Meet the Residents

Meet the Residents 2019

Keith Blankenship,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • Graduate year: 1999
  • Education Dental: Ohio State University
  • Undergraduate: BSc and MSc in Microbiology from Ohio State University

I have been practicing dentistry for over 18 years and have 4 fellowships. Started my career in the Navy after dental school, followed by private practice. Currently finishing up in the Navy reserves as a Commander. I have twin sons and 2-step daughters. Have been a member of The Ohio State Alumni since my first graduation and am a very proud Buckeye!

Bridgette Jones Brooks,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Graduate Year: May 2015
  • Education Dental: East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, DMD 2015
  • Undergraduate: Spelman College, B.A. Psychology
  • Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, trying new foods/restaurants, traveling, listening to podcasts
Daniel Cho,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Van Nuys, CA
  • Education Dental: University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, B.A, Biology. Economics (Double Major)
  • Graduate year: May 2011
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my families and friends, Traveling, Playing tennis
Megan Constant,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Cupertino, CA
  • Graduate Year: June 2016
  • Education Dental: UOP School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking, Pilates, Reading
Shannen Dalton,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Fairchild, Wisconsin
  • Graduate year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin B.S. Biomedical Science
  • Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, sports and outdoor activities
Jennifer Dang,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ
  • Graduate Year: June 2017
  • Education Dental: Kornberg School of Dentistry of Temple University, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Miami, B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Fitness, Fashion, Beauty, Playing with my dog “Ramen”, Traveling.
Joseph Fishbein,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: University of Maryland, School of Dentistry
  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland Baltimore County, BA in music education
  • Hobbies: playing musical instruments, watching Ravens games, fishing, and working out
Elisa Giordano,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Rhode Island, B.S. Kinesiology
  • Hobbies: Football, Skiing, Hiking, Listening to music, Exploring Atlanta
Alex Levine,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: University of Florida College of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, B.S. Molecular Biology
  • Hobbies: Fishing, the Outdoors, Music and German Shepherds
Paul Martin,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Gainesville, FL
  • Graduate Year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Florida College of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Central Florida B.S. Molecular and Microbiological Sciences
  • Hobbies: Sports, Outdoors, Fishing
William Martin,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Gainesville, FL
  • Education Dental: University of Florida College of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Hampton University B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Outdoors, Sailing, Hunting
Adam Miller,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Graduate Year: December 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Maryland School of Dentistry, December 2016
  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland, May 2012, BS Chemistry
  • Hobbies: Golf, Tennis, Traveling, and hanging out with my Chocolate Lab, Prestyn
Michael Reid,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Irvine, CA
  • Graduate Year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Michigan School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, B.S. Nutritional Science
  • Hobbies: I love playing soccer, guitar, spending time at the beach, exercising, and going out to eat. I also enjoy virtually all outdoor activities, going snowboarding, and spending time with my wife and children.
Nicholas Samuelson,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Omaha, NE
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Undergraduate: University of Nebraska – Lincoln B.S. Science
  • Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, camping, longboarding, traveling, movies
Ross Savage,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Graduate Year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Louisville School of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Exploring Atlanta, Spending time with friends and family, Playing video games, and Reading
Jyoti Sharma,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Graduate Year: July 2003
  • Education Dental: Boston University, 2008
  • Undergraduate: Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University, DMD 2003
  • Hobbies: Travelling & Reading
Jared Stasi,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: Creighton University School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Creighton University B.S. Biology, Minor in Business Administration.
  • Hobbies: football, basketball, golf, snowboarding, hiking, cooking.
Behnaz “Bennie” Yavari,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: University of Louisville, School of Dentistry
  • Undergraduate: Georgia State University, B.A. Biology/ Chemistry
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Exercising, Painting watercolor and oil color natural and abstract works, Spending time with loved ones
Nelson Allen,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Graduate Year: May 2003
  • Education Dental: University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Morehouse College B.S. Science
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family, Traveling, Movies, Sports, Crossfit
