Dental Staff – Bethesda, MD

Cosmetic Dentist in Bethesda, MD

All our professionals at Bethesda Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay informed about the latest trends in dentistry.

Deborah K. Tabb, D.D.S., P.C.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Deborah Tabb graduated in the upper 5% of her class, from the Medical College of Virginia in 1982, where she was honored to receive advanced awards for outstanding performance in endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery. These prestigious awards validated her clinical talent, which she is recognized for today. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Southern Maryland Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry and the Potomac Valley Dental Study Club.

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Ivelisse Cuevas, D.D.S.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Ivelisse Cuevas has enjoyed the practice of dentistry for over 20 years.

She is committed to the health of her patients and believes firmly in maintaining their smiles in a caring, gentle and professional environment. Dr. Cuevas is recognized as one of the Washington area’s TopDentists by Washington’s leading CONSUMER CHECKBOOK magazine.

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Catherine Palandjian, R.D., D.D.S.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Catherine Palandjian maintains her practice at Bethesda Family Dentistry because she knows that her patients will be offered a range of comprehensive dental services with a focus on cosmetic, implant, and reconstructive dentistry.

Dr. Palandjian realizes just how important it is to link with a clinician who can address immediate dental concerns, perhaps a painful crisis, but also one who can help construct a future plan to continue your dental and oral health for years to come.

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Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, D.D.S.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry at the Executive location

Dr. Tammira Badakhshan was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Badakhshan then attended the University of Maryland Dental School where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. While in dental school, Dr. Badakhshan gained ample experience in restorative dentistry, prosthodontics, and periodontics. She enjoys working with pediatric patients and is privileged to be serving the dental health care needs of her local community.

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Dr. Joseph Lee, D.D.S.


Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Chemistry.  Dr Lee went on to recieve his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Columbia University, and then his Master of Science in Dentistry in Endodontics from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry.  Dr. Lee gained his valuable experience where he practiced Dentistry with the United States Army for several years.  He also has a deep commitment and dedication to the community, where he has treated patients on Medical/Dental Missions to Chile, Albania, and Amazon River in Brazil.

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Dr. Rahat Sood, D.M.D.

General and Cosmetic Dentistry at the Fernwood location

Dr. Sood graduated in India with a Bachelors degree in Dental Surgery and continued to follow her passion to later graduate with high honors from Boston University, Goldman School of Dental Medicine with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine.

Deeply committed to providing excellent dental care, she always strives to learn more and improve the care she delivers to her patients. She enjoys interdisciplinary team approach integrating her expertise with other specialties to achieve the highest level of dental function and esthetic outcomes

After working in a private dental office in Massachusetts, she decided to move to Maryland, to be closer to family. Away from office, she enjoys biking and spending time with family.

Dr. Jingchao (Jean) Li, D.D.S.


Dr. Jean Li is a board certified periodontist, dedicated to providing the best periodontal and implant service for patients in Bethesda Family Dentistry. Dr. Li received her dental degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry where she also served as a clinical assistant professor in Periodontics for 3 years. Dr. Li also completed periodontal training in Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology which is a recognized specialty by American Dental Association. To be a diplomate of American board of periodontology, significant achievement beyond the 3 years of training on the periodontology is needed.

With her many years of experience on periodontology and implant surgery, she will deliver the finest periodontal care to patients in Bethesda Family Dentistry.

Dr. Michael Brown, D.D.S.

General Dentistry

Dr. Brown is a general dentist that takes great pride in providing a pleasant and professional experience for all of his patients. It his is goal to attend to your unique dental needs in a compassionate and gentle manner.

Dr. Brown graduated from Skidmore College with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. He then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Tufts he completed an externship at the Winslow Indian Health Care Clinic in Arizona, and through this experience developed a passion for public health dentistry.

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Dr. David Nichols, D.D.S.

General Dentistry

Dr. David Nichols is a general dentist that prides himself on providing an excellent standard of care to his patients. His primary focus is cultivating a comfortable dental experience that meets, and exceeds, his patients’ expectations every time.

Dr. Nichols was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. He is a 2009 graduate of Georgetown Prepartory High School and went on to graduate magna cum laude from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a BS in Biology.

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