Meet Our Team

Our Endodontists

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Dr. Steven Hymovitch, DDS, MBA, CEC

McGill University, DDS Tufts University, Certificate of Endodontics Arizona State University, MBA Royal Roads University,
Certified Executive Coach
About: Dr. Steven Hymovitch, also known as “Dr. H,” is the founder and CEO of Valley Endodontics and Oral Surgery. He has run 11 successful endodontic and oral surgery practices throughout Arizona since 1996. Additionally, Dr. H is the proud co-founder of The Scottsdale Leadership and Coaching Center, where he coaches executives, upper management, and doctors within the healthcare industry.
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Dr. Hussam Ahmed, DMD, MS

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, DMD Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System, General Practice Residency The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Masters of Science, Certificate of Endodontics
Favorite Part of the Job: I love being an endodontist because it gives me the opportunity to get my patients out of pain and improve their quality of life. Having a toothache can be very debilitating and is often a very difficult experience. I am a strong believer in providing patients with the best, most comfortable, and most relaxing patient care experience.
Interests: Hiking, biking, traveling, spending time with family and friends. Languages: English and Arabic
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Dr. Lauren Berg, DDS, MSD

Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, DDS
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Certificate in Endodontics
Favorite Part of the Job: Endodontics has many new technologies such as 3D imaging and microscopes. I enjoy using these tools to help educate patients and provide excellent dental care so that patients can overcome any apprehension they may have towards treatment and become excited to save their teeth!
Interests: Traveling and hiking around the Southwest and making ceramic pottery.
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Dr. Claudia Colorado, DDS

University of Colorado Health Science Center, DDS Virginia Commonwealth University, Specialty Certificate,
Master of Science in Dentistry / Endodontics
Favorite Part of the Job: I know that having dental work treatment can become stressful for some patients. With this understanding, I take into careful consideration the comfort of each patient, offering a variety of options to provide a positive experience in our clinic.
Interests: Dr. Colorado recently moved to Tucson and enjoys the outdoors. Her hobbies include tennis, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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Dr. Mohammed Elseed, DMD, MS

Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
Tufts University Dental School
Favorite Part of the Job: Passionate about helping those in need. I regularly volunteer with the Arizona Mission of Mercy to provide free endodontic care to the public.
Interests: Avid soccer player, plays outdoor soccer in a men’s league, loves swimming in this beautiful Arizona climate.
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Dr. Trent Lally, DDS, MSD

Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Detroit, MI, DDS Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA,
Certificate of Endodontics
Favorite Part of the Job: Having the opportunity to help the patient through a procedure they perceive as difficult and in the end, realize it was a breeze. Dr. Lally is a Board Certified Endodontist.
Interests: Loves martial arts and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Also loves to golf on his off time.
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Dr. Mariana McNamara, DMD, MSD

Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, DMD
AT Still School of Health Management, MPH NYU Lutheran at the Pascua Yaqui
Dental Clinic, AEGD certificate
UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston, MSD/Endodontic certificate
Favorite Part of the Job: Understanding that each tooth and diagnosis is unique, they can be viewed as puzzles. I truly enjoy deciphering the pieces and helping the patient get to a healthy state. Personal interactions with my patients are what I look forward to throughout the day.
Interests: Spending time with family, hiking, traveling, and being artistic in all media types
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Dr. Luis E. Medina-Torres DMD, MS

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, DMD,
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, General Practice Residency
NYU Winthrop Hospital, General Practice Residency (PGY-2)
University of Michigan, School of Dentistry, Masters of Science, Certificate of Endodontics
Favorite Part of the Job: It is very rewarding taking care of the patient’s pain while also helping the patient keep their natural dentition and maintaining the highest quality of care.
Interests: Spending time with family, going to the beach and exploring new places.
Languages: English and Spanish
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Dr. Joseph Sadykov, DDS

State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine Doctor of Dental Surgery and Endodontic Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: Providing outstanding personal care to his patients and living, and practicing in Arizona’s beautiful scenery.
Interests: Enjoys spending time with his family, as well as hiking, cycling, and practicing Judo.
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Dr. Eugene (Geno) Salazar, DDS, MSD

Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
University of Colorado School of Dentistry, in Denver, CO University of Texas-Houston School of Dentistry, Masters Degree with a specialty degree in Endodontics
Favorite Part of the Job: A native of Arizona, he graduated from Glendale High School and then the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. He served in the U.S. Army prior to earning his dental degrees. Dr. Salazar considers it a privilege to treat his patients and knows that most people fear the words “root canal.” He prides himself in trying to do endodontic therapy in a professional and painless manner. Dr. Salazar is also on the faculty at the Midwestern School of Dentistry, Glendale, campus.
Interests: All sports, playing golf, and woodworking.
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Dr. Axel Yabroudi, DDS, CAGS

