Our Doctors

Samir Nanjapa, DDS MS

Dr. Nanjapa completed his initial dental training in India. Following that he received a Masters in Dental Biomaterials at Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2003 he received both a DDS license and a Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics from University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2007, after 4 years in private practice and teaching as an Assistant Clinical Professor at College of Dentistry, Chicago, he made the move to the Bay Area. Dr. Nanjapa spent 4 years as an associate at private practice in San Francisco while also teaching as an Associate Clinical Professor at College Of Dentistry, UCSF. In early 2011 he left the San Francisco practice to start his own in San Mateo. He moved to this new space in September 2013 and decided to rename his practice “Deccan Dental” . He continues to maintain a faculty position at UCSF. Today he continues to live in the bay area with his wife, Hina and two daughters Meera and Saira.

Pinal Viraparia, DDS

Dr. Viraparia completed her dental training at UCSF followed by residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry in 2012. Additionally, she also completed a Masters in Public Health from the University of Florida in 2008. Her passion is practicing general dentistry and helping people smile again. She also enjoys working with new technology in dentistry including CAD/CAM, lasers and implant restorations. She lives in Bay area with her husband and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, cooking and reading in her spare time. Dr. Viraparia also participates in many community events helping people in need. Most importantly, please be assured that she shares Dr. Nanjapa’s philosophy of providing you with the best possible dental care, and that emphasis on excellence will be the hallmark of her practice.

Deccan Dental Origins

“It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues.” ~ A Rough Guide To India

Nanjapa named his practice “Deccan Dental” as an homage to his roots. He was born in India and lived most of his childhood in its southern peninsula of which the Deccan Plateau is a large part. The name “Deccan” is der ived from the Sanskrit word “ दक्षिण ” (dakshin) meaning “south”. It covers at least 8 Indian States and is located between three stupendous mountain ranges, the Eastern Ghats (Sahyadri), the Western Ghats (Mahendra) and the Blue Mountain (Nilgiris) where they meet at the Doda Beta peak. The southern plateau is r ich in eco and cultural diversity and offers striking contrasts in respect of race, language and social customs of the north. The blend of different languages, traditions and cuisines gives this area a culture and heritage that is both unique and intriguing. It has a colorful history dating back centur ies. And the next time you take in the aroma of the spices, the defining character istic of Indian cuisine, know that most are from the verdant spice plantations of the Deccan Plateau. The only way to take in this breathtaking ensemble of variety is to visit the Deccan Plateau.

Dr. Nanjapa was born in India where he earned his dental degree from MAHE, India. He moved to the US in 1998 and received a Masters in Dental Biomaterials at University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1999. Dr. Nanjapa went on to complete a three year program in Advanced Prosthodontics from University of Illinois, Chicago. After 4 successful years in private practice and teaching at College of Dentistry, Chicago, he moved to the Bay Area in 2007. In early 2011 he left the private practice he had been working at in San Francisco to start “Deccan Dental” here in San Mateo. He also maintains a part time faculty position at College of Dentistry, UCSF. Today he continues to live in the Bay Area with his wife, Hina and daughters Meera and Saira.

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