Truly a Family Practice

The Marconi Dental Group would like to introduce Dr. Maryam Saleh, DDS and FAGD, to our Carmichael dental practice. As mentioned in an earlier article, Dr. Saleh brings a special interest in dentistry for children and young people to our group. In this sense, she makes the Marconi Dental Group a full-fledged family practice. She also makes us a family dental office in another sense — she is the wife of our other Carmichael dentist, Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh.

As mentioned in her biography, Dr. Saleh graduated from the New York University College of Dentistry after earning her undergraduate degree in Biology at Pennsylvania State University. While she has always enjoyed studying science, Dr. Saleh found that “being stuck in a lab and staring through microscopes” just did not appeal to her. If research in the biological sciences was not in her future, she had to find another career, and some friends seeking degrees in dentistry convinced her to join the college dental club. After shadowing a local dentist, she was hooked.

Dr. Saleh immediately started studying about dentistry and even became a dental assistant while attending college. She realized that dentistry would allow her to be a medical practitioner, yet still have time for a family. When she came to her dental school, the future Dr. Saleh ended up working on the “family” part of her future too!

Finding Her Future in New York City

Dr. Maryam Saleh, graduate of Penn State and New York University College of Dentistry.
Favorite Toothbrush
Colgate Soft
Favorite Toothpaste
Colgate Total
Favorite Floss
Glide
Favorite Gum
Trident Tropical Twist

Dr. Alizadeh was already studying in New York, one year ahead of Dr. Saleh. They got along well together and when she finished her degree, she too came to California, now to complete a residency in dentistry. Through a residency, Dr. Saleh gained more experience in complicated dental procedures, especially those involving oral surgery. Afterwards, she came to the Carmichael area, working as a dentist in Elk Grove, Folsom and Roseville.

Dr. Alizadeh and Dr. Saleh have two children together, a daughter and a son. Their son was born five months ago and Dr. Saleh is returning to dentistry, this time alongside her husband. “We have the same goals and objectives for patient care. We know that we’re both highly committed to the practice and together we give patients the choice between a male or female practitioner. Best of all, we can now offer pediatric dentistry too.”

What is an FAGD?

By the way, if you’re curious about the initials after Dr. Saleh’s and Dr. Alizadeh’s titles, a DDS is a Doctor of Dental Surgery. An FAGD is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. While a DDS is a standard dental degree, the FAGD is held by only 13,000 dentists worldwide. Becoming a fellow of the Academy requires passing a lengthy examination and completing hundreds of hours of continuing education in dentistry. Both Dr. Alizadeh and Dr. Saleh are convinced that the key to providing quality dental care involves studying the latest developments in dentistry and their status as Fellows is proof of their dedication to high professional standards and their patients’ well-being.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.