Catharine Brannan,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Albany, GA
  • Education Dental: Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia B.S. Biological Science Minor Food and Nutrition
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Spending time with my dog Patty, Cheering on the Dawgs!!!
Brooke Howard,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
  • Education Dental: Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Florida B.S. Health Science
  • Hobbies: Reading, Going to concerts, Trying new Restaurants, Traveling
Serena Jacob,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
  • Education Dental: Goldman School of Dental Medicine Boston, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Adelphi University M.S. Biology Drew University B.A. Chemistry Minor in Biology & Business Management
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Spending time with family & friends, Baking, Outdoor Activities
Helia Jafari,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Las Angeles, CA
  • Education Dental: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Rutgers University B.A. Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Outdoor Activities and Spending time with family and friends
Ashley Kisling,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA
  • Education Dental: UCLA School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: University of California Irvine B.S. Science
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Dinner Parties, Hiking, Workig Out
Nancy Lin,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Springfield, IL
  • Education Dental: Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville B.S. Biological Sciences, Minor in Chemistry
  • Hobbies: Travel, Crafting, Cooking, Exploring local food scenes, Hiking, Camping, Tennis and sand volleyball
Ashkan Mahdavi,
X DMD M.B.A
  • Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
  • Education Dental: University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, DMD, M.B.A
  • Undergraduate: University of California B.S. Biology University of Nevada M.B.S.
  • Hobbies: Watching the L.A. Clippers and other shows and hanging out with friends and familiy
Theodore Markos,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Education Dental: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Boston College B.A. Psychology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, fitness, good movies and books
Brice McMurphy,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Biloxi, MS
  • Education Dental: University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentristy, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Louisiana State University B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Hobbies: Supporting LSU, enjoying the outdoors, spending time at the gym, enjoying tv series and movies, attempting to golf and traveling
Deise Oliveira,
X DDS, MS, MS
  • Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
  • Education Dental: University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, DDS, MS, MS
  • Undergraduate: University of Iowa M.S. Public Health, Operative Dentistry M.S
  • Hobbies: ———-
Matt Pickron,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Education Dental: Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Nova Southeastern University M.S. Biomedical Science College of Charleston B.S. Psychology Minor in Biology
  • Hobbies: Fishing, Collecting hats, long walks in the park
Jonathan Sakhaee,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Long Island, NY
  • Education Dental: University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Cornell University B.S. Biology, Health and Society
  • Hobbies: Working out, Traveling, watching movies and sports, spending time with my family, friends, and dog.
Brian Sanders,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Pocatelo, ID
  • Education Dental: UNLV School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Utah State University B.S. Accounting
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Spending time with family and Traveling
Faraz Soltanian,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Knoxville, TN
  • Education Dental: West Virginia University School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: University of Tennessee B.S. Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Snowboarding, Concerts and playing basketball
Alexander Verga,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Naples, FL
  • Education Dental: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale FL, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Central Florida B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Fishing and other outdoor activities as well as playing musical instruments
Peter Wagner,
X DMD
  • Hometown: Adna, WA
  • Education Dental: Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Grand Canyon University B.S. Biology with Pre-med Emphasis
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family, Hunting, Fishing and working out
Keith Williams,
X DDS
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Education Dental: Meharry Medical College, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Hampton University B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Having fun with family & friends as well as exercising (Crossfit). Also love most outdoor activities from going to the beach to snowboarding.

Meet the Residents 2020

Keith Blankenship, X DDS
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • Graduate year: 1999
  • Education Dental: Ohio State University
  • Undergraduate: BSc and MSc in Microbiology from Ohio State University

I have been practicing dentistry for over 18 years and have 4 fellowships. Started my career in the Navy after dental school, followed by private practice. Currently finishing up in the Navy reserves as a Commander. I have twin sons and 2-step daughters. Have been a member of The Ohio State Alumni since my first graduation and am a very proud Buckeye!

