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Treating Everyone Like Family

“We wait for your caravan every year, you know, it is the only dental care we get here. I feel so much younger, thanks to you, doctor,” was the gratitude that I received from the village woman as she hugged me."

That first day, while volunteering for the Medical Therapeutic Caravan, changed me in so many ways and it gave me the opportunity to notice why I fell in love with dentistry so long ago: its art makes me curious, and I like to be able to build a rapport with patients and ease their worries. I thought of my patient as my canvas, and my tools as my brushes. Not only did I have to examine and fix and create, but I also had to prepare, and prime my patient: in other words, I had to build a relationship with her and ease her nerves. I’ll never forget the look of deep trust and gratitude as her face radiated the most beautiful smile.

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Dr. Tarek Abousheta
Board Certified Orthodontist
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Education & Training

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Awards & Honors

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Professional Memberships

  • Masters of Science Degree in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA​
  • Craniofacial Molecular Genetics and Stem Cell Research Fellowship Program, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Orofacial pain shadowing program, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Lexington, KY
  • Bachelors of Dental Medicine and Surgery, University of Alexandria, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria, Egypt
Dr. Bahar C. Ghafouri
Orthodontist

Personalized Care for Unique Smiles

“I learn from my patients and their families every day. Parents give me pearls of information about parenting, patients share stories of their lives, adventures, and interests, and both become part of my family. I love caring for a diverse group of people, from many walks of life and different cultures. Each person and each encounter enriches my life. I hope I do the same for them.”

I have been blessed to join a profession that helps people achieve their functional and aesthetic goals. At the same time, I learn who they are and see each person grow in self-esteem and confidence. It’s a joy to help people make a positive, lasting change in their lives.

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Dr. Bahar C. Ghafouri
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Education & Training

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Professional Memberships

I completed high school, in England, when I was 16. I was then accepted to dental school when I was 19, at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, where I completed my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. I went on to complete my Orthodontic Residency and a Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology when I was 23.

I love learning and orthodontics is perfect for that. It’s exciting to learn about new developments, in technology and techniques, and patients benefit from that knowledge. I want my patients to have the most comfortable orthodontic experience and the most incredible results.

I complete many hours of continuing education each year, through seminars, lectures, and meetings. This allows me to learn from the leaders in the field.

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Dr. Deepa

Dr. Deepa grew up in our beautiful Southern California in Mission Viejo before attending the University of California San Diego where she received her Bachelors of Science in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience. Her desire to use science to help others would lead her to complete a couple of years of cancer research in San Diego and to earn her Master’s Degree in Physiology from Loma Linda University. Her studies at Loma Linda University introduced her to dentistry. She completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D) at Nova Southeastern University of Dental Medicine in Florida and came back to practice dentistry in her home of Southern California. Recognizing that she wanted to better serve the children in her community, she formally finished her pediatric dental specialty training at the NYU Lutheran Medical Residency site in San Diego (associated with Rady’s Children’s Hospital) so that she could work with all children including those with medical and behavioral special needs.

Dr. Deepa is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (Board Certified Pediatric Dentist). She holds memberships with the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Fernando Dental Society, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Deepa Pandian, DMD
Pedodontist
Transforming Lives through Smiles

The best part of my work is when I show a patient their “before” photos and then their new smile. The look of joy, amazement, and pride on their faces is something that continues to delight. This is especially true for those patients who have had a dramatic improvement in appearance and function. It’s a blessing to know there are thousands of people who have benefited from the care I’ve provided, who now have a lifetime of beautiful, healthy, and confident smiles.

Each of my patients is important to me. They present a puzzle to be solved: how to make their teeth and face balance in the most attractive and functional manner? I must call on my knowledge of science, medicine, and art, along with psychology, to help patients achieve their best smile.

Dr. Wanda I. Claro (retired)
Dr. Wanda I. Claro (retired)

"Serving and Supporting Our Community, While Providing Personalized Care for Children, Teens and Adults to the Highest Standards of Professional Excellence Since 1975" was our team's mantra for 43 years.

Irm and I were so blessed to have had such outstanding and dedicated assistants over the lifetime of our practice. I know that Dr. Abousheta and his wonderful staff will continue in the same tradition, having practiced side by side with him and many hours spent out of the office reviewing cases together, discussing practice management and the application of new technologies and learning together at professional meetings.

Dr. Ronald Jawor (retired)
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Our Team
From the moment you contact our office, we want you to feel welcome and appreciated. Our team is friendly, fun and professional and we work hard to provide an exceptional experience at every visit. We want you to enjoy this exciting, life-changing process and hope that you will share and laugh with us throughout your treatment in our office.
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Nancy R.
Office Manager of Astonishment
Janet B.
Smile Coordinator
Cheryl M.
Smile Ninja
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Smile Ninja
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Smile Ninja
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