Meet Dr. Tarek Abousheta

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.

At sixteen years of age, I was accepted into the University of Alexandria, School of Dentistry in Egypt. After my graduation from dental school I moved to the United States at the age of 21. I entered the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists at the University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry where my passion for dentistry was rekindled. This experience opened me up to the kindness of professors and mentors who challenged me to grow and push the limits of my learning, conveying the importance of continued research, innovation and education.

At the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, I worked on alternative pharmacological agent in bone tissue engineering, which could be applied to help regeneration and repair of birth defects.

During my Craniofacial Molecular Genetics and Stem Cell Fellowship in the department of Orthodontics at The University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, I studied the etiology of craniofacial disorders in humans, with a focus on genetic studies of cleft lip and palate defects. We identified the causes and developed preventive strategies for nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate- the most common and most serious anomalies of the craniofacial region.

The relationships and friendships I’ve formed over the years have meant everything to me. They are founded on trust and respect, and I bring this into my profession. I treat each person who comes into my practice with as much responsibility and care as I would my own family. My greatest joy comes from my daily interactions and the relationships I build with my patients and using my unique skill set and expertise to elevate them.

Education and Training

  • Masters of Science 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

Awards and Honors

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Invisalign Gallery Competition First Place in the Class III Category
  • Excellence Award, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA
  • ​​San Francisco Section of the AADR Award
  • Commitment & Excellence Preceptors Award SFSU/UOP 
  • Dean’s List, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelors of Dental Medicine and Surgery with Honors, University of Alexandria, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria, Egypt

During my orthodontic training, I have had the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and a variety of treatment modalities.  I was honored to win first place in class III category for Invisalign resident competition and had the pleasure of presenting my case at the 2016 Educators’ Conference during the Invisalign Ortho Summit. My experience in treating a diverse spectrum of challenging orthodontic cases including cleft lip and palate, orthognathic surgery, and complex Invisalign cases gives me the knowledge and understanding to provide my patients with the best treatment options tailored to their needs.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • Academy of Orthodontic Excellence

In the Community

Although scholarship and research are important to me, people come first. I believe every single person should have access to proper dental care regardless of location. This intrinsic belief prompts me to volunteer time and expertise to under-served communities and populations. In Alexandria, I provided dental services to orphan children and traveled with a medical caravan to rural areas where dental care was non-existent. At USC, I helped by providing dental treatment in various mobile clinics. My desire to serve the less-fortunate led me to Lima, Peru, where I volunteered through Rotaplast International on a cleft lip and palates mission to help repair these defects. Using my skills in a larger and more impactful way brings me the greatest satisfaction.

  • Smiles Changes Lives provider
  • Rotaplast cleft lip and palate mission, Lima, Peru
  • Queenscare Mobile Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ayuda Clinic, Dental Care for Children, Ensenada, Mexico
  • Mobile ClinicVisalia, CA
  • Hispanic Student Dental Association-USC Boot CampLos Angeles, CA
  • Medical Therapeutic Caravan, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Orphan Day, Alexandria, Egypt

Personal Life

I moved from San Francisco to Irvine and I’m thrilled to be part of the community. When I’m not working with patients, you can find me training for triathlons, exploring new running trails, and cooking. 

Outside orthodontics, my love for learning and growth led me to triathlons, where I’m constantly pushing myself physically and mentally to higher levels. Last year, I successfully completed my first olympic-distance triathlon in Half Moon Bay. This year, I’m training for my first half-ironman distance triathlon.

Life is too short to be serious about everything, and I’m well-known in my circle of friends for being the one to always make people laugh. To me, nothing is better than a radiant and genuine smile.