"I am passionate about the art and science of orthodontics and have invested most of my life in mastering it. The most rewarding aspects of my job are being able to be a part of an incredible transformation of my patients' teeth and facial structures and witnessing how this transformation influences their self-esteem in a positive way. I also greatly enjoy interacting with patients and their families. Over the course of orthodontic treatment, I look forward to building friendships and relationships with my patients, which I cherish for life. What is exciting about orthodontics is that no single mouth looks exactly the same, so orthodontics remains challenging and fun. My team and I believe in giving personal attention to our patient in a warm and inviting atmosphere where patients feel at home while receiving the highest orthodontic care." Background Dr. Lobat Zainali grew up in Tehran, Iran and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the National University of Iran in 1985. Shortly after, she and her husband moved to the United States. She proceeded to attend the dental school at Howard University in Washington D.C., where she attained the highest scholastic achievement and graduated with honors as the number one ranked student in her class. She received more than 15 honors and awards at graduation and was inducted to the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon society. She immediately continued her post-graduate training in the orthodontic department of Howard University to specialize in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and graduated with outstanding achievement in 1993. After graduation, Dr. Zainali has been practicing as a solo provider in the Frederick, Maryland and the Washington D.C. areas and has had the privilege of creating thousands of beautiful, healthy smiles for the past 22 years. Dr. Zainali is a professor of orthodontics at Howard University and has trained more than one hundred capable orthodontists over the past 16 years. Teaching has kept Dr. Zainali abreast of the latest orthodontic treatment techniques, and she incorporates these new treatment modalities in her everyday practice. Dr. Zainali is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Less than 20% of American orthodontists have been awarded with such a prestigious title. She is also an active member in many leading dental and orthodontic organizations, including the: American Board of Orthodontics American Association of Orthodontists American Dental Association Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists Maryland State Dental Association Frederick County Dental Society Maryland State Society of Orthodontists
We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in providing courteous service to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you are an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctor and staff are committed to helping you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.
Our highest goal at Dr. Zainali's orthodontic office is for parents and families to know that they are placing their children in caring, comfortable and compassionate hands. Our treatment area is always open to parents, and Dr. Zainali and her staff love to have open communication with all patients and their families. We want our patients — whether 7 or 70 years old — to feel completely at ease in our office, and we will do everything we can to help you have a pleasant experience while in orthodontic treatment.
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National University Of Iran, Tehran
Undergraduate School | Graduated
Medical School | Graduated
Residency Hospital | Completed
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What is a recognized doctor?
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Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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