It’s been an inspiring journey for La Jolla husband-and-wife Ali and Nikou Rahbar Fakhimi, both Iranian immigrants, who found each other – and new careers – practicing dentistry after coming to the United States.
Surprisingly enough, Dr. Ali Fakhimi, DMD, did not start in dental science. He worked for his father, a successful real estate developer. Now after running a 20-year practice, Soft Touch Dental at 3735 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Fakhimi has forged a national reputation as a “comprehensive dentist.”
Nikou Rahbar Fakhimi, DDS, migrated to Americain 1997 with her Persian parents, both now physicians in Orange County. She was initially interested in going to medical school but ultimately gravitated toward cosmetic dentistry. She has set up shop with Dentique San Diego at 3570 Fourth Ave. in Hillcrest.
The pair, who have two daughters, started dating during Nikou’s last year in dental school. They moved to La Jolla to start a life together.
Doing it all is what Ali does.
“We are a multi-specialty practice including restorative family dentistry, implants, root canals, oral surgery (wisdom teeth) and cosmetic dentistry, bonding, and whitening,” Fakhimi said.
Responding to COVID, the dentist has sanitized his workspace.
“We’ve done a major remodel on our office putting airflow control in every exam room,” he said. “We also have an electrostatic disinfectant gun we use to clean up after every patient.”
Health protocols observed at Soft Touch Dental:
– A completely remodeled office from top to bottom with state-of-the-art technology in every aspect of the practice.
– All patient rooms are private; completely new technology developed to treat patients faster and more thoroughly than ever before.
– The most advanced equipment with sanitary and safety procedures far exceeding most in the industry.
– A state-of-the-art air filtration system in each patient room to ensure the cleanest and freshest air flow available in the industry.
Nikou worked briefly in Ali’s office but has since relocated her practice to Hillcrest. Though they practice dentistry separately, Ali noted: “We constantly confer about procedures and research, anything that has to do with our fields. She’s more specialized in cosmetic dentistry. Any kind of surgical work that’s needed, I come in.”
Of his dental “conversion” from real estate, Ali said, “I found I liked the medical field, working with my hands. There’s also a lot of diversity with dentistry, so many things you can do from A to Z.”
Dentistry has come a long way during Fakhimi’s time practicing it.
“The technology has advanced so much, especially the comfort level for patients,” he said. “The patient should not have to feel any pain or anxiety going to see the dentist anymore.”
Concerning observing COVID protocols, Fakhimi noted, “A dental office right now is the cleanest place there is, with so much disinfecting being done with microbial rinsing and sterilization of rooms.”
Ali and Nikou love La Jolla and plan to stay.
“My office is 2 ½ miles from where I live,” he said. “My kids go to school in La Jolla. We do most everything, all our shopping, in the Village of La Jolla.”