The doctor-patient connection is a long-term relationship. I see my patients at least two times a year. During their visits they share stories with me as well as their good and bad news. I get to know them as people, and we talk about weddings, babies, graduations, vacations, and grandchildren. We also share sad news and offer strength and encouragement to each other. My patients are part of my extended family and I care for them as such.
Dentistry is not only caring for teeth; it’s caring for people. I am honored by the trust patients place in me, to care for their smiles and improve their quality of life.
When I was five years old, I knew I wanted to be a dentist. I’ve been practicing for more than 30 years, overseas and at home, and I know I made the right decision to follow my dream. As a dentist, I’m able to move patients out of pain, restore their ability to chew comfortably and properly, and lift their self-esteem. I cannot imagine anything more fulfilling to do with my life.
Education and Continuing Education
I hold a double degree in dentistry. In 1985 I graduated from the College of Dentistry University of Baghdad. In 1999 I was licensed in Lebanon, and in 2001 I graduated from the International Program at the New York University College of Dentistry with a diploma in endodontics.
In the same year I passed the challenge exam, which allowed me to enter the advanced standing program for foreign dentists, so I was allowed to finish in two years instead of the customary three. In 2003 I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery by the New York University College of Dentistry.
One of the most fascinating aspects of dentistry is the ongoing advances. New techniques, materials, and technologies are constantly being developed. I’m a life-long learner; it’s part of who I am and part of my commitment to my patients. Patients trust me to provide them with the best treatment experience and strongest results; continuing dental education ensures I do not disappoint them.
I actively participate in oral healthcare study clubs and live webinars. I also attend dental meetings, lectures, and seminars. In addition, I remain current on discussions of treatment modalities through dental journals and related publications.
As well as volunteering with the Connecticut Mission of Mercy, I am a member of the:
- American Dental Association
- Greater Danbury Dental Society
- Colgate Oral Health Advisor
I am the recipient of the American Best Dentist Award for General and Cosmetic Dentistry from 2010 through 2015. I have also received the Patient’s Choice Award for my commitment to quality patient care and contributions to the Brookfield dental community.
I was born in Baghdad, Iraq, grew up in Kuwait, and returned to Baghdad for dental school. Since 2004 I’ve called New Fairfield my home. I have two children, along with my corgi, Annie, who is the best dog ever.
My daughter is a television producer. In 2016, my son graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry. He’s following in my footsteps and I couldn’t be happier.
I enjoy spending time decorating my home, traveling, working out, and walking. I am an animal lover and always make sure the birds enjoy the food I leave out for them.