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 worked at this location for 25 years and has been fortunate to form many friendships with patients during this time. Beginning her career as a Certified Dental Assistant she has had the opportunity to see many changes in the progression of dental procedures over the years.

Cherie has been married for over 25 years and is an animal advocate. 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 5 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.

Ariel, CDA


Ariel joined our staff after receiving her certification from Orange Technical College. She was born in West Palm Beach and has lived in Orlando most of her life. She was introduced to the dental field by her fiancee's mother who has worked as a dental assistant for many years. Ariel is inspired by our family atmosphere and caring nature. She is engaged and has a young daughter. In her spare time Ariel enjoys going to the beach, fishing and camping and spending time with her daughter and little dog. You will immediately be charmed by Ariel's kind and fun loving spirit as she really enjoys meeting new people.

Sara, CDA


Sara has a long history with us as she interned in our office over 5 years ago from Orange Technical College, joining our team permanently in 2016. Her caring and patient nature fits us perfectly. Sara loves the part she plays working alongside the Doctors making the patients comfortable and well informed about their treatment. In her spare time, Sara enjoys reading and spending time outdoors. An avid animal lover, she has two cats and two dogs that keep her very busy.

Yari, EFDA


Yari recently joined our team after her prior dentist moved out of state. Her many years of dental assisting experience is a great asset to our office. Yari enjoys our family atmosphere and the connections she is able to make with the patients. In her spare time Yari enjoys spending time with her 5 dogs and cooking for her family and friends. Yari is bilingual which has allowed us to better communicate with our Spanish speaking patients.



Melody recently joined us after interning in our office from Orange Technical College. She is very enthusiastic to begin her career with us. Melody has a young son that keeps her on her toes. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family & friends, traveling, learning about different cultures and trying new foods. She looks forward to forming new relationships with her patients and co- workers. Melody has proven to be very sensitive to our patients needs and is always most concerned with their comfort.