Dr. Saleh (known as Dr. Zohra or Dr. Z to her younger patients) comes from a diverse background. She was born in Afghanistan but moved to Charlottesville, VA with her family when she was 14 years old. Prior to moving to the United States, she also lived in Pakistan for a few years. Her diverse background has given her the opportunity to be multilingual and connect to a diverse group of people.
Dr. Saleh completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia in her hometown of Charlottesville with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a minor in Spanish and attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA to complete her doctor of dental surgery.
After graduating from dental school, Dr. Saleh worked as a general dentist at a private practice for a year. But within a few months of working, she realized that she thoroughly enjoyed working with children and that pediatric dentistry was her true calling. Therefore, she decided to pursue this dream by moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan and obtaining her Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Throughout her life, Dr. Saleh has been very passionate about giving back to the community. She has participated in multiple Mission of Mercy projects throughout her academic career. She has also participated in numerous Give Kids A Smile events throughout dental school and residency. She loves teaching and has taught refugee children in Charlottesville and has also served as a teaching assistant in dental school and residency.
Dr. Saleh’s additional training in pediatric dentistry has provided her with tools to positively shape children’s dental experiences and set the stage for their oral health for years to come. She loves helping children work through their initial fears and transition to a place where they look forward to their appointments. She feels privileged to be part of your child’s oral health team and believes that healthy smiles lead to healthy lives.
Dr. Saleh is thrilled to be a part of the Silverdale Dental Center family and live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and enjoy its natural diversity, endless adventure, countless opportunities, and inspiring people. In her spare time, Dr. Saleh loves to spend time with her significant other Arthur, her fur baby Zoe, and friends. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, biking, working out, traveling, reading, and learning new languages. Guess and ask her how many languages she speaks! 🙂
Dr. Saleh is a board-certified pediatric dentist and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association.
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Sincerely, Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team (360)692-9560