Dentist in Laurel, MD
The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our doctors'
training, professional credentials and work experience.
Dr. Mitchell Weiner
Dr. Mitchell Weiner is a general dentist who earned a Doctor in Dental
Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. Dr.
Weiner also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg University
where he was president of the biology honor society.
Dr. Weiner has advanced training from a residency program that he completed
from the V.A. Medical Center, University of Louisville, Norton's Children's
Hospital, in Louisville, Kentucky. He received post doctorate training
in all the dental specialties with rotations in oral and maxillofacial
surgery, cosmetic implants, laser surgery, oral pathology, periodontal
surgery, general practice dentistry, TMJ, and anesthesia and intravenous sedation.
Dr. Weiner currently holds dental licenses for the state of Maryland, South
Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia. He was on staff at Prince
George's Hospital Center for almost 20 years and is a volunteer at
a clinic in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. Weiner's advanced training in many areas of dentistry, as well
as his years of experience as a general dentist, is and will continue
to be an important facet to this practice.
Dr. Richard Batz
Dr. Richard Batz is both a dentist and a pharmacist. He graduated from
the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy, with High Honors, and
practiced hospital pharmacy for 15 years. He is also a graduate of the
University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, where he received the Senior
Dr. Batz has experience in working with physicians in oncology, internal
medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, and shock trauma. His knowledge
of pharmacology, and drug interactions is very valuable with the increase
in aging patients with multiple medications. Our multispecialty practice
model is similar to a hospital setting. Dr. Batz believes this gives our
patients optimal care.
Dr. Ali Eghtesadi
(Endodontist- Root Canal Specialist)
Dr. Ali Eghtesadi is an Endodontist specializing in root canals and endodontic
microsurgery. He attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
(UMBC) as an undergraduate student earning a B.S. in biology with honors.
He then went on to attend the University of Maryland Dental School on
a full academic scholarship, which he earned for being in the top 5% of
his entering dental class. After graduation from dental school, Dr. Eghtesdai
was accepted for General Practice at the prestigious Harvard University
School of Dental Medicine. After the completion of his general residency,
Dr. Eghtesadi went on to pursue a specialty in Endodontics at Lutheran
Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Eghtesadi is greatly concerned with patient care and explaining treatment
procedures to his patients in detail. Making his patients comfortable
and reducing their anxiety is of great importance to him.
Dr. Eghtesadi enjoys reading, mountain biking, and playing basketball.
Dr. Fariba Danesh
Dr. Fariba Danesh earned a nursing degree as well as a degree of doctor
of dental surgery. She earned her doctor of dental surgery from Case Western
Reserve University, School of Dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio, where she
earned a clinical scholarship and an award for clinical excellence. She
holds a Maryland state dental license. Dr. Danesh's nursing experience
and her degree in dentistry are a wonderful combination in the dental field.
Dr. Francis Hunte
(Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics)
Dr. Francis Hunte attended Howard University where she completed the Bachelor
of Science, Doctor of Dental Surgery accelerated program, graduating with
honors. Dr. Hunte later completed the Brigham and Women's Harvard-Wide
General Practice Residency program in Boston, MA. She later was accepted
into the Mayo graduate School of Medicine where she completed a four-year
residency in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics.
Dr. Jeffrey Brain
(Periodontist- Gum Specialist)
Dr. Jeffrey Brain was born in Quantico, Virginia and raised in Lima, Peru.
Being raised in Peru he benefits to the office by being one of the few
who are bilingual. He graduated from the University of Maryland Dental
School in 1991 with a Doctorates Degree in Sceince and received The Quintessence
Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics. After getting an officer
commission in the U.S. Naval Dental Corp, he attended a one year General
Practice Residency and worked as a general dentist for 4 years. He graduated
from a 3 year residency in Periodontics at Bethesda Naval Post Graduate
School in 1999 and obtained Diplomate status by the American Board of
Periodontology in 2000. He voluntarily separated from the Navy in 2002
and lives in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Jonathan Dukes
Dr. Jonathan Dukes obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Howard University,
College of Dentistry in 1999 with honors. The following year Dr. Dukes
achieves his Oral Surgery Residency/General Practice Residency at D.C.
