Meet Your Team

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Karen Sheppard
D.D.S.
General Dentistry

About Me

Dr. Sheppard says, “Dentistry has so much to offer patients: not just the comfort of a healthy smile–new technology enables me to give my patients the beautiful, white smile they feel is important.” Her dedication to her patients is one of the reasons she chose Gentle Dental: “I enjoy building doctor-patient relationships. Trust is so important in helping patients deal with their dental fears, so they can enjoy healthy, beautiful teeth. Gentle Dental provides the environment, along with an excellent staff, to make this a reality.”

Dr. Sheppard has a diverse dental background: she’s served her country as an Army Reserve Dental Officer; worked at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry; and has been in practice for 25 years. She’s received the Quintessence Award Recognition for Dental Research, as well as the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Certificate of Recognition. She’s a member of the A.D.A., WA State Dental Association, and the Snohomish County Dental Association. A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, she loves life in the Pacific Northwest, where “on my days off I become a great tourist–exploring, learning, and enjoying the area’s wonders.”

Education

  • D.D.S. - University of Colorado School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Snohomish County Dental Association
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Camelia Espahbod
D.D.S, M.S.D.
Board Certified Orthodontist
Invisalign Preferred Provider

About Me

Dr. Esphabod’s patients are her first priority and it is her sincere desire to serve them to the very best of her ability. She is careful to make certain that their needs and wishes are being met and that she pays very close attention to all their concerns. As an orthodontist, with her strong general dentistry background, Dr. Espahbod has been able to diagnose patients in multiple aspects of dentistry and work effectively with other dentists and specialists when needed.

Dr. Espahbod received her Dental Degree from the Bogomolets National Medical University Dental School in Kiev. She received her M.S.D. in Oral Medicine from the University of Washington and her Certificate in Orthodontics from the NYU College of Dentistry. She’s a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Board of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association. She also speaks Russian and Persian.

In her spare time, Dr. Espahbod enjoys swimming, cycling, running and skiing along with reading and cooking. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

Education

  • D.D.S.–Bogomolets National Medical University Dental School
  • M.S.D., Oral Medicine–University of Washington
  • Certificate of Orthodontics–NYU College of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association

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Stan Lin
D.D.S.
Endodontist

About Me

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Lin, a published author in the Endodontic field, is proud of the work he has performed on his patients and is committed to providing the highest standard of quality and care.

Dr. Lin earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma,  before obtaining his D.D.S. from New York University College of Dentistry with honors.  Upon graduation from dental school, he relocated to Hawaii to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate through the Lutheran Medical Center and he remained in the islands and practiced as a general dentist for 3 years before beginning his post doctorate Endodontic residency. He received his Endodontic Certificate from the prestigious Oregon Health & Science University. He also speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Dr. Lin enjoys playing with his dog, paddle boarding, hiking, and traveling to unique places such as Antarctica with his wife.


Education

  • B.S., Economics–University of Puget Sound
  • D.D.S.–New York University School of Dental Medicine
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry certificate from Lutheran Medical Center
  • Endodontics Certificate–Oregon Health & Science University

Affiliations

  • American Association of Endodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Hawaii Dental Association
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Henry Rowshan
D.D.S
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

About Me

Dr. Rowshan’s says his vision of surgery has always been “Quality surgical care above and beyond expectations, with the highest level of safety for each patient. Taking care of patients is the most enjoyable part of my every day practice. I enjoy being able to put patients at ease with comfort level of anesthesia for simple and complex surgical procedures” He practices and enjoys all aspects of this unique specialty of dentistry. His primary interests are in dental-alveolar surgery, extraction of simple and complicated teeth under comfortable anesthesia and has extensive experience in the reconstruction of jaws in preparation of implant placement.

After graduating from UC Irvine, Dr. Rowshan received his Dental Degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. He was awarded a Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate from the Eisenhower Army Medical Center. He’s a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

Education

  • B.S., Biology–UC Irvine
  • D.D.S.–Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Certificate-Eisenhower Army Medical Center

Affiliations

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Diplomate
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Diplomate
  • National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
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Aravind Buddula
D.M.D., M.D.S., M.S.
Periodontist

About Me

Dr. Aravind Buddula’s father, a pediatric surgeon, served as his initial inspiration and played a key role in shaping his career. He loves treating his patients and giving them the gentle care they need for great oral health. Delivering periodontal services at multiple Gentle Dental offices throughout the Seattle region, he brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to each patient’s care.

His love for his profession is reflected in his achievements. While studying Dentistry at a top dental school in his home country of India, Dr. Buddula received an award from the International College of Dentists for achieving the highest marks in Prosthodontics. He furthered his education with a Masters of Dental Surgery in Periodontics from the College of Dental Surgery in Manipal, India. He went on to pursue a Certificate in Public Health at the Oklahoma University of Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then attained his D.M.D degree at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Buddula made the Dean’s Honor Roll for his exemplary performance on the National Dental Board examination, and was selected by the world-renowned Mayo Clinic to complete his Fellowship in Periodontology and Masters in Biomedical Sciences. His work there earned him the Dental Student Award for outstanding achievements from the American Academy of Periodontology. Especially interested in implant surgery, he has multiple articles on this topic in international, peer-reviewed journals, and his papers have been accepted for presentations at various national and international conferences. He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association.
 
Recognizing that patient care and understanding are the essence of any health profession, Dr.Buddula has genuine love and concern for his patients. This fact was acknowledged when he was placed amongst the best periodontists in patient care at the Mayo Clinic, based exclusively upon the positive patient feedbacks he received.
 
In his spare time, Dr.Buddula enjoys watching movies and playing cricket. He is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi.

Education

  • D.M.D., Dentistry – Tufts School of Dental Medicine
  • M.D.S. – College of Dental Surgery (India) 
  • M.S., Periodontics – Mayo Clinic

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology

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