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Dr. Arash Hakhamian
Born in the city of Tehran, Iran, Dr. Arash comes from a family of Dentists and Doctors. Spending much of his childhood in his father’s dental practice, his passion for dentistry has been lifelong. Likewise, Dr. Arash’s passion for public service was inspired by his mother who, as a nurse and midwife, was deeply involved in multiple charities and service programs.
In the 1980s, Dr. Arash’s family immigrated first to Germany, then to Austria, and finally to the United States where he has resided for the last 30 years and currently practices. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, where he played varsity football, basketball, and volleyball, Dr. Arash attended UCLA and graduated with honors with a degree in Anthropology and Psychobiology. He was then accepted into USC’s School of Dentistry and graduated again with honors. As a dentist, Dr. Arash specializes in Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. And in the last 5 years, he has developed into a leading expert in Teledentistry.
When asked where he sees the dental industry going in the next few years, Dr. Arash said, “The dental industry will experience massive growth and consolidation over the next 5 years with corporate interests investing billions of dollars into the profession. Dentists will have to catch up with technological advancements such as Teledentistry, robotics, and mobile dentistry if they want to stay competitive with the medical field. These technologies will not only serve to increase access to dental care for millions of patients around the world, but they will also create new and innovative ways for new graduates and retiring dentists to generate revenue and practice dentistry.”
With his expertise and knowledge, Dr. Arash predicts that Teledentistry will undoubtedly be one of the major players in advancing Dentistry around the world. And, when combined with robotics, will serve as the future of Dentistry with virtual dentists providing remote patient monitoring and even treatment of patients. His company, Dentulu, was recently recognized by the American Dental Association as the best Teledentistry company in the world.
“Technology has the power to connect us all and my vision is to maximize and leverage technology to help Dentists reduce their costs and increase the efficiency of how they practice Dentistry.”
With the goal of being an ambassador of Dentistry to the general public and also the medical profession, Dr. Arash aims to create communication, collaboration, and connectivity between dentists, their medical counterparts, and of course, their patients. It was because of this that being chosen as a Regent for the Global Summits Institute, founded by Dr. Kianor Shah, was a perfect fit for Dr. Arash – and, as he says, “One of the highlights of my career.”
In his interview with Top Doctor Magazine, Dr. Arash explained that he was honored to share the stage with some of the greatest Dentists in the world where everyone could share their experiences and techniques to strengthen the common goal of advancing their noble profession.
The Doctor-To-Doctor movement that was established with the Global Summits Institute was recognized by Dr. Arash as a movement that not only empowers the professionals in a marketplace where third-party companies are disrupting the autonomy of healthcare, but that also protects the interests of doctors and patients. He believes that dentists and all doctors have to collaborate much more directly with one another, share information, recommendations, and experiences to protect themselves and their patients from too much corporate interest.
“The Doctor-To-Doctor movement is the fundamental backbone of everything I am doing now since its defining principles are to help fellow practitioners through education, support, and freedom of information.”
When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Arash travels internationally to developing countries where he volunteers his time and expertise establishing dental protocols for various medical missions. Additionally, as a self-proclaimed technology convention junkie, he spends a significant amount of time researching emerging technologies – often the only dentist to be found immersing himself within a sea of other techie nerds, software developers, and entrepreneurs.
When asked what’s next for him, Dr. Arash told Top Doctor Magazine that for the next 10 or so years of his life, outside of seeing patients and volunteering, he will be focused on advancing his Teledentistry company Dentulu. His goal is to grow it into a dental technology company made by Dentists for Dental professionals – a unicorn of a company that will be going public within the next few years.
“I hope to change dentistry for the better and leave a mark on this profession in the most positive way possible.”
You can learn more about Dr. Arash and his practice here.
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