Meet Prof. Dr. Snigdha Gowd
Specialist in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthodontics (Switzerland)
Chairman & CEO of Dr. Gowds Dental Hospital
If there had to be someone who can take credit for lakhs of smiling faces in Hyderabad, there’s one person who’s claim to fame it can be – Prof. Dr. Snigdha Gowd. It’s the joy of making people smile without inhibitions that what made her choose the field of dentistry over her other passions – sports (tennis and basketball) and management.
This art and skill is in her genes; in fact, it runs in her entire family. Spearheading Dr. Gowds Dental Clinics in Hyderabad, her idea behind transforming lives through corrected smiles and beautiful teeth is just a part of the bigger picture. Even though she is an orthodontist by profession, but, she gives back to the society – though her charitable camps. Her zeal to learn more has pushed her to explore the world outside of dentistry, too, and that could be one of the reasons why she was always amongst the toppers when it came to academics. Serving the society is one of the driving factors in her life. No wonder, she is one of the most influential entrepreneurs that our generation has seen, inspiring a host men and women alike.
With 15 years of experience in the field of orthodontics, if you have any tooth troubles, you know the name you can trust. If one had to take a glance at her credentials, one would understand that she is not just any orthodontist in town. As a member of the American Association of Orthodontist and member of Indian Orthodontic Society, she is knowledgeable, skilled and has very clear missions and visions. With all this expertise, it’s no surprise that Dr. Snigdha Gowd is the Head of the Dept of Orthodontics and Professor at Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences (KIDS) and is in the panel of judges for new startups in Health Tech India.
Thanks to her persistence and goal-oriented efforts, it’s also clear as to why Dr. Gowds Dental is a part of the privileged top dental clinics in Hyderabad. In fact, the achievements don’t stop there. Dr. Snigdha Gowd has been accredited as the 1st Invisalign provider in India, and is a member of national and international organizations of Dentistry, that include WFO (World Federation of Orthodontics), American Association of Orthodontics, and IOS (Indian Orthodontics Society). She is one of the orthodontists who has introduced Adult Orthodontics in Hyderabad.
Even though Dr. Gowds Dental Clinics has a host of celebrities, from multiple walks of life including cinema, politics and even sports, walking in for their treatment at the hands of all the experts in the clinic, yet, for Dr. Snigdha Gowd, every single patient of hers is no less than a celebrity. She ensures that each one of her patients is treated with equal respect and care.
In fact, Dr. Snigdha is one of the most sought-after dentist in South India, known for her speciality in 3D invisible aligners and other orthodontic treatments. Whether your treatment call for Invisalign, the Damon System, or traditional orthodontic treatment options, Dr. Snigdha and her team are committed to giving you the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve.
But then, her professional achievements go way beyond teeth. With an urge to learn more about the ways of the world, she successfully cleared Goldman Sachs Women Entrepreneurs’ course at ISB, Hyderabad. And then, there is one aspect of her’s that elevates her far above the rest of her peers – her work for the benefit of the society. Here’s a sneak peek into it.
- Dr. Snigdha Gowd played a key role in launching a project Safe-T the with sanitary napkins manufacturing unit at Bakaram village in their mission to spread hygiene, comfort, health, affordability, and employment to rural women.
- Dr. Snigdha Gowd has educated 7,000 tribal students about oral hygiene and orthodontic problems. It was the first ever dental mass education conducted in India.
- Her dental camps, now popular, were also held at Bakaram village, wherein she distributed free medicines and tooth kits.
- She has published national and International journals and conducted some noteworthy programmes on CDE (Continuing Dental Education) as well.
- Dr. Snigdha Gowd conducted a dental camp in collaboration with FICCI FLO at Erramanzil Govt. school, and Kulsumpura.
- She also supported a walk on eye donation awareness.
- Dr. Snigdha Gowd took some time off her packed schedule to conduct a dental camp in collaboration with FICCI FLO at Govt. school at Gachibowli.
- Joining hands with Heal A Child foundation, she conducted a medical camp/ dental screening programme at Siddapuram village.
