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10132 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Meet Your Ellicott City
Periodontist

Reza Modarres, DDS, MS

Headshot of Reza Modarres DDS MSMany people realize what career field they want to go into at a young age, and Dr. Modarres is no exception. As an immigrant from Iran, Dr. Modarres’ story looks much different than other dentists. Thankfully, his persistence helped him build the foundation necessary that would eventually put him on track to becoming a highly-experienced dentist knowledgeable on many advanced dental techniques and procedures. The team at Ellicott City Smiles couldn’t be prouder to have Dr. Modarres at the practice.

Why I Became a Dentist

Dr. Modarres had been exposed to science ever since he was very young. His mother was a biology teacher who used to catch frogs and show him how their internal organs operated. His family members, including his older brother and his aunt, both provided him helpful insight that directed him towards dentistry.

At 16 years of age, Dr. Modarres moved to the United States from Iran. After spending several months working in a local book store, he got a job working at a tutoring center helping students with chemistry and calculus. If there were any subjects Dr. Modarres knew well, it was math and science. Once he saved up enough money, he bought a car, received recommendations from professors and eventually enrolled into dental school.

My Educational Background

One of the reasons Dr. Modarres chose dentistry was because it carried the perfect combination of medicine and biology while still having an interpersonal quality behind it. He enjoys dentistry because it allows him to offer patients immediate relief, whether it’s removing a damaged tooth or placing an implant. By choosing periodontics specifically, he would eventually have the training necessary to perform these complex procedures for private practices in both Maryland and Florida.

Dr. Modarres earned his Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he also worked as a student researcher. He continued researching while earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery.

After graduating, he began his General Practice Residency at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. It was here that he got the chance to figure out what field he wanted to specialize in. After performing many treatments, including simple and complex extractions, bone and soft tissue grafts, implants and other restorative treatments, he confirmed that periodontology was going to be his specialty. He’d get to further solidify that commitment by working as a didactic and clinical instructor, co-director for perio-prosthetics and clinical assistant professor over the next several years. In a way, this role as a teacher directly reflected the role he played after soon arriving in the United States as a teenager.

My Life Outside the Practice

Soon after completing his implant program, Dr. Modarres met his wife who was currently practicing internal medicine at John Hopkins. In 2011, they got married, moved to Miami as part of her Gastroenterology program, and lived there for several years. They currently have two children.

Previously, Dr. Modarres and his wife spent their free time traveling to many countries, including Spain and Italy. Today, they dedicate their time to their kids. They enjoy playing on the playground, attending shows like Cinderella and spending time with other family members.

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