I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. It is the capital of Afghanistan and the largest city of the country, where approximately 2 million people reside. By the time I entered second grade, the Russian invasion had started. Once my father got word that he was soon to be killed, we had no choice but to leave our home. We left everything behind, only taking whatever belongings we could carry. Our escape route was through Pakistan and after several months and several cities; we finally made it to the United States of America.
We moved to Yuba City, California, where I had to quickly adapt to the American culture and learn English, as there were very few, if any, translators for my native language of Farsi. I made my way through high school, and after graduation, I became an automotive mechanic. After two years of cuts and burns on my hands, and little income to support myself, I decided that it was time for a significant change in my life.
I entered community college with the determination of no other and excelled in all of my classes. After three years, I made the move to the University of California Davis, where I spent the next two years earning my Bachelors of Science in Environmental Toxicology. I knew I wanted to go further and thus I entered dental school at the University of Pennsylvania.
After graduating in 2003, I returned to California to attend to the failing health of my father. I worked in many different places, but mainly devoted my time to non-profit clinics in smaller rural areas, which allowed me time to be closer to my family, as well as work with those who did not have the benefits of living in a large city. After a few years of working for other dentists it was time to have my own office. I considered many different towns for my practice but Placerville caught my eye because of its hard working people, beautiful landscape and close proximity to Lake Tahoe and Sacramento.
Today, as I look back at my history; where I came from, the people I have met in my journeys, and so on, I can say that I am truly blessed. I have taken the best of two cultures and used them every day to better my life and the lives of others. Life is what you make of it and this is very true of my life. Each and every day that I work, I give thanks to what I've learned over the years and sincerely enjoy interacting with people.