Meet Our Dental Providers

Zahra Hashemi, D.D.S., M.S

General Dentist

Growing up, Dr. Zahra Hashemi saw her mother lose her teeth at a young age. This personal experience led Dr. Hashemi to pursue dentistry as a career, in which she most enjoys giving her patients nice, healthy smiles.

Dr. Hashemi began her dental studies in her home country of Iran, where she received her D.D.S. degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. After almost ten years of practice, she moved to the United States and attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry to earn her Master’s degree in Prosthodontics. As an active member of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Dr. Hashemi ‘s services as a General Dentist are supplemented with implant and other prosthodontic procedures.

In addition to English, Dr. Hashemi is fluent in Farsi. Her personal interests range from the artistic to athletic, and include playing music, cooking, traveling, biking, hiking, and playing tennis.

 

Dzien Nguyen, D.D.S

General Dentist 

Dr. Nguyen (better known as “Dr. Z") was first drawn to dentistry after volunteering at the UCLA Dental Clinic as an undergraduate. He loved the level of detail and manual dexterity involved with the profession, and was amazed by how much impact a simple dental procedure could have on someone’s life. He also certainly empathizes with patients having dental fears – he admits to having nightmares himself about bad things happening to his teeth! Accordingly, Dr. Z works closely with his patients to understand their dental priorities, educate them on oral hygiene and maintenance, and achieve the goal of having them leave the office with a healthier mouth. Esthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry are his areas of specialty.

Dr. Z received his D.D.S. degree from New York University. He is affiliated with both the ADA and the CDA, and he is fluent in Vietnamese. Outside the office, he has a variety of interests, including playing basketball, watching movies, traveling, and producing music.

Education

B.S., Psychobiology – UCLA
D.D.S. – New York University

Affiliations

American Dental Association; California Dental Association, Orange County Dental Society

Manreet Pannu, DDS

General Dentist

Dr. Pannu says, “I love helping people smile, and it is a great pleasure to interact with my patients and help them to get the smile they will love! I believe in providing outstanding dental care to my patients, and encourage them to be involved in their treatment in order to achieve the best results possible.” Dr. Pannu realizes that your oral health has a profound impact on your overall well-being.

After graduating from Modi College, Dr. Pannu received her Dental Degree from the Guru Nanak Dev Dental College in India. She received additional training in Operative & Esthetic Dentistry at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. She also speaks Hindi and Punjabi.

Dr. Pannu says, “Away from the office, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my wonderful family.”

Education

B.S., Pre-Dental–Modi College
D.D.S.–Guru Nanak Dev Dental College, India
Operative & Esthetic Dentistry-Boston University School of Dental Medicine


Bassem Alkatib, D.D.S

Endodontist

Bassem Alkatib completed his dental studies at the University of Southern California Dental School, in 2007. He then continued on at USC to receive his certificate in Endodontics and graduated from his training in 2009. He was on the Dean’s list during his studies and received an Honorary Award from the American Academy of Osteointegration for being the best in his class in implant training. Dr. Alkatib is also an internationally trained Oral Surgeon. Because of his dual training, he has a special interest in Surgical Endodontics.
Dr. Alkatib is a professional swimmer and enjoys hiking and spending time with his wife and three children. During his free time, he also enjoys cooking, and traveling to different countries to learn new recipes. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Tri-County Dental Society.

Education

D.D.S. - USC
Certificate, Endodontics - USC

Affiliations

American Dental Association; California Dental Association; Tri-County Dental Society

 

Arthur Johnson, D.D.S

Oral Surgery

Dr. Johnson practices the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, including dentoalveolar surgery, orthognathic surgery, facial reconstruction, obstructive sleep apnea, as well as facial cosmetic surgery. He is especially interested in dental implants, with 10 years of experience using 6 different systems. His attention to detail and philosophy of providing optimal, quality care with the least amount of invasive surgery has earned him trust from patients and confidence from referring doctors.

He received his D.D.S. from The University of Michigan. After completing a General Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital Dr. Johnson attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he earned his Medical Degree in 1998.

Dr. Johnson volunteers with Health Care International where he provides medical and dental care to the undeserved regions of Jamaica. He’s a member of many organizations including the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

In his free time he enjoys travel and relaxing at the beach.

Education

D.D.S–The University of Michigan
M.D.–University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Affiliations

Diplomate-American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons California Medical AssociationAmerican Dental Association

 

Taylor Olsen, D.D.S. M.S.D

Orthodontist

Dr. Olsen says, “I love working to help people increase their self-esteem and to smile more confidently.” He feels that building a foundation of trust by treating his patients as special individuals is vital. He understands how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how he can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience that result in an amazing smile.

Dr. Olsen received his B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and his D.D.S. from the UCLA School of Dentistry. He was awarded his M.S.D. and Orthodontic Certificate from the University of Washington. He is a member of many organizatons including the American Association of Orthodontists and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. Dr. Olsen is also fluent in Spanish.

In his free time Dr. Olsen relaxes with his family. He enjoys surfing, snow skiing, hiking and the Piano.

Education

B.S., Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics–UCLA
D.D.S.–UCLA School of Dentistry
M.S.D., Orthodontic Certificate–University of Washington

Affiliations

American Association of Orthodontists Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists American Dental Association California Dental Association Orange County Dental Society The Crown Council

 

Bobby Soleiman, D.D.S

Periodontist

With over ten years of practice in Periodontics, Dr. Bobby Soleiman takes great pride in his work as a dental specialist. He consistently strives for perfection and never compromises on the care taken and delivered to his patients. Because each patient has individual needs, he makes sure to provide tailor-made solutions and education. Dr. Soleiman also complements his treatments with multiple forms of sedation – such as Oral, Nitrous Oxide, and IV Sedation – to make his patients’ visits as painless and comfortable as possible.

Dr. Soleiman received his D.D.S. degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. He went on to focus his skill set on his chosen specialty through the Advanced Education in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry program at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. During his studies, his academic work garnered him induction into the Tau Kappa Omega and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Societies. He was also selected as the recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology Award for Outstanding Achievement in Periodontists.

Currently, Dr. Soleiman remains active with his peers through his membership to professional organizations such as the California Periodontal Society and the American Dental Association. Outside of his practice, he enjoys basketball, working out, watching movies, and camping with his family. He and his wife have three children.

Education

D.D.S. – University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry
Certificate, Periodontics – Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Affiliations

American Academy of Periodontology; American Dental Association; California Dental Association; California Periodontal Society; Tri-County Dental Society

 

 

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