- Dr. Snigdha Gowd has also chaired and co-chaired several scientific sessions in international conferences.
To sum it up, a visionary in the right sense of the term, Prof. Dr. Snigdha Gowd, armed with an M.D.S. AAO degree, is a Specialist in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthodontics from Switzerland. She has done Masters in Business Studies from Indian School of Business (ISB). She is also specialised in Dental Aligners and Lingual Orthodontics. She wears the hat of Chairman & CEO of Dr. Gowds Dental Hospital, and ensures that powered with state-of-the-art technology and a skilled team, she delivers the best treatment to her patients. She is a constant learner and it has been her everlasting desire to bring smiles upon millions. She believes that she still has miles of smiles to go!
Meet Prof. Dr. T. Shankar
M.D.S. (Osm), F.I.C.D, (USA), FICOI, DICOI, FBDZI, FDGOI, Chief Cosmetic Dental Implantologist, Oral & Maxillo-facial Prosthodontics, Founder Member & Director at School of Dental Implants
Calm, composed and credibe – meet Dr. T Shankar, who has all the qualities to soothe the nerves of a worried patient. What helps Prof Dr. T Shankar stand out from everybody else is his ability to understand the pulse of the patient – of what they are worried about, about what they desire and to explain to them how the procedure they are looking for will work.
His charming personality is complemented by the long list of credentials he holds – M.D.S. from Osmania University, F.I.C.D which is Fellow, International College of Dentists (USA), FICOI (Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists), DICOI (Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists), FBDZI, FDGOI.
His quest for education never fails to cease. Despite holding several professional qualifications, he has always believed that exposure to new fields of learning in the same domain will help him cater to his patients in a more efficient way.
Dr. Shankar has acquired a Doctorate in Advanced Sinus Lift Procedures from Germany.
In fact, he has undergone special training in implants from Switzerland, Germany and the USA.
Dr. Shankar has also undergone extensive training and has an additional qualification in Advanced Implantology and Grafting Procedures from the European Association of Dental Implantologists (BDIZ EDI) in collaboration with the University of Cologne.
Powered with such amazing exposure, Dr. T Shankar has chosen to something that’s very close to his heart: teaching. He believes that with great knowledge comes great responsibility too. He loves sharing his wisdom with people, and what better way to do it than share it with students who have a desire to learn. He intends to equip young dentists and orthodontists with all the knowledge he has gained over the years of this experience.
There are many things that textbooks and theories can’t teach. With many such little pearls of wisdom stacked in his years of experience, Dr. T Shankar feels people all over the world can have better dental facilities if these bits of gold dust are shared with dental students. With this intention, he attends several conferences, just so that he can keep adding to his already rich reservoir of knowledge.
With all his qualifications, hardwork and knowledge, Dr. Shankar has entered the noble profession of teaching, and is now the HOD at KIDS (Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences).
He is also an invited speaker for many national and international conferences.
Dr. Shankar is also a mentor at ADIN Dental Implants, and the founder of School of Dental Implants. In fact, taking note of his level of expertise, he has also requested to mentor students in the AMRI group of hospitals. Apart from these, he also attends and conducts several implant courses.
At Dr. Gowds Dental Clinics, he wears several hats and juggles them with ease. He is the Chief Cosmetic Dental Implantologist, Oral & Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, Founder Member & Director at School of Dental Implants.
Being specialised in Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, Dr. Shankar’s passion towards oral rehabilitation and cosmetic dentistry are very well reflected in his excellent chair-side work, and patient handling skills. He has experience of over 15 years, and has successfully performed over thousands of full mouth rehabilitations with and without implants.
He has had several celebrity clients thanks to his impeccable reputation.
Dr. Shankar firmly believes that proper health of teeth and functioning of the oral cavity is as important as the functioning of any other part of the body. And oral health should be equally paid attention to with a lot of care.
Prof. Dr. M.S. Gowd
Fellow American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Compassion, passion and credibility – if there had to be a few words that describe one of the pioneers of dentistry in South Ìndia, these words would fit the bill. Meet Prof. Dr. M. S. Gowd, who, through his clinics – Dr. Gowds Dental Clinics – has redefined the way people smile.
