Meet Our Visiting Specialists

Dr. Melody Akhavan

Dr. Melody Akhavan is an expert in the field of ambulatory and office-based anesthesia. Throughout her many years in practice, she has upheld a steadfast commitment to the ethical and professional standards of her practice. Her sterling record ensures an impeccable degree of customer satisfaction in all facets of her work. This may include general anesthesia, regional anesthetics, or sedation for the relief of pain or anxiety. In addition, she is responsible for the preoperative assessment of the patient and for the well-being of the patient post operatively while the patient emerges from the effects of anesthesia. Dr. Akhavan served as an Anesthesiologist and Assistant Chief of Anesthesiology at Kaiser Permanente. She currently is the President and Lead Anesthesiologist at Capital Anesthesia Associates. We are privileged and honored to have her as part of our team at the Center for Dental Anesthesia.


Dr. Farzaneh Rostami

Dr. Rostami is extensively trained not only as a dental surgeon but also as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon focuses on treating problems tissues would include skin, muscle, and gums and hard tissue refers to bone. This type of surgeon also receives training in different types of anesthesia so they can offer patients sedation or general anesthesia if it is needed.

Dr. Rostami graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was honored by appearing on the Dean’s list, and then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the same university, graduating summa cum laude. She expanded her focus into oral and maxillofacial surgery during her post-graduate training at the university’s Medical College of Virginia

It gives Dr. Rostami great joy to see patients returned to normal lives after an injury, or to witness the delight of a patient who receives relief from a painful or disfiguring disease. The excellence of her care also means that patients who come to her for more routine procedures such as extractions, cosmetic procedures or dental implants may find that her precision and skill result in less discomfort and faster healing than they have ever experienced before


Dr. Sanam Kheirieh

Dr. Sanam Kheirieh earned her Doctorate Dental degree from Iran in 2005, where she worked as a general dentist for six years. After practicing dentistry and performing research projects, she decided to continue her career in the field of Endodontics. She received her specialty degree ir Endodontics from the University of Maryland where she also earned Master degree in Biomedical Science. She continued to expand her knowledge alongside her clinical skills through research projects in the field of dentistry and specifically dental materials. Dr. Kheirieh has several publications mainly in the field of Endodontics and almost 500 citations. She has numerous oral and poster presentations at scientific dental meetings. In 2015, she was awarded with “The Sherril Ann Science Endodontic Research Fellowship Award” for demonstrating exceptional ability in the field of endodontic research. This award was granted for developing “Nanogel-based Scaffold in Endodontics”. Dr. Kheirieh is an active member of the American Association of Endodontics, International Association of Dental Research, American Dental Association, Northern Virginia Dental Society, and Endodontic Penik Study Club