Bridgette Jones Brooks, X DMD
  • Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Graduate Year: May 2015
  • Education Dental: East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, DMD 2015
  • Undergraduate: Spelman College, B.A. Psychology
  • Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, trying new foods/restaurants, traveling, listening to podcasts
Daniel Cho, X DMD
  • Hometown: Van Nuys, CA
  • Education Dental: University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine
  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, B.A, Biology. Economics (Double Major)
  • Graduate year: May 2011
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my families and friends, Traveling, Playing tennis
Megan Constant, X DDS
  • Hometown: Cupertino, CA
  • Graduate Year: June 2016
  • Education Dental: UOP School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking, Pilates, Reading
Shannen Dalton, X DMD
  • Hometown: Fairchild, Wisconsin
  • Graduate year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin B.S. Biomedical Science
  • Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, sports and outdoor activities
Jennifer Dang, X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ
  • Graduate Year: June 2017
  • Education Dental: Kornberg School of Dentistry of Temple University, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Miami, B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Fitness, Fashion, Beauty, Playing with my dog “Ramen”, Traveling.
Joseph Fishbein, X DDS
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: University of Maryland, School of Dentistry
  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland Baltimore County, BA in music education
  • Hobbies: playing musical instruments, watching Ravens games, fishing, and working out
Elisa Giordano, X DMD
  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Rhode Island, B.S. Kinesiology
  • Hobbies: Football, Skiing, Hiking, Listening to music, Exploring Atlanta
Alex Levine, X DMD
  • Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: University of Florida College of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, B.S. Molecular Biology
  • Hobbies: Fishing, the Outdoors, Music and German Shepherds
Paul Martin, X DMD
  • Hometown: Gainesville, FL
  • Graduate Year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Florida College of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Central Florida B.S. Molecular and Microbiological Sciences
  • Hobbies: Sports, Outdoors, Fishing
William Martin, X DMD
  • Hometown: Gainesville, FL
  • Education Dental: University of Florida College of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Hampton University B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Outdoors, Sailing, Hunting
Adam Miller, X DDS
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD
  • Graduate Year: December 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Maryland School of Dentistry, December 2016
  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland, May 2012, BS Chemistry
  • Hobbies: Golf, Tennis, Traveling, and hanging out with my Chocolate Lab, Prestyn
Michael Reid, X DDS
  • Hometown: Irvine, CA
  • Graduate Year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Michigan School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, B.S. Nutritional Science
  • Hobbies: I love playing soccer, guitar, spending time at the beach, exercising, and going out to eat. I also enjoy virtually all outdoor activities, going snowboarding, and spending time with my wife and children.
Nicholas Samuelson, X DDS
  • Hometown: Omaha, NE
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: Creighton University School of Dentistry
  • Undergraduate: University of Nebraska – Lincoln B.S. Science
  • Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, camping, longboarding, traveling, movies
Ross Savage, X DMD
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Graduate Year: May 2016
  • Education Dental: University of Louisville School of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Exploring Atlanta, Spending time with friends and family, Playing video games, and Reading
Jyoti Sharma, X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Graduate Year: July 2003
  • Education Dental: Boston University, 2008
  • Undergraduate: Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University, DMD 2003
  • Hobbies: Travelling & Reading
Jared Stasi, X DDS
  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: Creighton University School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Creighton University B.S. Biology, Minor in Business Administration.
  • Hobbies: football, basketball, golf, snowboarding, hiking, cooking.
Behnaz “Bennie” Yavari, X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Graduate Year: May 2017
  • Education Dental: University of Louisville, School of Dentistry
  • Undergraduate: Georgia State University, B.A. Biology/ Chemistry
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Exercising, Painting watercolor and oil color natural and abstract works, Spending time with loved ones
Nelson Allen, X DDS
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Graduate Year: May 2003
  • Education Dental: University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Morehouse College B.S. Science