One of the reasons why it shouldn’t be a matter of surprise that he managed to carve a golden spot for himself in the field of orthodontics in South India is his inclination towards healthcare.
The credentials that Prof. Dr. M. S. Gowd has are one aspect of his expertise. However, we all know, that fancy degrees aren’t what makes someone a health care provider. What makes Prof. Dr. M. S. Gowd and his clinics stand out is wisdom, compassion, empathy and elegance. Bringing in new technologies wouldn’t work if India weren’t ready for the change. Prof. Dr. M. S. Gowd can be accredited for bring in a change in the way Indians look at their dental health. One instance of it can be seen where Dr. Gowds Clinic has adopted two villages for their oral health care to help them prevent many other health problems that can be a cause of poor dental and oral health.
In fact, all these qualities have been passed on to his next generation. Being the family-oriented gentleman that he is, he is a figure of inspiration to his children – Snigdha Gowd and Vikas Gowd – both of whom have followed his glorious footsteps to establish their own identities as the leading faces of Dr. Gowds Dental Clinics.
However, for the uninitiated, a reputable and honorary name in the world of dentistry didn’t happen due to mere good luck- he earned all of it fair and square. His name is well-known in India in the field of dentistry. With the intention of making dental care not a medical affair but an experience in itself, Dr. M. S. Gowd set up Dr. Gowds Dental, taking dental care beyond just a need.
He founded Dr. Gowds Clinic in the year 1972 and brought to India a new vision of dentistry. His clinics were pioneers of many new technologies in South India. He is the first to introduce cosmetic and implant dentistry in Andhra Pradesh. His daughter, his most deserving legatee, Prof. Dr. Snigdha Gowd has built new clinics under the same name and has spread the skill and expertise of Dr. Gowds Clinic to new territories. Under her supervision, Dr. Gowds Clinics have started pioneering latest dental procedures like accelerated orthodontics, invisaligns, painless dentistry, and other minimally invasive and surgical procedures.
He is a dental surgeon, a prosthodontist (an expert in mending structural defects in your teeth, palate and jaws like repairing a broken tooth etc.) who chiefly works from his clinics in South India.
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery in 1967 from Osmania University and later went to Bombay University and finished his Master’s Degree in Dental Surgery in 1971. Since then he has been a practitioner in dental clinics. By now, he has and experience of 40 years in the field.
His clinics are also graced by the services of Prof. Dr. Vikas Gowd (son), Dr. Keerthi Gowd (daughter-in-law) and Prof. Dr. T Shankar (son-in-law). His assisting doctors and staff are also well-trained which elevates his clinics to higher levels. All the clinics are well updated with the latest technologies and modern equipment.
His expertise has not gone unnoticed by the government officials as well. He has spent 22 years in government service in Army Dental College and retired as a dean from the same institute. Prof. Dr. M.S. Gowd is the first dentist from Andhra Pradesh to have the pride of serving as the President of Indian Prosthodontic Society. He is also the first person to be selected as the official dentist for the Governor and has been a consultant to the Governor for the last 17 years.
Beyond his clinics in South India, he has also worked as a visiting dentist in many other dental hospitals and clinics in India and beyond. He is also a member of major dental organisations of the world like International Association for Dental Research (Virginia, United States), American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has been an academician in American College of Dentists, Federation Dentistry International, International College of Dentists, and International College of Prosthodontics.
His efforts and excellence was appreciated by the Megacity Navakala Vedika during Doctors Day Celebration in 2012. He was awarded the Vydyasiromani Award. He is the only Indian to have received this honor till now.
He has not limited his service to health care. He has extended his talent to write various notable books for the field of dentistry. In fact, he did not even limit himself to writing in Telugu (his mother tongue) or English (second language in India and a global language) only. He tried his hands on Hindi and Urdu also to facilitate dental study for people of other lingual communities also. His most notable books are Smile, Designing Smile To Smile, Smile Redefined, Oral Hygiene And Common Dental Problems, Mee Chirunavvunu Saridhidukondi-Comprehensive Dental Care and Education (Telugu), Muskaan (Hindi), and Muskurahat (Urdu).
