Bahar Ata-Abadi, DDS
As a dentist, I serve with compassion and integrity — holding myself to always maintain the highest standards of care.
I have practiced dentistry for 20 years, and still feel as inspired and excited about the profession as I did when I finished dental school. Every day presents opportunities to help people: relieving pain, restoring function, brightening a smile, or showing someone that painless dental care is possible. With each procedure and every interaction, I have the opportunity to improve someone’s health and enjoyment of life.
Initially, I was drawn to the profession because I wanted to change the image of dentists: at the time, many had the reputation as being grumpy men! (Twenty years ago there were not many female dentists; that has changed in the years since I graduated.) I hope I have played a role in changing how people think of dentistry by offering gentle, supportive, individual care, and always listening to what each patient desires while seeking to understand their concerns.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my career is the connection that develops with my patients. I treasure each relationship that has grown over the years, and appreciate the time I have had to get to know people and their families.
Education and Experience
I attended the University of Nebraska Omaha for my undergraduate studies. While there, I worked on several medical and dental research projects at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Next, I attended Creighton University School of Dentistry, where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1999.
Following dental school, I moved to Arizona with my husband, Dr. Kamran Ata-Abadi, and we opened our private practice.
Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
Dentistry and dental medicine is an ever-changing field. Research leads to new techniques, materials, and technologies. I stay current on the latest changes, and carefully study each before deciding on whether to incorporate the new option into patient care.
A member of the American Dental Association and Arizona Dental Association, I have access to a range of continuing education offerings. In addition to meetings, seminars, and lectures, I attend training events and avidly read the journals and other professional publications.
Beyond the Office
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, I spent time in Hamburg, Germany, before coming to the United States and making my home in Scottsdale.
Dr. Kamran and I have two wonderful children: a beautiful daughter, who is a singer/songwriter and currently in college, and a wonderful son in high school. Time with family is my passion, especially supporting my kids and their many interests and activities. I am also an avid reader.
As a former refugee, I volunteer locally with a community outreach program, to treat refugees from all over the world who are settling in Phoenix. I also volunteer with the Arizona Mission of Mercy.