucker as both her parents were military. Their family moved to Florida to be closer to her grandparents. Alexis always knew she wanted to work in the healthcare field and found her home in dentistry. Alexis is engaged and planning a spring wedding. She and her fiancee have a cat named Scout. In her spare time, she and her fiancee love to browse art studios and watch movies. Alexis was drawn to our office by the level of care we offer. She has a bright spirit and a friendly and caring nature which makes her perfect to join our dental family.



Ariel recently joined our staff after an extensive internship with us. She was born in West Palm Beach and has lived in Orlando most of her life. Ariel recently completed the dental assistant program at Orange Technical College and looks forward to finally starting her career with us. She was inspired by our family atmosphere and caring nature. Ariel is engaged and has a 1-1/2 year old daughter. She was introduced to the dental field by her fiancee's mother who has worked as a dental assistant for many years. In her spare time Ariel enjoys going to the beach, fishing and camping. Ariel keeps busy with her dog Snoopy and of course her daughter. You will immediately be charmed by Ariel's kind and calm spirit as she really enjoys meeting new people.