General Hospital. Dr. Dukes started working with Drs. Batz and Weiner
beginning the summer of 2000 and has been here ever since. For lesiure,
Dr. Dukes enjoys playing golf and tennis. Dr. Dukes has been happily married
for 20 years, and resides at home with his wife and two sons who are 19 and 15.
Dr. Ronnie Jones
(Periodontist - Gum Specialist)
Dr. Ronnie Jones is a retired United States Army Periodontist with a Doctor
in Dental Surgery and a Bachelor of Dental Sciences Degree from the University
of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. Dr. Jones received his
Post-Doctorate in Periodontics from the U.S. Army, Fort Gorden master
of Oral biology- medical college of Georgia. He was Chief of the Department
of Periodontics in U.S. Army at Epes Dental Clinic, Fort Meade, Maryland.
Dr. Sharon Kavandi
Dr. Sharon Kavandi is a general dentist with over eleven years experience.
She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from George Washington
University. She continued to receive a Master of Microbiology Studies
before entering Georgetown University Dental School. Dr. Kavandi graduated
at the top of her class in May 1990 with a degree in Doctor of Dental.
Dr. Sint Wai Wai
Dr. Sint Wai Wai is a general dentist and graduated from Temple University
School Dentistry, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree
and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Chemistry from Rangoon University.
Dr. Ali Shah
Dr. Ali Shah attended University of Maryland, College Park on full academic
scholarship for his undergraduate career, obtaining a duel Bachelor of
Arts degree in art history and business. He then continued on to receive
his DDS from Howard University, College of Dentistry in 2010
Although Dr. Shah is a new dentist, he started at Drs. Batz and Weiner
at the age of 18 as a sterilization tech. Moving onward to an oral surgical
assistant, he discovered his passion for dentistry and applied to dental
school. Now back at Drs. Batz and Weiner, Dr. Shah’s immense love
for dentistry allows him to enjoy work every day, and when he’s
off, football and basketball are other passions which he loves to pursue!
Dr. Ali Attarpour
(Oral & Facial Surgeon)
Dr. Attarpour received his dental degree from Harvard School of Dental
Medicine and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He then finished
his residency in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General
Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, MA. He had extensive
surgical training in Facial Trauma, Oral Pathology and Reconstructive
Surgery, TMJ disorders, Orthognathic Surgery, Oral Cancer, Facial Cosmetic
Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, Anesthesia, and Dentolaveolar Surgery (extractions,
implants, sinus lifts, and bone grafts).
In addition to his degrees in medicine and dentistry, he holds a Master
of Science degree in Physiology & Biophysics from Georgetown University.
He is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial
Surgeons, Maryland Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, American
Dental Association, American Medical Association, Maryland State Dental
Association, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Sumana Kafle
Dr. Sumana Kafle attended Dental School at New York University College
of Dentistry. During Dental School, she was the President of Pediatric
Club and was actively involved in community service including Dental Health
Fair, Special Olympics, Dental Van, and Give Kids a Smile Day. She received
the Certificate of Merit American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctoral
Student Award for excellence in pediatric dentistry. She has served as
a volunteer for NYU Dental campaign to Grenada, where she provided dental
care and education to underprivileged children. Her experiences reinforced
her passion for working with children and adolescents.
Dr. Kafle entered the pediatric dentistry residency at Yale New Haven Hospital
and furthered her training in all aspects of pediatric dental care.
She is a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American
Dental Association (ADA).
During her free time she enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.
Dr. Irfan Karimullah
Dr. Irfan Karimullah attended the University of Maryland, College Park,
obtaining a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology. After some time exploring
one of his passions, carpentry, he returned to school and received his
DDS from Howard University, College of Dentistry.
During his educational and professional career, Dr. Karimullah has developed
a true love for dentistry. However, he still enjoys spending his time
off with his first love: Sports! Be it watching or playing, you can be
sure to find Dr. Karimullah enjoying sports, especially basketball and
football, when he's not in the office.