To our valued partners in dental health
As a specialty practice that aims to provide best-in-class care, we make the following commitments to you:
- We commit to communicate well, especially when the treatment plan might need to be altered.
- We commit to always contact you before referring across specialties.
- We commit to ensuring to the best of our ability, that your patient returns to your office after their specialty care.
- We commit to giving your patients first-class service in a safe environment
Here's why you should choose us
Expertise & Experience: We practice the full scope of endodontics and periodontics, with expertise ranging from non-surgical and microsurgical treatments, to cutting-edge regenerative therapies, and dental implants. We also diagnose and treat cracked teeth, facial pain of dental origin and traumatic dental injuries.
Easy Access to Specialty Care: We know that your time is valuable, and that’s why we offer extended office hours on select days, appointment reminders, and a quick turn-around time on calls and appointment requests. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns in the office, over the phone or via email. If you are in pain or have an emergency, every attempt is made to see you the same day.
Integrated Team Approach: We are part of your dental team. Your dentist has referred you to us because he or she believes that your treatment requires the service of a specialist. We are an extension of your dentist’s skill, care and judgement. We work with carefully vetted colleagues who apply the same professional principles in their office that we do in ours, so you are always surrounded by people that you trust.
Care & Committment: From the front office to the operatory, our practice is made up of professionals who take your oral health very seriously. Using state of the art equipment designed with safety and efficiency in mind, we are able to offer top-notch care. As you walk through our office, you will notice that everything is clean, comfortable and thoroughly sterilized. Your safety and comfort are our priority.
Honesty & Affordability: We know that the cost of care can be confusing. In addition to offering a number of in-office payment options to fit your budget, we also give you up-front cost information on your treatment ahead of time. We are in network with a variety of insurance plans, and we offer various forms of dental financing with credit available in time frames that fit your needs. We are happy to help you navigate your dental insurance and alternative payment options.
Comfort & Personalized Service: We respect and understand that many patients experience dental anxiety. At our office, we do everything we can to make sure that your experience is as enjoyable as possible. By communicating clearly what you can expect during your treatment, we are often able to alleviate dental fear. We encourage you to bring headphones and music to listen to during your treatment and ask us about dental sedation options. At our practice, you aren’t just a patient. We take an interest in you and your oral health needs. We think you’ll find a friend in us during your visit.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Syeda Zafrin, D.M.D., M.S. , Periodontist
Dr. Zafrin grew up in Northern Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master's in Biomedical Sciences from Rutgers University. She then completed her dental training at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, where she led groups of dental students on mission trips to Jamaica with the purpose of changing lives through improving oral health. For her distinguished service in the local and international communities, she received the Humanitarian Award from the International College of Dentists USA Section, and Leadership Excellence Award from her dental school. To pursue her interest in Periodontics and Dental Implants, she completed her post-doctoral specialty training and earned a Master's in Periodontology at University of North Carolina. Dr. Zafrin is a member of American Academy of Periodontology, Southern academy of Periodontology, and Academy of Osseointegration.
Syeda and her husband have recently welcomed their first child. At leisure, they enjoy hiking, traveling, trying new food and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Zafrin is excited to serve patients in Gaithersburg, MD, and hopes to provide the highest quality care for her patients.
Dr. Kent McBride, D.D.S., M.S. , Endodontist
Dr. McBride was raised in Damascus, MD and Petersburg, WV. He received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in 2001, his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from West Virginia University in 2005, and then completed his post-doctoral specialty training in endodontics at WVU in 2007.
Dr. McBride is an advocate for collaborative multi-disciplinary dental care and believes that dental care is best provided when specialists and general dentists are working in harmony.
In his spare time, Kent enjoys skiing, running, fitness, and spontaneous outdoor adventures with his family. Kent and his lovely wife, Sarah, have three boys Cole (born in 2013), Cooper (born in 2015), and Hudson (born in 2019). Kent lived in Montgomery County throughout his childhood and has many family ties in the area.
Dr. Katie Kickertz, D.D.S., M.S. , Endodontist
Dr. Kickertz will be serving patients on Fridays throughout each month.
Dr. Kickertz grew up in Rockford, IL. She graduated with a B.S. in Health Sciences from Purdue University and completed her D.D.S. degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Kickertz worked as a general dentist for four years prior to specializing in endodontics. She completed her certificate in endodontics and M.S. in 2018 from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Kickertz also worked as an endodontist in the Minneapolis metro area for two years prior to relocating to Maryland. She is a board-eligible endodontist and working to complete her board certification.
Outside of dentistry, she enjoys cooking, traveling and volunteering with U.S. Figure Skating, as well as spending time with her fiancé, Dan, and puppy, Yuri.
Dr. Kickertz looks forward to serving you and our local communities.
MAAN ZUAITAR, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Dr. Zuaitar earned his undergraduate degree in Baghdad, Iraq. His dental training was accomplished through the University of Baghdad School of Dentistry in 2005. He then graduated from New York University with his graduate dental degree in 2014. Along with the aforementioned achievements, Dr. Zuaitar has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) through Boston University in 2019.
Some of Dr. Zuaitar’s professional interests are endodontics and microsurgery. He enjoys helping patients and finding them relief to their pain. He also enjoys helping patients to achieve a healthier state in general. The artistic side of dentistry, especially in endodontics are also part of what Dr. Zuaitar enjoys most.
Amongst being bilingual in Arabic and English, swimming, biking and reading articles are some of Dr. Zuaitar’s interests outside of work.
“My journey throughout life has been full of interesting experiences that in a way make me unique.”
Dr. Christian Mangin , Endodontist
Dr. Christian Mangin received his Dental Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and his Endodontic Certification from Temple University in 2000. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brown University where he played soccer. Dr. Mangin is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Endodontists, Pennsylvania Dental Association and served the Beaver Valley Dental Society as the former treasurer. Born and raised in Moon Township, Dr. Mangin graduated from Moon High School in 1990. He now resides in Sewickley with his wife Nicole and children Madison, Mia, Jack and A.J. He is an avid runner and loves to golf!