Meet Your Team

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Minh Thu Truong
D.D.S.
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Truong says, “Dentistry provides me with an instant gratification from helping people. It’s a field that allows me to passionately express my artistic side in a scientific profession while at the same time taking patients out of discomfort and giving them healthy smiles!”

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Dr. Truong received her Dental Degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. To keep up with evolving technology, she’s a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Kern County Dental Association. She also speaks Vietnamese.

Dr. Truong says, “I love grand flower arrangements whether fresh flowers or silk. I enjoy reading, traveling, camping and cooking. My patients should know that I am funnier then I appear.”

Education

  • B.S., Biology–University of Southern California
  • D.D.S.–USC School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Kern County Dental Association
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Avo Babian
D.D.S.
Orthodontist

About Me

A third generation dentist, Dr. Babian says, “Nothing can bring me more pleasure than the expression on a patient’s face when orthodontic treatment is complete and they are satisfied with the outcome; showing off their smile for everyone to see! I feel pride in my achievement and happy for the patient’s improved self-esteem.”

After graduating from the niversity of California at Los Angeles, Dr. Babian received his Dental Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, he’s a member of the California Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. He also speaks Armenian.

Away from the office, Dr. Babian enjoys volunteering for youth programs, mentoring kids, scuba diving, playing football and traveling.

Education

  • B.S., Biology–University of Southern California
  • D.D.S.–UCLA School of Dentistry
  • Orthodontic Training–University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Fernando Valley Dental Society
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
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Ali Pootrakul
D.D.S., M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

About Me

Dr. Pootrakul is committed to the highest quality dental care. As an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon he appreciates his role in providing pain relief to his patients through often complex surgical procedures. He applies a caring, detail-oriented approach to each patient’s case, taking time to solve their dental issues effectively, and thoughtfully provides treatment options that are specifically designed around each patient’s needs.

Patients that have had traumatic dental visits in the past at other offices, are pleasantly surprised with his kind manner and gentle approach to Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Whether you are having a simple extraction or all four wisdom teeth removed under sedation you will feel more like you are at a spa then a dental office. His scope of practice ranges from extractions to full facial reconstruction. His education and surgery training allow him to handle the most complex medical and dental cases without the need to go to a hospital.

After graduating from St John’s University, Dr. Pootrakul earned his D.D.S. from the SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry. He received his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training from the Westchester Medical Center. He also speaks Spanish and Farsi.

Away from the office, Dr. Pootrakul likes spending time with his wife and son. He enjoys relaxing with exercise and is a classic car enthusiast.

Education

  • B.S., Applied Math–St John’s University
  • D.D.S.–SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training–Westchester Medical Center

Affiliations

  • American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
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Saied Samuel Ahdout
D.M.D.
Periodontics

About Me

Freindly Dr. Ahdout is a dentist on a mission. Because of the effect dentistry has on peoples overall health, Dr. Ahdout feels his greatest task as a Periodontist is to help restore teeth to optimal health and thereby promote a pain-free and infection-free life. It’s an added satisfaction for him to witness the improvement of his patients’ self-esteem as their course of treatments progress and their smile and well being improves.

After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Ahdout received his Dental Degree from the famous University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He has more than two decades of clinical experience and keeps abreast of cutting edge technology. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. He speaks Persian also!
 
In his free time, Dr. Ahdout relaxes by enjoying the cinema and sports.

Education

  • B.A.-Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • D.M.D.-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association

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9600 Rosedale Highway Suite A
Bakersfield, CA 93312
661-380-7325

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