It’s no wonder that as of today Dr. Gowds Dental is ranked in the top three best dental clinics in Hyderabad.
Prof. Dr. Vikas Gowd
M.D.S. Oral Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Implantology
Dr. Vikas Gowd has undergone training in the U.S.A., Switzerland & Germany in advanced bone grafting procedures & tissue regeneration around implants, and surgical & prosthodontic phases in dental implants. He exclusively practices implants dentistry and is considered to be one of the best implant dentists in Hyderabad. Dr. Vikas is also a Member and Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologist. He has been extensively trained in many implant systems.
Dr. Vikas Gowd is the first Indian to be conferred expert in implantology by the European Association of Implantologist BDCI EDI. He has also been honoured for having conducted a clinical study on bone regeneration from the stem cells, which differentiated into osteoblasts along with RE GROW.
Dr. Keerthi Gowd
M.D.S. Oral & Maxillofacial Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Dr. Keerthi has been practising orthodontics for almost a decade and has treated children from the age of 5 years to adults as well as older adults aged 50 years. She specialises in different types of braces including visible and invisible, although her special interests lie in invisible braces, clear and lingual braces. Dr. Keerthi has also handled various cases of cleft lip and palate and surgical orthodontics.
Dr. Keerthi has also conducted and lead multiple dental and oral health camps in schools and has given lectures on creating awareness about oral hygiene.
Dr. Shilpa Reddy
In-house MDS Endodontist
specialist in Painless Single Sitting Root Canal Treatment.
Dr. Shilpa Reddy is an asset to Dr. Gowds Clinic when it comes to complex endodontic treatments. She addresses the dental emergencies of the clinic.
She is known well for her brilliant communication skills. Her patients and her colleagues describe her as a friendly and patient person. She emphasizes on clarity – she believes that a patient should be well aware of his problems and must be well-informed about the treatment he is receiving. She is a careful listener. Ironically, her quirk is her capability of understanding and relating to a patient’s requirement without having them to explain their issue in excruciating detail. She likes to get to straight to business, cutting out the formalities.
She went to Army College of Dental Science for her BDS, the same college where Prof. Dr. M. S. Gowd was employed in. Look at the turn of events – when she went to college as an aspiring dentist, little did she know that the person advising her during her academics will be the same person mentoring her during her hands-on experience. However, before joining us at Dr. Gowds Clinic, she went to Gitam Dental College and Hospital to do her MDS on Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics.
She specialises in single sitting root canal, complex endodontic procedures, conservative management of traumatised teeth (both primary and permanent) etc. However, her personal interests also include cosmetic corrections of defective of teeth, smile designing and aesthetic rehabilitation.
In-house Cosmetic Dentist.
In-house Endodontist MDS
specialist in Painless Single Sitting Root Canal Treatment.
Dr. Vishaka Mandal
In-house Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Vishakha Mandal is one of our cherished prosthodontics.
She has obtained her BDS from Goa Dental College & Hospital and has done a one year residentship in the department of Prosthodontics. But what makes her a valuable addition to our team is not just her good academic records and experiences as a dentist; she has a specialisation in hospital management as well. She has a pleasing personality which makes it much easier for a patient to discuss their dental problems and requirements. Her professional training in this field enables us to create a professional and yet a comfortable environment for the patients. She contributes hugely to increase the quality of our service which is considered to be a religious motto at Dr. Gowds.
Her clinical skills include aesthetic dentistry like smile makeover and teeth whitening, paediatric dentistry and preventive dentistry. She is considerate of parents’ anxiety related to their children’s dental health. She has both the skill and the fondness to treat paediatric dental issues. She also stresses on the importance of taking good oral care and preventing dental issues altogether. This is what motivates her to pursue preventive dentistry.
She is very passionate about her profession and caring about her clients. In her own words, “As a dentist, my motto is to always send a patient with a healthy smile.” She is open to feedback – both positive (that motivates her) and negative (so that she can improve on her skills.)
Dr. Bharani Laxmi
In-house Cosmetic Dentist.