Meet Your Team

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Felix Liou
D.D.S.
General Dentist

About Me

Dr. Liou says, “I was first attracted to dentistry when I worked as a dental assistant at the University of Washington during my undergraduate studies. That’s when I saw just how much dentistry could a positive impact someone’s life and well being. As a dentist, I enjoy the complexity of dentistry. I also enjoy forming relationships with my patients and educating them about the importance of their oral health.”

After graduating from the University of Washington, Dr. Liou received his Dental Degree from the USC University School of Dentistry. To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, he’s a member of the American Dental Association, the Washington State Dental Association and the Seattle-King County Dental Society.
              
Dr. Liou says, “Away from the office I enjoy running, fitness, and all types of sports.”

Education

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

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Seattle-King County Dental Society
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Jessica Saurino Buehler
D.D.S.
General Dentistry

About Me

Dr. Jessica Saurino Buehler and her team of assistants have been serving the Mill Creek Gentle Dental patients since 2009. Dr. Buehler is passionate about her work and enjoys building relationships over time with the families in her practice. Her love for dentistry grows as she sees the positive effects that a beautiful smile with healthy gums and teeth has on her patients.

Dr. Buehler received her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science before attending the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine for her D.D.S degree. While at the University of Colorado she was selected to receive the school’s prestigious Alumni Association Leadership Award. After graduating, she completed a year long residency in general dentistry at University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Buehler gained extra training in pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, sedation dentistry, implants and aesthetics during her residency. Dr. Buehler is proficient in Spanish.

As an outdoor enthusiast Dr. Buheler enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, wake boarding, and skiing. At home her highest priority is spending time with and caring for her young family and dog. She loves to travel and has gone on several mission trips overseas to provide dental care to patients with little or no access to dental treatment. Locally, Dr. Buehler volunteers several hours a week helping foster kids in the community.

Education

  • B.S. - Medical Sciences, University of Colorado
  • D.D.S.- University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine 
  • General Practice Dental Residency - University of Washington Medical Center

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
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Adam Pristera
D.D.S.
Endodontist

About Me

Dr. Pristera’s treatment philosophy is focused on creating and maintaining beautiful smiles that improve the overall health and well-being of his patients throughout their lives.

His advanced specialized training, combined with years of experience in practice has provided Dr. Pristera with the expertise necessary to manage even the most difficult cases.

After graduating from Binghamton University, Dr. Pristera received his Dental Degree from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He graduated first in his class. He received his Endodontic Certificate from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

To keep abreast of cutting edge technology, he’s a member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Endodontics and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Education

  • B.S., Chemistry–Binghamton University
  • D.D.S.–University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Endodontic Certificate–Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Endodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
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Rita Lu
D.M.D., M.S.
Endodontist

About Me

Dr. Lu encourages her patients to be involved in their treatment in order to achieve the best results possible, and is always open to questions and is attentive to each patient’s needs.

She is a graduate of the University of Washington where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology. At Nova Southeastern University of Dental Medicine, she gained early clinical and research experience in endodontic technique, and pulp biology as she obtained her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree. Dr. Lu completed her postgraduate training in Endodontics at Rutgers University where she also earned her Master of Science degree in Dentistry.

She is an active member of the American Association of Endodontics, American Dental Association and the Washington State Association of Endodontics. Dr. Lu maintains her passion for teaching as an affiliate assistant faculty member at the University of Washington within the School of Endodontics.

Dr. Lu enjoys spending time with friends and family discovering and supporting local restaurants and businesses. In her free time, you will find her giving back to the community through her church, enjoying a yoga class, or trying out new recipes.

Education

  • B.S., Neurobiology–University of Washington
  • D.M.D.–Nova Southeastern University of Dental Medicine
  • M.S., Endodontics–Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Association of Endodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Association of Endodontics
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Mehdi Matin
D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

About Me

Dr. Matin says, “I am fully committed to providing the highest quality care, and to continually improve the quality of life of my patients.”

“I find oral and maxillofacial surgery the most satisfying field of dentistry, one that will enable me to connect research, clinical and surgical skills with compassion and empathy. I am also inspired by the unique integration of medicine and dentistry within clinical practice.”

After receiving his Dental Degree with honors from the University of California, San Francisco University School of Dentistry, Dr. Matin completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at the University of Washington. He also completed a 1 year Anesthesiology Fellowship training at Indiana University, School of Medicine.

He’s a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Washington State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the AO Foundation Craniomaxillofacial, the American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association.