Creighton University of Omaha, NE, Doctor of Dentistry Oregon Health Sciences University, General Residency and Boston University, Endodontic Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: For over 20 years of practice, my focus was on delivering the best of care for my patients. Every treatment is unique and sometimes very challenging but using the latest in technology and the refined skills acquired over the years, I strive for a predictable and successful outcome for my patients.
Interests: Family times and gatherings with friends, playing tennis and basketball, Remodeling homes.
Languages: English, French and Arabic

Our Oral Surgeons

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Dr. Akber Ali DMD, MD

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine (DMD)
University of Buffalo School of Medicine (MD)
Buffalo General Hospital Certificate in General Surgery
University of Buffalo Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: Providing full mouth reconstruction tailored to patient needs as well as providing compassionate care for patients that are nervous or anxious to see an oral surgeon.
Interests: Spending time with my wife, hiking, guitar, fitness, basketball, watching the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Clippers.
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Dr. Adam Bellack, DDS

Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, DDS
Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: Planning and executing full mouth rehabilitation for patients who have been in pain or maybe have even been embarrassed for quite some time is a privilege. As oral surgeons, we are able to combine a unique skillset with a thorough understanding of facial esthetics, facial anatomy and dental function/forces.
Interests: Family, travel, golf, cycling, snowboarding and hiking
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Dr. Jacob Carroll, DMD

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: I am grateful for the opportunity to help patients as they put their trust in me for their surgical needs.

I look to help alleviate the anxiety that people have while improving their quality of life.
Interests: Family, church service, sports of all kinds, camping and outdoors activities. Languages: Russian
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Dr. Nguyen (Winston) Phan, DMD, MD

University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Louisiana State University Shreveport School of Medicine
Louisiana State University Shreveport Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: With training in both medicine and dentistry, I am able to diagnose and treat patients holistically in order to reach their unique treatment goals. Whether it is removing an infected tooth to relieve pain or rebuilding a smile with dental implants, I aim to deliver compassionate and exceptional care.
Interests: Spending time with Family and Friends, Traveling, Hiking, Weightlifting, Running, Skiing
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Dr. Forrest Pratt, DMD

Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
University of Iowa Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Pratt is a full-scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with a focus on wisdom tooth extractions, dental implants and jaw reconstructive surgery. He says, “Being an oral surgeon allows me to do two of the things I love most, working with my hands and helping others.
Favorite Part of the Job: The ability to take away someone’s pain from a broken-down tooth, or seeing a patient’s smile and confidence after orthognathic surgery, makes all the long years of training to be an oral surgeon, worth it.”
Interests: Woodworking, hiking, camping, cycling, weightlifting, snowboarding, dirt biking, and having movie nights at home with his kids.
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Dr. Mark Schenkman, DDS

The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
General Practice Residency – Veteran’s Administration Hospital
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency – Temple University Hospital
Member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Member of American Dental Association
Member of Arizona Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Past President of The Greater Woonsocket Dental Society
Arizona Dental Association and the Central Arizona Dental Society
Favorite Part of the Job: Provide safe, compassionate and efficient services. He is committed to staying up to date with the latest techniques in Oral Surgery, and has completed hundreds of hours in continuing education learning new procedures to deliver the best experience for his patients.
Interests: He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family. He is a technology aficionado which serves his personal and professional endeavors. He is an avid sports fan, has interest in digital marketing, investing, and cryptocurrency. A natural born entrepreneur, he has created his own line of environmentally friendly products on Amazon and is creating a renewable technologies company called RenTech Global Solutions which will help billions of people worldwide in renewable resources and innovation.
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Dr. Joseph Slaughter, DDS

Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Cook County Hospital
Favorite Part of the Job: After successfully treating thousands of patients over the last 25 years, each with their own unique needs and concerns, I take very seriously my responsibility to give all my patients the personal attention and highest quality care they deserve. As I would with any member of my own family, I am committed to making your surgical experience as safe, comfortable and anxiety-free as possible.
Interests: Exploring the food and wine scene of the Phoenix area and spending quality time traveling with my wife and daughters.
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Dr. Carlton Taylor, DMD

The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, DMD Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: I love the satisfaction of helping people get out of pain. Many people come in with not only pain, but fear and anxiety for the treatment. I love when we get the comment, “We are already done?”
Interests: Spending time with family, hiking, rock-climbing, cycling, tennis.
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Dr. Amogh Velangi, DDS

Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
College of Dentistry, New York University, DDS New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency
Favorite Part of the Job: Providing immediate pain relief along with long-term reconstruction for our patients. Also, making them feel as comfortable as possible and giving them a great experience.
Interests: Spending time with family, traveling, watching movies, exercising, and enjoying hockey.