Meet Our Team

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Providing compassionate, gentle dentistry is the heart of our practice. By offering accessible insurance and financing options, we are able to lower barriers to superior dental care, which allows us to make real differences in our patients’ lives. Everything we do at Tri-City Dental Excellence is with you in mind. We love to have fun with our patients and hope that we will be able to form lasting friendships as we help maintain your smile. We always provide honest, straightforward advice and strive to keep you informed every step of the way.

Welcome to Tri-City Dental Excellence in Vista, CA
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Dr. Mike Zabihian at Tri-City Dental Excellence in Vista, CA

Dr. Mehrdad “Mike” Zabihian, DDS

Meet Dr. Zabihian, or as we all know him around here, Dr. Mike! Since joining us in 2017, he has played an integral role in delivering exceptional care to our patients. Graduating from the esteemed University of Illinois in 1997, Dr. Mike brings decades of experience and expertise to his practice.

Driven by a profound commitment to providing personalized attention, Dr. Mike prioritizes individualized, high-quality treatment over standardized approaches. He believes in taking the time to understand each patient’s unique needs and crafting tailored solutions accordingly.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Mike finds fulfillment in sports, particularly tennis and soccer. These activities serve as outlets for his passion and dedication, reflecting the same precision and focus he brings to his dental practice. Dr. Mike’s dedication to excellence and genuine care continues to make a lasting impact on our patients and community alike.

Good to Know

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from University of Illinois.
  • Decades of experience.
  • Committed to providing personalized and high-quality treatment, focusing on individualized patient needs rather than standardized methods.

Fun to Know

  • Enjoys sports and the outdoors as a way to channel his passion and maintain focus. He loves:
    • Soccer
    • Skiing
    • Tennis
    • Mountain biking
  • Poker enthusiast.

Dr. Arash Panah, DDS

Dr. Panah’s journey in dentistry began in Southern California, where he cultivated a deep passion for oral health. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from California State University Long Beach, laying the groundwork for his future in dental care. Pursuing excellence, Dr. Panah achieved top honors, graduating as Valedictorian from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2000, solidifying his commitment to excellence.

As a leading dentist in Vista, CA, Dr. Panah is dedicated to staying at the forefront of his field. He remains at the cutting edge of oral health care by completing hundreds of hours of continuing education. His areas of expertise span across cosmetic dentistry, implantology, oral surgery, endodontics, and general dentistry, ensuring comprehensive care for his patients.

Dr. Panah’s unwavering dedication to advancing his skills and knowledge reflects his commitment to providing his patients with the latest advancements in oral health care. With his expertise and compassionate approach, Dr. Panah continues to transform smiles and improve lives in Vista and beyond.

Good to Know

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from University of Southern California School in 2000 (Class Valedictorian).
  • Received numerous awards, including:
    • Fixes Prosthodontics Award
    • Branemark/Cantor Humanitarian Award (Implant Dentistry)
    • Behavioral Dentistry Award
    • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) honorary fraternity
    • Class Valedictorian Award – USC Class of 2000
  • Active member of the American Dental Association and California Dental Association.

Fun to Know

  • Married to Dr. Sormeh Panah.
  • Arash and Sormeh have 2 children.
  • Bachelor of Biochemistry from the California State University Long Beach.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.
  • Favorite pastimes: tennis, triathlons, and spending time with his wife and kids.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Yvette has been in the Dental Field for over 15 years, and has been in our office since 2019. Yvette considers herself a "Periogenist" because she can provide specialized periodontal therapies and treatments as well as thorough teeth cleanings. Her goal for each patient is to provide judgement-free transparency. On her time off she loves to camp, hike, travel, and garden.

Yvette - Dental Hygienist at Tri-City Dental Excellence in Vista, CA
Registered Dental Assistant

Gosia has been a part of our team since 2017. The most rewarding aspect of her day is meeting patients whose oral and overall health is being restored and improved while visiting our office. On weekends she enjoys the outdoors, long walks, and reading.

Gosia - Dental Assistant at Tri-City Dental Excellence in Vista, CA
Patient Coordinator

Kim is our friendly and enthusiastic patient care coordinator. Kim specializes in working with our patients and helping them with all of their insurance and scheduling needs. Kim loves learning and finding creative ways to enhance each day for both patients and staff. She is a big fan of trucks, horror movies, eating, and the gym.

Kimberly - Patient Coordinator at Tri-City Dental Excellence in Vista, CA