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Dr. Gina Pham, also known as Dr. Gina, is a pediatric dentist with a heartfelt dedication to serving the dental needs of children. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Dr. Gina's journey into dentistry began with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Colorado. However, her passion for working with children and her compassionate nature led her to transition into the field of pediatric dentistry.

After earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Howard University, College of Dentistry, Dr. Gina pursued specialized training in pediatric dentistry at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine. It was there that she honed her skills and expertise in providing comprehensive dental care tailored specifically to infants, children, and adolescents.

In 2002, Dr. Gina completed her residency training, earning her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Since then, she has dedicated over 22 years to the practice of pediatric dentistry, making a meaningful difference in the lives of countless young patients and their families. Her extensive experience encompasses all scopes of pediatric dentistry, including proficiency in oral sedation, IV sedation, and hospital dentistry.

As a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Gina upholds the highest standards of professional excellence and quality care in her practice. She remains actively engaged in professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Virginia Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, staying current with the latest advancements and best practices in her field.

Dr. Gina's commitment to her patients extends beyond the dental chair. She is deeply involved in her community and continually seeks opportunities to promote oral health education and awareness among children and their families.

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Dr. Austin Gia Duong,
Pediatric Dentist
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Dr. Gia Duong, aka, Dr Austin is a highly experienced and compassionate board-certified pediatric dentist serving the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) areas. He obtained his dental degree from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania and subsequently pursued specialized training in pediatric dentistry at the renowned Children’s Hospital of Michigan. With a deep passion for working with children of all ages, Dr. Austin is dedicated to ensuring that every child receives a positive dental experience under his care.

Dr. Austin's philosophy centers around creating a comfortable and welcoming environment where children feel at ease during their dental visits. He specializes in treating patients under oral sedation, general anesthesia, and nitrous oxide, providing tailored solutions to meet each child's unique needs. As a member of both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, Dr. Austin stays abreast of the latest advancements in pediatric dentistry to offer the highest quality care to his patients.

In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Austin is known for his warm demeanor and genuine concern for his patients' well-being. Outside of his practice, he enjoys pursuing his hobbies, including playing the piano, staying active at the gym, and exploring new destinations through travel. Dr. Duong's dedication to his profession and his patients makes him a trusted and respected figure in the field of pediatric dentistry in the DMV area.

Dr. Soraya Zakerin, known affectionately as Dr. Soraya, is a dedicated general dentist specializing in adolescent care, serving as the lead practitioner at Fort Totten's office in Northeast Washington DC. Her journey in dentistry began with a rigorous academic pursuit, graduating with distinction from Northern Carolina University in August 2017. There, she earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology, complemented by minors in Chemistry and Social Economics and Justice.

Driven by her passion for oral health and patient care, Dr. Soraya's exceptional credentials led her to gain acceptance into a prestigious dental program at a renowned North Carolina institution. Following the successful completion of her Doctorate in Dental Surgery, she embarked on a comprehensive residency program at New York Presbyterian Hospital & Cornell Medicine. During this intensive period, Dr. Soraya immersed herself in various facets of dentistry, including general and pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, emergency medicine, and the management of medically complex cases, including challenging dental oncology cases.

Dr. Soraya's professional prowess is matched only by her innate compassion and empathy towards her patients. Her gentle demeanor and understanding nature have endeared her to countless children at Shiningstars Pediatric Dentistry, where she has provided expert dental care. It is her commitment to personalized, compassionate treatment that has earned Shiningstars Dental a distinguished reputation within the DC community.

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