My uncle was a dentist, and simply watching him work is what initially sparked my interest in the profession. I was very inspired by how he interacted with his patients and how truly close he felt with them. I also like working with my hands and have a passion for both art and science, so you could say that dentistry is a perfect fit for me! It’s very fulfilling to use my skills every day to help people improve their health and appearance in a meaningful way.
I obtained my DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the University of Cologne School of Dentistry in Germany, and this experience showed me just how important having the right technology is to provide the highest quality of care. This is why I only use state-of-the-art instruments and equipment in my practice.
While many doctors would simply start practicing at this point, I wanted to be completely confident in how I could apply my skills in the real world, and this is what led me to pursue prosthodontics. A few years later, I received my Certificate of Advanced Education in Prosthodontics from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California.
Like any field of medicine, there are specialties, and prosthodontics is one within the field of dentistry. In short, prosthodontists are specially trained in the restoration and replacement of damaged and missing teeth, so my expertise encompasses dental implants, implant reconstruction, dentures, and esthetic dentistry.
In order to become a prosthodontist, I had to complete years of intense additional training. The program I went through at USC consisted of 3 years of full-time training for 15 hours a day. That’s quite a bit on top of regular dental school! Prosthodontists are trained to look at dental matters very differently than a general dentist. In the dental profession, prosthodontists are seen as the quarterback of the team. They plan the care and are responsible for delivering results that are beautiful, functional, and long-lasting.
I am originally from northern Iran and have been married to my wife Shadi for more than 17 years. She is a Registered Nurse in the CV ICU at Baylor Scott & White, which is perfect because she is very caring, loving, and concerned about the wellbeing of others. We have two smart and beautiful children, Niema and Ryan. Our family is now based in Plano. I love spending quality time with my family and participate in my children’s activities. In my rare free moments, I also enjoy classical music, soccer, and Formula 1 racing.