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Our Dentists in Laurel, MD

Dentist in Laurel, MD

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our doctors’ training, professional credentials and work experience.

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Dr. Mitchell Weiner

Family Dentistry

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.

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Dr. Richard Batz

Family Dentistry

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 Thesis Award.

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. Sumana Kafle

Pediatric Dentistry

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. Francis Hunte

Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics

Dr. Francis Hunte attended Howard University where she completed the Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Dental Surgery accelerated the 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 Science 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

Family Dentistry

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

Family Dentistry

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

Family Dentistry

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

Family Dentistry

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. Fariba Danesh

Family Dentistry

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. Bobby Manoochehri (Mann)

Family Dentistry

Dr. Bobby Manoochehri (Dr. Mann) is a Maryland native who attended Montgomery County schools then attended the world’s first dental school here in the great state of Maryland at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where he obtained a bachelors is Biology. Dr. Mann stays up to date with all the newest dental technology while taking extra continuing education classes.

When Dr. Mann is not busy practicing dentistry he enjoys sports and outdoor activities while maintaining a healthy fitness.

Dr. Ronald Gravitz

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Ronald Gravitz, a second generation Washingtonian, has been practicing Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry in Montgomery County for nearly 40 years. Following graduation from Winston Churchill H.S., he received a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, for his D.M.D degree. Finally, he obtained his certificate in Pedodontics from the University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, and the John F Kennedy Institute, which is affiliated with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ron split private practice and teaching at the University of Maryland Dental School, for which he was honored with their three “Outstanding Clinical Instructor” awards over a five year period. Ron is a firm believer that all children deserve the best possible dentistry that is available-and not undergo what he did as a child.

Dr. Valerie Okehie

Endodontic Dentistry

Dr. Valerie Okehie completed her undergraduate training at University of Maryland College Park where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Neurobiology in 2005. Upon graduation, she enrolled in dental school at University of Maryland Baltimore and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree 2009. In 2010, she completed a one-year General Practice residency at Monteflore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Dr. Valerie returned to Maryland where she practiced General Dentistry from 2010-2012. In 2015, she completed a three-year endodontic specialty program and successful defended her thesis, obtaining her certificate in endodontics and a Master of Science degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr Okehie is also a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

Dr. Tontesh Tawady

Endodontic Dentistry

Dr. Tontesh Tawady graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. He received his dental degree from the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry in 2012 and completed a general practice residency at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In 2016, Dr.Tawady completed a three-year endodontic residency at the University of Maryland Post-Graduate Endodontic Program with a master’s degree. While at the University of Maryland, he pursed in endodontic healing and its relationship to Diabetes, and was awarded an American Association of Endodtics (AAE) grant. This research led to a top resident award at the 2015 AAE National Conference. Dr. Tawady was also awarded the Tony Poti Memorial Scholarship which is given to the resident who demonstrated consistent excellence in the field of the clinical endodontics.

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