Dr. Matin says, “In my free time I enjoy skiing, cycling and exploring the amazing northwest trails.”

Education

  • D.D.S.–University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery–University of Washington School of Dentistry

Affiliations

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Washington State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • AO Foundation Craniomaxillofacial
  • American Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Association
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Ramtin Amini
D.M.D., M.D.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

About Me

Dr. Amini’s philosophy is to provide outstanding care while working with his patients to establish a comprehensive treatment plan. As a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon he appreciates his role in providing pain relief to his patients through often complex surgical procedures. He believes strongly in communicating with his dental colleagues to coordinate optimal care for his patients.

Dr. Amini has a special interest in dental implants, bone grafting, and wisdom teeth extractions. He received his D.D.S. from Tehran University and practiced as a general dentist in Iran for four years. After moving to America, he graduated from the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and was awarded his D.M.D. Dr. Amini then pursued his passion for surgery at Drexel University where he later received his M.D. Upon completion of a two year General Surgery residency, he continued his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training at Allegheny General Hospital.

After fourteen years of post-graduate training, Dr. Amini moved to Washington State to practice the full scope of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He’s a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons among many others. Away from his practice, Dr. Amini enjoys skiing, tennis, and relaxing with his family.

Education

  • D.D.S. – Tehran University School of Dental Medicine
  • D.M.D. – Boston University School of Dental Medicine 
  • M.D.  – Drexel University College of Medicine

Affiliations

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Honor Dental Society)
  • American Dental Association
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Shengyi Teng
D.D.S., M.S., M.A.
Orthodontics

About Me

Dr. Teng has many years of experience in dentistry. In 1985, he graduated from the Zhejiang Medical University. In 1988, he graduated from West China University of Medical Sciences, with a Master of Science degree in Oral Physiology and Temporomandibular (jaw joint) Joint Disorders. From 1997 to 1999, he was named in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare in the World.

Dr. Teng was recruited to Seattle in 1993, as a University of Washington research scientist. He continued his education at Columbia University, where he graduated in 2000 with both an Orthodontic certificate and a Masters of Arts degree. He has published several dental research papers internationally. But, beyond academics, Dr. Teng has a great passion for practicing orthodontics. The face and jaws create a dynamic system to which each patient presents a unique situation in orthodontics. It is exciting to make a specific treatment plan for each individual,” says Dr. Teng. His academic experience in research enables him to consistently incorporate new scientific findings and techniques to better serve his patients. “The best reward for me is to see my patients making progress towards their goal.”

Education

  • D.D.S. - Zhejiang Medical University
  • M.S., Oral Physiology and Temporomandibular Disorders - West China University of Medical Sciences
  • M.A., Columbia University
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Aravind Buddula
D.M.D., M.D.S., M.S.
Periodontist

About Me

Dr. Aravind Buddula’s father, a pediatric surgeon, served as his initial inspiration and played a key role in shaping his career. He loves treating his patients and giving them the gentle care they need for great oral health. Delivering periodontal services at multiple Gentle Dental offices throughout the Seattle region, he brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to each patient’s care.

 
His love for his profession is reflected in his achievements. While studying Dentistry at a top dental school in his home country of India, Dr. Buddula received an award from the International College of Dentists for achieving the highest marks in Prosthodontics. He furthered his education with a Masters of Dental Surgery in Periodontics from the College of Dental Surgery in Manipal, India. He went on to pursue a Certificate in Public Health at the Oklahoma University of Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then attained his D.M.D degree at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Buddula made the Dean’s Honor Roll for his exemplary performance on the National Dental Board examination, and was selected by the world-renowned Mayo Clinic to complete his Fellowship in Periodontology and Masters in Biomedical Sciences. His work there earned him the Dental Student Award for outstanding achievements from the American Academy of Periodontology. Especially interested in implant surgery, he has multiple articles on this topic in international, peer-reviewed journals, and his papers have been accepted for presentations at various national and international conferences. He is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association.
 
Recognizing that patient care and understanding are the essence of any health profession, Dr.Buddula has genuine love and concern for his patients. This fact was acknowledged when he was placed amongst the best periodontists in patient care at the Mayo Clinic, based exclusively upon the positive patient feedbacks he received.
 
In his spare time, Dr.Buddula enjoys watching movies and playing cricket. He is fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi.

Education

  • D.M.D., Dentistry – Tufts School of Dental Medicine
  • M.D.S. – College of Dental Surgery (India) 
  • M.S., Periodontics – Mayo Clinic

Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology

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