Dr. Shahrzad (Sherry) Sami is a dual specialist in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. A graduate of Columbia University, she completed her residency in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center.
She later served as a clinical instructor at UCLA, as part of both the pre-med and dentistry programs. It was during this time that she became one of the creators of the Children Health Advocacy Training (CHAT) curriculum. Collaborating with pediatricians and dentistry specialists, Dr. Sami designed one of the first integrative residency training programs that incorporated western medical practices with other intuitive, holistic interventions. For her, comprehensive healthcare means recognizing the patient as more than physical symptoms, and that mind and spirit play essential roles in our state of health. It’s this philosophy that continues to drive her passion to offer integrative therapies through her practice such as cranial osteopathy, homeopathy, nutritional medicine and anthroposophical medicine, among others. In fact, it’s this inclusive and intuitive approach to care that continues to make her a highly sought after teaching candidate for respected institutions such as the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM).
Dr. Sami believes in customized care that’s tailored to each patient’s need in a way that fits the dynamic of their lives while combining the best interventions of both Western and Eastern approaches to health. Through this comprehensive approach to care, Dr. Sami has seen integrative treatment make dramatic differences in the lives of patients dealing with allergies, ADHD, autism and sensory integration challenges. Her treatment services are free from mercury, BPA fillings and sealants and use x-rays and fluoride only when absolutely necessary.
Her practice is based on “total body wellness”, a philosophy that recognizes the synergistic connection our emotions play in our physical condition. It also emphasizes the correlation of a healthy mouth, jaw and airways with a vibrant, energetic body. Dr. Sami came to these conclusions after researching how jaw problems affect the neck, back, and hips, as well as how kidney and liver problems can manifest symptoms on the tongue. It was this evidence that revealed the relationship between airway quality and nutrition or lifestyle habits. It also resulted in indicators of how airway problems can affect a variety of symptoms such as ADHD, seizure, bed-wetting, grinding and mouth breathing, which can potentially alter the development of the face and jaws. In addition, Dr. Sami noted a complete disregard for the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of patients in the healing process and incorporated a more holistic approach to treatments for head and neck development.
Dr. Sami has created a healing environment where education for families is a priority. She understands that learning and healing only happen when they’re supported by a nurturing sense of compassion. As a parent herself, she recognizes the challenges families face and encourages parents to share their knowledge and experiences, because a stronger community means healthier children.
When away from the dental chair, Dr. Sami enjoys being a wife and the mother of her son, Hafez and daughter, Hannah. She practices yoga, medication, is an avid hiker and loves traveling the world for humanitarian dental care organizations. Her passions also include reading, dancing, music and writing poetry. She also holds a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.