The doctors and staff at We Care Dental have many years of experience in dentistry. Each team member brings their unique knowledge and skills to work so that together they can offer you the best and latest techniques to ensure your oral health.
Dr. Hala Shakir, BDS, DDS
Dental Director – Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Hala Shakir has been working in the dental field for over 25 years. She graduated from The College of Dentistry in Bagdad, Iraq in 1990. She moved to the United States in 1998 and spent many years in the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley private practice sector before coming to We Care Dental. Dr. Shakir is skilled in a wide variety of general dentistry procedures and oversees all work performed by our residents and students. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine and also on staff of the residency program co-sponsored by NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine. Dr. Shakir’s leadership, experience, and teaching skills help the We Care Dental dentists provide you with the best care possible.
Dr. Anil Kumar, DMD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Kumar grew up in St. Louis, MO, and completed his undergraduate studies at The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 2004. He graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2010 and afterward completed a General Practice Residency in 2011 and an Oral Medicine Residency in 2013, both from the Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, NC). He also completed a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in May 2017. Following his residency training, he spent the next year serving as the Assistant General Practice Residency Program Director at Carolinas Medical Center. In May 2014, he ventured across the country to work in a community health setting in the rural town of Crescent City, CA, performing full scope general dentistry on patients of all ages. In addition to working in the community clinic, he also worked in a mobile dental unit that provided care to children at elementary schools. He joined WesternU We Care Dental in June 2017 and hopes to follow Dr. Shakir in providing compassionate and excellent dental care to the community.
Dr. Yasmin Bakhtiar, DMD
AEGD NYU Lutheran Resident
Dr. Yasmin Bakhtiar graduated from McGill University in Montréal, Canada in May of 2017. Yasmin enjoys all areas of general dentistry and she is interested in working in private practice or as a periodontist after her one year residency with WesternU We Care Dental.
Dr. Valecia Liew, DDS
AEGD NYU Lutheran Resident
Dr. Valecia Liew graduated from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in May of 2017. Valecia enjoys helping patients fulfill their dental needs and plans to pursue private practice after her one year residency with WesternU We Care Dental.
Our team of adminitrative professionals and dental assistants help We Care Dental to be unique and comforting setting for you dentistry needs. The office has three registered dental assistants, two dental assistants, a receptionist, and a site director to help accomodate our patients needs beyond the chair.