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family, Traveling, Movies, Sports, Crossfit
Catharine Brannan, X DMD
  • Hometown: Albany, GA
  • Education Dental: Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Georgia B.S. Biological Science Minor Food and Nutrition
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Spending time with my dog Patty, Cheering on the Dawgs!!!
Brooke Howard, X DMD
  • Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
  • Education Dental: Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Florida B.S. Health Science
  • Hobbies: Reading, Going to concerts, Trying new Restaurants, Traveling
Serena Jacob, X DMD
  • Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
  • Education Dental: Goldman School of Dental Medicine Boston, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Adelphi University M.S. Biology Drew University B.A. Chemistry Minor in Biology & Business Management
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Spending time with family & friends, Baking, Outdoor Activities
Helia Jafari, X DDS
  • Hometown: Las Angeles, CA
  • Education Dental: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Rutgers University B.A. Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Outdoor Activities and Spending time with family and friends
Ashley Kisling, X DDS
  • Hometown: Fresno, CA
  • Education Dental: UCLA School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: University of California Irvine B.S. Science
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Dinner Parties, Hiking, Workig Out
Nancy Lin, X DMD
  • Hometown: Springfield, IL
  • Education Dental: Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville B.S. Biological Sciences, Minor in Chemistry
  • Hobbies: Travel, Crafting, Cooking, Exploring local food scenes, Hiking, Camping, Tennis and sand volleyball
Ashkan Mahdavi, X DMD M.B.A
  • Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
  • Education Dental: University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, DMD, M.B.A
  • Undergraduate: University of California B.S. Biology University of Nevada M.B.S.
  • Hobbies: Watching the L.A. Clippers and other shows and hanging out with friends and familiy
Theodore Markos, X DMD
  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Education Dental: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Boston College B.A. Psychology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, fitness, good movies and books
Brice McMurphy, X DMD
  • Hometown: Biloxi, MS
  • Education Dental: University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentristy, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Louisiana State University B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Hobbies: Supporting LSU, enjoying the outdoors, spending time at the gym, enjoying tv series and movies, attempting to golf and traveling
Deise Oliveira, X DDS, MS, MS
  • Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
  • Education Dental: University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, DDS, MS, MS
  • Undergraduate: University of Iowa M.S. Public Health, Operative Dentistry M.S
  • Hobbies: ———-
Matt Pickron, X DMD
  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Education Dental: Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Nova Southeastern University M.S. Biomedical Science College of Charleston B.S. Psychology Minor in Biology
  • Hobbies: Fishing, Collecting hats, long walks in the park
Jonathan Sakhaee, X DDS
  • Hometown: Long Island, NY
  • Education Dental: University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Cornell University B.S. Biology, Health and Society
  • Hobbies: Working out, Traveling, watching movies and sports, spending time with my family, friends, and dog.
Brian Sanders, X DMD
  • Hometown: Pocatelo, ID
  • Education Dental: UNLV School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Utah State University B.S. Accounting
  • Hobbies: Hiking, Spending time with family and Traveling
Faraz Soltanian, X DDS
  • Hometown: Knoxville, TN
  • Education Dental: West Virginia University School of Dentistry, DDS
  • Undergraduate: University of Tennessee B.S. Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Snowboarding, Concerts and playing basketball
Alexander Verga, X DMD
  • Hometown: Naples, FL
  • Education Dental: Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale FL, DMD
  • Undergraduate: University of Central Florida B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Traveling, Fishing and other outdoor activities as well as playing musical instruments
Peter Wagner, X DMD
  • Hometown: Adna, WA
  • Education Dental: Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry, DMD
  • Undergraduate: Grand Canyon University B.S. Biology with Pre-med Emphasis
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family, Hunting, Fishing and working out
Keith Williams, X DDS
  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Education Dental: Meharry Medical College, DDS
  • Undergraduate: Hampton University B.S. Biology
  • Hobbies: Having fun with family & friends as well as exercising (Crossfit). Also love most outdoor activities from going to the beach to snowboarding.