SmileLand Pediatric Dentistry

Meet Our Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Reza - SmileLand Pediatric Dentistry

Reza Beheshti, D.D.S.

Dr. Reza Beheshti (who is known as “Dr. Reza”) earned his advanced dental training at the University of Southern California with high honors. He completed his post-graduate specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Maryland. Throughout his years of practice, Dr. Reza has been focused on providing the best and most pleasant dental experience for children by implementing different methods of behavior management. His practice philosophy is prevention and conservative treatment for all of North Bethesda and Silver Spring, MD.

Dr. Reza is happily married to his wife, Sheila, and they have a son, Sina. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Reza enjoys biking, playing tennis and racquetball, reading books, doing puzzles, and traveling the world.

Licenses and Professional Affiliations:

  • Board Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North East and West Regional Board Certified
  • Licensed by Maryland State Board of Dental Examiner
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member, Maryland State Dental Association
  • Additional certification
    • Basic Life Support (BLS)
    • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Dr. Nancy Singh - SmileLand Pediatric Dentistry

Nancy Singh, D.M.D

Dr. Singh grew up in Orlando, FL. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Upon graduating from college she attended LECOM School of Dental Medicine where she received her doctorate of dental medicine (DMD) degree. Following dental school, Dr. Singh completed her Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program through NYU Langone Hospitals: Tampa, Florida Site. Dr. Singh’ goal is to create a welcoming, trustworthy and positive environment for your child in order to promote positive dental experiences for now and the future.

Outside of the office, Dr. Singh enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, baking, and hiking.

Licenses and Professional Affiliations:

  • NYU Langone Hospitals: Pediatric Dentistry Residency Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry Tampa, FL
  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine Doctor of Dental Medicine Bradenton, FL
  • Florida State University Bachelors of Science Tallahassee, FL
Dr. Elrafei Karim - SmileLand Pediatric Dentistry

Karim Elrafei, D.D.S.

Dr. Karim Elrafei, born in Boston, MA, attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Upon graduating from college he attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where he received his DDS. Dr. Elrafei practiced general dentistry for a number of years, most recently in Hyattsville, MD and downtown Baltimore at Health Care for the Homeless.

His training in Pediatric Dentistry was completed at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where he served as Chief Resident. Residency offered him the great opportunity of treating children in underserved communities and those with special health care needs, as well as exposure to treatment under various forms of sedation.

Dr. Elrafei lives in Ellicott City, MD and spends his time enjoying various forms of science fiction with his younger brother; who is twice his size. In addition, he embarks on quests to explore exotic food with the rest of his family.

Licenses and Professional Affiliations:
  • Board Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Licensed by Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners
  • Member, American Dental Association
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry
  • Admitting privileges in University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute
Additional certifications:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Dr. Annie - SmileLand Pediatric Dentistry

Annie Zhao D.M.D

Dr. Zhao is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine where she graduated summa cum laude with clinical honors in the care for the medically complex and community health. She went on to complete her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University- New York Presbyterian, ranked one of the best hospitals in the nation. Dr. Zhao believes it is an immense privilege to care for a child and takes pride in providing the highest quality care to children and adolescents in a fun and compassionate environment. With her free time Dr. Zhao enjoys community outreach, personal fitness, and trying new restaurants.

Licenses and Professional Affiliations:

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
  • Specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Columbia University – New York Presbyterian.
  • ACLS
  • BLS

Michael Fontenot, D.M.D.

Dr. Michael Fontenot grew up in Louisiana and attended Tulane University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Management and Finance. Upon graduating from college, he decided to return to school to pursue his true passion of becoming a pediatric dentist! He then attended the Medical University of South Carolina where he received his DMD.

His training in Pediatric Dentistry was completed at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Residency offered him the great opportunity of treating children in underserved communities and those with special health care needs. Dr. Fontenot strives to create a warm, inviting environment for children and believes every family deserves the highest quality treatment available. He hopes to serve as many families as possible and cannot wait to meet you!

Outside of work Dr. Fontenot spends his time exploring and being active with his beautiful wife, Samantha and his adorable dog, Winston! He loves tennis, golf, soccer, painting, and almost any opportunity for a new adventure. Feel free to ask to see pup photos, he’d be happy to show you :).

Licenses and Professional Affiliations:
  • Jacobi Medical Center: Pediatric Dentistry Residency Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry Bronx, NY
  • MUSC School of Dental Medicine DMD Charleston, SC
  • Tulane University BSMNew Orleans, LA
  • Member, American Dental Association
  • Member, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Additional certifications:
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)