Both Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh and Dr. Maryam Saleh of Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group are associated with the Academy of General Dentistry. What is the Academy of General Dentistry? Why should it make you more confident in our practice as a center for dentistry?

The Academy of General Dentistry Explained

Dentists are already expected to study for at least eight years before they can begin to practice. For most, this represents four years of undergraduate study, usually in the sciences, and four more years of graduate study at a dental school. Afterwards, continuing education (also abbreviated as CE) is necessary to guarantee knowledge of new techniques, oral health discoveries and developing dental technology. Although almost all dentists participate in some form of continuing education, it can often be without a driving goal or purpose. In contrast, the Academy of General Dentistry provides a rigorous form of academic direction and testing to help dentists become better practitioners. The result is better service for their patients as a result of their studies.

Master | Academy of General Dentistry | FellowFor example, Dr. Saleh is a Fellow of the Academy (FAGD). This means that she completed 500 hours of CE and passed the Fellowship exam. Therefore, she has demonstrated an excellent knowledge of and interest in “currently accepted knowledge, techniques and practices in general dentistry.”

Master | Academy of General DentistryDr. Alizadeh is a Master with the Academy (MAGD). This designation requires 1,100 hours of CE, and the majority of it must be in specified dental courses. It also requires that the candidate pass all of the requirements for a Fellow of the Academy.

As a result of their accomplishments, you can be certain that both Dr. Alizadeh and Dr. Saleh have a demonstrated interest in staying current with modern dentistry. This brings great benefits to their patients. Not only are they consistently using best practices, but they are also offering a wider array of treatment options. When you require a consultation, treatment, or a second opinion for a dental problem, you can trust the judgment, techniques and equipment found at the Marconi Dental Group.

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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.

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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.

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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.