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Khalid M. Choudhary, DDS, MS - North Bethesda Periodontist

Diplomate American Board of Periodontology

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Dr. Choudhary is a board certified periodontist with Diplomate status in the American board of Periodontology. A "Diplomate" is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and who is certified by the American Board of Periodontology. The certification process requires a written and a rigorous oral examination. After dental school, Dr. Choudhary completed a three years residency program at the prestigious Ivy League Columbia university College of Dental Medicine and New York Presbyterian hospital in New York City. During the residency he also received a Masters of Science in Periodontology from Columbia University.

Dr. Choudhary’s specialty includes periodontics, dental implants, soft tissue grafting, oral surgery and advance bone regeneration in atrophic jaws. Dr. Choudhary has been placing dental implants since 2002 and has successfully placed thousands of implants. He is a big proponent of using the latest technology and techniques to provide the state of the art treatment to his patient. He utilizes the current generation of growth factors, graft materials and Cone Beam technologies to ensure optimal treatments for his patients. Dr. Choudhary is a visiting professor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he teaches the residents and other surgeons the latest sinus augmentation and dental implant surgical techniques.

Dr. Choudhary also did research at NIH and at Columbia University and published numerous articles. His research is published in the top peer reviewed scientific journals such as Science, Nature Biotech, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Clinical Periodontology. Even as a dental student Dr. Choudhary was involved in teaching and wrote a student handbook on dental anatomy and occlusion. The book was published and is used by dental students to study for their board exams. He is the recipient of numerous awards from various Universities, dental schools, study clubs and dental associations.

Dr. Choudhary grew up in Falls Church Virginia. After working in New York City and Los Angeles, he returned to be closer to his family. He currently resides in Bethesda MD with his wife, two young kids and their family mascot Riley the Wheaton Terrier. When not spending time with his family he enjoys, boxing, Cross-fit training, traveling, music, and cooking.

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Joan A. Howanitz, DDS, MS - North Bethesda Periodontist

Diplomate American Board of Periodontology

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Dr. Howanitz is a periodontist with a background in dental implant placement and the treatment of periodontal disease. She began her studies at the prestigious University of Southern California, where she graduated from in 2001. She went on to attend the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, where she achieved her post-doctorate MS in periodontics in 2004. She continued to serve as an associate faculty member at the school until 2006, at which time she achieved “Diplomate” status with the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Howanitz has since served in private periodontology practices, and she also served as a clinical instructor at the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry between 2006 and 2010. She currently maintains professional association with the American Board of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Maimonides Dental Society and the Greater Washington Area for Women Dentists. Dr. Howanitz is also still a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Howanitz has received considerable professional recognition, including a 2001 Dr. Albert Abrams Dental Student Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.  She was also a member of the University of Southern California’s Dean’s List and most recently received the USC Dental School Part Time Faculty Division Award in 2008.

Her dedication to her patients is evident on a day-to-day basis, and her history of community service outside the office upholds her reputation for compassionate care. In the past, Dr. Howanitz has served as a hotline volunteer for the AIDS Project of Los Angeles, and she also provided dental education and care to handicapped children as a part of the Special Olympics Special Smiles Program.

"I am proud to provide my patients with the best in dental technology, treatment options and patient comfort. It is my pleasure to address all your periodontal questions and concerns."

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