Dr. Thakkar

Dr. Nipa Thakkar, a second-generation dentist and New York native, is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. She holds a BS in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Masters in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Oral Biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her General Practice Residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA. Dr. Thakkar is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania in the West Chester area as the special arts/technology project coordinator, where she continues teaching art as she did prior to attending dental school. She also volunteers as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Philadelphia area.

In addition to learning the Pankey philosophy for clinical excellence in dentistry, Dr. Thakkar is on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia County Dental Society and is currently the Chair of the American Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee. She has completed the ADA Diversity in Leadership program in 2014 and was the inaugural recipient to the ADA Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award in 2015. Dr. Thakkar graduated dental school as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and a recipient of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Community Dentistry Award.

Dr. Thakkar’s dental focus is to treat patients the way she would treat her family. Her attention to detail and her emphasis on cosmetic, esthetic, and functional dental outcomes for her patients is unsurpassed. Dr. Thakkar has trained under Dr. Swenda to provide gentle, comprehensive, and optimal dental care using state-of-the-art technology for every patient that she sees.

Awards and Scholarships:

  • ADA Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award                                                        
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society- Kappa Kappa Chapter                                    
  • 2012 Delta Dental Student Leadership Award                                                                                    
  • American College of Dentists- Outstanding Student Leader Award                                                    
  • American Association of Public Health Dentistry- Community Dentistry/Public Health Awards
  • American Student Dental Association 2011 District 3 Delegate of the Year                       
  • American Student Dental Association 2011 National Delegate of the Year                                       
  • Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry 2010 Award of Excellence                                            
  • Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship for Advanced Education in Healthcare    

Professional Leadership Affiliations: 

  • American Dental Association (ADA)

–        2019-2021 ADA Foundation Board of Directors                                                             

–        2018-2022 National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards Appeal Board

–        2015-2016, 2016-2017 Task Force on the ADA House of Delegates                                    

–        2014-2018 ADA New Dentist Committee 3rd District Representative                                   

National ADA New Dentist Committee Chair

National ADA New Dentist Committee Vice Chair

ADA Council on Annual Sessions Consultant

–        2013-2014 ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership Participant                                    

–        ADA Annual Session PDA Alternate Delegate

  • Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA)

–        2020-2023 PDA Trustee for 1st District (Philadelphia County Dental Society)                         

–        2019 Executive Director Search committee                                                   

–        2018 PDA Election Advisory Committee                                                                       

–        2018 PDA Redistricting Task Force                                                                                   

–        2015-2016 PDA New Dentist Committee Chair                                                                               

–        2014-2015 PDA New Dentist Committee Vice Chair         

–        2015 PDA Strategic Planning Committee                                                                                         

–        American Student Dental Association Delegate to PDA                                 

  • 1st PDA District (Philadelphia County Dental Society) Board of Governors                     
  • 4th PDA District (Berks, Lebanon & Schuylkill Counties) President
  • National American Student Dental Association

–        2011-2012 District 3 Trustee (Council on Professional issues, Council on Sessions)

–        2010-2011 ASDA Member-at-Large (Council on Professional Issues, Council on Membership)

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Dental Practice Transitions Panel” ASDA District 3 Winter Meeting                                               
  • “Leadership in Dentistry” ASDA Penn/Temple Dental Schools with Dr. Jeffrey Cole                             
  • “The Value of Organized Dentistry” Virginia Dental Assn New Dentist Conference                              
  • “Dental Guilt” 2016, 2017, 2018 ASDA National Leadership Conference
  • “Wish I’d Known” Panel Host, 2017 ASDA District 3 Annual Meeting,

–  2017 ASDA District 2 Annual Meeting                                                                          

–  2018 ASDA National Leadership Conference                                                                 

Community Outreach:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Philadelphia Volunteer, 02/2018-Present
  • Rotary Club West Chester, PA, 2020 – Current 
  • MOM PA Dental Mission Volunteer, 2013- current
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission- Dental Outreach Volunteer                                              
  • I-LEAD Charter School Reading, PA Oral Health Steering Committee Co-Chair                      
  • Brentwood Podiatric-Dentistry Grant Resident Representative- St. Joseph Med Center                        
  • St. Joseph Medical Center Dental Department Health Fair Representative                                    
  • Give Kids a Smile Day Participant- St. Joseph Medical Center                                                
  • ASDA Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Food/Coat Drive Organizer                    
  • Temple ASDA Good Impressions Pre-dental Mentoring Program Organizer